CAPE/Disney Channel Advance Screening of AMPHIBIA










CAPE and Disney Channel invite you to an advance screening of AMPHIBIA, followed by a panel with the show’s creative team. The frog-out-of-water series chronicles the adventures of independent and fearless teen Anne Boonchuy (voiced by Brenda Song) after she is magically transported to a fantastical rural marshland full of frog people and meets the excitable young frog Sprig Plantar (voiced by Justin Felbinger) and his family.

AMPHIBIA debuts on June 17, 2019 on Disney Channel.


  • For security and lot access, government-issued ID is required for entry.
  • Each individual guest must be registered under their own name, including children. Reservations with the duplicate attendee names will be deleted without notification.
  • Reservations are non-transferable.
  • Ticket reservation is not a guarantee of entry.
  • Seating is not reserved and is on a first come, first served basis.
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Date: June 6, 2019
6:30pm -7:30pm | Pre-reception
7:30pm – 8:00pm | Screening
8:00pm – 8:30 pm | Q&A
LocationFrank G. Wells Theater, Disney Studios in Burbank  – Address and parking details will be sent to those with confirmed RSVPs.

FREE to attend but RSVPS Required at:
Reservations close June 3 at 12:00pm PT or until sold out.

CAPE and The Black List Announce the Inaugural CAPE List

TheCAPEList_BannerLos Angeles, CAMay 7, 2019. CAPE (Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment), the powerhouse non-profit launching writing careers through its premier CAPE New Writers Fellowship, in partnership with The Black List, an annual survey of Hollywood executives’ favorite unproduced screenplays, today announced The CAPE List, a curated list of the 12 most promising unmade film scripts centering Asian Pacific characters and experiences.

The 12 scripts on The CAPE List represent a diverse array of stories – one for each month of the year in celebration of #AsianAllYear – that scratch the surface of the plethora of Asian Pacific Islander stories. CAPE wants to see studios making more films in which diversity is baked in and cannot be removed without adversely affecting the story. Cultural specificity highlights our universal commonalities and enhances our connection to each other. Diversity starts on the page and these scripts are promising contributions to the future of inclusive filmmaking.

“The Black List has been a tremendous partner of our CAPE New Writers Fellowship for the past few years,” said CAPE Executive Director Michelle K. Sugihara. “We are thrilled to elevate our partnership with this special collaboration to join our two communities.”

“It’s been a joy to amplify the visibility of CAPE’s New Writers Fellowship over the last few years,” said Franklin Leonard the Founder and CEO of The Black List. “It was only natural that we expand our relationship by working with them to promote even more writers doing exceptional work, similar to what we did earlier this year with GLAAD and the GLAAD list.”


CAPE curated The CAPE List from a pool of the highly-rated scripts provided by The Black List and scripts sourced from the CAPE community. A script may remain active on The Black List and The CAPE List up until principal photography begins.

CAPE evaluated the scripts based on:

1) Overall quality of the written project

2) The film’s protagonist is identifiably of Asian and/or Pacific Islander heritage

3) Authentic, accurate and inclusive Asian and/or Pacific Islander representation

4) Removing the character’s heritage (ethnicity/background) would significantly alter or affect the story.

5) Passes the CAPE Test

*To pass the CAPE Test the following must be true:

  • The lead or at least two characters are of Asian or Pacific Islander heritage
  • Who are identified as being of Asian or Pacific Islander descent
  • At least one character has a narrative arc distinct from helping or revolving around the main character.


SCRIPT LOGLINES: (in alphabetical order)

COWBOYS VERSUS INDIANS by Christopher T. VanDijk & Ambarish Manepalli – On the verge of losing the girl he’s always loved, Raj must fly home to win her back. Using his friends and a football tradition to challenge her fiancé, he thinks he has a plan. But when it all backfires he must learn that the best way to save his friendship may be the very thing he fears most.

GUNS AND SARIS by Tianna Majumdar-Langham and Chris Bessounian – They’ve been oppressed and brutalized at the bottom of India’s caste system for 3000 years, but now the “untouchable” women of India have found an unlikely source of hope – and she’s armed.

HALF ANGELS by Déjà Cresencia Bernhardt  – A troubled veteran, working as a social worker, removes his ten-year old patient from her abusive home. When she escapes with a streetwise transgender girl, he must violate the ethical codes of his profession in order to search for and save them. Set in the paradise lost of what Hawai’i has become.

