August 18, 2014
Dear CAPE Friends and Colleagues,
After an amazing five year journey as the Executive Director of CAPE, I will be leaving my post at the end of this year. This was a very tough decision for me, but it’s time to begin the next chapter of my life. When I first moved to Los Angeles in 2008, I had never felt so welcomed by any community before. And now after helping CAPE champion diverse AAPI artists and leaders in entertainment for half a decade, I have been inspired to pursue my own dreams of filmmaking.
I feel so blessed to have seen CAPE grow tremendously. Two years ago, we launched the CAPE New Writers Fellowship, which has seen success in a very short time. Many of this year’s writers have already secured representation and the TV Fellows are all employed on current television shows. I’m also enormously proud of the impact made by our first ever #IAm Campaign – which showcased AAPI role models in entertainment, sports, and media and built awareness for our Mission. #IAM became one of the top four most successful non-profit campaigns in YouTube history, making over 125 million impressions and reaching over 74 million people worldwide.
I am deeply thankful for the best Board of Directors, the wisest Advisory Council, the most generous Sponsors, and the most talented actors, writers, producers and executives that have ever been involved with CAPE. The Board will immediately start a search for a new Executive Director. In the meantime, I have every confidence that Hana Kwon, CAPE’s new Director of Programs & Operations, is more than capable of ensuring a seamless transition.
CAPE has taught me that you can make anything you want happen. Starting as a CAPE volunteer in 2008 and then becoming the first staff member in 2009, I have seen that every success out of our efforts creates even more opportunities for our entire AAPI community. It is my sincere wish that every single one of you will continue to support CAPE, attend events, and donate to the Mission.
As I always say, keep fighting the good fight and I’m always rooting for you.
With my deepest gratitude,
CAPE Executive Director
Save the Date - 15th Annual CAPE New Writers Fellowship submissions will begin December 1, 2014.
Stay tuned on our Facebook and Twitter for instant #CNWF updates!
We’ve aligned the Fellowship to end right before the NBC Universal’s Writers on the Verge Program begins its application season. CNWF Finalists will get a head start and expert preparation to put them in the best possible position to apply for NBC and other network writing programs.
Hear some of the 2013 CAPE New Writers Fellows share their experiences.
For over a decade, the CAPE New Writers program has been dedicated to discovering and nurturing Asian American and Pacific Islander voices and talents. This unique program has helped launch the careers of numerous writers. Success stories include Aaron Ho (COUGAR TOWN, AUSTIN & ALLY), Alice Wu (SAVING FACE), Ken Cheng (WILFRED, BETAS), Leonard Chang (AWAKE), Thomas Wong (FOX Writer’s Intensive Winner) and more.
*CNWF is accepting only original spec pilot (TV) and film scripts. Spec episodes of existing pilots will not be accepted as your submission.
Congratulations to CAPE Board Member Sheri Bryant and Felicia Day! Their digital network Geek & Sundry was acquired by Legendary Entertainment. The network will continue to develop both scripted and non-scripted TV projects and digital series with Day. It will join Chris Hardwick‘s Nerdist Industries, another one of Legendary’s networks.
Geek & Sundry launched in 2012 and has over 1.4 million subscribers to its YouTube network and Hulu channel with more than 12 million fans on social media platforms.
CAPE #IAM Campaign role model Ryan Higa was ranked one of the top five most influential figures among Americans, ages 13-18, according to a survey commissioned by Variety. The results show that YouTube stars are more popular among U.S. teenagers than mainstream celebrities including Jennifer Lawrence and Seth Rogen.
CAPE #IAM Campaign role models Ryan Higa and Michelle Phan ranked #5 and #17, respectively.
Read more to see the full results.
Jean Shi joins Oxygen Media as their Senior Director, Development. She was was recently the Vice President, Development and Co-Executive Producer at GRB Entertainment.
Bonnie Pan joins Maker Studios as their new Executive Vice President, Programming. She was previously the Head, Originals & Programming at Yahoo!
AOL Studios promoted Naomi Yasuda to Senior Director from Executive Producer.
Congratulations to Jean, Bonnie, and Naomi!