Netflix hires 'It' producer Dan Lin for top film job, replacing Scott Stuber

Meg James and Wendy Lee, Los Angeles Times on

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LOS ANGELES — Netflix announced Wednesday that film producer Dan Lin has been named chairman of the streaming company's film division, replacing longtime movie chief Scott Stuber.

Lin has achieved much success by producing tentpole live-action and animated movies, including the "Lego" and "It" movies for Warner Bros. and the recent live-action series adaptation of "Avatar: The Last Airbender" for Netflix. He also worked with the Los Gatos-based streaming giant on the Oscar-nominated film "The Two Popes."

Since forming his production company, Rideback, about 15 years ago, Lin has produced films that have grossed $6 billion at the box office worldwide, Netflix said.

Lin's production company is located in Los Angeles' Historic Filipinotown neighborhood, an enclave that also includes the home base for Ava DuVernay's Array.

The Taipei, Taiwan-born producer will start at the Sunset Boulevard Netflix campus on April 1. Stuber announced earlier this year that he would step down in mid-March to form his own entertainment company.

Lin will report to Bela Bajaria, Netflix's chief content officer, who previously ran global television at the company.


"Dan's experience as both an executive and a producer is marked by a consistent ability to draw in exceptional filmmakers," Bajaria said. "But what really got my attention was his creation of Rideback, a dynamic community for filmmakers, fostering collaborative and creative environments. His visionary approach has led to the establishment of incubators and residencies, propelling the careers of extraordinary talent, as well as a steady slate of blockbuster films."

Lin's resume goes beyond the blockbuster "Lego Movie" franchise and Stephen King's horror films. He produced the mystery thriller "Sherlock Holmes" film franchise for Warner Bros. and the live-action remake "Aladdin" and "Haunted Mansion" for Disney. He's currently in production on Disney's live-action remake of "Lilo & Stitch."

In television, Lin produces the series "Walker," starring Jared Padalecki, for the CW network and CBS Studios. Lin is in postproduction on an upcoming Hulu series, "Interior Chinatown," based on Charles Yu's novel of the same name.

Before launching his own company, Lin worked at Warner Bros. Pictures as a senior vice president of production. He joined that Burbank studio as an intern under film executive Lorenzo di Bonaventura in 1999. At the time, he was a 25-year-old student pursuing an MBA at Harvard with no Hollywood connections. He left Warner Bros. in 2007 after contributing to major motion pictures including Martin Scorsese's Oscar-winning drama "The Departed."


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