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ABOUT DAVID KWONG
A veteran “cruciverbalist” (crossword puzzle constructor), Kwong routinely creates puzzles for the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal and other national publications.
Kwong is the puzzle and secret code consultant for the hit NBC show BLINDSPOT. He was the head magic consultant on the 2013 worldwide hit film NOW YOU SEE ME. Other films Kwong and his Misdirectors Guild have worked on include THE IMITATION GAME, ANT-MAN, MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: ROGUE NATION, THE MAGNIFICENT 7.
Join us for CAPE’s inaugural Leaders Fellowship Graduation & Industry Mixer!
DATE: Tuesday, August 15, 2017 TIME: 7pm – 9:30pm LOCATION: Madera Kitchen ADDRESS: 1835 North Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028 PARKING: Valet parking $9 and metered street parking Tickets: $45 – Online Pre-Sale (On sale until 8/15 at 5PM PST or until sold out)
$50 – At door CASH | $50 + fees – At door CC
***All sales are final. No refunds or exchanges.*** All proceeds benefit CAPE, a 501(c)(3) organization that works to increase Asian American Pacific Islander representation in entertainment.
Come celebrate the CAPE Leaders Fellowship Graduation & Industry Mixer! Eat, drink, mingle, and connect with the largest group of AAPI entertainment professionals in Hollywood. Celebrate with the inaugural class of Leaders Fellows, CAPE Board of Directors, Partners Wells Fargo, The Walt Disney Company, Paramount, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Lionsgate, DreamWorks, The CW, and many other top industry professionals.
Refreshments include hors d’oeuvres and cash bar.
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HBO, in partnership with CAPE and Visual Communications, invites emerging Asian Pacific American (APA) filmmakers to create works that explore themes of home for its second annual HBO Asian Pacific American Visionaries Short Film Competition. The contest seeks to address such timely issues as belonging, identity, and culture through the lens of the APA experience. Three winning films be selected to premiere at the Los Angeles Asian American Film Festival, showcased on HBO platforms, and awarded cash prizes.
CAPE launches its first 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 CAPE Leaders Fellowship represents phase two of our strategic vision,” said CAPE Executive Director Michelle K. Sugihara. “We started with writers because diversity begins on the page. Now we are excited to turn our focus to the decision-makers who have the power to champion and greenlight our stories.”
The inaugural class of Fellows are:
KYLE DEAN is a Los Angeles-based talent manager at McKeon/Myones Entertainment. Born abroad and raised as a “military brat”, Dean eventually settled down in San Antonio, TX before getting his BA from Stanford University, double majoring in Film & Media Studies and Psychology. After graduating in 2009, he moved straight to Los Angeles and worked in casting and as a freelance writer before eventually transitioning to talent management. Dean is very involved in Stanford in Entertainment, the official alumni group for Stanford alums working in the entertainment industry, where he serves as Treasurer and Board Member. He is also involved in Ivy Pride Alliance LA
LINDSEY GUI is a Manager in the Corporate Business Development and Strategy group at Warner Bros. In her current role, Lindsey works on strategy and M&A projects including the studio’s China strategy, J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, and the video streaming service HOOQ. Prior to Warner Bros., Lindsey worked in corporate and business development functions at Bona Film Group and entertainment investment firm The Seelig Group. Lindsey is a board member of the Network for Asian Pacific Americans at Warner Bros. She graduated with honors from Princeton University with a BA in public policy and The Wharton School with a MBA in statistics and marketing.
SAN HENG was born in a refugee camp in Cambodia. After failing to show any proficiency in break dancing, she started working in television. She is now an Executive Producer. Her credits include the long running TLC show SAY YES TO THE DRESS, creating the pilot of the show out of an apartment in Brooklyn, NY. Other credits include home-design/renovation shows such as WHILE YOU WERE OUT and MOVING UP as well as ensemble follow-docs, like REAL HOUSEWIVES and LITTLE WOMEN:LA. San attended the University of Florida where she received a dual degree in telecommunications and psychology, but more importantly, learned how to tell a story, perform improv comedy, and truly dominate at Risk.
NATHAN KITADA is a Creative Development Exec at YouTube Originals, where he oversees scripted original content for YouTube Red. Prior to the Originals team, Nathan worked on YouTube’s Creator Lab initiative, an internal R&D group focused on areas of expansion for the YouTube platform (360º/VR video, Kids Content, Edu Content). Before YouTube, Nathan was at Maker Studios, where he ran programming on Maker’s gaming hub channel and helped build their branded entertainment business as Director of BE, Gaming. Nathan has an MFA from the American Film Institute and a BA from Yale University.
ALEX LIN was born in Taipei, Taiwan and immigrated to the United States. He was raised in San Gabriel Valley. Alex is currently the Vice President of Development at DEFY Media, the top digital producer and programmer of original video content for Millennials and Gen Z. DEFY creates original web series, television series and feature films across all platforms. Prior to DEFY Media, Alex was the Manager of Comedy Development at NBC. Prior to his work in network television, Alex worked in the TV literary department at CAA, and he began his career at Innovative Artists. Alex earned a bachelor degree from University of California, Los Angeles.