I’M NOT PHIL by Eugene Ramos – Filipino-American Ray Garcia pretends to be Asian Golden Boy Phil Aquino to win the affections of Rachael, a white co-ed who thinks all Asians look alike.

NO SKATEBOARDING by Jonathan Bird – A thirteen year-old hapa skateboarder flees a conservative father to live with his divorced Vietnamese mother in 1992 San Diego—the birthplace of modern street skating—where he’s both encouraged and cautioned by her fantastical worldview as he films a “sponsor me” video with a group of thrill-seeking friends.

NA WAHINE by Kimberly-Rose WolterNa Wahine is a female action-adventure feature set in Hawai’i circa 1793.  After Numia’s home and parents are wiped out by a tyrannical chief, the teenager is sent on a journey to find Iwi, a forbidden woman and the only warrior strong enough to save Numia’s village. Leading a ragtag team of female warriors, Iwi and Numia set out to stop the power-hungry chief before he conquers the island.

THE DELIVERY MAN by Isaac Ho – Chinese restaurant-owner Liu Dai Yang’s eldest son is murdered while delivering a take-out order. Heartbroken, desperate and frantic, Liu searches for justice from an indifferent system that he’s only partially legally a part of and takes matters into his own hands — determined to seek justice or revenge, whichever comes first. Inspired by true events.

THE HARVEST by Doua Moua – A son returns home to help his ailing and traditional Hmong father, only to set off a chain of events that affects the lives of his entire family.

THE MONKEY KING by Galen Tong – In this period action adventure set in early 20th Century China, a young hustler and entrepreneur must disguise himself as a famous character from the Peking opera, become a warrior, then secretly lead a rebellion against the foreign powers occupying and oppressing his country.

THE RINGMEN by Ryan Lee – Two Chinese-American founders of a Beijing-based college consulting company that uses unethical means to cheat their clients into American universities are forced to fight to save their company when the New York Times threatens to publish an expose.

THE SUN GHOST by Arun Croll – During World War II, a family imprisoned in a Japanese-American internment camp must stop an overprotective ghost from escalating the violence between the Japanese internees and their jailers.

THE TIGER’S CHILD by the Vang Brothers – During the largest paramilitary operation in the history of the CIA, a 12-year-old Hmong orphan enlists in Officer William Summers’ secret child army and becomes his deadliest sniper. Based on true events.

If you’re an entertainment-industry professional who is interested in reading any of these scripts, please check The Black List at, or contact CAPE at [email protected].


About CAPE

Founded in 1991, CAPE (the Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment) champions diversity by educating, connecting and empowering Asian American and Pacific Islander artists and leaders in entertainment and media. Through their CAPE New Writers Fellowship (diversity starts on the page) and CAPE Leaders Fellowship (inclusion starts with the gatekeepers), CAPE creates systemic change in Hollywood from the writers’ room to the boardroom to the living room. IG: @cape_usa | FB: @cape | Twitter: @capeusa.

Support future storytellers by joining the cause today!

About The Black List

The Black List, an annual survey of Hollywood executives' favorite unproduced screenplays, was founded in 2005. Since then, more than 440 Black List scripts have been produced, grossing over $28 billion in box office worldwide. Black List movies have won 53 Academy Awards from 262 nominations, including four of the last ten Best Picture Oscars and ten of the last twenty-two Best Screenplay Oscars.

In October of 2012, the Black List launched a unique online community where screenwriters make their work available to readers, buyers and employers. Since its inception, it has hosted more than 55,000 screenplays and teleplays and provided more than 100,000 script evaluations. As a direct result of introductions made on the Black List, dozens of writers have found representation at major talent agencies and management companies, as well as sold or optioned their screenplays. Currently, the Black List hosts over 3,500 scripts for consideration by over 5,000 film industry professionals ranging from agency assistants, to studio and network presidents, to A-list actors and directors. More information on the Black List is available at



Meet our 2019 CAPE New Writers Fellows!














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_Wong_Headshot_SquareAndrew 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.



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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.


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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 Headshot SquareMin-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_SquareMitali 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 - Square HeadshotPaul 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 SquarePeter 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 Headshot SquareSurj 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.


