Dan Lin

Dan Lin (Chinese: ; pinyin: Lin Wei) is an American film producer. The founder and CEO of Rideback (formerly Lin Pictures until 2018), a film and television production company that he formed in 2008 and is based at Warner Bros.[1], Lin produced The Lego Movie, The Lego Batman Movie, The Lego Ninjago Movie, The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, and the horror film It, which holds the record for highest-grossing horror film.[2]

Dan Lin
Dan Lin by Gage Skidmore
BornApril 8, 1973 (age 45)
OccupationFilm producer

Early life

Dan Lin was born in Taipei, Taiwan, the son of an executive in the international food industry. He moved to the United States at the age of five.[3]

In 1994, Lin received his undergraduate degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and in 1999, he earned an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.[3]


Between his first and second year at Harvard Business School, Lin undertook a summer internship program with Lorenzo Di Bonaventura, who was then an executive with Warner Bros. Pictures. In 1999, a day after Lin's graduation, the studio executive offered Lin a junior position at Warners. Lin worked his way up to Senior Vice President of Production and left in 2007 to form his own company. During his eight years at Warners, Lin oversaw the development and production of the Academy Award-winning film The Departed, directed by Martin Scorsese. Other films Lin oversaw include 10,000 BC, directed by Roland Emmerich; The Aviator, directed by Martin Scorsese; Alexander, directed by Oliver Stone; TMNT; The Invasion; Unaccompanied Minors; Matchstick Men; Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed; and Torque.

In January 2008 he formed Lin Pictures, based at Warner Bros.[4] He described the transition from development executive to producer as natural: "It’s a symbiotic relationship between the studio and the producers, we all work together towards the same goal – make the best movie possible."[5]

Lin currently serves on the board of directors for the Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment and is a mentor for both the Producers Guild of America and the Center for Asian American Media. In September 2008, Lin was honored as one of Variety's "10 Producers to Watch."[6] In April 2015, Lin was named to The Hollywood Reporter's list of 'The 30 Most Powerful Film Producers in Hollywood'[7]




  • Poe (2011) – Executive Producer (pilot)
  • The Secret Lives of Wives (2012) – Executive Producer (pilot)
  • To My Future Assistant (2013) – Executive Producer (pilot)
  • Forever (2014–15) – Executive Producer
  • Lethal Weapon (2016–present) – Executive Producer
  • Frequency (2016) – Executive Producer
  • Murder remake (2017) - Executive Producer (in development)
  • Unikitty! - Executive Producer


  1. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (September 22, 2017). "Lin Pictures Hires Former Tristar TV Exec". Deadline. Retrieved September 26, 2017.
  2. ^ Lang, Brent (September 22, 2017). "'It' Becomes Highest Grossing Horror Film of All Time". Variety. Retrieved September 26, 2017.,
  3. ^ a b "Film and Television Production Company". Lin Pictures. Retrieved December 12, 2011.
  4. ^ http://www.movieset.com/sherlock-holmes/castandcrew/2m98uq/producer/dan-lin
  5. ^ "Exclusive Interview: Producer Dan Lin on SHERLOCK HOLMES; Plus he Addresses the Brad Pitt Rumors". Collider.com. Retrieved December 12, 2011.
  6. ^ Fleming, Michael (September 3, 2008). "Dan Lin – Entertainment News, 10 Producers to Watch, Media". Variety. Retrieved December 12, 2011.
  7. ^ "The 30 Most Powerful Film Producers in Hollywood". The Hollywood Reporter. April 13, 2015. Retrieved October 1, 2017.

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Aladdin (2019 film)

Aladdin is an upcoming American musical romantic fantasy adventure film directed by Guy Ritchie, from the screenplay co-written with John August, and produced by Walt Disney Pictures. It is a live-action adaptation of Disney's 1992 animated film of the same name, which is in turn based on the Arabic folktale of the same name from One Thousand and One Nights and the French interpretation by Antoine Galland. The film stars Mena Massoud as the title character alongside Will Smith, Naomi Scott, Marwan Kenzari, Navid Negahban, Nasim Pedrad, Billy Magnussen, and Numan Acar.

