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Vice President - Development and Production

Megan Chao oversees the creative and logistical operations for Birman Productions, from pre-production, through production and post-production. She is a showrunner and picture editor.  She also manages the overall corporate strategy for the company.

Chao joined dbp in 2009 as a researcher on Brace for Impact: The Chesley B. Sullenberger Story, a documentary for TLC and Discovery Channel.  She has since become an award-winning producer and editor, as well as a writer and cinematographer.

Chao has a master's degree in broadcast journalism from USC's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, and dual bachelor's degrees in biology and nonfiction creative writing from the University of California at Riverside.  In her past life, she was a science and health journalist who published with The National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine.


She is a longtime national active member of the Television Academy in the documentary programming peer group and a hyphenate member in the picture editors peer group.  She serves on the Board of Governors, as well as various committees and the AI Task Force.  She is also a member of the Producers Guild of America, where she serves as one of the co-chairs for the Documentary & Nonfiction Committee.

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