Viet Film Fest 2018 Runs October 12-14

VFF_Postcards_FrontThe Vietnamese American Arts and Letters Association (VAALA) is proud to announce Viet Film Fest 2018 is coming back for its 10th edition on October 12-14, 2018 at AMC ORANGE 30.

The current festival continues the tradition of featuring Vietnamese filmmakers and cinematic works about the Vietnamese experience from all over the world. Among the 61 films submitted, 30 (13 features and 17 short films) were selected to screen at this year’s film festival.

Use code CAPE18 for $2 off tickets!

An Update from our CNWF Alums!

One of the industry’s premier writing programs, the CAPE New Writers Fellowship discovers and nurtures emerging writers launching their careers in television and film. This unique, immersive Fellowship arms each participant with the practical and business knowledge they need to succeed as a professional writer in the entertainment industry.

Joanne Lee (’18) and Tiffany Shaw Ho (’15) have been selected for the 2018-2019 class of NBC’s Writers on the Verge!
Stefanie Woodburn (’18) and Vidhya Iyer (’18) were selected to take part of Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s Imagine Impact 1.

Allyssa Lee (’13) is currently staffed on The CW’s CHARMED.

Brian Shin (’17) is a staff writer on ABC’s THE GOOD DOCTOR.

Chris Wu (’14) is a staff writer on STARZ’ new John Wick series THE CONTINENTAL.

Eileen Shim (’17) is a staff writer on Hulu’s LIGHT AS A FEATHER, which premieres October 12.

Franklin jin Rho (’13) and Tania Lotia (’13) are staffed on DC’s SWAMP THING.

Iram Parveen Bilal (’18) wrapped production on her feature film FORBIDDEN STEPS!

Jeremy Hsu (’16) is a writer on JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE!

Julie Wong (’15) has been promoted to story editor on Season 15 of GREY’S ANATOMY.

Helen Shang (’14) is a co-producer on Season 3 of Netflix’s 13 REASONS WHY.

Teresa Huang (’15) is staffed on CBS’ SEAL TEAM.

Submissions for the 2019 CAPE New Writers Fellowship open December 1, 2018 through January 7, 2019. We ask for original pilot and feature scripts.

For more information, please visit

CAPE/Warner Bros. Feature Film Panel: NEW AMERICAN VOICES

2018 CAPE Feature Film Panel

CAPE and Warner Bros. are excited to present the 2018 Feature Film Panel: NEW AMERICAN VOICES. Hear directly from some of American cinema’s most exciting and interesting writer-directors in this panel moderated by producer Dan Lin (ALADDIN, THE LEGO MOVIE, SHERLOCK HOLMES).

Cathy Yan | Writer & Director, DEAD PIGS
Justin Chon | Writer, Director & Actor, GOOK
Daniel Kwan | Director & Writer, SWISS ARMY MAN

Dan Lin | Producer, Rideback (THE LEGO MOVIE, SHERLOCK HOLMES)

*panelists subject to change

Limited seating for this intimate event – Buy your tickets now! 

Date:  Wednesday, October 17
Location:  Rideback Ranch
Address:  1660 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90026
6:45am | Check-In Opens
7pm | Panel
8pm | Reception with light refreshments

Save yourself the trouble and use LYFT! Use promo code CAPERR for 25% off up to 2 rides to and from Rideback Ranch. Valid only on 10/17/18 from 5pm-midnight.

Early Bird General Admission – $25 plus fees
General Admission – $30 plus fees
At- Door – $35 CASH | $35 + fees Credit Card

Must be 21+ to attend.

***All ticket sales are final. No refunds. ***


Boba Guys
Cafe Dulce
Johnny Walker – Please drink responsibly.
Kikka Sushi | Tosai Sushi

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.



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.






You’re Invited to the CAPE/Pearl Studio presents THE POWER OF REPRESENTATION IN STORYTELLING!




Join CAPE (Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment) and Pearl Studio (fka Oriental DreamWorks) for THE POWER OF REPRESENTATION IN STORYTELLING, a conversation with Asian American creative voices!


