ORIENTAL DREAMWORKS APPOINTS PEILIN CHOU TO CHIEF CREATIVE OFFICER AS COMPANY EXPANDS DEVELOPMENT AND PRODUCTION ACTIVITIES
SHANGHAI – SEPTEMBER 27, 2017– Oriental DreamWorks (ODW), a venture backed by DreamWorks Animation (DWA), CMC Capital Partners, Shanghai Media Group, and Shanghai Alliance Investment Limited, announced today the appointment of respected industry veteran Peilin Chou as Chief Creative Officer as the company also unveiled several key projects Chou has been shepherding.
Previously the Head of Creative for Oriental DreamWorks, in her newly promoted role, Peilin Chou will be responsible for shaping the animation studio’s overall creative direction and overseeing all of its animated feature films, including the previously announced EVEREST which will be distributed by Universal Pictures in 2019. EVEREST is directed by Tim Johnson and Todd Wilderman and produced by Suzanne Buirgy. Oriental DreamWorks is a world class animation studio focused on the production of family-oriented feature animation motion pictures for the global market, with hyper-appeal in China.
“We are very excited that Peilin Chou is taking on this role as we expand our slate and commit to bringing audiences worldwide the highest quality in animated entertainment,” said Li Ruigang, Chairman of ODW; Chairman, CEO of CMC Capital Partners. “I know she will make a tremendous contribution to Oriental DreamWorks. Peilin’s extensive experience in creating successful global content, and her cultural connection and passion for China, make her uniquely qualified to lead the global mission of ODW. As a well-loved industry veteran with deep relationships, Peilin is attracting a wealth of world class talent to our studio, which I know will greatly enrich all of our films and projects.”
Peilin will be based in Shanghai and New York City, where she will continue to build and produce a broadly conceived slate that already includes more than a dozen active projects, among them:
OVER THE MOON, a modern-day retelling of the classic Chinese myth about a mysterious moon goddess named Chang’e. Written by Audrey Wells (A DOG’S PURPOSE, GEORGE OF THE JUNGLE, SHALL WE DANCE, UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN). Executive produced by Janet Yang, whose credits include such memorable titles as JOY LUCK CLUB, PEOPLE VS LARRY FLYNT.
UNTITLED CHINATOWN PROJECT, a comedic, action-packed intergenerational adventure with supernatural elements. Conceived and executive produced by Emmy Award-winner Alan Yang (Co-creator and Executive Producer of “Master of None,” Writer/Producer on “Parks and Recreation”).
THE MONKEY KING, an epic adventure featuring China’s most legendary, mystical and mischievous superhero, breaking through for the first time to the global stage. Written by Ron Friedman & Steve Bencich, whose animated movies have grossed more than a billion dollars worldwide, and include BROTHER BEAR and CHICKEN LITTLE.
ILLUMIKITTY, an irreverent comedy about the ultimate cat-astrophe: a feline plot for world domination. Written by Jenny Bicks (RIO 2, SEX AND THE CITY).
LUCKY is an animated buddy comedy which takes you behind the scenes of Chinese superstition and the battle between good luck and bad luck. LUCKY is currently being written by Rita Hsiao (MULAN, TOY STORY 2).
“On behalf of the ODW management team, I’m elated that Peilin Chou will be expanding her creative leadership in a greater capacity for ODW,” said Frank Zhu, CEO of ODW. “Since Peilin joined ODW in September, 2015, she has brought an exceptional vision to all of the company’s creative efforts. Under her leadership, she has already created and fostered a strong development slate of projects, an exciting upcoming pipeline of films and a remarkable development team. I believe her talent, experience and passion make her an invaluable executive and I am thrilled she will be leading our charge of delivering the very best in family entertainment to China and the rest of the world.”
“Animation is a universal language that everyone understands and enjoys whether you live in Shanghai or Queens,” said Peilin Chou. “Creating global animated films, infused with authentic Chinese elements, is a lifelong personal passion of mine. To be able to do that at ODW, with the strong support of Ruigang, the extraordinary partnership of Frank, and the crazy talented filmmakers we have in our greater ODW family is truly a dream come true. I am over the moon excited for this amazing and inspiring opportunity.”
Peilin Chou comes to ODW with over two decades of industry experience in film, television, and theater. Highlights include: Vice President of Original Series at Spike TV where she was part of the initial team that launched the network and pioneered its original animation programming; Senior Vice President of Programming at AZN Television; and Director of Development at Nickelodeon. Peilin also served as a development executive at Walt Disney Feature Animation and Touchstone Pictures, where she was part of the team that developed and produced MULAN, TOY STORY 2, PHENOMENON and ROMY & MICHELE’S HIGH SCHOOL REUNION.