Megan Chao is a factual entertainment professional with more than a decade of experience as a documentary producer, writer and picture editor.
Currently, Chao is in post production on an untitled project for CuriosityStream about the little-known story of Saint Patrick and his legendary quest to save literacy and Western Civilization. This history project is based on The New York Times Bestsellers book series, The Hinges of History, by Thomas Cahill.
Most recently, Chao was supervising producer and editor on the critically-acclaimed Murder to Mercy: The Cyntoia Brown Story for Netflix about a 16-year-old girl who was tried as an adult and sentenced to life in prison for murdering a 43-year-old man who had picked her up for sex. The 16-year odyssey, with all of its successes and failures, explores the complexity of our legislative and criminal justice system through the lens of one family’s journey. The documentary feature made the Netflix U.S. Top 10 List for the first week of its broadcast.
Chao has been with Birman Productions, Inc., a media production company based in Los Angeles, since 2009. She has a successful track record of shepherding projects from development through post production and show delivery.
Chao is also an adjunct faculty member at USC Annenberg, and is line producer for the student-produced documentary series, Impact. She has a master’s degree in broadcast journalism from USC Annenberg and dual bachelor’s degrees in biology and nonfiction creative writing from the University of California at Riverside.
She is an active member of the Television Academy in the documentary peer group, and serves on the peer group’s executive committee. She is also a member of the International Documentary Association.