Chloé Zhao
Jake Sigl
United States

Highwayman Films


Zhao is following an increasingly common career trajectory, first directing well-received low-budget indie dramas to helming a mega-budget comic book movie, in her case November 2021’s “Eternals” from Disney and Marvel. The difference is that Zhao’s happened to make “Nomadland,” which dominated the 2020-2021 awards season, culminating with a trio of Oscar wins for best picture, best actress (Frances McDormand) and best director for Zhao. In turn, Marvel also let her put more of a personal stamp on “Eternals,” shooting many scenes and sequences on location and working with stars Angelina Jolie, Gemma Chan and Lauren Ridloff to create more nuanced female superhero characters. In February, it was announced that Zhao is developing a sci-fi-western take on “Dracula” for Universal.




  • Mount Holyoke College (MA, USA)
  • New York University (NY, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2021 Variety500 Honoree
  • 10 Directors to Watch
  • Inclusion Impact
  • Women's Impact
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Chloé Zhao Signs First-Look TV Deal With Searchlight Television

Chloé Zhao Signs First-Look TV Deal With Searchlight Television

Chloé Zhao has entered into a multi-year first look TV deal with Searchlight Television, Variety has learned. Under the terms of the deal, Zhao will develop and produce scripted content for Searchlight TV across all platforms. It represents a homecoming for Zhao, with Searchlight having produced her Academy Award and Golden Globe-winning feature film "Nomadland." “Chloe is a visionary filmmaker and, since the moment we finished 'Nomadland,' we have looked to find new ways to collaborate again,” said Searchlight presidents...


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