Leo Chu is an award-winning creator, writer, producer, and showrunner of television and film.
Leo made his mark as the Emmy-nominated executive producer and showrunner of Spike’s adult action series Afro Samurai starring Samuel L. Jackson and Lucy Liu. He expanded the franchise with a hit Namco video game and Tor graphic novel series as well as writing and executive producing the sequel Afro Samurai: Resurrection, which made history as the first animé to win a Primetime Emmy Award.
Most recently, he was the creator, executive producer, and showrunner of the live-action, Emmy Award-winning, action-comedy series Supah Ninjas starring George Takei and Randall Park for Nickelodeon. The series is the #1 show in its time period for boys, airs constantly on Nick’s various networks, and won him a Writers Guild Award.
Previously, Leo was the Vice President of Creative Affairs for Walt Disney Feature Animation where he developed such Academy Award-winning films as Pixar’s Finding Nemo and Miyazaki’s Spirited Away. Other films include Disney’s Mulan, Lilo & Stitch, Brother Bear, Dinosaur, and Meet The Robinsons as well as Pixar’s Toy Story and Monster’s Inc.
Leo is an alum of the WGA Showrunner Training Program and currently serves on the Guild’s Diversity Advisory Group, where he developed the curriculum for the Writers Access Project and the Staff Writer Bootcamp. He has been invited to speak at numerous universities including Stanford, Carnegie Mellon, Northwestern, USC, and the University of Hawaii.
You can follow him on Twitter @leochu88.