Dan is the CEO of Rideback (fka Lin Pictures), a next-generation production company with a deal at Warner Bros. in both film and television. The company has 4 different divisions – live-action feature films, LEGO animated films, television production, and Creative Salons. Its offices are based at Rideback Ranch in Historic Filipinotown, CA.
Since his company’s formation in 2008, Lin has produced films that have grossed over $2.0 billion in worldwide box office sales. He most recently produced the blockbuster “The LEGO Movie,” written and directed by Christopher Miller and Phil Lord, and is currently in production on “LEGO Batman” (February 2017 release), “LEGO Ninjago” (September 2017 release), and “The LEGO Movie Sequel” (May 2018 release). He is in pre-production on the films “Death Note” with director Adam Wingard and Stephen King’s “IT” to be directed by Andy Muschietti. On the television side, he is producing the pilots of “Lethal Weapon” for Fox and “Frequency” for the CW.
Lin previously produced the hit mystery thrillers “Sherlock Holmes” and “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows,” starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law under the direction of Guy Ritchie. Lin also produced “Gangster Squad” starring Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, and Sean Penn; “The Box,” starring Cameron Diaz; and “The Invention of Lying,” starring Ricky Gervais and Jennifer Garner. Lin also executive produced the action thriller “Terminator Salvation,” starring Christian Bale, and Robert Rodriguez’s family film “Shorts.”
Prior to forming Lin Pictures, Lin served as Senior Vice President of Production for Warner Bros. Pictures. During his eight-year tenure at the studio, from 1999 to 2007, he oversaw the development and production of such films as Martin Scorsese’s Academy Award-winning drama “The Departed”; “10,000 BC,” directed by Roland Emmerich; “The Aviator,” directed by Scorsese; and “Alexander,” directed by Oliver Stone.
Lin serves on the Board of Directors for several non-profit organizations – Pepperdine University’s Center for Entertainment, Media, and Culture and the I Dream of Fish Foundation. He is also a mentor for both the Producer’s Guild of America and the Center for Asian American Media. In June 2015, he was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
He received his undergraduate degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1994 and his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1999.