Kevin Lee, Co-Chair
Hollywood Express founder and Co-Chairperson Kevin Lee is a Chinese Cultural Ambassador with a unique and invaluable perspective.
Mr. Lee came to America as the first Chinese cultural exchange student for music as a cellist. After training at Philadelphia’s world famous Settlement Music School he want on to NYU and then toured the world as a classical musician.
Mr. Lee brings a background in education, as well as the arts, and in has been successful in entrepreneurial projects producing and consulting for special events, stage acts and plays in China and abroad, including the acclaimed Monkey King China Show in Macau.
Donna Smith, Co-Chair
Hollywood Express Co-Chairperson Donna Smith’s career spans some of the most iconic films of our time, from SCHINDLER’S LIST, to JURASSIC PARK, BACK TO THE FUTURE, CROUCHING TIGER/HIDDEN DRAGON and many more. Donna has participated in the production and funding of over 150 films in her illustrious career.
Donna has the honor of being appointed a United States Film Ambassador to China and serves as a Women In Film trustee.
Donna Smith began her career as Production Coordinator on RAGING BULL and quickly rose through the ranks, serving as Production Manager, Line Producer and Producer on notable projects that included THE TERMINATOR. Smith was tapped by Universal Pictures to serve as President of Physical Production and Post Production; becoming the first woman to serve in that role for a major Hollywood studio.
During Smith’s seven-year tenure at Universal, more than 120 titles were released under her leadership including; Academy Award winner SCHINDLER’S LIST, JURASSIC PARK, BABE, SCENT OF A WOMAN, CASINO, BACKDRAFT, BACK TO THE FUTURE, APOLLO 13 and WATERWORLD.
Following her executive role at Universal, Donna entered the world of completion bonds, having established a sterling reputation as a “highly bondable” producer. Donna served as CEO/President for the Entertainment Coalition, a management entity formed to coordinate full-service completion bond and insurance services for the entertainment industry worldwide.
Under Donna’s leadership, the company handled such titles as CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON; STAR WARS: THE PHANTOM MENACE; THE NUTTY PROFESSOR; BATMAN & ROBIN; LA CONFIDENTIAL; ARMAGEDDON; LETHAL WEAPON and THE MATRIX TRILOGY.
Donna Smith more recently served as Chief Executive Officer and President of Cinema Completions International. Based in Los Angeles with offices in London and Sydney, CCI underwrote completion bonds for movies. Smith green-lit new business and spearheaded strategic planning, managerial insight; guided by an extensive network of relationships with Hollywood studio executives, producers, filmmakers and creative talent.