CAPE (The Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment) kicks off its fifth annual CAPE New Writers Fellowship, an evolution of the CAPE New Writers Awards, which identified emerging AAPI talent for the past 17 years. The Fellows were selected from a diverse pool of applicants by entertainment industry professionals. Each Fellow will participate in an intensive 13-session program and receive a cash stipend, Final Draft software and free entry to Final Draft’s Big Break Contest upon successful completion of the program. This year’s fellows are: Kelvin Ho, David Liu, Johnny Ngo, Nathan Ramos, April Shih, Eileen Shim, Brian Shin and Janalyn Li Steele.
Led by top industry writers, producers, agents and executives, the Fellowship is co-chaired by Steve Tao (television executive, CWTV) and Leo Chu (EP/Creator, SUPAH NINJAS, AFRO SAMURAI). 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 Chris Lee (CAPE Co-Founder and Bad Hat Harry CEO), David Henry Hwang (Tony Award-winning playwright, M. BUTTERFLY), Adele Lim (screenwriter, CRAZY RICH ASIANS and Co-Executive Producer, CW’s REIGN), Glen Mazzara (Showrunner, AMC’s THE WALKING DEAD), James Wong (Executive Producer, FX’s AMERICAN HORROR STORY and FOX’s SCREAM QUEENS), Albert Kim (Showrunner, FOX’s SLEEPY HOLLOW), Dave Kalstein (Co-Executive Producer, CBS’s NCIS: LOS ANGELES) and more. The CAPE New Writers Fellowship is one of CAPE’s signature programs. It furthers CAPE’s mission to champion diversity by educating, connecting, and empowering Asian American & Pacific Islander artists and leaders in entertainment and media.
Fellowship partners include NBCUniversal, Oriental DreamWorks, Hollywood Foreign Press Association, AmazonStudios, Warner Bros. and Sony Pictures, as well as in-kind partners Final Draft, Inc. and The Black List. Venue sponsors include The Writers Guild of America, West, Nu Image/Millennium Films and The CW.
As a unique addition to this year’s Fellowship, one writer from the CAPE New Writers Fellowship will be selected to participate in Oriental DreamWorks’ Artist-In-Residence Program this summer in Shanghai, China. During the program, the selected Fellow will have the opportunity to work on one or more projects ODW is currently producing and developing, and to collaborate with other artists for one week of creative exploration.
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