• 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

The CAPE Holiday Party & Farewell to Jennifer Sanderson


The CAPE Holiday Party & Farewell to Jennifer Sanderson

Join us as we celebrate the holidays and bid a fond farewell to Jennifer Sanderson, CAPE Executive Director.



What: The CAPE Holiday Party & Farewell to Jennifer Sanderson
When: Monday, December 8, 2014
Where: El Rey Theatre
Address: 5515 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036
Time: 7:00-10:00pm
Tickets: $50*

Appetizers, dessert tables, 2 drink tickets, chance giveaways**, networking, dancing, and DJ Shy spinning

Come and spread holiday cheer!

Chance giveaway prizes include the following:

Buy your tickets to the party and to win a chance giveaway prize today.




*All proceeds will go towards the CAPE #IAm Campaign

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**You must be in attendance to claim your prize


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SAVE THE DATE! 15th Annual CAPE New Writers Fellowship – Guidelines and Submissions – Sponsored by NBC Universal and Warner Bros.



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2015 CNWF Deadline



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!

  • 2 submission categories: Film and Television*
  • Up to 10 fellows will be selected
  • Fellows will receive:
    • Cash stipend per Writer or Writing Team
    • Intensive 11-session curriculum with industry professionals in Los Angeles from March to April (all finalists must attend all classes and lab sessions)
    • Exclusive opportunities to meet with successful entertainment agents, managers, producers, and executives

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 CAPE New Writers Fellows from previous years share their experiences.

The CAPE New Writers Fellowship is a unique program dedicated to discovering and nurturing AAPI writers and launching their careers in television and film. We are proud of the enormous success of last year’s program, where ALL of the 2014 TV Fellows are currently employed on existing TV shows as staff writers or script coordinators. Success stories include TV staff writers Helen Shang (NBC’s “Hannibal”), Frederick Kim (USA’s “Complications”), Thomas Wong (FOX’s “Backstrom”), Aaron Ho (Disney’s “Austin & Ally”), Ken Cheng (Amazon’s “Betas”), and Leonard Chang (FX’s “Justified”); script coordinators Nikhil Jayaram (NBC’s “Allegiance”) and Christopher Wu (Amazon’s “Bosch”); and screenwriter Alice Wu (Sony Classics’ SAVING FACE).

*CNWF is accepting only original spec TV scripts or screenplays.  Spec episodes of existing shows will not be accepted as your submission.


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


HBO Buys “Westworld” Adaptation From J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions

Steve Tao ColorHBO is moving forward with the the “Westworld” adaptation. The story is based on Michael Crichton‘s 1973 film and written by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy. The drama features an all-star cast that includes Anthony HopkinsEd Harris, Miranda Otto, Jeffrey WrightJames Marsden, Evan Rachel Wood, and Thandie Newton.

“Westworld” hails from Bad Robot Productions, Jerry Weintraub Productions, and Kilter Films. Our very own CAPE Board Member Steve Tao is the TV Executive at Bad Robot Productions. Congratulations!

See CAPE Board Member Steve Tao‘s bio.


Jon M. Chu & Hieu Ho Sell Retro 90s Comedy to Focus Features

Jon M. ChuCongratulations to Jon M. Chu (JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS, G.I. JOE: RETALIATION) and producing partner Hieu Ho for selling their project, CAN’T TOUCH THIS, to Focus Features. CAN’T TOUCH THIS is a high school dance comedy set in the golden era of the 1990s.

“Happy Endings” and “Community” writers Annie Mebane and Steve Basilone will pen the script. Mebane and Basilone are currently producers on ABC’s ’80s-set “The Goldbergs”.


CAPE Hollywood Hotlist – November 21, 2014

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Congratulations to CAPE Member Joy Regullano on being a top of show guest star for the 200th episode of “Supernatural”!




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Call for Submissions – See more details
Sundance Institute opens a Call for Submissions for the 2015 Asian American Fellowship at the 2015 Screenwriters Intensive.
The application is currently open with a deadline to apply by December 15, 2015.
Please visit the website for further information on how to apply.




New York International Short Film Festival | 2015 Call for Entries
Early Deadline: December 5, 2014
Regular Deadline: February 20, 2015

The NY Shorts Fest provides a showcase for the best short-form cinema and its creators in the world. Created by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences accredited Los Angeles International Short Film Festival.
We feel that short form cinema and its creators should have their own premiere film festival in New York deserving similar recognition given to the feature film and its creators. Submit online www.NYshortsFest.com.

The 4th NY Shorts Fest will be held in May 2015.




Film_Independent_stacked-01Apply to Film Independent’s Documentary Lab

Held in Los Angeles from April to May, Film Independent’s Documentary Lab is an intensive four-week program designed to help filmmakers who are currently in post-production on their feature-length documentary films. Through a series of meetings and workshops, Documentary Lab fulfills its twofold focus: provide creative feedback and story notes to the selected filmmakers; and help filmmakers strategize the completion, distribution and marketing of their film. Deadline: December 1Apply Now





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100 DAYS Los Angeles Theatrical Opening – December 12, 2014





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LA18 KSCI-TV Job Opening: Korean Show Producer – Part time





Universal Pictures’ Emerging Writers Fellowship — Accepting Applications Now





The AFI Directing Workshop for Women (DWW) at the American Film Institute is a hands-on training program committed to increasing the number of women working professionally in screen directing. Selected women will receive guided instruction and produce a project – either a short film or series for the web or streaming services. DWW is open to women with three years or more of professional experience in the arts. The program is tuition-free though participants are responsible for raising the budgets for their projects.

Applications are open, and the deadline is January 7th, 2015.

Please visit: www.afi.com/dww




Big_Hero_6_(film)_posterReleased in the U.S. on November 7, 2014, Disney Animations’ BIG HERO 6 stars Ryan Potter (“Supah Ninjas”), Daniel Henney (X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE), and Jamie Chung (THE HANGOVER PART III).

Based on Marvel comic-book characters, BIG HERO 6 is about a young robotics prodigy named Hiro Hamada, who forms a superhero team to combat a masked villain responsible for the death of Hiro’s older brother, Tadashi Hamada. The story is set in a futuristic mashup city of San Fransokyo (San Francisco and Tokyo).

See showtimes for BIG HERO 6.


CAPE Congratulates

AMC LogoCongratulations to Emily Chou on her new position as Coordinator of Scripted Programming at AMC. She was previously the Executive Assistant at FOX Broadcasting Company.



Congratulations to the new Director of International Sales at 13 Films, Jae-Woo Kim. Prior to joining 13 Films, Kim was the Manager of International Business at 9ers Entertainment.


Laura Ling

Congratulations to Laura Ling, who previously hosted and reported at E!, for her her new role at Discovery Digital Networks as its Director of Development in San Francisco.


Celeste NgChinese American novelist Celeste Ng has just been selected by Amazon to have written the number 1 novel. Her debut novel, “Everything I Never Told You”, just topped Amazon’s list of the 100 best books of the year. Congratulations!


Brenda Song

Congratulations to Brenda Song on signing a talent holding deal with Fox & 20th Century Fox TV. Song will star in a 20th Century Fox Television project this development season at the network.