With the increasing success of films and television shows written and helmed by writers of color, it’s no secret that diversity starts on the page. CAPE (The Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment) and their major industry partners launch the eighth annual CAPE New Writers Fellowship, a professional development program that trains emerging writers to succeed in Hollywood. Graduates of the Fellowship have been staffed on every major broadcast network, premium cable channel, and streaming platform.
Fellowship partners include NBCUniversal, Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Amazon Studios, 21st Century Fox, Pearl Studio, Carnival Corporation, Warner Bros., Sony Pictures Entertainment, The Walt Disney Studios, Disney | ABC Television Group Creative Talent Development and Inclusion, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, as well as in-kind partners Final Draft, Inc., The Black List, Film Independent, Café Dulce, and Fantastic Donuts. Venue sponsors include NBCUniversal, The Writers Guild of America Foundation, Millennium Films, The CW, Endeavor, Netflix, Walden Media, The Gotham Group, and IW Group. Additionally, one Fellow will be chosen to participate in a week-long Artist-in-Residence program with Pearl Studio in Shanghai, China.
Led by top industry writers, producers, agents and executives, the Fellowship was co-founded and is co-chaired by Steve Tao (VP, Current Programming, CWTV) and Leo Chu (Creator/Showrunner, SUPAH NINJAS, AFRO SAMURAI; Screenwriter, BATMAN NINJA). The sessions include master classes and writing labs, in which Fellows revise their scripts under the mentorship of high-level industry professionals. This year’s mentors and speakers include Walter Hamada (President, DC Films), Adele Lim (Screenwriter, CRAZY RICH ASIANS), Daniel Chun (Showrunner, GRANDFATHERED), Albert Kim (Showrunner, SLEEPY HOLLOW), Yahlin Chang (Co-EP, THE HANDMAID’S TALE), Cherry Chevapravatdumrong (Co-EP, THE ORVILLE), Dave Kalstein (Co-EP, QUANTICO), Eric Kim (SVP, Current, CBS), Naia Cucukov (SVP, Production, Walden Media), Bernie Su (Creator/Writer/EP, Emmy-Winning THE LIZZIE BENNET DIARIES, EMMA APPROVED), Kevin Iwashina (Senior Associate, Endeavor), Peter McHugh (Manager, The Gotham Group), and more.
“Pipeline programs like this are critical, particularly in light of last year’s highly-successful #AsianAugust, which has galvanized the industry to elevate authentic diverse stories,” said Michelle K. Sugihara, CAPE Executive Director. “We could not run this Fellowship without the support of our tremendous partners and collaborators who support our vision of integrated diversity.”
Our 2019 Writers are:
Andrew N. Wong hails from a small, river town just outside of St. Louis, Missouri and studied screenwriting and photography at Webster University. His writing has placed Top 10 in the Page International Screenwriting Competition as well as top 20% in the Academy’s Nicholl Fellowship. He has most recently served as the writer’s PA for AMERICAN GODS and the upcoming FX show Y.
Faith Liu was born and raised in New Jersey. After graduating from Hillsdale College, she pursued her graduate degree in screenwriting at USC, where she was named the inaugural T.C. Wang Scholar and an Annenberg Graduate Fellow. She has recently worked as the Writers’ Assistant on Cinemax’s WARRIOR and as the Writers’ PA on AMC’s BETTER CALL SAUL. Faith is repped by Gotham Group.
Kimberly-Rose Ka’iulani Wolter is a screenwriter, producer and actor. Kim, who is repped by Gersh, spent two decades producing and performing on stage before transitioning to writing and earning her MFA from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television. Born and raised in Hawai’i, she is a proud Hapa.
Min-Woo Park grew up in the South Bay of LA. After graduating from Harvard University, he moved to NY to work as a copywriter at BBDO, a top advertising agency. After creating award-winning campaigns for Foot Locker, AT&T, and Snickers, Min-Woo returned to LA to pursue a career in TV comedy.
Mitali Jahagirdar is a second-generation Indian-American born and raised in Orlando, Florida. After graduating from NYU, Mitali worked for several years as a litigation paralegal while simultaneously studying and performing improv and sketch comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade. Mitali received her MFA in Screenwriting from UCLA and is currently a Writers’ PA on the upcoming Amazon drama THE EXPATRIATES.
Paul Chang was born in Australia and grew up in Singapore and Hong Kong before moving to the U.S. He attended the University of Chicago where he spent most of his time doing improv and sketch comedy. Paul has an MBA with a focus on entertainment from UCLA and worked in content acquisition at Disney-ABC’s Freeform.
Peter Limm was born and raised in New Jersey, the son of first-generation Korean immigrants. He eventually graduated from Harvard University with a degree in English literature. At Harvard, Peter served as a writer and editor for The Harvard Lampoon, the famous campus humor magazine. He now lives in Los Angeles pursuing screenwriting full-time and is repped by Lee Stobby Entertainment.
Surj Das is a second-generation Indian immigrant born and raised in The Bronx. He earned his BFA from The Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, and his MFA from The School of Cinematic Arts at USC. While pursuing writing, Surj worked as an assistant editor at PBS, an editor at MTV, an after-school teacher for inner city middle school students, and a computer-literacy instructor for senior citizens. He is repped by UTA.