You’re Invited: A NIGHT WITH THE CW


CAPE presents A NIGHT WITH THE CW. Join us for a panel discussion and networking with development, current programming, and casting/talent executives from the network behind award-winning shows CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND, JANE THE VIRGIN, THE FLASH, ARROW, and more!


We have limited number of seats for this intimate event – buy your tickets now!

DATE: Wednesday, January 11, 2017
6:30pm – Registration
7:00pm – Panel Discussion
8:00pm – Mixer
ADDRESS: 3300 W Olive Ave, Burbank, CA 91505

TICKETS: $30 (+fees) online presale, $35 (+fees) at the door

To purchase tickets, click here.



The CAPE New Writers Fellowship discovers and nurtures emerging writers launching their careers in television and film. This unique 6-week, 12-session Fellowship arms each participant with the practical and business knowledge they need to succeed as a professional writer in the entertainment industry. Each session is taught by top television and film writers, producers, agents, managers, and executives through a series of intimate panels and discussions. The Fellowship also offers a Writing Lab which matches each Fellow with a high-level industry mentor to help them revise their scripts into professional-level writing samples to get them noticed and land that all-important first job.

The Fellowship runs from early March to mid-April with each Session and Writing Lab meeting weekday evenings for approximately 2 hours in the Los Angeles area.

Submissions for the 2017 CAPE New Writers Fellowship open December 1, 2016 through January 9, 2017 at 11:59 PST.

More details about the program and submissions can be found here.




CAPE is excited to present the 2016 CAPE TV PANEL + MIXER: BREAKING INTO (AND SURVIVING) THE WRITERS ROOM! Learn from writers who have successfully navigated the waters to get in to the room where it happens. From applying to fellowships to getting their first jobs, from rising in the ranks to what life is like now, ask them how they did it! A mixer with light refreshments follows the panel.

Bo Yeon Kim & Erika Lippoldt | Writers & Story Editors (REIGN); 2015 CAPE New Writers Fellows
Aaron Ho | Co-Producer & Writer (AUSTIN & ALLY); 2009 CAPE New Writers Award Winner, TV Category
Ray Utarnachitt | Executive Story Editor & Writer (DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW; PERSON OF INTEREST; TOMORROW PEOPLE)

Eric Kim | VP, Current Programs at CBS Television Studios and CAPE Board Member

DATE: Monday, November 21, 2016
LOCATION: Writers Guild of America, West | 7000 W Third Street
PARKING: Free Parking at WGA
Arrivals – 6:45pm
Panel – 7:00pm
Mixer – 8:30pm (light refreshments)

Tickets: $20 pre-sale, $25 + CC fees at door


Submissions for 2017 CAPE New Writers Fellowship to Open December 1


Entering its fifth year, the CAPE New Writers Fellowship is designed to nurture emerging film and TV writers through intimate workshops and writing labs to help them become the voices that create future positive portrayals of Asian American & Pacific Islanders in film, television, and digital media. Led by top industry writers, producers, agents and executives, the Fellowship is co-chaired CAPE Board Members Steve Tao  and Leo Chu. The sessions also include writing labs, in which Fellows revise their scripts under the mentorship of high-level industry professionals.

The CAPE New Writers Fellowship is an evolution of the CAPE New Writers Awards, which has identified emerging Asian American & Pacific Islander talent for the past 14 years. Success stories include TV staff writers Helen Shang​ (NBC’s HANNIBAL), Frederick Kim​ (USA’s COMPLICATIONS), Thomas Wong ​(FOX’s BACKSTROM), Aaron Ho ​(Disney’s AUSTIN & ALLY), Ken Cheng​ (Amazon’s BETAS), and Leonard Chang ​(FX’s JUSTIFIED); script coordinators Nikhil Jayaram (NBC’s ALLEGIANCE) and Christopher Wu​ (Amazon’s BOSCH); and screenwriter Alice Wu​ (Sony Classics’ SAVING FACE).

Submission Period will run from December 1, 2016 to January 9, 2017.


  • Only original screenplays by unproduced writers or produced writers of projects with a budget of under $1 million may be submitted.
  • The entrants and screenplays should be consistent with CAPE’s mission to champion diversity by educating, connecting, and empowering Asian American and Pacific Islander artists and leaders in entertainment and media.
  • Entrants must be 18 years or older.
  • All submissions should be full-length spec screenplays, in standard industry format, and be written in English. Screenplays must be stripped of identifying legends in the footer and header. Include your name, address, phone number, and e-mail address on your title page only.
  • Each Entrant/Writer/Team warrants that the submitted teleplay
    is not currently under option and/or cannot be purchased. The
    Entrant/Writer/Team hereby warrants that he/she is the sole owner and author of the submitted teleplay, which teleplay is wholly original and does not violate any rights of any third party (including without limitation copyright, rights of privacy or publicity, or defamation), and that he/she has the full right to submit it to the CAPE New Writers Fellowship upon the terms and conditions herein. The Entrant/Writer/Team must exclusively own the copyright to the material being submitted.
  • All finalists agree to participate in all classes and lab sessions held in Los Angeles, CA.


