Jeane Wong has been selected as the winner of Universal Cable Productions’ first annual Pitch Fest for storytellers.
Wong’s pitch, The Thin Line, was chosen from a pool of 500 submissions, and 22 finalists. It’s described as a revisionist history series set in present-day America where segregation still exists after an unsuccessful 1960s civil rights movement. Against the backdrop, a man goes undercover for the FBI, setting himself on a collision course with his estranged brother, who happens to be the leader of a violent underground group. The project is slated for development later this year.
Wong, a script coordinator for Arrow, is a graduate of UCLA with a degree in English literature. She was a semifinalist in Disney’s ABC Writing program and is an alumna of the Producer’s Guild Workshop.
According to Dawn Olmstead, Executive Vice President, Development, the UCP team was impressed with Wong’s original pitch and further intrigued by her talent after reading the script. “The theme of Jeane’s script immediately caught our attention because it’s compelling, timely and its themes resonate with what’s going on in our world today,” said Olmstead. “We look forward to helping her bring her vision to life.”
Pitch Fest’s open submission process was designed to give everyone a chance and attracted an impressive and diverse range of people and ideas, UCP says. They included an educator, an attorney, a working journalist, a comic book scribe and several college students, among others. Common pitch themes focused on the perils of social media, homegrown terrorism, time travel and the supernatural/paranormal as well as millennial generation subthemes like unemployment and economic hardship, with characters going to extreme lengths for money.