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 (BONES), Davey Holmes ("Awake," "In Treatment"), Patrick Massett ("Friday Night Lights," "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider"), Cherry Chevapravatdumrong (FAMILY GUY), Scott Prendergast ("Wilfred"), Virgil Williams ("Criminal Minds," "24"), Peter Sollett ("Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist," "Raising Victor Vargas"), Eli Dolleman (THE CLEVELAND SHOW, AMERICAN DAD), Laurence Andries ("The Pacific," "Supernatural"), Jessica Sharzer ("American Horror Story") 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.