• 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


2014 CAPE TV Pitch Panel


cape_TVpitchpanelv2CAPE proudly presents to you the 2014 CAPE TV Pitch Panel. This panel is an educational event that will explain the process of how a TV series is pitched to mainstream studios, buyers, agents, financiers — basically anyone who needs to hear a pitch. CAPE Co-Vice Chair Leo Chu will be moderating a panel of experts, who will provide insights on how the group should pitch their stories in a succinct and entertaining way.

Kate Adler, Executive Vice President, Comedy Development, CBS Studios
Rob Kim, Agent, APA
Beth Miyares, Senior Vice President Drama Development & Programming, FOX
Quan Phung, President Scripted Television, Slingshot Global Media

Leo Chu, Creator/Showrunner “Supah Ninjas,” “Afro Samurai”

*panelists subject to change

Limited seating for this intimate event – Buy your tickets now

Date: Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Location: Writers Guild of America, West
Address: 7000 West Third Street, Los Angeles, CA 90048
Parking: Complimentary WGA parking (instructions will be provided), metered street parking
Arrivals: 6:45pm
Panel Begins: 7:00pm
Networking Mixer: 8:30pm
Cost: $25 per ticket
Tickets: You can purchase your tickets here.

Please purchase your tickets no later than Friday, October 31, 2014 at 11:59pm PST

All ticket sales are final.


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 Congratulates

John Maatta

Congratulations to John Maatta on the next chapter of his career. He has joined Greenberg Traurig LLP’s Entertainment and Media Practices. Maatta dedicated 21 years to The WB and The CW as the EVP and General Counsel.


Bonni LeeCongratulations to Bonni Lee for being named Senior Vice President of Production at Village Roadshow Pictures. Lee previously developed TV and feature films at Mighty Hula Pictures, where she was the President.


James WongCongratulations to James Wong and Howard Gordon on receiving a put pilot commitment at CBS. Written by Wong, the untitled drama will be a crime procedural about an angel who lost his wings, saves the life of a female police detective. Together they try to uncover the mystery of why the angel is stranded as a mortal on Earth.


Koji Steven SakaiCongratulations to Koji Steven Sakai on publishing his new novel, Romeo & Juliet vs. Zombies. Scheduled to hit the shelves on 10/25, the story turns the Shakespeare classic on its head. Before true love has a chance to grow, Romeo and Juliet must fight to overcome hoards of zombies that include Tybalt, Mercutio, and even Juliet’s nurse. Learn more at kojistevensakai.com.


AHS Freak Show

Congratulations to Crystal Liu being promoted to Staff Writer on “American Horror Story”. Liu was recently accepted into the Sundance Institute’s First Episodic Story Lab with “The White Sheep”.


CAPE is Proud to Host AFI Fest 2014 Movie – BLACK COAL, THIN ICE

Black Coal, Thin IceCAPE is proud to host BLACK COAL, THIN ICE at the AFI Fest 2014.

DIRECTOR: Yi’nan Diao
COUNTRY: China, Hong Kong
SYNOPSIS: In this Berlin Film Festival Grand Jury Prize winner, a down-and-out former detective is lured back to an old murder case when the brutal killer re-emerges
LINKS: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3469910/?ref_=nv_sr_1
FESTIVAL HISTORY: Berlin Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival

AFI Fest 2014 (November 6 – 13) will be at the TCL Chinese Theater, Chinese 6 Theaters, and Egyptian in Hollywood.


CAPE Hollywood Hotlist – October 23, 2014

TISFFToronto International Short Film Festival (Toronto Shorts Fest) provides a showcase for the best short-form cinema and inspired creators. On November 12- 14 at the Carlton Cinema Theatres, Toronto Shorts Fest will display a wide spectrum of short films from around the world in genres ranging from animation to experimental, from comedy to sci-fi, and from the most experienced minds to the finest student films. Lineup will be announced October 15th. Check out our website for more details and updates www.tisff.net



Universal Pictures’ Emerging Writers Fellowship — Accepting Applications on October 21st



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

US China Film Summit


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

CAPE Writers On The Move

Young & HungryCongratulations to 2013 CAPE Fellow Tristan Thai for being named in The Young & Hungry List 2014 – The Top 100 Writers on the Verge! Thai was named with his pilot “Blood Ties”. He is currently repped by Jon Kanak, Kanak Management.




Congratulations to Teresa HuangAllyssa LeeHannah Sanghee ParkBo Yeon KimErika Lippoldt on being selected for the CBS Writers Mentoring Program! Huang is a past CAPE TV Pitch Lab participant and sold a pilot to CBS in 2011 and 2014 and Lee is a 2013 CAPE Fellow.

Congratulations to everyone!


CAPE Remembers SAG-AFTRA Leader Sumi Haru

Sumi HaruCAPE remembers longtime SAG leader Sumi Haru, who passed away at the age of 75. 

Haru was an early AAPI leader and became involved with the film and television labor movement to address issues concerning the lack of opportunities and roles for AAPIs. She joined SAG in 1968. She served almost 40 years on SAG’s board of directors — serving many of those years as SAG’s recording secretary – the guild’s third highest elected office. Haru was also named interim SAG president in 1995. She also served for many years on AFTRA’s board, and was a member of the SAG-AFTRA national board at the time of her death.