NBC Universal Writers On The Verge Program Open For Submissions Beginning May 1st

NBC_writers_vergeNBC Universal’s Writers On The Verge Program will open for submissions from May 1st through May 31st.

The 12-week program focuses on polishing writers and readying them for a staff writer position on a television series. NBC Universal is looking for writers who are “almost there” but need that final bit of preparation with their writing and personal presentation skills. Writers from diverse backgrounds are highly encouraged to apply.

The program will consist of two night classes, which will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays (7-10pm), weekly at NBC in Universal City, CA. Once accepted, students must attend all classes and turn in all written assignments.

Classes concentrate on creating an exceptional spec and pilot script and understanding the dynamics of pitching oneself in the television industry. Writers are given the chance to interact with industry players ranging from network executives to showrunners to agents and receive valuable feedback on their work and pitch style. Past participants have gone on to series including COMMUNITY, BURN NOTICE, WHITE COLLAR, ITS ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA, CHICAGO FIRE, and WHITNEY.

Timeline:

Submission Period: May 1-May 31, 2013 (3pm PST deadline)

Finalist Interviews: September 2013

Program Begins: October 1, 2013

Program Ends: January 23, 2014

Information on guidelines and applications available on NBC Universal website.

Congratulations To CAPE Member Nikhil Jayaram On Completing the CBS Writers Mentoring Program

NikhilJayaramCAPE would like to sincerely congratulate member Nikhil Jayaram on recently completing the CBS Writers Mentoring Program, one of the studio’s programs aimed at developing emerging television writers with diverse voices.

A Maryland native and Northwestern alum, Nikhil has previously participated in the CAPE TV Pitch Lab and his pilots have made the 2011-2012 Runway List. Since June 2012, Nikhil has been the writers’ PA on CBS TV Studios’ series BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, a position he received through a connection he made at a CAPE event. In November 2012, his writing was featured on the CBS Corporation Diversity Blog and in early 2013, Nikhil’s short story was published on Make Believe Review, an anthology site that features stories from industry writers, including those from PARENTHOOD, JUSTIFIED, and HANNIBAL.

In Case You Missed It – CAPE Spring Mixer and Shopping Event at Bloomingdale’s Beverly Center

CAPE Spring Mixer and Shopping Evet at Bloomingdale’s Beverly Center was held on Wednesday, April 24. We would like to thank all the CAPE members and supporters who participated in this unique mixer experience. We hope you all had a wonderful time meeting new friends as well as rekindling old relationships.

For those who were not able to join us this time, we look forward to seeing you at our future CAPE events. In the meantime, please enjoy some photos from last Wednesday’s mixer.

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CAPE Feature Film Pitch Lab – New Panelist Added and Last Chance to RSVP!

cape_pitchlabFINALKeya Khayatian, top industry agent from United Talent Agency, added to panelist lineup. Last day to RSVP is Monday, April 29, at 10am PST!

Panelists:*

  • ModeratorDan LinProducer, Lin Pictures
  • Lynn Harris, EVP of Production, Warner Bros.
  • Polly Johnsen, Producer, Polymorphic Pictures
  • Kurt Johnstad, Screenwriter of 300, ACT OF VALOR
  • Keya Khayatian, Agent, United Talent Agency
  • Niija Kuykendall, VP of Production, Warner Bros.
  • Matt Skiena, VP of Production, Village Roadshow Pictures
  • Lionel Wigram, Producer, Wigram Productions

*panelists subjected to change

Dates
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Evening 1: Tuesday, April 30th*
Evening 2: Wednesday, May 1st**

*No writing sample is required to attend Evening 1, deadline for submitting writing samples was Wednedsay, April 24
**Second session limited to finalists only

Time:
Arrivals: 6:00pm – 6:30pm
Panel Begins: 6:30pm
Mixer: 7:45 pm

Location:
Warner Bros. Studio Lot, Attendees must present photo ID to enter the lot.

Address:
4000 Warner Blvd. Burbank, CA, 91522. Enter through Gate 4 off Hollywood Way.

Parking:
Available on the Warner Bros. lot. Attendees must arrive between 6:00-6:30pm

RSVPPlease follow instructions exactly as stated.

  • FREE for CAPE members, East West Players Members, and Warner Bros. employees
  • $40 for non-members
  • Please use your name EXACTLY as it appears on your photo ID when you RSVP

CAPE is partnering with Warner Bros. Studios to launch the inaugural CAPE Feature Film Pitch Lab. This is an incredible opportunity for those who want to bring their feature film ideas to life. The CAPE Feature Film Pitch Lab will be a two-night workshop led by CAPE Board Member Dan Lin.

On Evening 1, Lin and a panel of experts will give participants valuable insights on how to pitch their stories in a succinct and entertaining way. There will also be a Q&A portion so send us your questions via CAPE Twitter and Facebook.

On Evening 2, the top 10 finalists will get the exclusive opportunity to pitch in front of Lin and top industry agents, producers and executives. Finalists will be provided invaluable feedback on their pitching style.

CAPE Feature Film Pitch Lab at Warner Bros.

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CLOSED! WE ARE NO LONGER ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS!

Panelists:*

  • ModeratorDan LinProducer, Lin Pictures
  • Lynn Harris, EVP of Production, Warner Bros.
  • Polly Johnsen, Producer, Polymorphic Pictures
  • Kurt Johnstad, Screenwriter of 300, ACT OF VALOR
  • Keya Khayatian, Agent, United Talent Agency
  • Niija Kuykendall, VP of Production, Warner Bros.
  • Matt Skiena, VP of Production, Village Roadshow Pictures
  • Lionel Wigram, Producer, Wigram Productions

*panelists subject to change

Please use your name EXACTLY as it appears on your photo ID when you RSVP

Dates:

Evening 1: Tuesday, April 30th, 2013*
Evening 2: Wednesday, May 1st, 2013**

*No writing sample is required to attend Evening 1, submission deadline for writing sample is Wednesday, April 24, 2013, at 11:59pm PST.

