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Andrea Wong, ABC Network (US)

When it comes to broadcasting, even the most inspired decisions can tend to look banal in hindsight. But credit is absolutely merited for an executive who has a track record of consistently bringing hits to her network, regardless of how obvious they might look after they've cracked the top 10.
June 1, 2006

When it comes to broadcasting, even the most inspired decisions can tend to look banal in hindsight. But credit is absolutely merited for an executive who has a track record of consistently bringing hits to her network, regardless of how obvious they might look after they’ve cracked the top 10.

As EVP of alternative programming, specials and late-night for ABC Entertainment since May 2004, Andrea Wong has overseen an impressive roll-call of hits for her net. Last year, she imported Dancing with the Stars from the BBC, which became the surprise performer of the summer. Previous to that, she had a hand in bringing the network performers like the Emmy Award-winning Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, as well as Wife Swap, Supernanny, and The Bachelor. Wong developed The Mole, and was even involved in bringing Who Wants to be a Millionaire? to the US. It’s enough to make you forgive her involvement with the Nick and Jessica Variety Hour.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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