Janet Yang earned her MBA from Columbia University and began her professional career in Beijing as a translator and editor for the Foreign Languages Press Office, the official publishing arm of the Chinese government. Returning to the U.S., she ran World Entertainment in San Francisco, a firm involved in importing and distributing films from Hong Kong and China. Following that she was hired to represent several majors in the first ever sale of American studio films to China. This in turn led her to a position with Steven Spielberg on his film, EMPIRE OF THE SUN.
She then became a production executive at Universal Studios and laid the groundwork for DRAGON: THE BRUCE LEE STORY. She was then brought in to head up Oliver Stone´s production company Ixtlan, where she developed and produced such movies as THE JOY LUCK CLUB and THE PEOPLE VS. LARRY FLYNT. Following that Ms. Yang partnered with Lisa Henson at a deal at Sony to work on such films as ZERO EFFECT. Since then she has been producing on her own such films as SAVIOR, HIGH CRIMES, and THE WEIGHT OF WATER.