Wenda Fong is a well-respected producer and director of television and live events with a remarkable track record as an executive and community force. She began her career in television during her senior year at the University of Southern California as the producer and host of her own live, thumb talk show series in Los Angeles. Ms. Fong can claim credit on over hundreds of prime time television programs ranging from all-star variety specials, award shows, live spectaculars, sitcoms, talk shows to documentaries including four Emmy telecasts, five Disney specials, seven specials with four Presidents and TV specials with Michael Jackson, Barbra Streisand, Frank Sinatra, Madonna, Prince and even Elvis Presley. Ms. Fong has launched productions across the United States and around the world.
In 2001, she joined FOX as its first Vice President of Creative Diversity Development where she created and launched its successful diversity initiatives. In 2002 in addition to her diversity responsibilities, she was appointed to oversee American Idol. In 2003, she was promoted to Vice President of Alternative Entertainment. While at FOX for more than 13 years, she supervised all reality series and specials which represented thousands of hours of television including American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance, Hell’s Kitchen, Master Chef and The X Factor to name just a few.
As a community leader, she co-founded Asian Americans for Fair Media, was President of East West Players and served on the board of the Association of Asian Pacific American Artists. Ms. Fong is co-founder, chairperson emeritus and current board member of CAPE, the Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment, which began in 1991. She has been a member of the Directors Guild of America since 1980 and is founding co-chair and chairperson emeritus of the DGA Asian American Committee. Ms. Fong is a member of the Producers Guild of America, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and has most recently joined the board of California Humanities.