THR's Women in Entertainment 2012: Power 100
In late 2011, the former president and CEO of Lifetime Networks agreed to move from L.A. to London to oversee Sony Pictures Television's international TV production business and serve as Sony Pictures Entertainment's commercial and governmental representative abroad. Wong, 46, has started to focus on finding scripted and nonscripted content that can travel and producers who can deliver it, like the recently acquired Left Bank Pictures, the British outfit behind crime series Wallander, starring Kenneth Branagh. "We expect them to create some fantastic IP," says Wong, who now oversees no fewer than 18 production companies in 15 countries.
Moment I knew I wanted to work in the business: I was in business school at Stanford and had a summer job at NBC. I had the opportunity to sit in the control room at the Today show, and the minute I walked in, I knew this is something that I wanted to do.
Who gave me my first big break: [Disney CEO] Bob Iger. He hired me as a special assistant. Seeing how he managed and led was very special. I try to emulate him.
When I leave work each day, I can't wait to: Experience London, meet new friends and take in the amazing culture. I just moved here!
Most surprising song on my iPod: The theme from Rocky.
What I'd tell my 22-year-old self about working in Hollywood: "Be generous to people as often as you can, because it always comes back to you."
Top three shows on my DVR: Definitely Homeland and Downton Abbey. The third is the BBC's The Paradise.
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