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Testimonial: A Night at the CW

By Ami Park

I was floored by CAPE‘s panel with the top execs at The CW. It was a very intimate space, with 60-70 attendees ranging from ages 20-50s. The CW president Mark Pedowitz opened the panel as he summarized his experience with CW and how the network has evolved over the past couple of years. The other three execs were: Lori Openden, EVP of Talent and Casting; Thom Sherman, EVP in charge of series development, and Michael Roberts, EVP of Current Programming. All of the execs were extremely kind, patient, and generous with their time and made sure we (Asian Americans) knew the practicality of the industry while also reinforcing the importance of diversity because it is a necessity.

Thom explained how he and his team begin looking at pitches every June. After narrowing it down to 30-40 projects, they will pick up 6 pilots by the end of January. By May, after shooting these pilots, the network decides which of them they want to choose.

Michael Roberts then spoke, explaining how his department serves as the middle man between the show producers and the network, and how they work with development and casting. He stated how the season arc pitch, where they discuss where they are now in the process of these shows and how they can make it better, is the most important meeting of the year. He also talked about ‘Story Areas’ where the conceptual notes are reviewed. 2-3 weeks after that, you receive a script. And then there is the upfront, where they decide which shows will go during the fall season.

Lori graciously ended the panel by describing the casting process, highlighting how actors must have an agent or manager to be seen by the network. She also stressed the importance of training and how acting universities were great for that route.

Altogether, the optimistic and caring nature of the panelists truly came out, especially during the post-panel talk where we were able to shake hands and talk to each of the execs. I cannot thank CAPE enough for hosting this event!

Meet the 2017 CAPE New Writers Fellows!

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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.

For the full press release, click here.

You’re Invited to WHY STORIES MATTER: CREATING SOCIAL CHANGE THROUGH ART & ENTERTAINMENT

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CAPE and Oriental DreamWorks presents WHY STORIES MATTER: CREATING SOCIAL CHANGE THROUGH ART & ENTERTAINMENT, a panel and mixer with Oriental DreamWorks.

Meet and mingle with some of the most exciting Asian American voices in entertainment and the development team at Oriental DreamWorks, creators of high-quality entertainment including CG animated feature films and television series for audiences around the world.

Panelists:*
David Henry Hwang | Tony-Award Winning Playwright (M. BUTTERFLY, YELLOWFACE) & TV Writer (THE AFFAIR)
Adele Lim | Screenwriter (CRAZY RICH ASIANS) & Writer/Co-Executive Producer (LETHAL WEAPON, REIGN)
More panelists TBA.

Moderator: Jeff Yang | Author & Columnist (WASHINGTON POST)

*panelists subject to change

DATE: Tuesday, March 14, 2017
TIME:
6:30pm – Registration
7:00pm – Panel Discussion
8:30pm – Mixer with Refreshments
LOCATION: DreamWorks Glendale Campus | Campanile Building
ADDRESS: 1000 Flower Street, Glendale, CA
PARKING: Please enter the lot through the main gate on Flower Street and check in with a photo ID. (Please see IMPORTANT INFORMATION below.) The guard will direct you to visitor parking. Once parked, please check in at reception in the main lobby of the Campanile Building (yellow building next to the parking structure). The event will be in the Campanile Building theater.

TICKETS: $20.00 + fees
*ALL TICKET SALES FINAL. NO REFUNDS OR EXCHANGES.*
Ticket sales end March 13, 2017 at 2:00pm.

To purchase tickets, click here.

Special Thanks to: Peilin Chou, ODW Head of Creative; Justinian Huang, ODW Director of Development; Leo Chu, CAPE New Writers Fellowship Co-Chair

You’re Invited: A NIGHT WITH THE CW

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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!

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

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

TICKETS: $30 (+fees) online presale, $35 (+fees) at the door
***ALL TICKET SALES FINAL. NO REFUNDS OR EXCHANGES.***

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SUBMISSIONS FOR 2017 CAPE NEW WRITERS FELLOWSHIP OPENS DECEMBER 1

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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.

YOU’RE INVITED TO THE 2016 CAPE TV PANEL AND MIXER: BREAKING INTO AND SURVIVING THE WRITERS ROOM!

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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.

Panelists:*
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)
May Chan | Story Editor & Writer (AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER; VOLTRON: LEGENDARY DEFENDER)

Moderator:
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
TIME:
Arrivals – 6:45pm
Panel – 7:00pm
Mixer – 8:30pm (light refreshments)

Tickets: $20 pre-sale, $25 + CC fees at door
**ALL SALES FINAL. NO REFUNDS.**

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Submissions for 2017 CAPE New Writers Fellowship to Open December 1

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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.

FEATURE FILM CATEGORY SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:

  • 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.

TELEVISION CATEGORY SUBMISSIONS GUIDELINES:

  • 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.

CAPE SPOTLIGHT: ADELE YOSHIOKA


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.

 

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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!

 

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

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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.

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

Moderator:
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
Time:
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.***

TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW!

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


PANELIST BIOS

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

Moderator:
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.