Chloe Bennet | Actress, AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D., & Activist
Sono Patel | Co-Producer, CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND
Gene Luen Yang | 2016 MacArthur Fellowship-Winning Graphic Novelist, AMERICAN BORN CHINESE

Moderator: Rebecca Sun | The Hollywood Reporter
*panelists subject to change

DATE: Tuesday, March 20, 2018
6:00pm – Registration/Check-In Begins
6:30pm – Panel Discussion
7:30pm – Mixer with Refreshments
ADDRESS: 5808 Sunset Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028
PARKING: Complimentary valet parking courtesy of Netflix. Instructions provided with reservation confirmation.

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TICKETS: $25 General Admission

Meet our 2018 CAPE New Writers Fellows!

Congratulations to the 8 writers selected for the 2018 CAPE New Writers Fellowship!

Led by top industry writers, producers, agents and executives, the CAPE New Writers Fellowship is co-chaired by Steve Tao (VP of Current Programming, The CW Network) and Leo Chu (Screenwriter, BATMAN NINJA and Executive Producer/Creator, SUPAH NINJAS). The sessions include master classes and writing labs, in which Fellows revise their scripts under the mentorship of high-level industry professionals. Upon completion of the program, each Fellow will receive a cash stipend, a copy of Final Draft 10, free entry into Final Draft’s Big Break Contest and free hosting on The Black List.

In a repeat of last year’s successful collaboration, one or more writers from the CAPE New Writers Fellowship will be selected to participate in Pearl Studio’s (fka Oriental DreamWorks) Artist-In-Residence Program this summer in Shanghai, China. During the program, Pearl Studio will share projects currently in production or development, and the writer will have the opportunity to choose to work on one or more of these projects and to collaborate with other artists for one week of creative exploration.

Fellowship partners include NBCUniversal, Pearl Studio (fka Oriental DreamWorks), Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Amazon Studios, Warner Bros. Entertainment, LA County Arts Commission, Nielsen Foundation, and Carnival Corporation, as well as in-kind partners Final Draft, Inc. and The Black List. Venue sponsors include NBCUniversal, Netflix, The Writers Guild of America Foundation, IW Group, Millennium Films, and The CW. Fellows and speakers will be well fed thanks to dinner sponsors including Kikka Sushi, Kaya Street Kitchen, Bibigo Fresh Korean Kitchen, Taipei Bistro and Fantastic Donuts.

The 2018 CAPE New Writers Fellows are:

Lisa Bao SquareLISA BAO was born and raised in Shenyang, China before immigrating to the U.S. with her parents when she was seven. As the eldest (and favorite) child of her parents, Lisa initially tried to become a doctor, but discovered she could not hack the sciences in college. Lisa had to settle for second best by becoming a lawyer, an important turning point since law school taught her how to fail and the importance of showing up prepared. Armed with these lessons, and after getting New York out of her system, Lisa returned to Los Angeles to pursue her childhood dream of writing for the screen. Her scripts have made her a Disney-ABC Writing Program Finalist, a Fox Writer’s Lab Semi-Finalist, and a 2018 CAPE Fellow.


Iram BilalIRAM PARVEEN BILAL was raised in Nigeria and Pakistan and is a Physics Olympian turned filmmaker. She is excited to lens her script FORBIDDEN STEPS, a film about a Muslim cop in Chicago. Bilal is developing TV projects set both in the US and in the UK. An avid public speaker and activist, she was a co-chair of the Asian American Writer’s Committee at the WGA and a board member for the Caltech Y, her alma mater. Bilal initiated the Pakistani Oscar committee and is the founder of Pakistan’s first professional screenwriting lab (QALAMBAAZ). She is a Thomas J Watson, Women In Film, Film Independent fellow and an active member of the Alliance of Women Directors and Film Fatales. She believes that genuine curiosity is the antidote to fear.


Gabriel Ho SquareGABRIEL HO grew up in Irvine, California, where his father was a minister. He spent most of his childhood at the church and wrote and directed shorts for his high school fellowship, but always told himself it was just a hobby. Heavily influenced by the tech geek on Alias, he was set on a respectable path to be an engineer and worked for the Department of Defense, but soon realized he didn’t want to build circuit boards and gadgets – he wanted to create the worlds and characters that inspired him in the first place. He gave up his engineering scholarship to pursue his real passion – film. He graduated from Columbia University, and came out to LA, where he started in the mailroom at WME. He recently worked as the Writers’ Assistant on TNT’s Animal Kingdom, MRC’s The Dark Tower, and ABC’s The Rookie.


