Ngoc Nguyen is a Strategist.
A much sought after public relations expert who simultaneously produces for film and television, Ngoc utilizes her varied skill set to impact culture through creative storytelling. With over 20 years of unparalleled experience, Ngoc’s extensive portfolio spans across entertainment, sports and philanthropy with work that has included Paramount Pictures, Google, TEDx, CBS Sports, Bad Robot, J.J. Abrams and Katie McGrath Family Foundation, Miramax Films, Creative Artists Agency, Screen Actors Guild Awards, XPRIZE, U.S. Open, the Nelms Brothers’ Folly Films and Academy Award® Winner Octavia Spencer’s ORIT Entertainment among others.
A Vietnam born and Texas raised daughter of two doctors, Ngoc was on a path to follow in the footsteps of her parents until fate steered her into another direction. While at university, Ngoc counterbalanced the duty to her science studies with entertainment internships to fulfill her interest in film, which ultimately led to job opportunities at two renowned Austin-based festivals: South by Southwest (SXSW), the world’s most preeminent music, film and interactive conference and festival, and Austin Film Festival, where she would go on to serve as Co-Conference Director for three years.
In 2001, Ngoc joined Miramax Films in a special role splitting her time between Los Angeles, California where she worked on awards campaigns and Austin, Texas where she worked in unit publicity on set for Troublemaker Studios Founder and Filmmaker Robert Rodriguez. In 2003, Ngoc was recruited by talent powerhouse Creative Artists Agency for their Corporate Communications Department where she spent the next three years. From 2006-2012, Ngoc was as a publicist at Paramount Pictures where she worked on over 75 films including WORLD TRADE CENTER, THE FIGHTER, IRON MAN, STAR TREK, MISSION:IMPOSSIBLE GHOST PROTOCOL, SHUTTER ISLAND, THOR, CLOVERFIELD, THE AVENGERS, SUPER 8 and the Oscar-winning RANGO.
While working as an entertainment publicist in Los Angeles, Ngoc also freelanced as a sports talent liaison at the U.S. Open Tennis Tournament in New York for five years. Working directly with on air broadcasters, Ngoc field produced all pre-match and post-match interviews for tennis legends such as Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams, Andy Murray, Maria Sharapova and Novak Djokovic in addition to spearheading PR for sports events such as Taste of Tennis in New York and Australia.
In 2013, Ngoc embarked upon an opportunity that opened the door for her to expand her storytelling experience into producing her own narratives. Ngoc was hired to serve as Head of Publicity for the inaugural TEDx Women’s Summit in Austin where her expertise and innovative social strategy led the local TED Conference to becoming the #1 TEDWomen Event of the Year across 58 countries and over 220 events. One of the event’s presentations, by speaker Lizzie Velasquez who had been cruelly dubbed as the “World’s Ugliest Woman,” went viral. Following the widespread interest in Lizzie’s story, the team behind the Summit, Women Rising Productions, was inspired to make a documentary that would more deeply explore Lizzie’s journey from bullying victim to global activist. Released in 2015, Ngoc helped produce A BRAVE HEART: THE LIZZIE VELASQUEZ STORY, which garnered top honors at every single festival it participated in and received critical acclaim upon its theatrical release.
Uniquely armored with expertise as both a public relations executive and an independent producer, Ngoc continues to explore opportunities that enable her to strategically flex all of her creative muscles. Ngoc re-teamed with Women Rising on two additional projects; as an Associate Producer for 2017’s #ProtectHer, a docu-series about sexual assault prevention among athletes, and as a PR consultant for the 2018 United State of Women Summit, which featured Former First Lady Michelle Obama as its keynote speaker. Simultaneously, Ngoc served as Head of Development for Academy Award® Winner Octavia Spencer’s ORIT Entertainment for two years.
Most recently, Ngoc co-produced the independent TV comedy series “Everyone is Doing Great (created by actors James Lafferty and Stephen Colletti) and produced Google’s “Power On” Film Series, an anthology of five shorts helmed by first time directors Julie Bowen, Nikki Reed, Rosario Dawson, Ana Brenda Contreras and Lisa Edelstein to inspire girls in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, math). Ngoc also oversees publicity for both “Everyone is Doing Great” and “Power On.”
Ngoc’s work as a publicist and a producer has been highlighted in publications such as People Magazine, Yahoo, Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls, Variety, The Wrap, Refinery 29 and international publications across the globe. Currently Ngoc is writing her first book.