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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
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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