• 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

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


CAPE Executive Director’s Final Request


December 12, 2014


Dear CAPE Friends & Colleagues,

The CAPE Holiday Party & Farewell to Jennifer Sanderson was an exciting night that exceeded anything I could have imagined – glamorous red carpet – my name in lights – Apl.de.Ap performing “I Gotta Feeling”! Most importantly, the historic El Rey Theatre was filled with over 300 community members who filled the event with electricity, fun, and support. Thank you CAPE Board of Directors, Advisors, Wenda Fong, Fritz Friedman, Adele Yoshioka, Joy Moh, Ted Benito, Grant Kimura, Adrian Zaw, Hana Kwon and all the Volunteers for producing a special send off of a lifetime.

Today is my last day at CAPE and my final request as CAPE Executive Director is that you consider CAPE in your end of year giving. CAPE donations are accepted in any amount and 100% tax-deductible. All contributions go directly towards funding CAPE Educational Programming that nurture the next generation of artists and leaders in our community, which make dreams come true.

If you’re on a budget, consider doing your holiday shopping using AmazonSmile and Amazon will make a donation to CAPE. Other ways to support this season for free:

I have been touched by your kind emails and well wishes as I depart. As I shared at the party, “commit to your dreams and this community” and extraordinary things will happen. I’ve had the time of my life –thank you for allowing me to serve you at CAPE for the past five years.


Warmest Holiday Wishes,

Jennifer Sanderson Signature




Jennifer Sanderson


PS. Don’t worry if you missed the event, you can catch all the red carpet interviews produced by Zaw Studios and farewell speeches on our CAPE Youtube Channel.




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



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2015 CNWF v115th Annual CAPE New Writers Fellowship is now officially open for submissions!

Attention writers! Do you have material, but need some guidance on how to successfully pitch your project? CAPE New Writers Fellowship is the perfect program for you.

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

Submit your materials today! You can submit more than one script (each script requires a set of submission materials and fee).

2015 CNWF Submissions – Submit Here
2015 CNWF Registration Fee – Pay Here

DEADLINE: January 7, 2015 at 11:59PST
There will be no extensions to the submission period.

Submission is not a guarantee of entry.

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


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


CAPE Congratulates

The L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center's 2014 An Evening With Women (AEWW) - ArrivalsMargaret Cho will host “All About Sex”, a new TLC late-night talk show, with “Chelsea Lately” favorite Heather McDonald, HAIRSPRAY actress Marissa Jaret Winokur, and Atlanta-based sex-and-relationship expert Dr. Tiffanie Davis Henry.



Ronnie ChoMTV has hired former White House staffer Ronnie Cho as its Vice President of Public Affairs. Cho formerly served as the Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement.




Amit ChopraAmit Chopra has been promoted to Executive Vice President at Digital Domain Holdings Limited and Chief Operating Officer, Digital Domain 3.0. He was the Chief Operating Officer at Digital Domain 3.0.




Priyanka ChopraBollywood star Priyanka Chopra has signed a one-year TV development deal with ABC Television Studios. ABC casting executive Keli Lee traveled specially to Mumbai, India, to sign Chopra, who started her acting career after winning the Miss World beauty pageant in 2000.


Deborah Craig


Deborah S. Craig guest starred on season one of Jill Soloway’s critically acclaimed Amazon show “Transparent”, which just got nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Comedy Series.



Cary Fukunaga

“True Detective” director Cary Fukunaga, along with cinematographer Lance Acord, film editor Sarah Flack, actress Winona Ryder and “The World’s End” director Edgar Wright, were named as the dramatic feature jury members for next month’s Sundance Film Festival.



Marcus Mariota

Marcus Mariota took home the 2014 Heisman Trophy with the second-largest margin of victory in award history. Mariota, the first Hawaii native to win the Heisman, is the quarterback for the University of Oregon Ducks.


CAPE Hollywood Hotlist – December 19, 2014

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Apply For Martell Icons Of Inspiration Mentorship Program

If selected for the program, you will have opportunities to meet with this year’s Martell ICONS, Stephen Liu and Chris Tashima and be inspired by their success stories, and gain access to a wider network in your aspiring industry.

Learn more and apply here.




ZAW STUDIOS – Recruiting Interns/Trainees & Freelancers

ZAW STUDIOS is Fast Growing and we’re looking for more freelance staff members (PAID) & Interns (Stipend After Training)

ABOUT US: Please Watch LINK: #BeGreat – Adrian Zaw (Studio Owner)
Website: Zaw Studios | Film Production | Photography | Aerial Drone Videography – http://www.ZawStudios.com
Facebook: ZAW STUDIOS http://www.facebook.com/zawstudios




Writers from around the world are encouraged to submit their screenplays on The Black List website [http://www.blcklst.com/] and opt in for consideration from today until February 15, 2015. The Black List will compile a short list of up-and-coming writers with unique and distinctive points of view, none of whom have earned over $250K from their screenwriting work over the past 10 years.




sundance_instituteSundance Institute Accepting Open Applications for Second Episodic Story Lab

Sundance Institute is now accepting project submissions for its second Episodic Story Lab through Wednesday, February 11 at 5:00 p.m. MT at applications3.sundance.org. This is the first open call for submissions for the Institute’s new program designed for  emerging writers creating series for television and online platforms, adding to its existing support programs for film, theatre, music and New Frontier artists.



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.



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






CAPE Congratulates

Daniel HoCongratulations to Daniel Ho on his Grammy nomination:

Field 15 – World Music
Category 53 – Best World Music Album
(For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal or instrumental world music recordings)

Our World In Song
Wu Man, Luis Conte & Daniel Ho
[Daniel Ho Creations & Wind Music]


Congratulations to CAPE Member Joe Bagtas on being the Assistant Editor on Rob Schneider‘s upcoming 2015 show, “Real Rob”!


CAPE Member Bonnie He and her team the Yellow Fever are performing on the main stage of the Upright Citizens Brigade on Monday, December 15 at 6:30pm. Congratulations Bonnie!


Congratulations to CAPE Member Tom Huang on his 12/09 premiere of “Unusual Targets,” a comic-book film noir supernatural webseries about a hitman who’s learning on the job… with his specialty of supernatural beings like vampires and werewolves.

Teaser: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1s5_B98bI4
Sneak Peek: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sB50rvlZsXs


CAPE Member Suju Vijayan‘s feature, THE PLAYBACK SINGER, is available on multiple platforms for purchase or rent. The film had a successful run at the Laemmle Music Hall and received rave reviews. Congratulations Suju!