**Second session limited to finalists only

Time:
Arrivals: 6:00pm – 6:30pm
Panel Begins: 6:30pm
Mixer: 7:45 pm

Location: Warner Bros. Studio Lot, Attendees must present photo ID to enter the lot.

Address:
4000 Warner Blvd. Burbank, CA, 91522. Enter through Gate 4 off Hollywood Way.

Parking:
Available on the Warner Bros. lot. Attendees must arrive between 6:00-6:30pm.

RSVP: Please follow instructions exactly as stated

  • Free for CAPE members
  • Free for East West Players Members, and Warner Bros. NAPA employee members (In the Notes section, please designate if you are an EWP Member or Warner Bros. NAPA employee member)
  • $40 for non-members
  • Please use your name EXACTLY as it appears on your photo ID when you RSVP
  • When you RSVP, please indicate in the Notes section if you will be submitting a writing sample
  • Please send your writing sample consisting of a logline and paragraph (no more than 100 words) describing your project to [email protected]
    • Subject Line: Film Pitch Lab Writing Sample

CAPE is joining forces with Warner Bros. Studios to launch the inaugural CAPE Feature Film Pitch Lab. This incredible opportunity is for those who want to work with mainstream studios and production companies. The CAPE Feature Film Pitch Lab will be a two-night workshop led by CAPE Board Member Dan Lin and industry professionals who buy and sell pitches daily.

On Evening 1, Lin and a panel of experts will give participants valuable insights on how to pitch their stories in a succinct and entertaining way. Attendees will be asked to submit a short writing sample consisting of a logline and paragraph (no more than 100 words) describing their project. The top ten submissions will be invited back to attend Evening 2.

On Evening 2, those who are chosen will get the exciting chance to pitch in front of Lin, film buyers, and sellers, who will also be offering critiques on pitching style and your creative ideas.

 

CAPE Spring Mixer and Shopping Event at Bloomingdale’s – Beverly Center on April 24th

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CAPE, Couture, and Cocktails!
Join CAPE for guilt-free shopping at uber chic Bloomingdale’s – Beverly Center.
Bloomingdale’s is proud to support CAPE by sponsoring a storewide shopping event, and will donate 10% of all tracked sales to CAPE’s I AM role model campaign, which aims to promote and highlight positive Asian American role models.
CAPE Mixers are the best place to meet the largest and hottest group of Asian American entertainment professionals in Hollywood. Come shop with friends, make new Hollywood connections, mingle with industry professionals, and meet the CAPE Board and CAPE members.
IMPORTANT: When you arrive, please check in at the CAPE redemption desk located on the 2nd floor of Bloomingdale’s.
When your shopping is complete, simply present your receipts* at the CAPE redemption desk to record your purchases for the donation, and pick up your gift bag.
*Duplicate receipts will be printed at the register at the time of purchase.

Congratulations to Peter Kang on his new position as VP at Paramount

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Congratulations to Peter Kang on his recent promotion to VP of Production at Paramount. Kang worked several years at FOX, where he was in charge of RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES. He also had been overseeing the sequel, DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES. Congrats, Peter!

LA Asian Pacific Film Fest featuring NICE GIRLS CREW 2 & award-winning film THE PLAYBACK SINGER

NICE GIRLS CREW returns for SEASON 2! Follow the continuing adventures of BFFs Sophie (Lynn Chen), Leena (Sheetal Sheth), Geraldine (Michelle Krusiec), and their book club. New faces bring new stories to Season 2 – there’s Donatello (Leonardo Nam), as Sophie’s man servant / assistant and JOY LUCK CLUB member Tsai Chin as Lady Lee, Geraldine’s elegant matriarch. There is also a special appearance by Parvesh Cheena (OUTSOURCED) as an overly sensitive admirer of Leena’s.
Check out these photos from NICE GIRLS CREW and order tickets here!
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THE PLAYBACK SINGERThe award-winning Indian American dramedy THE PLAYBACK SINGER  will have its Los Angeles debut on Friday, May 3rd as part of the 29th Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. The film won the New Visions award at the 23rd Cinequest Film Festival in March and is a finalist for Best Narrative feature at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival.Screening date: Friday, March 3rd, 9:30PM, CGV Cinemas, 621 S. Western Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90005Purchase tickets for THE PLAYBACK SINGER here!

Newport Beach Film Festival

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Showing: ONE MILE ABOVE, KEY OF LIFE, A WEREWOLF BOY
When: April 29, 2013
Film Screenings
6:00PM-9:00PM
Edwards Big Newport 6 Cinemas
300 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660After Party
10:00PM-1:00PM
Fashion Island Koi Pond
401 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660To purchase tickets, click here. The CAPE exclusive coupon code is: NAAPNBFF

WGAW Female Asian Comedy Writers Panel on April 22nd

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Join WGAW’s Asian American Writers Committee and the Committee of Women Writers for a special eventTHE FEMALE ASIAN COMEDY WRITERS PANELMonday, April 22nd, 7:00PM
WGAW Headquarters
7000 W. Third Street, Los Angeles
2nd Floor Multi-Purpose Room

Panelists:
May Chan, BUCKET AND SKINNER’S EPIC ADVENTURES
Cherry Chevapravatdumrong, FAMILY GUY
Brenda Hsueh, SULLIVAN & SON
Jenny Lee, SHAKE IT UP
Erica Oyama, BURNING LOVE
Vera Santamaria, UP ALL NIGHT

RSVP: [email protected] with Asian/Women Mixer in the subject line