Nina Yang Bongiovi
Godfather of Harlem, Sorry To Bother You
With nearly two decades of experience in the motion picture industry, NINA YANG BONGIOVI (Co-Founder of Significant Productions, Producer) 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.
She is keenly focused on ensuring greater representation in entertainment for women and people of color.
Together under their banner, Significant Productions, Nina and Forest have produced a number of critically-acclaimed films by auteur filmmakers, 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 premiered this fall on EPIX.
Nina is also currently in production on Rebecca Hall’s directorial debut Passing, starring Tessa Thompson, Ruth Negga, Andre Holland and Alexander Skarsgard.
Nina is a board member of Film Independent, The Oscar Grant Foundation, Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (CAPE), 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.
Photo credit: Monica Orozco