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Jay Carolyn Wu (they/them) is a queer & non-binary Hong Kong-Canadian writer/director, creative producer, story consultant, and development exec.
Jay leads development at LaRue Entertainment with Andrew Ferguson and Matt King. From 2021 to 2023, they covered a slate of scripted original series across both comedy and drama as a development exec at Bell Media for both Crave and CTV. There, they developed CTV's #1 hit new drama for 2023, SULLIVAN'S CROSSING, with Fremantle and Reel World Management, as well as THE SPENCER SISTERS with eOne. Both have been acquired by The CW for US distribution. As a writer/director, their 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 festivals including Inside Out Toronto 2022, Vancouver Queer Film Festival 2022, and Vancouver Asian Film Festival 2021. Their upcoming digital series project PACKING was selected for development funding through both IPF and IDM Futures. Their other films have screened internationally at Wicked Queer Boston and North Carolina Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, among others. Jay started out at CBC's long-running arts & culture show Q. As a Video Producer and Senior Producer, they led the production of hundreds of studio shoots while packaging a weekly show for broadcast on CBC Television.
Jay's upbringing in Toronto's queer & trans spaces gave them a deep love for organizing & facilitation. In 2017, they started and co-organized Colour Theory, a distinctly non-industry event that celebrated short films of all sizes made exclusively by Black, Indigenous, or people of colour filmmakers who also identify as 2SLGBTQ. In 2022, Jay spearheaded the first-ever BIPOC-only cohort at the Canadian Film Centre's Primetime TV Program. They were also trained under BIPOC TV & Film's Racial Equity Facilitator Training in 2023. Wherever possible, they aim to build bridges between creators and the audiences that need them, fostering space for racialized queers to heal, create, and thrive.
Jay is a huge story & development nerd. Whether they're writing themself or working with writers in development, personal storytelling is at the core of Jay's work first and foremost across any genre.
Their own film work tells stories that sometimes feel cozy, other times feel messy, but no matter what, always aim to unearth something new about relationships and connection. Particularly among those whose stories often go untold.
If they're not at Java House writing, reading scripts, or slurping on Vietnamese iced coffee, you can probably find them at home obsessing over the love of their life, their pup-child Griffin.
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