Vidhya Iyer SquareVIDHYA IYER was born in a small town in south Nigeria to Indian immigrant parent and was shipped like an Amazon Prime delivery to a small city in south India at the age of 12. There she lived alone in an apartment, without adult supervision from the ages of 12-19. She studied to be a computer science engineer in college while running an Italian restaurant with her brother. She came to AFI to write stories that will translate across international borders and hopes to leverage her background and be a liaison between the American, Indian and Nigerian entertainment markets. She is currently a comedy improv performer at the UCB and also performs stand-up comedy.


Joanee LeeJOANNE LEE was raised on Long Island by South Korean immigrant parents, went to Harvard College, worked for Goldman Sachs in London, attended Wharton Business School, and helped run a NYC-based non-profit organization that pairs low-income adults with corporate mentors. She then did digital media business development for ABC News, A+E Networks, and POPSUGAR. Joanne studied improv and sketch writing at UCB and performed stand-up in NYC. She was a showrunner’s assistant for an HBO comedy. Her half-hour TV pilot UNPLANNED finished in the top ten of the 2016 Final Draft Big Break Contest. In 2017, her half-hour TV pilot KILLING IT won the Silver Prize in PAGE and was a top five finalist (and only comedy pilot) in TrackingB. She wrote a freelance episode of the Disney Channel show ANDI MACK which will air in summer 2018. She is repped by APA.


Ryan Lee SquareRYAN LEE was born in Paris, France and raised in Palo Alto, California. Ever since viewing a VHS copy of  MOUSE HUNT at age 6, he’s wanted to make movies. He attended the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, majoring in Film Production with a minor in Screenwriting, where he wrote several thesis films. Since graduating, he’s developed feature films, television pilots, and interactive web series scripts in multiple genres. He has also worked as a script reader, a public access TV technician, and a Little League Umpire. His goal is to write for film and TV, and to have season tickets to the Yankees one day.


Lauren Moon SquareLAUREN MOON is a queer third-generation Korean American LA-based writer/activist born in Dallas, TX. She is a graduate of Pomona College and holds an MFA in Writing for Screen and Television from USC. Her feature film WESTMINSTER, CA was a finalist for the HUMANITAS Carol Mendelsohn Drama Fellowship and was a quarterfinalist in Scriptapalooza’s screenplay competition. She received the Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theatre’s Thomas Angel Foundation Scholarship in 2017. Her multicam sitcom pilot INTERNATIONAL HAÜS was funded, produced, and shot by USC. Lauren writes grounded stories depicting young men and women of color trying their best to find their voices while stumbling through adolescence and adulthood. She is also in a rowdy punk band, co-produces podcast about fetishes, and has a weekly radio show consisting of songs that make her cry.


Stefanie Woodburn SquareSTEFANIE WOODBURN is a mixed Chinese American writer, actress, and filmmaker.  She grew up in Maryland, learning the value of education from her teacher mom and the value of finance, math, and weightlifting from her stay-at-home dad.  She loved acting in musicals and dance captaining competitive showchoir, later studying at NYU and performing theater in Paris.  Not having the guts to pursue her creative dream after graduation, she became a consultant (naturally), working on the business and tech side of studios.  She finally found her voice on Twitch, creating community and streaming video games to fundraise for her short film about pole dance.  POLE is currently an official selection in 18 film festivals.  Excited to write stories from the mixed perspective, she applied with the feature film to CAPE and looks forward to creating the Pole Cinematic Universe.




More information about the CAPE New Writers Fellowship can be found at:


CAPE at Kollaboration Empower Weekend

CAPE at Empower Square

Join CAPE at Kollaboration Empower Creative Leadership Conference on November 4, 2017. Our panel, PRODUCING SOCIAL CHANGE: A CONVERSATION WITH SHOWRUNNERS, explores the role of the showrunner and how they create change in front of and behind the camera.

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Come laugh with some of the funniest Asian American comics.

Learn directly from some of the Asian American community’s most inspirational creative professionals. Discover how to make your dreams of working in arts & entertainment a reality.

Celebrate Asian American talents and achievements and find out who is this year’s Kollaboration STAR champion!

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