With nearly two decades of experience in the motion picture industry, Nina Yang Bongiovi has gained a positive reputation for having an in-depth knowledge of film financing, creative and physical producing and a knack for discovering talent, like that of Ryan Coogler (Marvel’s Black Panther), whose first film Fruitvale Station (2013) was produced by Nina and her producing partner, Forest Whitaker.
Together under their banner Significant Productions, Nina and Forest have produced a number of critically-acclaimed films by auteur filmmakers of color, including Dope (2015) by Rick Famuyiwa, Songs My Brothers Taught Me (2015) by Chloe Zhao, Roxanne Roxanne (2018) by Michael Larnell and Sorry to Bother You (2018) by Boots Riley. Nina’s mission is to create opportunities and inclusivity for underserved and underrepresented storytellers by producing culturally significant films and television shows. She is currently executive producing the premium series Godfather of Harlem, which will premiere on EPIX this fall. She’s also in active development on the Angela Davis feature biopic with Lionsgate, alongside a slate of projects that she loves.
Nina is a board member of Film Independent, The Oscar Grant Foundation, Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (CAPE) and the Producers Guild of America (PGA), as well as a member of The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences’ (AMPAS) Producers Branch. She is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and received her graduate degree in Entertainment Management from the Annenberg School at the University of Southern California.