Dan is the CEO of Lin Pictures, a next-generation production company with a deal at Warner Bros. in both film (first-look) and television (exclusive). The company has 4 different divisions – live-action feature films, LEGO animated films, television production, and Creative Salons. Its offices are based at the Bricksburg Chamber of Commerce in Hollywood, CA.
Since his company’s formation in 2008, Lin has produced films that have grossed over $2.0 billion in worldwide box office sales. He most recently produced the blockbuster “The LEGO Movie,” written and directed by Christopher Miller and Phil Lord, and is currently producing “LEGO Batman” (February 2017 release), “LEGO Ninjago” (September 2017 release) and “The LEGO Movie Sequel” (May 2018 release). He has a number of other projects in development, including “ACME” starring Steve Carell and directed by John Requa & Glenn Ficarra, “Jonny Quest” to be directed by Robert Rodriguez, and Stephen King’s “IT” to be directed by Andy Muschietti.
Lin previously produced the hit mystery thrillers “Sherlock Holmes” and “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows,” starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law under the direction of Guy Ritchie. Lin also produced “Gangster Squad” starring Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, and Sean Penn; “The Box,” starring Cameron Diaz; and “The Invention of Lying,” starring Ricky Gervais and Jennifer Garner. Lin also executive produced the action thriller “Terminator Salvation,” starring Christian Bale, and Robert Rodriguez’s family film “Shorts.”
Prior to forming Lin Pictures, Lin served as Senior Vice President of Production for Warner Bros. Pictures. During his eight-year tenure at the studio, from 1999 to 2007, he oversaw the development and production of such films as Martin Scorsese’s Academy Award-winning drama “The Departed”; “10,000 BC,” directed by Roland Emmerich; “The Aviator,” directed by Scorsese; “Alexander,” directed by Oliver Stone, “TMNT”; “Invasion”; “Unaccompanied Minors”; “Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed”; and “Torque.”
Lin serves on the Board of Directors for several non-profit organizations – the Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment; Pepperdine University’s Center for Entertainment, Media, and Culture; and the I Dream of Fish Foundation. He is also a mentor for both the Producer’s Guild of America and the Center for Asian American Media. In June 2015, he was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
He received his undergraduate degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1994 and his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1999.
Childhood ambition: To play shortstop for the New York Yankees
Fondest memory: The day I first met my wife
Soundtrack: "Everything is Awesome" by Tegan and Sara with Lonely Island
Retreat: Saddlehorn Marina Bar
Wildest dream: Building the entertainment company of the future
Proudest moment: My son starting his own non-profit, I Dream of Fish
Biggest challenge: How to be a good husband and father while running a fast-growing business
Alarm clock: One of my sons or my dog
Perfect day: Golf in the morning, followed by a nap with my sons and dinner and a movie with my wife
First job: Delivering cookies in the deep South
Indulgence: Vintage cowboy western paraphernalia
Last purchase: Rowenta compact valet steamer (life changing!)
Favorite movie: Jerry Maguire, The Incredibles, Toy Story 3
Inspiration: God, my parents, Fred Rogers, Jamie Oliver, Doug Averill, and Jeremy "Linsanity" Lin
My life: Is blessed