  • Original spec TV scripts or screenplays by unproduced writers are to be submitted.
  • Spec pilots are the overwhelmingly preferred method of hiring writers by showrunners and executives, and we strongly suggest submitting an original pilot spec.
  • The entrants and teleplays should be consistent with CAPE’s mission to champion diversity by educating, connecting, and empowering Asian American and Pacific Islander artists and leaders in entertainment and media.
  • Entrants must be 18 years or older.
  • All submissions should be full length spec teleplays, in standard industry format, and be written in English. Teleplays must be stripped of identifying legends in the footer and header. Include your name, address, phone number, and e-mail address on your title page only.
  • Each Entrant/Writer/Team warrants that the submitted teleplay is not currently under option and/or cannot be purchased. The Entrant/Writer/Team hereby warrants that he/she is the sole owner and author of the submitted teleplay, which teleplay is wholly original and does not violate any rights of any third party (including without limitation copyright, rights of privacy or publicity, or defamation), and that he/she has the full right to submit it to the CAPE New Writers Fellowship upon the terms and conditions herein. The Entrant/Writer/Team must exclusively own the copyright to the material being submitted.
  • Each Entrant/Writer/Team certifies that they have never been previously staffed on a television show as a staff writer.
  • All finalists agree to participate in all classes and lab sessions held in Los Angeles, CA.


adeleThe founding member of CAPE, Adele Yoshioka has served as co-chair and has been a board member for all 25 years of CAPE’s existence! From gala planning to fundraising, Adele’s passion, commitment, and dedication to CAPE’s mission of championing AAPI diversity remain unparalleled.

“CAPE has been an important part of my life for 25 years, and there are so many people to thank like [CAPE Board Member Emeritus] Jusak Yang Bernhard who have given their heart, time, and expertise to help us along the way to success,” Ms. Yoshioka reflects. “It’s been worth all of the blood, sweat, and tears Wenda, Fritz, and I have devoted into making CAPE one of the most relevant AAPI non-profits championing and advancing diversity in entertainment and media.” 

Adele with CAPE Event Producer Grant Kimura at the 25th Anniversary Gala. Photo by Paul Gor.

Adele’s first career in the entertainment field was as a successful dancer/actress/model in many films, TV and stage shows. A few of the directors and choreographers she has worked with are Bob Fosse, John Huston, Norman Jewison, and Gene Kelly. As an actress, her most memorable role was as Clint Eastwood’s girlfriend in MAGNUM FORCE.

Her second and current career is in international film distribution, specializing in contract and sales administration. She has been an executive at Image Organization, Behavior Worldwide, CineTel Films, and is now with Nu Image/Millennium Films where she is the Vice President of International Distribution.

Adele with husband Bruce at CAPE’s 25th Anniversary Gala. Photo by Paul Gor.

In addition to CAPE, Adele’s community service has varied from producing, directing, and choreographing Japanese community shows to serving on the Board of Directors for AAPAA and East West Players.

Thank you for all that you do for CAPE, Adele!

Flashback Friday: A Recap of CAPE’s 25th Anniversary Gala

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Thank you to everyone who attended CAPE’s 25th Anniversary Gala: Past, Present, Future! It was a night full of celebration, connection, and community as a mix of celebrities, writers, entertainment executives, digital influencers, volunteers, supporters, and more came together to support CAPE and our mission of increasing AAPI diversity in entertainment!


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AAPI celebrities from actor Steven Yeun (THE WALKING DEAD) to digital content creators Wesley Chan, Harry Shum Jr., and Philip Wang (Wong Fu Production’s SINGLE BY 30). Check out more photos from the Red Carpet here.


Guests dined al fresco on delectable bites from Kikka SushiWhole FoodsTokyo Doggie StyleJus’ PokeTenkatoriKaya Street Kitchen, and Restauration LB. For dessert, Cafe Dulce brought out the bacon donuts, and Freaky Shakey ended the night with decadent mini milk-shakes!


