• Community Bids a Fond Farewell to Jennifer Sanderson Community Bids a Fond Farewell to Jennifer Sanderson
  • Meet the 2014 CAPE New Writers Fellowship Graduates Meet the 2014 CAPE New Writers Fellowship Graduates
  • CAPE Recognized with Mnet Award CAPE Recognized with Mnet Award
  • CAPE Board Shows Their Support CAPE Board Shows Their Support

Announcing the 2015 CAPE New Writers Fellows


CAPE (Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment) is proud to announce the 2015 CAPE New Writers Fellows (in alphabetical order):

Tiffany Shaw Ho
Teresa Huang
Bo Yeon Kim & Erika Lippoldt
Kevin Lau
Eliza Lee
Eugene Ramos
Marisa Tam
Julie Wong

The Fellows were selected… (Please see full Press Release).

CAPE has been identifying and supporting emerging AAPI writing talent since 1999. We are thrilled that many of the writers selected by CAPE have gone on to successful careers in writing.

Thank you to our sponsors, NBCUniversal, Warner Bros., The Writers Guild of America, West, and Final Draft, Inc. for supporting our signature program.

And thank you to everyone who submitted their scripts, the judges, and the CAPE Board & staff for making the CNWF such a huge success!

Please join us for the CNWF Graduation Mixer on April 7, 2015 at Ca’ Del Sole.

2015 CNWF Sponsor Cover Page

Thank You & Happy Holidays From CAPE


Dear CAPE Friends,

Thank you for your much appreciated commitment to CAPE! Because of your support, we are celebrating 23 wonderful years of growth and service to the community. We encourage you to watch Jennifer’s salute to CAPE, along with the celebrity interviews and #IAm Campaign videos, to find out why “we still need everyone’s support”.

Here are two great gift ideas that support CAPE:

  1. Donate to CAPE in honor of someone through your year-end charitable giving
  2. Give the gift of intent using the coupon code “cape” and 100% of proceeds will go to fund CAPE programs. Use the “cape” coupon code to get free shipping at http://www.myintent.org/. MyIntent Project’s mission is to be a catalyst for meaningful conversations and positive energy in the world, and to encourage people to share more truth and inspiration with each other.  For example, I was given the gift of intent and found my word – flyhigh. As a flyer (flying trapeze), I always strive to fly higher. I am happiest when flying through the air and want to share that love with everyone.


Learn more about MyIntent Project — what’s your word?

The CAPE Board of Directors and Advisors wish you Happy Holidays and the very best for the New Year!

Happy Holidays,
Hana Kwon
Director of Programs & Operations


An Important Announcement from CAPE


Dear Friends & Champions of CAPE,

CAPE is excited to announce that from this point forward we are transitioning from a paid member-driven organization to one that is exclusively mission-driven. What this means for you is that we are eliminating all paid memberships and opening up our programs, services, and events to anyone seeking to make a meaningful impact in support of the AAPI community. We have thought long and hard about this transition, and our hope is that it will help us better serve CAPE’s Mission to champion diversity by educating, connecting, and empowering all Asian American and Pacific Islander artists and leaders in entertainment and media.

CAPE was founded 23 years ago as a non-profit organization to support and connect AAPI’s in entertainment. It started with a series of small networking mixers attended by the few AAPI executives working in the industry at that time. With your support, CAPE has grown tremendously. We have expanded the CAPE New Writers Fellowship, globally launched the #IAM Campaign, which quickly became one of the top four all-time non-profit awareness campaigns in YouTube history, and grown our base of individual and corporate supporters to over 5,000.

We sincerely thank our members, past and present, for supporting the only non-profit organization dedicated to increasing positive AAPI images and representation in entertainment. Although we no longer require membership fees, we still need financial support to cover our climbing operating costs and fund our great events and programs. We’d love for you to consider any membership dues you have paid as a tax-deductible donation to CAPE. However, if you feel that you do not wish to support our Mission in this way, we would be happy to oblige with a pro-rated refund*. Regardless, we hope you will consider making a donation to CAPE. If you are unable to make a contribution, please consider moral support by visiting our website and signing up for our newsletter, liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter, and subscribing to our YouTube Channel.