In October 2016, Disney announced Guy Ritchie would direct a live-action Aladdin remake. Smith was the first member of the cast to join, signing on to voice Genie in July 2017, and later that month Massoud and Scott were confirmed for the two lead roles. Principal photography began that September at Longcross Studios in Surrey, England, also filming in the Wadi Rum Desert in Jordan, and lasted until January 2018.

Aladdin is scheduled to be released in the United States on May 24, 2019.

BAFTA Award for Best Animated Film

This is a list of the winners and nominees of the BAFTA Award for Best Animated Film.

Charlie Bean (animator)

Charlie Bean is an American animator, and director, known for his work on Tron: Uprising as a director and executive producer. He also worked as a storyboard artist on Dexter's Laboratory, Samurai Jack, The Powerpuff Girls, I Am Weasel, and Cow and Chicken, as well as a director and storyboard supervisor on Robotboy. He co-created two pilots for Cartoon Network, one with Don Shank and Carey Yost and one with Chris Reccardi, which were respectively entitled Buy One, Get One Free and IMP, Inc. Charlie Bean directed The Lego Ninjago Movie, which is an adaptation of the popular toy line, produced by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, Dan Lin and Roy Lee. Charlie Bean was also a layout artist on The Ren and Stimpy Show, Animaniacs, and Batman: The Animated Series.

Dan Mazeau

Dan Mazeau is an American screenwriter. He was born and raised in Santa Rosa, California and majored in physics at UC Berkeley before enrolling in the MFA screenwriting program at UCLA. He is also a graduate of the Professional Program in Screenwriting at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. There he wrote a family fantasy "The Land of Lost Things" and the script was set up at Nickelodeon/Paramount, with Arnold Kopelson producing. Hired by Dan Lin and Warner Bros. to adapt Jonny Quest, he was named one of Variety's "10 Screenwriters to Watch" in 2008 and the script was on the Blacklist that same year.

Death Note (2017 film)

Death Note is a 2017 American neo-noir supernatural thriller film loosely adapted from the Japanese manga of the same name created by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata. The film is directed by Adam Wingard and written by Charles Parlapanides, Vlas Parlapanides and Jeremy Slater. The film stars Nat Wolff, Lakeith Stanfield, Margaret Qualley, Shea Whigham, Paul Nakauchi, Jason Liles and Willem Dafoe, and follows the story of an introverted Seattle high school student named Light Turner, who finds a mysterious supernatural notebook known as the "Death Note" and after being intrigued with its god-like abilites, eventually decides to trigger a world-wide massacre of criminals and terrorists, in order to change the world into a utopian society without crime, eventually attracting the attention of an enigmatic international detective, known only under the alias of "L", who determines himself in finding and apprehending Light.

The film was released on Netflix on August 25, 2017. Upon release, Death Note received mixed reviews from critics and audiences. Much of the criticism was directed towards the incoherent writing, pacing, numerous changes from the source material as well as omissions of many of its crucial elements; however, Wingard's direction and the cast were praised.

A sequel is currently in the works, with Greg Russo attached to write the screenplay.

Gangster Squad (film)

Gangster Squad is a 2013 American action crime thriller film directed by Ruben Fleischer, written by Will Beall and starring Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Nick Nolte, Emma Stone and Sean Penn. Set in 1949, the plot is a fictionalized account of the LAPD officers and detectives called the "Gangster Squad" who attempt to keep Los Angeles safe from Mickey Cohen and his gang.

The film was originally set to be released September 7, 2012, but in the wake of the 2012 Aurora shooting, the film was pushed back to a January 11, 2013 release date by Warner Bros. in order to accommodate reshoots. It received mixed reviews and grossed $105 million worldwide.

It (2017 film)

