THR's Women in Entertainment 2011: Power 100
After leaving Lifetime Networks, where she had been president and CEO, Wong spent more than a year searching for the right opportunity, and joined the board of Liberty Media before taking the Sony offer in September. "It was the perfect challenge for me," says Wong, 45. "It draws on skills I have, but gives me an opportunity to grow."
Part of taking on what she calls her "next great adventure," meant moving from West Hollywood to London, where she had often visited during her years working for ABC. It was there she found Dancing With the Stars, which she imported to America, along with many other shows. "I always get creatively stimulated there because there's so much great talent in the TV business [in the U.K.]," says Wong.
She will need all those skills and more to oversee Sony's local production operations in 15 countries, from Russia to Latin America to China. "My job," she explains, "is to bring out the best in each of them and ensure they are as successful as they can be in their territory."
She knows that it will be a challenge: "You can't have great success unless you take risks, so you can't be afraid to fail." Adds Wong, who grew up in Northern California: "I think it will be a great experience to do business outside of this country and learn the international world."
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