We hope you will encourage others to support CAPE’s Mission to create positive images of AAPI’s in entertainment and media.


Wenda Fong, CAPE Co-Founder & Board Chair Emeritus
Kevin Iwashina, CAPE Board Chair


*Refund requests will be accept through 10/31/2014.


CAPE Advisor Janet Yang to Produce BRUCE LEE BIOPIC

Bruce LeeCAPE Advisor Janet Yang and Lawrence Grey has joined Shannon Lee, the daughter of legendary martial artist Bruce Lee to bring his legacy in a new feature film. This is the first project to have the family’s full involvement in the production.

“There have been projects out there involving my father, but they’ve lacked a complete understanding of his philosophies and artistry. They haven’t captured the essence of his beliefs in martial arts or storytelling. The only way to get audiences to understand the depth and uniqueness of my father is to generate our own material and find amazing, like-minded partners to work with.” -Shannon Lee

In addition to the BRUCE LEE BIOPIC, Lee’s company, Bruce Lee Entertainment, has a number of film and television projects in development, including a television project with director Justin Lin as well as a reality-based show in China with Keanu Reeves and Stephen Hamel.

BRUCE LEE BIOPIC comes to theaters in 2017.


Daniel Dae Kim Makes Directorial Debut on “Hawaii Five-0″ TONIGHT

CAPE congratulates Legacy Honoree Daniel Dae Kim on his directorial debut on “Hawaii Five-0″. Catch his episode tonight at 9/8c on CBS.

In an interview with Variety, Kim talks about the his experiences directing for the first time — the challenges, adjusting from actor to director, and working with Cloris Leachman.

Read the Variety interview here.


“Fresh Off The Boat” Launches Tuesday Night for ABC

Freshman shows rarely launch the 8:00 PM timeslot for a network. They usually get a timeslot after a successful, existing show, to give the audience a chance to find it and start watching it. This year, “Fresh Off The Boat” was given the very difficult task of launching Tuesday night for ABC against the #1 network drama “NCIS”, and the #1 network unscripted show “The Voice”. “Fresh Off The Boat” has held its own with a 1.9 rating, better than any show ABC has had in that timeslot in years. Unlike most freshman shows, its ratings have maintained and not fallen. Congratulations to ABC and the producers for a terrific show that has had to find its own audience. Let us know what you think of it.

Fresh Off The Boat

CAPE Congratulates

Christine KoCongratulations to CAPE Member Christine Ko on booking a series regular role for CBS’s comedy pilot “The Half Of It”. Ko will play Suzi, a fun-loving 20-something hipster and an exceptional whiz kid.




Kuang Lee


CAPE Member Kuang Lee‘s feature script, BUDDY SOLITAIRE (Sundance Labs Semifinalist), has received financing and is headed into production. Congratulations to Kuang and the BUDDY SOLITAIRE team!




The Paley Center For Media's PaleyFest 2014 Honoring "Community"NBC comedy pilot “Strange Calls” cast Danny Pudi (“Community) to star as their leading man. The story is based on an Australian format and written by Blake McCormick. Pudi will play Toby, an affable but down on his luck young police officer who is transferred to a rural town where he starts to realize the town has a bizarre supernatural underbelly. In the pilot, Pudi joins Aussie Patrick Brammall who will reprise his role from the original series.




Varun LellaCongratulations to Varun Lella on his promotion at Paradigm to Agent of Business Development & Digital. Until recently, he was the Agent Trainee, Business Development & Digital at Paradigm.





Brandon Som

Congratulations to Brandon Som for winning the Claremont Graduate University (CGU) the $10,000 Kate Tufts Discovery Award. The awards are among the world’s most generous and distinguished prizes for books of poetry.

Som is a writing instructor at New York University in the United States.  A native of Arizona, Som has deep roots in his Chinese/Chicano background.  Som received a BA in English from Arizona State University and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Pittsburgh.  In 2006, he taught poetry at the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts.  He has also taught at Chatham College and aboard the educational ship Semester At Sea.

Winners will be honored at the Tufts Poetry Awards Ceremony on Thursday, April 16th.