Co-Founder & CEO of STAR Producer Academy
Kean Wong is a New York based award-winning film producer, TV host/speaker, and strategic coach to social media stars and visionary entrepreneurs. He’s also the co-founder of SurviveAndThriveToday.com a 3-day bootcamp for mission-driven entrepreneurs. Headlining the event in September include Shark Tank’s Kevin Harrington, billionaire Jesse Itzler (owner of the Atlanta Hawks) and Susie Carder of Motivating the Masses.
Kean’s recent film project, “Free China: The Courage to Believe” was an Oscar Contender for Best Documentary in 2014 and won 11 international film and music awards. It has been screened in 2,000+ venues around the world. Kean has been invited to speak and present his film at dozens of venues such as the U.S. Congress, Benjamin Franklin Hall, London School of Economics, European Parliament, and Google headquarters.
“Free China” has also been broadcast in 28+ languages around the world, circumventing China’s Internet Firewall via unencrypted satellite and technology developed by the Internet Freedom Consortium Group. Upon the groundbreaking success of the film, Kean was invited to business and marketing events such as Joe Polish’s $25k per year Genius Network – presenting alongside the likes of Brendon Burchard, Shark Tank’s Daymond John, and media mogul Arianna Huffington.
Kean and his film have been featured in the NY Times, LA Times, Huffington Post, NBC New York, CBS News, The New American, IndieWIRE, and most recently at a TEDx talk.
A Passion for Empowering Mission-Driven Entrepreneurs
An online star himself, Kean’s videos have generated over 25,000,000 views on YouTube alone. His passion is helping other mission-driven entrepreneurs become ‘STAR’ presenters and top producers in their industry, so they can share their message with millions while creating a lifestyle-friendly business.
Kean has an eclectic mix of actuarial finance training and a lifelong fascination with personal development from both Eastern and Western traditions. After graduating from college, Kean moved into the Fortune 100 strategy consulting arena, working with the largest companies in the world.
In 1999, he left the corporate rat race and partnered with the then ‘Young Australian of the Year’ Tan Le, helping incubate what would eventually form the core team of one of the world’s leading innovators in brain-computer interface technologies: Emotiv Systems.
A Defining Moment: The Call for Freedom
Kean’s personal mission took a dramatic turn in 2001 after meeting a slave labor camp survivor Jennifer Zeng who had just escaped to Australia from China. Kean helped her with her asylum application, as well as the publishing of her book ‘Witnessing History – One Woman’s Fight for Freedom.’ The book eventually became an international bestseller and the basis of Kean’s award-winning film “Free China”.
Following his calling, he moved in 2005 from Melbourne, Australia to New York City. There he set up Parigon Partners Int’l Inc. and consulted for various media companies, including New Tang Dynasty Television (NTD), a non-profit media group – pioneers in broadcasting uncensored programming into and out of China via satellite and the Internet.
Kean has produced and hosted a variety of shows, including “The New Millionaire”, and was the lead male anchor for NTD’s China News and Asia Brief from 2006 to 2010. He has interviewed in person the likes of Dr. John Gray, Robert Kiyosaki, Michael Gerber, Dr. Ellie Drake, and other best-selling authors and social entrepreneurs. A self-proclaimed “Freedom Fighting Foodie”, from 2010 onward he has been the main host of NTD’s International Chinese Culinary Competition and Taste Asia event held annually in Times Square.
An Inspired Path
Kean is the creator of the “Purpose, Passion & Freedom” Movement, where his goal is to help millions of inspired entrepreneur find their true calling. In his spare time he enjoys a good laugh (well anytime really lol), and loves playing Rachmaninoff, chess, ping pong and tennis, as well as potting the odd red or black ball. A fervent advocate of human rights, he’s been a meditator and qi gong practitioner for over 25 years, drawing from Buddhist and Taoist teachings dating back over thousands of years of Chinese civilization. He also considers himself very blessed – happily married to his soulmate Xixi who is an early childhood Montessori teacher. (Love you Honey!! <3)