Meet the 2018 CAPE Leaders Fellows!

CAPE launches its second 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 inaugural class of Fellows are:

Johnny Chiou HeadshotJOHNNY CHIOU currently serves as Manager of Development at 3AD, actor/producer Daniel Dae Kim’s production company, which currently produces THE GOOD DOCTOR on ABC. Prior to this, he was Development Coordinator at Universal Cable Productions (MR. ROBOT, 12 MONKEYS, GIRLFRIENDS’ GUIDE TO DIVORCE). Johnny got his start as an assistant in the Television Department at Creative Artists Agency (CAA). Johnny is a graduate of UC Berkeley where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.

 

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SCOTT SAKAMOTO is a Production Supervisor at Walt Disney Animation Studios, where his passion and experience have centered around the Story Department. In his current position, Scott is helping to oversee the creative process on a yet to be announced animated feature. His other recent projects at Disney have included the Oscar®-nominated feature MOANA and the upcoming theatrical sequel to WRECK-IT RALPH, RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET. Previously, Scott was involved in the front-end production departments at DreamWorks Animation, where he worked on projects such as HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON, MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN, and MONSTERS VS. ALIENS. Scott began his career in entertainment as a Development Intern at Spyglass Entertainment and then as an assistant in the Feature Literary Department at The Gersh Agency. Scott graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in Communication Studies.

 

Sanjana Seelam HeadshotSANJANA SEELAM was born in India, raised in the Bay Area and Phoenix. Having studied pre-medicine, graduating with a BS from UCLA, she made the natural transition to a career in entertainment. Currently a Manager of Development at BuzzFeed Studios, she develops and produces digital, linear and feature content across all networks and platforms. Prior to BuzzFeed, Sanjana worked in Development at 20th Century Fox TV as well as 3 Arts Entertainment. Off the clock, Sanjana loves hikes with her insta-perfect dog, buffalo wings, and marathoning weeks-old episodes of JEOPARDY!

 

Kenny_Tsai_SquareKENNY TSAI joined Universal Television in 2012 and currently holds the title of Director, Current Programming. He is responsible for overseeing 7 Universal Television-produced current dramas and comedies, including MASTER OF NONE for Netflix, WILL & GRACE and GOOD GIRLS for NBC and the upcoming Apple series AMAZING STORIES with Amblin. He was previously an executive at Blumhouse Television, where he helped manage their first-look deal with UCP and Universal Television, and got his start in the industry as the showrunner’s assistant on HBO’s Emmy-award winning series BOARDWALK EMPIRE. A graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and son of Taiwanese-American immigrants, Kenny has been a passionate fan of television since childhood. He resides in Los Angeles and often travels out for noodles and dumplings.

 

IMG_3518JON WU is Director of Production at 20th Century Fox, where he oversees the development, production, and acquisition of feature films. While at Fox, he has been an executive on 16 go pictures, including THE GREATEST SHOWMAN, MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS, WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES, DEADPOOL 2, and the upcoming BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY. Previously, Jon worked at Sony Pictures Television and in the motion picture literary and television talent departments at WME Entertainment. He began his career in the agency’s mailroom. Jon received his M.F.A. from the Peter Stark Producing Program at University of Southern California and his B.A. in African American Studies at Yale University. 

 

Katharine Wu Headshot SquareKATHARINE WU is a half-Taiwanese television executive from Long Beach, California.  She is currently the Director of Development at Appletree Pictures, where she has worked with Shiri Appleby to build a scripted slate for the company’s overall deal with A+E Studios.  Appletree is focused on female-driven series and partnering with fresh and diverse voices. Previously, Katharine spent several years working in scripted programming at A&E, where she honed her development skills and covered the last two seasons of BATES MOTEL.  Katharine earned a BA in Cinema-Television Production from USC.

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

Fellowship partners include Walden Media, Warner Bros., Paramount Pictures, Endeavor, Fox Searchlight, Justine Wines and Fuji Water.

For full press release, click here.