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Jay Carolyn Wu (they/them) is a transmasc non-binary settler of Hong Kong diaspora based in Tkaronto (Toronto). They are a writer, director, creative producer, and development executive.
As part of Bell Media’s Original Programming team, Jay is a development executive with a focus on scripted original series. They take pitches and develop projects for CTV, Crave, and the Entertainment Specialty channels of Bell Media across both comedy and drama. They collaborate with everyone from the country’s most seasoned production partners to the most exciting, bold, new voices in the industry. Titles include SULLIVAN'S CROSSING starring Chad Michael Murray, Morgan Kohan, and Scott Patterson, as well as THE SPENCER SISTERS starring Lea Thompson and Stacey Farber. Both shows have both been acquired by The CW for US distribution and will be premiering as part of their new slate of programming in 2023.
Jay’s most recent short film TOE THE LINE (2021) was nominated for a Golden Sheaf for Scripted Short at Yorkton Film Festival 2022 and screened at Inside Out Toronto 2022, Vancouver Queer Film Festival 2022, and Vancouver Asian Film Festival 2021, in addition to winning Breakthroughs Film Festival’s 2019 Pitch Competition. The film was made in collaboration with Snail Mail Media and comprised of a +90% 2SQTBIPOC crew.
Their short film IN MY MOTHER’S CLOSET (2018) screened at Wicked Queer: Boston LGBT Film Festival 2018 and Reel Asian Toronto 2017. Their short film JO (2018) has racked up more than 10 million views on YouTube. Jay aims to infuse their specific POV as a non-binary Canto artist/filmmaker and past 2S/queer/trans BIPOC film community organizer into everything they do at every level. Their film work focuses on intimate character-driven stories that centre the voices of racialized queer and gender-diverse people - always.
Jay also started and co-organizes Colour Theory, a distinctly non-industry event that celebrates short films of all sizes, genres, and budgets made exclusively by Black, Indigenous, or people of colour filmmakers who also identify as 2SLGBTQ (2SQTBIPOC). They strive to keep disrupting film industry wherever possible, with the hopes of building space for racialized queers to heal, create, and thrive.
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