April 5, 2013
Thomas Wong is the recipient of the Writers Guild of America, West's 2013 Writer Access Project (WAP) honor. The Writers Guild will showcase Wong's work in drama to industry decision-makers.
Wong joins nine other honorees who were selected for outstanding talent in the areas of drama and comedy.
The winners were selected from the results of judges scores who read written entries and judged on a blind submission basis.
Writers Guild members with extensive showrunning and writer-producer experience served as judges, including award-winning screenwriter, producer and director Shonda Rhimes, creator of Grey's Anatomy and Scandal and screenwriter of The Princess Diaries.
A reading of selections of the honorees' original pilots will be held this month to industry representatives.
Photo credit: Michael Jones, WGA.org 2013 WAP Honorees, Standing (L-R): Thomas Wong, Michael DiGaetano, Dawn Comer Jefferson, Joey Manderino, Joseph Neustein, Leslie Valdes. Seated (L-R): Sherry Carnes, Geetika Lizardi, Lena Waithe, Margaux Froley Wong's bio states that he always dreamed of becoming a television writer, but, "as the first-born son in a traditional Chinese family, such fanciful notions were downright un-American." Wong earned a degree in English at Williams College, then attended NYU School of Law, "like any good child shouldering the weight of his family’s expectations would."
After several years immersed in labor and employment, divorce, immigration, and criminal defense, Thomas gave up law for a stint selling luxury real estate to Manhattan's rich and famous before finally moving to Los Angeles to pursue his childhood dream.
2013 WRITER ACCESS PROJECT HONOREES DRAMA (L-R) Leslie Valdes, Dawn Comer Jefferson, Margaux Froley, Sherry Carnes, Thomas Wong, Geetika Lizardi Photo credit: Michael Jones, WGA.orgIn 2009, Thomas won a place in the ABC | Disney Television Writing Fellowship. In 2012, he was selected from more than 300 applicants...