via press release:
THOMAS WONG NAMED 2012 “FOX WRITERS INTENSIVE” FELLOW
Fox Broadcasting Company to Buy and Develop Wong’s Original Script
Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (CAPE) To Receive
Financial Grant from Fox for Referral
Fox Audience Strategy today announced that Thomas Wong has been selected as the first Fox Writers Intensive (FWI) Fellow. Chosen from the inaugural class of 10 FWI finalists, Wong has inked an agreement with Fox Broadcasting Company for the purchase and development of his original submission, “Queen.” In addition, Fox will award Wong’s referring organization, Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (CAPE), a $15,000 FWI grant to be earmarked for its writing program. Wong is represented by The Gersh Agency.
Launched earlier this year, the Fox Writers Intensive is an advanced writer’s program designed to nurture experienced scribes who have diverse voices, backgrounds and life experiences and create a strong pipeline of well-rounded talent for potential staffing on Fox productions.
Kevin Reilly, President of Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company said, “I was impressed with Thomas' unique sensibility and strong work throughout the Fox Writers Intensive – as well as the promising talent of our other FWI finalists – and I'm excited to continue building our relationships with all of these gifted writers.”
The FWI finalists spent four months (February through May 2012) participating in a rigorous curriculum administered by FWI partner Film Independent that focused on honing their craft and establishing deeper creative connections across Fox’s television, film and other entertainment businesses. The intensive featured collaborative sessions with writers and producers including Hart Hanson (), Davey Holmes (“Awake,” “ ”), Patrick Massett (“Friday Night Lights,” “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider”), Cherry Chevapravatdumrong ( ), Scott Prendergast (“Wilfred”), Virgil Williams (“ ,” “24”), Peter Sollett (“Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist,” “Raising Victor Vargas”), Eli Dolleman ( , ), Laurence Andries (“The Pacific,” “ ”), Jessica Sharzer (“ ”) and Roy Lee (“The Departed,” “The Grudge”). In addition, senior Fox executives including Reilly; Nancy Utley, President, Fox Searchlight Pictures and Nicky Weinstock, President, Fox Filmed Entertainment Writer’s Studio, participated in the program.
“It’s extremely important to our industry that we continually nurture fresh, diverse voices in storytelling,” said Utley. “The level of talent we saw in the Fox Writers Intensive finalists was absolutely phenomenal, and I look forward to working with many of them in the future.”
Hart Hanson, creator and executive producer ofsaid, “The writers I met with during the Fox Writers Intensive program were diverse in background, genre and subject matter. What these writers did have in common was intelligence, talent and ambition – not to mention energy. I fully expect to come into contact with these writers as they pursue their respective careers. It was my great pleasure to spend time with them. I suspect I gained more from the Fox Writers Intensive participants than they got from me.”
In addition to Wong, the inaugural Fox Writers Intensive class included finalists Nick Citton, Alessia Costantini, Jan Eliasberg, Jason Gavin, Nicole Jefferson Asher, Tina Mabry, Eric Nazarian, Mark Valadez and Iris Yamashita. The 10 FWI finalists were selected from more than 300 nominations and submissions by talent representation and arts organizations across the country, including the National Hispanic Media Coalition, Sundance Institute, New York Foundation For The Arts, Outfest, Film Independent, Writers Bootcamp, Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment and Visual Communications.
Following their completion of the Fox Writers Intensive, all of the finalists are being promoted across the Fox creative community and submitted for potential staffing on current and future Fox entertainment productions.
Fox Audience Strategy is a department within The Fox Group designed to identify programming and operational opportunities that reflect diverse perspectives across all of its entertainment platforms.