Edinburgh TV Festival supported by Screen Scotland

Wendy Wong

Consultant Production Secretary, Comedy Central

The Network 2020

Wendy Wong

I’ve always wanted to work in the TV industry but had no idea how to get it. One day, I came across The Network from one of the Screenskills masterclasses. I’ve heard they provide great support to new entrants so I took my chance. And I got in – yay!

My favourite part was The Scripted Masterclass. Roanne Bardsley, one of the speakers, really opened my eye to how the writers’ room work. It’s actually so systematic. I was so interested to listen to her experience being a writer on Hollyoaks. What’s even better, is that I kept in touch with Roanne and she’s been so helpful and generous with her advice. I even met her while I was a Scripted Intern at Raw TV as she was working with the company. It was so great to see her in person!

My cohort was great – I’ve even worked with a few of them! It was such a happy coincidence when I saw their faces at work. I became friends with my cohort. We share our experiences, give each other advice and exchange feedback on our scripts. It’s really wholesome!

I think The Network definitely kickstarted my career. I’ve had trouble finding jobs after I finished my MA in film, but people I met (guest speakers, my cohort and of course, the brilliant team from The Edinburgh TV Festival) have been guiding me. Eventually, I got my first job in TV and successfully moved from Factual Entertainment to Scripted Drama, which is known to be difficult to get in.

I had such a great experience with my mentor Laura Scrivano. She offered invaluable advice to guide me on my journey to become a Writer/Director. I also got to shadow her when she directed Sky’s The Lazarus Project. It was such an enlightening experience to be able to observe Laura working on a big-scale TV drama set.