Writer/Director/Producer of the forthcoming "Autopilot"
Writer/Director/Producer of the award-winning feature Charon
Writer/Producer/Lead of "Fetish"
Writer/Producer of The Evil Inside (available in Redbox, DVD and Blu-Ray) and the upcoming feature, The Minx
Singer/Songwriter on the "Jennifer Zhang VS" EP and the "ESCAPE EMOTION" Album
Producer/Former Head of Programming of Jace Hall’s celebrity gaming network 1337LoungeLive/Twin Galaxies Live
Co-Author w/ Dr. Jay Gordon of "The ADD & ADHD Cure" (available: Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, Borders)
Editor of "The Hungry City Guides" (Los Angeles, Seattle, and Chicago Family Editions)
Jennifer Zhang’s passion for storytelling -- and for removing the barriers that prevent underrepresented voices from telling their stories -- drives all of her endeavors as a writer, a director, a producer and an actress.
Prior to making inroads into entertainment, Jennifer had spent years as an editor on several dining guides for Hungry City (in its time, a leading competitor of Zagat), ghostwriting three teen self-help books for Kaplan, and co-authoring The ADD and ADHD Cure (Wiley, 2008) with celebrity pediatrician Jay Gordon—a book that received ringing endorsements from Julia Roberts, David Duchovny, Tobey Maguire,and Matt Damon.
While making headway in her publishing career, Jennifer was also writing and producing for Expanded Books – a company that created slick made-for-the-web book trailers for major publishing houses. In her position at the company, she worked on over 100 videos featuring authors, illustrators and public figures, including George R.R. Martin, Terry Brooks, Orson Scott Card, Maurice Sendak and former U.S. Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen. Simultaneously, Jennifer was contracted to write a number of pilots and treatments for shows that were pitched to Yahoo! TV, MTV and Nickelodeon by company owner Todd Stevens , who had previously been co-executive producer of "Friends”.
In 2009-2010, Jennifer worked under contract with the Walt Disney Company as a writer, heading up the web copy for the national “What will you celebrate?” and “Give a Day. Get a Disney Day.” marketing campaigns – the former for which she won an industry award, and the latter of which allowed her to work with the Muppets.
Her stint in the corporate world was paired with a concentrated effort to launch a career as a screenwriter, filmmaker and actress. It was during this period that she began taking acting classes and studied screenwriting under the late, great Blake Snyder. A graduate of his Beat Sheet Workshop and Master Class, she has since been penning and shopping nearly a dozen feature-length screenplays using his highly effective and celebrated Save the Cat! principles.
A major unexpected turning point in her career came when she garnered media attention and an internet fan base with her viral video game parodies, “Street Fighter High” and “Street Fighter High: The Musical.” The web series was featured on Capcom’s official site in conjunction with the release of the new Street Fighter games, as well as over 100 media outlets across the web.
Jennifer quickly leveraged the resources, media attention, and industry connections she made from Street Fighter High into production of a feature film – originally called Dead Inside but renamed The Evil Inside. After winning numerous festival awards, the film was sold for domestic and international distribution. Jennifer wrote the screenplay, and with the backing of a group of 8 young engineers and cinephiles from the Silicon Valley (who together, formed DMN Films, named for their weekly tradition “Drunk Movie Night”), turned the project into a full-blown feature with a fresh cast of talented young actors. The film is currently available in Redbox, and on DVD in the US and Blu-Ray in the UK.
Having written all the pop tracks featured in her feature film The Evil Inside, Jennifer launched an independent music career shortly after, releasing a buzzworthy album of electronic pop music with "nerdy" subject matter in 2014. " “Jennifer Zhang VS” - produced by James tha Deejay (Danger Squad Records) and recorded and enginerred by Glenn Suravech (Mosaic Sound Recordings). Jennifer performed tracks from the song as a headliner in Vegas at the Riviera Hotel on New Years' Eve. Her sophomore album -- "ESCAPE EMOTION" -- represented a pivot into serious EDM, with an accompanying music video for the first single "Knell".
As an actress and host, Jennifer has appeared on The Radnerd Show, Drag Me to Hell, The Daily ReHash, dozens of videos on the channels of major Youtube influencers and numerous videos with celebrity guests for Jace Hall’s multi-camera, live-streamed gaming culture network Twin Galaxies Live (formerly 1337LoungeLive) — where she served as creative director and head of programming, and frequently appeared as a primary on-camera personality. In 2021, she starred in the short film "Fetish" which is world premiering at the prestigious Micheaux Film Festival in 2022.
CHARON represented a massive breakthrough in her career as a writer/director/actress. The feature film -- produced entirely under lockdown -- won dozens of festival awards, drew international buzz, was written up in Deadline, and ultimately netted a sale to Summerhill Entertainment following a showing at the Cannes film market.
As a filmmaker, Jennifer currently has two short films hitting the festival circuit in 2022: "Fetish" and "Autopilot" -- the latter of which she wrote, produced, and directed. With mounting momentum and studio/network interest, she continues to gather funding for her feature film projects and to shop her TV projects. STAY TUNED.