Teresa Cheng

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Teresa Cheng
Born Hong Kong, China
Alma mater University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, United States
Occupation Animation producer
Known for

Shrek Forever After


Batman & Robin

True Lies

Teresa Cheng is an animation producer specifically skilled in computer graphics and most famously known for her work on Shrek Forever After, Madagascar, Batman & Robin, and True Lies. She has worked with major agencies such as Warner Brothers Studios, DreamWorks, and most recently became the general manager for Lucasfilm Animation.


Cheng was born in Hong Kong but moved to Seattle, Washington to attend University of Washington where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communications in 1979. She landed her first job in Toronto with CBC Television, the largest Canadian broadcasting network. There, she was introduced to computer graphics, and from that she got her next jobs as a commercial producer for both Digital Domain and Rhythm and Hues. At Digital Domain, Cheng moved from television animation to film animation. This got her a job with DreamWorks where she stayed for 15 years. Her position at DreamWorks Animation has shifted amongst senior roles in the production of animated features.[1]

More recently Cheng's professional roles have specialized in the Asian sphere. She has worked as the general manager for Industrial Light & Magic Singapore, a division of Lucasfilm, and had a collaborative role in DreamWorks U.S. and Oriental DreamWorks, which was just established in Shanghai in 2012.[2] She has been appointed by DreamWorks to be the new general manager for Lucasfilm Animation Singapore in their new digital productions headquarters.[3]

Since the start of her career, Cheng has had 20 years of experience within both the film and commercial industry. One of her first contributions was her Rhythm and Hues work on the computer generated polar bears in the Coca-Cola commercials[4] and since has worked on numerous well-known films and television series. Perhaps Cheng's most prestigious contribution is her work on Dreamwork's Shrek series, the 12th highest grossing franchise of all time and the highest grossing animated franchise. She is knowledgeable about the studio, facility, business, and global aspects of the animation industry.[5] Cheng has occupied many leadership roles. At her first job at CBS she started as promos producer and finished as the graphic design manager. At DreamWorks she occupied many positions such as production manager, head of production, and producer. She has been nominated in the VES awards for Outstanding Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture.[6] In 2010, Teresa Cheng was included in the Producers Guild of America's Digital 25: Visionaries, Innovators and Producers list for her work on Shrek Forever After and was listed amongst names such as Steve Jobs and James Cameron. The Digital 25 list recognizes advances in Internet, interactive television, digital effects, gaming, and home entertainment.[7]



  1. ^ Joseph, Nancy (January 2013). "Q&A with Dreamworks' Teresa Cheng". 
  2. ^ Frater, Patrick (June 2014). "Teresa Cheng to Head Lucasfilm Singapore". Variety.com. 
  3. ^ Tartaglione, Nancy (June 2014). "Global Showbiz Briefs: Teresa Cheng Joins Lucasfilm Singapore". Deadline.com. 
  4. ^ DeMott, Rick (November 2000). "PDI/DreamWorks Names Teresa Cheng Head of Production". Animation World Network. 
  5. ^ Saim, Quistina (June 2014). "Lucasfilm Singapore appoints new GM". Marketing-interactive.com. 
  6. ^ "‘Inception’ tops visual effects film noms". Variety.com. January 2011. 
  7. ^ DeMott, Rick (September 2010). "Cameron, Jobs, Katzenberg Make PGA's 2010 Digital 25 List". Animation World Network. 

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