It (also known as It: Chapter One) is a 2017 American supernatural horror film directed by Andy Muschietti, based on the 1986 novel of the same name by Stephen King. The screenplay is by Chase Palmer, Cary Fukunaga and Gary Dauberman.The film is set in the summer of 1989 and tells the story of seven children in Derry, Maine, who are terrorized by the eponymous being, only to face their own personal demons in the process. The novel was previously adapted into a 1990 miniseries.The film stars Jaeden Lieberher and Bill Skarsgård as Bill Denbrough and Pennywise the Dancing Clown, respectively, with Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Chosen Jacobs, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff, Nicholas Hamilton, and Jackson Robert Scott in supporting roles. Principal photography began in the Riverdale neighborhood of Toronto on June 27, 2016, and ended on September 21, 2016. Other Ontario locations included Port Hope and Oshawa.It premiered in Los Angeles on September 5, 2017, and was theatrically released in the United States by New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. Pictures on September 8, 2017. Upon release, the film set numerous box office records and grossed $700 million worldwide. Unadjusted for inflation, it is the highest-grossing horror film and the fourth-highest-grossing R-rated film (after the Deadpool films and The Matrix Reloaded), as well as the most profitable horror film. It received positive reviews, with critics praising the performances, direction, cinematography and musical score, with many calling it one of the best Stephen King adaptations.A sequel, It: Chapter Two, is scheduled to be released on September 6, 2019.

List of Warner Animation Group films

This is a list of films produced by the Warner Animation Group, an American CGI film production company based in Burbank, California, United States. As of 2019, Warner Animation Group has released 6 feature films, which were all released under the Warner Bros. Pictures banner. The company produced its first feature-length film, The Lego Movie, in 2014. Their second production, Storks, was released in 2016, followed by their first spin-off, The Lego Batman Movie, in 2017. Warner Animation Group had two releases in a single year once: The Lego Batman Movie and The Lego Ninjago Movie in 2017.

Their upcoming slate of films includes a film based on Scooby-Doo set to be released in 2020, and an untitled film set to be released in 2021.

Phil Lord and Christopher Miller

Philip A. Lord (born July 12, 1975) and Christopher Robert Miller (born September 23, 1975) are an American filmmaking duo. Having met at Dartmouth College, they are known for directing and writing the animated films Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009) and The Lego Movie (2014), as well as directing the live-action comedy film 21 Jump Street (2012) and its sequel (2014). Lord and Miller also served as producers on the animated film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018), with Lord writing the film's screenplay alongside Rodney Rothman. They also co-produced the television series The Last Man on Earth for Fox Broadcasting Company and Unikitty! for Cartoon Network.

Producers Guild of America Award for Best Animated Motion Picture

The Producers Guild of America Award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures is an award annually given since 2005.

Of all thirteen films awarded, nine have gone on to win the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.

Sherlock Holmes (2009 film)

Sherlock Holmes is a 2009 mystery period action film based on the character of the same name created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The film was directed by Guy Ritchie and produced by Joel Silver, Lionel Wigram, Susan Downey, and Dan Lin. The screenplay, by Michael Robert Johnson, Anthony Peckham, and Simon Kinberg, was developed from a story by Wigram and Johnson. Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law portray Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson respectively. Set in 1890, eccentric detective Holmes and his companion Watson are hired by a secret society to foil a mysticist's plot to expand the British Empire by seemingly supernatural means. Rachel McAdams stars as their former adversary Irene Adler and Mark Strong portrays villain Lord Henry Blackwood. The film was widely released in North America on December 25, 2009, and on December 26, 2009 in the UK, Ireland, the Pacific and the Atlantic.

Sherlock Holmes received mostly positive critical reaction, with praise for its story, action sequences, set pieces, costume design, Hans Zimmer's musical score, and Downey's performance as the main character, winning Downey the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy. The film was also nominated for two Academy Awards, Best Original Score and Best Art Direction.

A sequel, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, was released on December 16, 2011, with a third film scheduled for release on December 25, 2020.

The Box (2009 film)

The Box is a 2009 American psychological thriller film based on the 1970 short story "Button, Button" by Richard Matheson, which was previously adapted into an episode of the 1980s iteration of The Twilight Zone. The film was written and directed by Richard Kelly and stars Cameron Diaz and James Marsden as a couple who receive a box from a mysterious man (played by Frank Langella) who offers them one million dollars if they press the button sealed within the dome on top of the box, but tells them that, once the button has been pushed, someone they do not know will die.

The Invention of Lying

The Invention of Lying is a 2009 American fantasy romantic comedy film written and directed by Ricky Gervais and Matthew Robinson (in their directorial debuts). The film stars Gervais as the first human with the ability to lie in a world where people can only tell the truth. The supporting cast features Jennifer Garner, Jonah Hill, Louis C.K., Rob Lowe, and Tina Fey. The film was released in the United States on October 2, 2009.