14883638_10154653840478839_5493684596668770389_o14883679_10154651722643839_6223709450128500060_o 2Celebrity presenters Randall Park and Constance Wu (FRESH OFF THE BOAT) introduced one of the evening’s keynote speakers Carrie Ann Inaba (DANCING WITH THE STARS). Check out more photos from CAPE: Past, Present, Future here.


With help from actress Tia Carrere and CAPE Board Member & Amazon COO Albert Cheng, more than $25,000 was raised in minutes to support CAPE’s mission to increase AAPI diversity in entertainment through programs such as the CAPE NEW WRITERS FELLOWSHIP and the YOUNG LEADERS FELLOWSHIP.

If you missed out on last Saturday’s action, you can still support CAPE today! Please consider making a tax-deductable contribution. All proceeds go towards CAPE and our mission to champion AAPI diversity in entertainment and media.

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CAPE 25th Anniversary Gala: Asians in Hollywood Celebrate Milestone, Push for Greater Inclusion

Asian-American Stars Share The Iconic Roles They’ve Always Wanted To Play

Steven Yeun, Daniel Dae Kim, Kelly Hu, (and more) speak out on Whitewashed Hollywood

2016 CAPE Feature Film Panel: THE GREAT AMERICAN INDIE sponsored by Warner Bros. & Pepsi Co.


CAPE and Warner Bros. are excited to present the 2016 CAPE Feature Film Panel: THE GREAT AMERICAN INDIE. The indie film has served as both an open canvas for Asian American storytelling and as a launch pad for some of the industry’s most prominent AAPI filmmakers. In this panel moderated by CAPE Board Members and producer Dan Lin (THE LEGO MOVIE, SHERLOCK HOLMES), learn what it takes to get an indie film made, how to get it distributed, and how to parlay your indie film into greater opportunities.

Nina Yang Bongiovi | Producing Partner, Signifigant Productions (DOPE, FRUITVALE STATION)
Andrew Ahn | Filmmaker (SPA NIGHT)
The Vang Brothers | Screenwriters, Directors (BEDEVILED)

Dan Lin | Producer, L1N Pictures (THE LEGO MOVIE, SHERLOCK HOLMES)

*panelists subject to change

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

Date:  Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Location:  The Great Company
Address: 1917 Bay Street, Los Angeles, CA 90021
Parking: Free street parking
Arrivals: 6:45pm
Panel Begins: 7:00pm
Networking Mixer: 8:30pm – light refreshments served

TICKETS: $20 online presale, $25 at the door.
***All ticket sales are final.***


Thank you to our venue sponsors: PepsiCo and The Great Company!



Nina Yang Bongiovi is a feature film producer with over 17 years of combined production, finance and management experience in the entertainment industry between Hollywood and Asia.

Nina met her producing partner Forest Whitaker in 2009 and they’ve set on a path to champion distinct filmmaker voices, under the banner – Significant Productions. During their first year in operations, Nina and Forest met filmmaker Ryan Coogler and went on to produce the critically acclaimed FRUITVALE STATION , which won The Audience and The Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival 2013, Cannes Film Festival’s L’Avenir Award, Indie Spirit Award, Producers Guild’s Stanley Kramer Award, alongside 40+ prestigious awards worldwide.

In 2015, the producing duo returned to Sundance with two feature films: DOPE, written/directed by Rick Famuyiwa, and SONGS MY BROTHERS TAUGHT ME, written/directed by Chloé Zhao, in U.S. Dramatic Competition. DOPE and SONGS also had their international premieres at the Cannes Film Festival, and both films were represented in the 2016 awards circuit receiving nominations from NAACP Image Awards and Indie Spirit Awards, respectively.

Significant Productions’ projects cover feature films, documentaries, television and digital endeavors which all strive to be at the forefront of discovering emerging talent, developing and producing quality projects with a focus on diversity in front of and behind the camera.

Nina serves on the Board of Directors at Film Independent, the Oscar Grant Foundation, and is a member of The Academy (AMPAS). She is fluent in Mandarin, Chinese and received her Master’s degree in Entertainment Management from the Walter Annenberg School at the University of Southern California.



Andrew Ahn is a queer Korean-American filmmaker born and raised in Los Angeles. His feature film SPA NIGHT premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival in the US Dramatic Competition and won a Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Performance. SPA NIGHT also won the US Grand Jury Prize at Outfest. The film was picked up for distribution by Strand Releasing. Ahn participated in the Sundance Screenwriters Lab, the Film Independent Screenwriting Lab, and the Film Independent Directing Lab for the project. The project also received grants from the Sundance Institute, Film Independent, Cinereach, EFILM, Panavision, and FilmLA.

