No Laughing Matter: The Color of Humor in Hollywood
Quan Phung is President of Scripted Television at Slingshot Global
Media, an independent television studio with offices in Los Angeles
and London, that develops, finances, produces and distributes premium
scripted television content on linear and digital platforms throughout
the world. Slingshot is putting together an initial slate of projects from
acclaimed novelists, filmmakers, producers and actors to take to global
marketplace in the latter part of 2014. Mr. Phung has 20 years of
experience working in the television industry, serving stints as an
executive producer with Bluegrass Television, a studio executive at 20th
Century Fox TV, and a network executive at Fox Broadcasting Co.
and NBC. He has developed multiple acclaimed TV series including House, How I Met Your Mother, My Name is Earl, and Arrested Development.Mr. Phung is also a community leader and philanthropist who advocates for diversity and inclusion in media and the arts, and has been invited to moderate and participate on panels at conferences by organizations such as the Center for Asian American Media, the Asian American Journalists Association, Advancing Justice, and the Producers' Guild of America. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Stanford Alumni Association and Visual Communications, the oldest Asian American media arts non-profit organization in the country, and previously served on the Board of Directors for the California Community Foundation and the Lodestone Theatre Ensemble. He graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies and lives in Los Angeles with his wife Dr. Michelle Ko.
Philip W. Chung has worked in various capacities in film, TV,
theater and digital. He started his career as a writer on the TV
series LOIS & CLARK: THE NEW ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN
and was the co-founder/co-Artistic Director of Lodestone Theatre
Ensemble, an Asian American theater company, for ten years. He
has worked with film director Justin Lin (The FAST & FURIOUS
franchise) for many years and is the Creative Director of Lin’s
YouTube channel/digital company YOMYOMF. Two shows that
premiered on the YOMYOMF YouTube Channel that Chung will be
executive producing recently sold to Legendary TV and IFC,
respectively. Chung is currently writing the script for a project for Motorola/Google that Lin is directing. Other recent projects include his new play COME DOWN IN TIME which was workshopped in the Pasadena Playhouse’s Hothouse Series and directing the short doc MASS CONFUCIAN: CHINESE LANGUAGE OR COMMUNIST PROPAGANDA which premiered at the 2014 L.A. Asian Pacific Film Festival.
Jenny Yang is a Los Angeles-based writer and stand up comedian who co-produces the first-ever (mostly) female, Asian American standup comedy tour, Dis/orient/ed Comedy. Born in Taiwan and raised in Southern California, she has been featured on the viral Buzzfeed video "What if Adults had Tantrums Like Toddlers?", and Joan Rivers' 2013 Showtime documentary Why We Laugh: Funny Women. She is also the co-host of AngryAsianMan.com Phil Yu's "Angry Asian America" web series on ISAtv, a new media platform created by Far East Movement, and Wong Fu Productions. Her work and c commentary has been seen in media outlets including National Public Radio, BBC News, Al Jazeera America, Pivot TV's Take Part Live, Bitch Magazine, Angry Asian Man, The Fung Brothers YouTube channel, and The Always Summer Project. This fall, Jenny's writing will be published in Alisha Gaddis' Women's Comedic Monologues that are Actually Funny by Hal Leonard Applause Books. Jenny entertains indie, comedy club and college audiences with her biting social commentary and high-energy stage persona (jennyyang.tv@jennyyangtv). Before her start in comedy and while most of her peers engaged in reckless behavior for sport, Jenny dedicated herself to the Los Angeles labor movement, graduated top of her class in political science at Swarthmore College, and was a PPIA Fellow for a Master’s in urban planning at UCLA.