The Lego Batman Movie

The Lego Batman Movie is a 2017 computer-animated superhero comedy film produced by the Warner Animation Group and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It was directed by Chris McKay, and written by Seth Grahame-Smith, Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Jared Stern and John Whittington, and produced by Dan Lin, Roy Lee, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. Based on the Lego Batman toy line, the film is an international co-production of the United States, Australia and Denmark, and the first spin-off installment of The Lego Movie franchise. The story centers on the DC Comics character Batman as he attempts to overcome his greatest fear in order to stop the Joker's latest plan. The film features Will Arnett reprising his role as Batman for the film alongside Zach Galifianakis, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson and Ralph Fiennes.

The Lego Batman Movie had its world premiere in Dublin, Ireland on January 29, 2017, and was released in the United States on February 10, 2017. Internationally, the film was released in 3D, RealD 3D, Dolby Cinema, IMAX and IMAX 3D. The film received positive reviews with critics praising its animation, voice acting, soundtrack, visual style and humor and was also commercially successful, having grossed $312 million worldwide against a budget of $80 million. A sequel is in development.

The Lego Movie

The Lego Movie (stylized as The LEGO Movie) is a 2014 3D computer-animated adventure comedy film written and directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller from a story by Lord, Miller and Dan and Kevin Hageman. Based on the Lego line of construction toys, the story focuses on an ordinary Lego minifigure who finds himself helping a resistance stop a tyrannical businessman from gluing everything in the Lego world into his vision of perfection. Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie, Charlie Day, Liam Neeson, and Morgan Freeman provide their voices for the film's main characters.

The first film produced by the Warner Animation Group, The Lego Movie was released on February 7, 2014 by Warner Bros. Pictures. It became a critical and commercial success, grossing $469 million worldwide against a $60 million budget and receiving praise for its visual style, humor, voice acting and heartwarming message. The film won the BAFTA Award for Best Animated Film, the Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Animated Feature and the Saturn Award for Best Animated Film; it was also nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film and received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song for "Everything Is Awesome".

The film has since expanded into a major franchise which ties into the Lego brand, with a sequel, entitled The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, which was released on February 8, 2019. A spin-off film, The Lego Batman Movie, was released to theaters on February 10, 2017, with a second spin-off, The Lego Ninjago Movie, released September 22, 2017. A third spin-off, The Billion Brick Race, is in development. A 4D film based on the film itself, entitled The Lego Movie: 4D - A New Adventure, was released to Legoland parks across the world after its premiere at Legoland Florida on January 29, 2016.

The film is dedicated to Kathleen Fleming, the former director of entertainment development of the Lego company, following her death in Cancún, Mexico in April 2013.

The Lego Movie (franchise)

The Lego Movie is an American media franchise based on Lego construction toys. It began with the 2014 film of the same name, which was directed and written by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. The success of the film led it to receiving two licensed video games, a theme park film ride attraction, two spin-off films which were released in 2017, an animated series as well as a sequel among other pieces of media. A sequel to The Lego Batman Movie is in development, as well as a third spin-off.

The Lego Ninjago Movie

The Lego Ninjago Movie is a 2017 3D computer-animated martial arts adventure-comedy film based on the toy line of the same name. Directed by Charlie Bean, Paul Fisher and Bob Logan from a screenplay by Logan, Fisher, William Wheeler, Tom Wheeler, Jared Stern and John Whittington, it is the first theatrical film to be based on an original LEGO property, the third installment of The LEGO Movie franchise as well as its second spin-off. Starring the voices of Dave Franco, Justin Theroux, Fred Armisen, Abbi Jacobson, Olivia Munn, Kumail Nanjiani, Michael Peña, Zach Woods and Jackie Chan, the film focuses on Lloyd Garmadon, a teenage ninja as he attempts to accept the truth about his villainous father while a new threat emerges to endanger his homeland.

It is an international co-production of the United States and Denmark. Produced by Warner Animation Group, RatPac Entertainment, LEGO System A/S, Dan Lin's Lin Pictures, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller's Lord Miller Productions, and Roy Lee's Vertigo Entertainment, it was released in the United States on September 22, 2017 in 3D, 2D and Dolby Cinema by Warner Bros. Pictures. It received mixed reviews from critics for its humour and grossed $123.1 million against a $70 million budget. The film's animation was provided by Animal Logic.

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