Elaine Chin has been named SVP Narrative Film at Participant Media, having most recently served as VP Production-China at Walt Disney Studios. She will report to Jonathan King, Participant’s president of Narrative Film & Television, and help manage the development and production of the company’s slate of original films.
While at Disney, Chin supervised the studio’s film development and production initiative for the China market and produced Mandarin-language romantic comedy The Dreaming Man starring Lin Yun and Chen Bolin. Previously, she was president of production for Justin Lin’s Barnstorm Pictures under its first-look deal with Universal Pictures. Together, they co-founded YOMYOMF, an Asian pop culture blog and online digital company that became one of the first YouTube Original channels funded by Google.
Chin also served as production executive at 20th Century Fox and HBO Films. While at HBO, she worked on films and miniseries including Elephant (2003 Palme d’Or and Best Director), Mongol (2008 Oscar nominee) and Emmy-winning titles that include Warm Springs, The Gathering Storm, Live From Baghdad and Angels in America.
Before her stint at HBO, Chin worked as a development executive with British producers Damian Jones and Graham Broadbent and began her career at the William Morris Agency.