Teddy Zee is President and founding partner of Ironpond, an entertainment company specializing in bringing Hollywood filmed entertainment to China and Asia while bringing Asian content to the world. Previously, he served as a top-level studio executive at Columbia Pictures and Paramount Pictures, presided over two very successful and prolific studio-based production companies, and ran his own independent television and movie company.
Despite the pressures of big box office returns and finding franchise movies, Zee championed Asian, Asian American, and minority talent. Zee was the first to introduce Chow Yun Fat to Hollywood. His project CHARLIE'S ANGELS was a feature film- spring board for Lucy Liu. He worked with Hong Kong filmmakers John Woo, Stephen Chow and Ringo Lam long before it was fashionable. Zee promoted the directorial debuts of Antoine Fuqua and Alice Wu as well as giving Jennifer Lopez and Damon Wayans their first starring movie roles.
2005 marked Teddy Zee's 20th anniversary in the film industry, a year in which HITCH and SAVING FACE were released. Both were produced by Zee, who served as President of Overbrook Films. HITCH, a Columbia Pictures release starring Will Smith, Eva Mendes and Kevin James was one of the year's biggest hits, earning over $360 million in worldwide ticket sales. In addition, SAVING FACE, the independently produced feature starring Joan Chen was picked up by Sony Pictures Classics and won the prestigious Audience Award at the 2005 Golden Horse Awards, Taiwan's Oscar equivalent.
Zee is Executive Producer of PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS, a project he found and brought to the attention of Will Smith.
Zee is the Executive Producer and on-air host for the AZN TV talk show, DIM SUM WITH TEDDY ZEE. The show's pilot featured conversations with Daniel Dae Kim from the hit ABC series LOST. Zee's other show for AZN is a documentary that follows the exploits of four Asian American high school seniors as they chase their dreams of getting into Ivy League colleges. The show will air this Fall.
Zee was President of Davis Entertainment where he was Executive Producer on LIFE OR SOMETHING LIKE IT, the New Regency release starring Angelina Jolie and was involved in the Jennifer Love Hewitt comedy HEARTBREAKERS.
Prior to heading up Overbrook Films and Davis Entertainment, Zee was Executive Vice President, Production, at Columbia Pictures where he oversaw such films as CHARLIE'S ANGELS, REPLACEMENT KILLERS, ANACONDA, FOOLS RUSH IN, DEVIL'S OWN, CABLE GUY, FIRST KNIGHT, MY GIRL, MO MONEY, HERO, SLEEPWALKERS and many more.
Zee began his career with NBC and has also held positions at Touche Ross and Paramount Pictures, where he was Senior VP of Production. While at Paramount, he championed such films as INDECENT PROPOSAL, STAR TREK VI, COUSINS and PRESIDIO.
Zee graduated from the School of Industrial & Labor Relations at Cornell University and earned an M.B.A. from Harvard University.
Most recently, Zee served with Kelly Hu as co-chair of the Remy Martin sponsored 2006 Asian Excellence Awards, televised by AZN-TV. PBS' Los Angeles affiliate, KCET honored him as a “Local Hero” for his contributions to Asian Americans in film. He was a Juror at the 2005 Louis Vuitton Hawaii International Film Festival and the 2006 VC Film Festival in Los Angeles.
Zee is a long-time member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (the Executive branch of the Oscars' organization), a former member of the Executive Board of the Asian American Policy Review at Harvard's JFK School of Government, on the Board of Coalition for Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (CAPE), and a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA).