Topic Studios Names Quan Phung SVP of Original Series, Ramps Up Scripted TV Division
Topic Studios recently announced the appointment of Quan Phung as Senior Vice President of Original Series. Phung will further build the studio’s presence in the television marketplace by sourcing, developing, and packaging premium ongoing and event series to the broadcast, cable, and streaming community.
Phung’s appointment also marks Topic Studios relocation of its scripted television division from New York to Los Angeles where he will build a scripted content team. Based out of the studio’s LA office, he will report to Maria Zuckerman, EVP of Topic Studios. Since joining in May, Zuckerman has been working to redefine the brand’s creative and business strategy across film, TV, audio and nonfiction.
“I’m thrilled to join Maria and her team, and excited to help broaden Topic’s presence in the television space,” added Phung. “I look forward to solidifying Topic Studios as a home for independent artists and voices and partnering with like-minded entities to surface and amplify entertaining stories that spark cultural conversations.”
Phung has over 20 years of experience as an executive and producer in the US and global TV market at various networks, studios and production companies.
Before joining Topic Studios, he was most recently a senior consultant for STXtv, the scripted television division of STX Entertainment, where he advised on their global content strategy and developed premium scripted projects from writers and producers Kevin Kwan (Crazy Rich Asians), Chris Collins (John Wick 3), Karen Campbell (Outlander), Jackie Chan (The Foreigner) and Daniel Wu (Into the Badlands). Two of these projects landed script to series orders at HBO and Paramount Network.
Prior to that, he helped launch Slingshot Global Media, a start-up independent television studio based in Los Angeles backed by private equity. At Slingshot, he oversaw the development, financing, production, and distribution of premium scripted projects from Keanu Reeves, Simon Kinberg, Justin Lin, Michael DeLuca and Jason Blum, and set up projects at HBO/Cinemax, Amazon, Hulu, USA and CBS. Two of the projects originated under his watch are now in pre-production at Apple and Showtime.
After starting his entertainment career at NBC Entertainment, he later moved to News Corporation, rising to Senior Vice President, Creative Affairs, Twentieth Century Fox Television. Some of the Emmy-Award® winning series he developed during his tenure at Fox include: How I Met Your Mother, My Name Is Earl, Arrested Development, The Bernie Mac Show and House.