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Join us for CAPE’s inaugural Leaders Fellowship Graduation & Industry Mixer!

DATE: Tuesday, August 15, 2017
TIME: 7pm – 9:30pm
LOCATION: Madera Kitchen
ADDRESS: 1835 North Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
PARKING: Valet parking $9 and metered street parking
$45 – Online Pre-Sale (On sale until 8/15 at 5PM PST or until sold out)
$50 – At door CASH | $50 + fees – At door CC

***All sales are final. No refunds or exchanges.***
All proceeds benefit CAPE, a 501(c)(3) organization that works to increase Asian American Pacific Islander representation in entertainment.


Come celebrate the CAPE Leaders Fellowship Graduation & Industry Mixer! Eat, drink, mingle, and connect with the largest group of AAPI entertainment professionals in Hollywood. Celebrate with the inaugural class of Leaders Fellows, CAPE Board of Directors, Partners Wells Fargo, The Walt Disney Company, Paramount, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Lionsgate, DreamWorks, The CW, and many other top industry professionals.

Refreshments include hors d’oeuvres and cash bar.


For more information about our CAPE Leaders Fellowship, click here.
For more information about CAPE, click here.


Promo Image_2018 HBO APAV

HBO, in partnership with CAPE and Visual Communications, invites emerging Asian Pacific American (APA) filmmakers to create works that explore themes of home for its second annual HBO Asian Pacific American Visionaries Short Film Competition. The contest seeks to address such timely issues as belonging, identity, and culture through the lens of the APA experience. Three winning films be selected to premiere at the Los Angeles Asian American Film Festival, showcased on HBO platforms, and awarded cash prizes.

For complete rules and guidelines, visit

Deadline for entries is November 1, 2017 at 9:59pm PST.

Join the conversation on social media with hashtag #hbovisionaries.

Introducing the CAPE Leaders Fellowship Inaugural Class!


CAPE launches its first annual CAPE Leaders Fellowship to equip the next generation of creative executives and talent representatives with the skills and professional network to break into the VP ranks and beyond. Modeled after CAPE’s highly-successful New Writers Fellowship, this new signature program includes evening sessions, intimate breakfasts, networking mixers, and one-on-one mentoring sessions with high-level industry executives.

“The CAPE Leaders Fellowship represents phase two of our strategic vision,” said CAPE Executive Director Michelle K. Sugihara. “We started with writers because diversity begins on the page. Now we are excited to turn our focus to the decision-makers who have the power to champion and greenlight our stories.”

The inaugural class of Fellows are:

KYLE DEAN is a Los Angeles-based talent manager at McKeon/Myones Entertainment. Born abroad and raised as a “military brat”, Dean eventually settled down in San Antonio, TX before getting his BA from Stanford University, double majoring in Film & Media Studies and Psychology. After graduating in 2009, he moved straight to Los Angeles and worked in casting and as a freelance writer before eventually transitioning to talent management. Dean is very involved in Stanford in Entertainment, the official alumni group for Stanford alums working in the entertainment industry, where he serves as Treasurer and Board Member. He is also involved in Ivy Pride Alliance LA

LINDSEY GUI is a Manager in the Corporate Business Development and Strategy group at Warner Bros. In her current role, Lindsey works on strategy and M&A projects including the studio’s China strategy, J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, and the video streaming service HOOQ. Prior to Warner Bros., Lindsey worked in corporate and business development functions at Bona Film Group and entertainment investment firm The Seelig Group. Lindsey is a board member of the Network for Asian Pacific Americans at Warner Bros. She graduated with honors from Princeton University with a BA in public policy and The Wharton School with a MBA in statistics and marketing.

SAN HENG was born in a refugee camp in Cambodia.  After failing to show any proficiency in break dancing, she started working in television. She is now an Executive Producer. Her credits include the long running TLC show SAY YES TO THE DRESS, creating the pilot of the show out of an apartment in Brooklyn, NY. Other credits include home-design/renovation shows such as WHILE YOU WERE OUT  and MOVING UP as well as ensemble follow-docs, like REAL HOUSEWIVES and LITTLE WOMEN:LA. San attended the University of Florida where she received a dual degree in telecommunications and psychology, but more importantly, learned how to tell a story, perform improv comedy, and truly dominate at Risk.

NATHAN KITADA is a Creative Development Exec at YouTube Originals, where he oversees scripted original content for YouTube Red.  Prior to the Originals team, Nathan worked on YouTube’s Creator Lab initiative, an internal R&D group focused on areas of expansion for the YouTube platform (360º/VR video, Kids Content, Edu Content).  Before YouTube, Nathan was at Maker Studios, where he ran programming on Maker’s gaming hub channel and helped build their branded entertainment business as Director of BE, Gaming.  Nathan has an MFA from the American Film Institute and a BA from Yale University.

ALEX LIN was born in Taipei, Taiwan and immigrated to the United States. He was raised in  San Gabriel Valley. Alex is currently the Vice President of Development at DEFY Media, the top digital producer and programmer of original video content for Millennials and Gen Z. DEFY creates original web series, television series and feature films across all platforms. Prior to DEFY Media, Alex was the Manager of Comedy Development at NBC. Prior to his work in network television, Alex worked in the TV literary department at CAA, and he began his career at Innovative Artists. Alex earned a bachelor degree from University of California, Los Angeles.

JOHN ZHANG currently works as a Creative Executive at Le Vision Entertainment, a company that has been called the Netflix of China. He completed internships at Viacom while studying economics at the University of Chicago. After graduation, he found himself attracted to the creative side of the business so he made the move to Los Angeles. He started his career at Perfect Storm Entertainment, the production company of director Justin Lin, where he focused on developing and producing movies for the emerging Chinese market. As a lover of technology, John hopes to identify new opportunities as the way audiences consume content changes, and continue his effort to create engaging films for both China and the rest of the world.

Led by top industry executives and agents, the Fellowship is the brainchild of CAPE Board Chair Kevin Iwashina (Co-Founder & CEO, Preferred Content), who serves as co-chair with CAPE Board Members Albert Cheng (COO, Amazon Studios) and Peter McHugh (Manager, The Gotham Group).

Fellowship partners include Wells Fargo, The Walt Disney Company, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment, and DreamWorks Animation. Additionally, the Fellowship is supported in part by generous contributions made by individual donors during CAPE’s 25th Anniversary Gala in October 2016.

For full press release, click here.