Born in Ottawa, Tyler Ham Pong first appeared onstage as Lorenzo in “The Merchant of Venice” at the National Arts Centre in Canada. He would later move to New York City to further his acting career where he wrote and starred in “Moony Mercury” at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and the Manhattan Repertory Theatre. In 2011, he won the Best Actor Award at the 72 Hour Shootout for his film “Sawaru,” encouraging his involvement in the Asian American Film Lab and future Shootouts. Tyler relocated to Los Angeles to pursue various film and television roles while continuing to create his own content. He won numerous accolades for his screenplays, “Dreamer In Exile,” and “Breakup Brody,” including an Award of Excellence at the Canada International Film Festival in 2011. He also won the Best Screenwriter Award in 2014 from the 72 Hour Shootout for “Case File 69.” One of his most recent films “Leap” screened at numerous festivals, including the FirstGlance Film Festival and Chelsea Film Festival. It was also selected for Amazon Prime Video’s first ever online film festival, All Voices Film Festival. Tyler’s film “The Real McCoy” won Best Actor and Grand Prize at the 2019 72 Hour Shootout, a milestone in his relationship with the competition. This year, he is honored to coordinate the 2020 72 Hour Shootout, and help promote diversity in media. Aside from acting and filmmaking, Tyler is currently a travel host for Visit the USA, and has been an Associate Producer on several reality TV shows. He is based in Los Angeles and is the proud owner/operator of Kill the Pig Productions. No actual pigs have been killed.