Asian Hall of Fame – Class of 2011

Hollywood Producer and Film Executive

Teddy Zee is a Chinese-American producer and entertainment executive. Zee earned a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University and an MBA from Harvard University before bringing his business background to Hollywood.

Zee has over twenty years of experience working as a studio executive for Columbia Pictures and Paramount Pictures, as President of Overbrook Films, as President of Davis Entertainment, and as an independent producer.

During his tenure as Executive Vice President of Production at Columbia Pictures, Zee oversaw such films as Charlie’s Angels, The Replacement Killers, Anaconda, Fools Rush In, The Devil’s Own, The Cable Guy, First Knight, My Girl, Mo’ Money, Hero, and Sleepwalkers. As Senior VP of Productions at Paramount Pictures, he worked on a range of films from Indecent Proposal and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country to Cousins and Presidio.

Zee is credited as the Producer of the 2005 Columbia Pictures release Hitch, which earned over $365 million in worldwide ticket sales, and the Executive Producer of The Pursuit of Happyness, which earned $300 million in worldwide ticket sales. As President of Davis Entertainment, Zee was the Executive
Producer of Life or Something Like It, a New Agency Release.

A vocal champion of Asians in Hollywood, Zee supported Chow Yun Fat and Lucy Liu in their Hollywood debuts. In 2010, Teddy Zee Productions produced a series of PSA videos featuring Asian American celebrities to raise awareness and money for the Center for the Pacific Asian Family.

Zee was the Executive Producer of the Asian Excellence Awards from 2006 through 2008 and serves on a number of boards including his role as Board member of the Coalition for Asian Pacifics in Entertainment.