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Megan Chao

Vice President, Development and Production, Birman Productions, Inc.
Los Angeles, CA US
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Documentary Showrunner & Editor | Development Executive


Megan Chao is an award-winning documentary producer and picture editor based in Los Angeles, with nearly two decades of experience specializing in documentaries. She is currently the vice president of development and production for Birman Productions, Inc. where she manages a diverse slate, a creative team, and corporate strategy from development through show delivery. Chao is currently the showrunner, director and editor on two environmental documentary series projects, including Seasons 6 and 7 of Earth Focus for PBS SoCal, and Eden, a collaborative with UC Santa Barbara, Microsoft, NVIDIA and CERN. Prior, Chao was supervising producer and editor on the critically-acclaimed Murder to Mercy: The Cyntoia Brown Story for Netflix, The Big Bang Machine for NOVA, Curious Minds: Conscious Capitalism and The Hunt for Dark Matter for CuriosityStream and MAX, Chasing Speed for Velocity, and Perfecting Flight, an independent feature documentary with executive producer and actor Harrison Ford. Chao serves on the Board of Governors at the Television Academy representing the Documentary Programming peer group, and is co-chair of the Activities Committee, member of the Awards and Bylaws committees, in addition to the AI Task Force. She is a member of the Producers Guild of America, where she currently serves as one of the co-chairs for the Documentary and Non-Fiction Committee. She is also a member of the International Documentary Association (IDA), the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) and is on the Advisory Board for the Archival Producers Alliance (APA) Initiative on Generative AI.