Ahn is an alum of Film Independent’s Project Involve and has promoted diversity in the arts by mentoring youth filmmakers through programs like Pacific Arts Movement’s Reel Voices and Outfest’s OutSet. He graduated from Brown University and received an MFA in Film Directing from CalArts.



The Vang Brothers (Burlee & Abel Vang) are a writing/directing duo. They are California born and bred, raised in the searing heat of Fresno, and are oldest children of Hmong political refugees from Laos. Despite their two-year difference, they are often mistaken as identical twins. Maybe their likeness has something to do with the two of them getting haircuts at the same barbershop, shopping at the same stores, and having held the same jobs at the same places for the last decade. On occasion, family members still confuse them with one another.

Burlee is an award-winning author and poet. His books include The Dead I Know: Incantation for Rebirth (Swan Scythe Press, 2010) and How Do I Begin? A Hmong American Literary Anthology (Heyday, 2011). His writing has also appeared in many reputable literary journals and anthologies. Abel worked on Clint Eastwood’s GRAN TORINO as a voice actor, an assistant to casting, and as a 2nd Unit on the exclusive Blu-ray documentary GRAN TORINO: NEXT DOOR. He worked as a script consultant for Oscar-winner, Lynne Littman (NUMBER OUR DAYS, 1976), on her screenplay adaptation of Anne Fadiman’s National Book Critics Circle Award Winner (1997), THE SPIRIT CATCHES YOU and YOU FALL DOWN.

In 2011, the brothers won the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Science 2011 Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting for their war-drama screenplay, THE TIGER’S CHILD. Burlee holds an MFA in Fiction Writing from California State University, Fresno and a BA in English from the University of California, Davis. Abel holds an MFA in Cinema & Television Production from USC and a BS in Biology from California State University, Fresno.

danlineDan Lin is the CEO of Lin Pictures, a next-generation production company with a deal at Warner Bros. in both film and television. The company has 4 different divisions – live-action feature films, LEGO animated films, television production, and Creative Salons. Its offices are based at the Bricksburg Chamber of Commerce in Hollywood, CA.


You’re Invited to CAPE’S 25th Anniversary Gala!


Celebrate 25 years of championing AAPI diversity in entertainment! Rub elbows with some of today’s hottest stars, dine on delectable bites, enjoy TED-style talks from some of the industry’s most inspiring voices, and dance the night away…all for a great cause!

WHEN: Saturday, October 22, 2016
WHERE: The Belasco Theater, 1050 S Hill Street
TIME: 6pm-8:15pm | Food Tasting + Silent Auction
8:30pm | CAPE: Past, Present, Future followed by Dessert & Dancing
11pm | After-Party
ATTIRE: Cocktail



Kevin Lin is COO of Twitch, the world’s leading video platform and community for gamers. In 2008 he joined as COO where he was instrumental in the launch of its Twitch platform. His role included attracting the site’s larger partners and building out the partnership team among other activities that have helped grow the Twitch brand. Acquired by Amazon for almost $1 billion, Twitch now has a total of 100 million monthly unique users around the world.


As a magician, producer, and crossword puzzle constructor, David Kwong has become Hollywood’s go-to resource for films involving illusion, puzzles, and deception. Kwong designed illusions for NOW YOU SEE ME and has consulted on films such as MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: ROGUE NATION, ANT-MAN, and THE IMITATION GAME. Kwong is currently designing puzzles and secret codes for NBC’s drama BLINDSPOT.

Also scheduled to appear: Steven Yeun (THE WALKING DEAD), Daniel Dae Kim (LOST), Randall Park (FRESH OFF THE BOAT, TRAINWRECK), Constance Wu (FRESH OFF THE BOAT), Suzy Nakamura (DR. KEN), Hudson Yang (FRESH OFF THE BOAT), Forrest Wheeler (FRESH OFF THE BOAT), Ian Chen (FRESH OFF THE BOAT), Krista Marie Yu (DR. KEN), Albert Tsai (DR. KEN), Keiko Agena (GILMORE GIRLS), Phil Wong and Wesley Chen (WONG FU PRODUCTIONS), Dominic “D-trix” Sandoval (AMERICA’S BEST DANCE CREW), Anna Akana (MISS 2059), and more!




CAPE is excited to announce Twitch co-founder Justin Kan and COO Kevin Lin as speakers for the 25th Anniversary Gala on October 22, 2016.

Twitch is the world’s leading social video platform and community for gamers. What began as a start-up in which Kan live-streamed his life for six months has grown to be a billion dollar company with more than 100 million viewers and 1.7 million broadcasters per month. Read more about Twitch here!