About Darlene Chan
Darlene has worked with writers throughout her entire professional career.
Darlene started her film industry career as Creative Executive for Paramount Pictures’ Motion Picture Group. As a junior executive on a team that was led by Michael D. Eisner and Jeffrey Katzenberg, she helped develop Beverly Hills Cop, King David, D.A.R.Y.L. and Explorers. She was included in story meetings for films such as Witness, Pretty in Pink, Children of a Lesser God , countless development projects, on talent and producer deals with Eddie Murphy, Simpson & Bruckheimer and numerous other producers and screenwriters under contract to Paramount, and pitch meetings. She followed Eisner and Katzenberg to Walt Disney Studios as Executive Director of Production for the Walt Disney Motion Picture Group, which had been dormant for many years. The team’s mandate was to revitalize the hallowed name. Aside from overseeing development and production on Shoot to Kill and The Flight of the Navigator, Darlene was point person on numerous talent deals which included producers, writers and directors. She also supervised the Story Department, and contributed story notes on films such as Ruthless People, Outrageous Fortune, Straight Talk, Tough Guys, Stakeout and Big Business.
Darlene moved to independent production and joined Davis Entertainment as Vice President of Production. She produced Grumpy Old Men, The Thing Called Love, Shattered, Enid is Sleeping (aka Over Her Dead Body), and The Last of the Finest while at Davis. During her six years at Davis Entertainment, she was able to establish the company as a powerhouse in procuring material and developing it for production. As an executive with the company, she developed and contributed to other Davis Entertainment projects, such as License to Drive, Little Monsters, Storyville, Fortress and The Firm. Darlene continued her independent producer status the following years with Uptown Entertainment, headed by hip-hop/R&B music mogul Andre Harrell. The company’s production deal was housed at Universal Studios, and Darlene developed mainstream projects as well as musically-oriented projects for Whitney Houston, En Vogue and Heavy D. She continued with Harrell at Motown Entertainment (the film arm of the venerable record label Motown Records) and after that, as an independent film producer, setting up projects at Warner Bros. and Russell Simmons’ DEF Films.
Darlene joined Animation World Network, an online trade publication for the 2D animation industry, as a manager. She worked closely with editors and journalists on assignments, deadlines, securing interviews, supplying background material, copyediting, and clearing images and clips. When the company started VFXWorld.com which focused on 3D and CGI, Darlene became managing editor for both publications. She wrote stories for AWN and curated the Fresh from the Festivals monthly column.
In January 2009, Darlene began her own company specializing in web PR and social media for authors. From 2010-2014 she co-founded and ran iximingRED, a website customization and installation service which worked with authors to present their books and brand on the Internet.
Darlene lives in Los Angeles with her family, and is a graduate of UCLA.