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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


CAPE Board Member Bing Chen Awarded the 2014 Entrepreneur Award

Bing_ChenCongratulations to CAPE Board Member Bing Chen on being awarded the “2014 Entrepreneur Award” at the California Asian Business Summit Reception and Awards.

The 2014 California Asian Business Summit was held in San Francisco and the evening commenced with Mayor Edwin Lee.

Chen was honored alongside Joe Alderete, Director, Supplier Diversity and Development, Esther Yang Shaw, CEO of Yang
Management, Inc., Q-Architecture, and Asian Inc.

Congratulations Bing! We’re so proud of you.



Ang Lee headshotCAPE Advisor Ang Lee‘s next project will be an adaptation of Ben Fountain’s novel BILLY LYNN’S LONG HALFTIME WALK. This film will reunite Lee with Tom Rothman at TriStar. Rothman ran Fox and worked closely with Lee on LIFE OF PI, the difficult, groundbreaking, Oscar-winning 3D film that grossed $600 million worldwide.

The story is about a 19-year-old soldier, Billy Lynn, whose squad survived an Iraq battle that was captured on embedded news cameras and made them instant heroes. The U.S. brings home the squad for a promo tour and they are scheduled to return to battle after the tour ends at a halftime show of a Thanksgiving Day football game in Texas. The movie will show flashbacks of what Billy and his platoon mates went through.


Congratulations to Asad Ayaz, the Newly Appointed Executive Vice President, Marketing, at Walt Disney Studios

Asad Ayaz HeadshotCAPE congratulates Asad Ayaz on becoming the Executive Vice President, Marketing, at Walt Disney Studios. Ayaz is the marketing brand lead for theatrical releases from Disney Live Action, Marvel Studios, and Lucasfilm. He ran the global campaigns for GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY and MALEFICENT.

Ayaz has also participated as a panelist for the CAPE Executive Panel Sponsored by The Walt Disney Company.

Congratulations Asad!


CAPE Supports the 2014 U.S.-China Film Summit

CAPE is a Proud Supporter of the Asia Society of Southern California’s U.S.-China Film Summit.

US China Film Summit

Event Title: U.S.-China Film Summit and Gala Dinner
When: November 5, 2014
Film Summit: 9am-5pm
Gala Dinner: 6pm-9:30pm
Location: Millennium Biltmore Hotel, 506 Grand Avenue, Los Angeles CA

What: The Asia Society Southern California’s U.S.-China Film Summit is the premier U.S. event uniting Hollywood and Chinese film-industry leaders to discuss business collaboration and the latest market trends. Established in 2010, the Film Summit has led the conversation about U.S.-Chinese film co-production and delivered high-quality speakers, spurring rapid expansion of the conference, drawing ever more senior executives and government officials and generating national media coverage. The Film Summit and Gala Dinner bring together prominent American and Chinese film-industry representatives who are interested in partnerships, distribution, financing, creative development, policy, and cultural issues relevant to the Hollywood-China relationship.

To receive the CAPE registration discount, please click on the blue link “enter your promotional code” on the registration page. Enter the code “CAPEsummit2014″ to reveal the discounted CAPE rates.

This year’s full-day conference will draw on the Film Summit’s roots in U.S.-China co-production. We will also branch out from co-production during our panels to address other dynamics, including:
• Hollywood’s pursuit of Chinese screenwriters and directors
• New players in cross-border film finance and production
• New trends in U.S.-Chinese television co-production and show development
• The surge in media convergence and digital distribution in China
For more information and to register please visit the website.


CAPE Hollywood Hotlist – September 19, 2014

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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

2015 CNWF Deadline