JOHN ZHANG currently works as a Creative Executive at Le Vision Entertainment, a company that has been called the Netflix of China. He completed internships at Viacom while studying economics at the University of Chicago. After graduation, he found himself attracted to the creative side of the business so he made the move to Los Angeles. He started his career at Perfect Storm Entertainment, the production company of director Justin Lin, where he focused on developing and producing movies for the emerging Chinese market. As a lover of technology, John hopes to identify new opportunities as the way audiences consume content changes, and continue his effort to create engaging films for both China and the rest of the world.
Led by top industry executives and agents, the Fellowship is the brainchild of CAPE Board Chair Kevin Iwashina (Co-Founder & CEO, Preferred Content), who serves as co-chair with CAPE Board Members Albert Cheng (COO, Amazon Studios) and Peter McHugh (Manager, The Gotham Group).
Fellowship partners include Wells Fargo, The Walt Disney Company, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment, and DreamWorks Animation. Additionally, the Fellowship is supported in part by generous contributions made by individual donors during CAPE’s 25th Anniversary Gala in October 2016.
NBCU SHORTS FEST, the industry’s premiere diversity short film festival, is a nationwide search for talent focused on discovering the next generation of content creators. This bicoastal festival seeks narrative works made within the last two years in the categories of DRAMA, COMEDY, WEB SERIES and Comedic PILOTS. The goal is to not only scout up and coming directors, writers, and actors, but to introduce them to top industry executives, agents, and tastemakers while awarding prizes ranging from camera packages, monetary grants, pitch meetings, and holding deals.
Past Alumni have go on to direct episodes or to act as artistic directors of our cable network series, shadow directors on NBC Primetime Series, been cast as series regulars for new NBC pilots or have sold their shorts as series to major cable networks.
I had the pleasure of attending CAPE and Oriental Dreamworks’s “Why Stories Matter: Creating Social Change Through Art & Entertainment” on the Dreamworks campus. Moderated by author and cultural critic Jeff Yang, the panel featured actress Kelly Hu; playwright and TV writer David Henry Hwang; and CRAZY RICH ASIANS Screenwriter, TV writer & Producer Adele Lim.
As a newly-minted TV writer, I’ve found myself attending more panels than I can count this past year, hoping to gain some insight into navigating the strange business I work in. Most of these panels are specifically tailored for new writers, often covering aspects of the business new writers wouldn’t think to ask about. The panelists are always eager to be helpful, but many of their answers seem restrained and carefully constructed. Understandably, no one wants their words coming back to bite them later on. But it also means you’re never sure if you’re getting a truly honest answer.
That’s why I was pleasantly surprised by the open, honest and sometimes blunt approach by the panelists as they shared their own personal experiences. Jeff started the panel with the acknowledgment that the world now was very different; many people have demanded that those in Hollywood stop talking about politics, but, as Jeff explained, we are in the business of telling stories about humanity, and humanity is inherently political. As the night went on, the panelists touched on issues that many audience members could relate to: the fear of being the “whiny minority” in the writers’ room; the feeling when higher ups delegate a potentially offensive story to you as a way to shift responsibility; the Catch-22 of being unable to cast Asian American actors in certain roles because they haven’t had the proper training, but the lack of proper training corresponds with the lack of those roles in the first place.
The panelists also shared some personal moments in their lives where they were made to feel different. Kelly Hu shared the story of her mother pulling her aside before the Miss Teen USA contest and telling her not to cry when she didn’t win; America was not ready to see an Asian Miss Teen USA. Kelly revealed she decided not to apologize for being Asian, but to embrace it – which ultimately helped her land the title.
The audience was also privy to some personal experiences from the writing world. Adele Lim shared how, as a young TV writer, she was often viewed as a resource for all things minority-related. David Henry Hwang explained that the Eugene O’Neill theater’s poor casting decision (casting a white actor to act in yellowface) lead to an uproar that ultimately lead the theater showcasing David’s first play, FOB. David used this as an example to show what good can happen when someone (in this case, the Creative Director at the Eugene O’Neill theater) was willing to listen.
The panel wrapped up with some questions from the audience, and a fantastic reception afterwards. Thank you again to CAPE for this thoughtful and well-done event!
LizAlper is currently a Story Editor on the hit NBC show CHICAGO FIRE. She met her writing partner, Ally Seibert, in a Sony restroom when they were both assistants. She is a graduate of Emerson College in Boston.
Submissions for the 2017 CAPE Leaders Fellowship open through May 1, 2017 at 11:59pm PST. Apply at www.capeusa.org/CLF.
Our new signature program, the CAPE Leaders Fellowship, is an incubator to equip the next generation of creative executives and talent representatives to break into the VP ranks. The Fellowship will be run by senior members of CAPE’s Board of Directors, and will feature high-level speakers and sessions to train participants in the art of communication, leadership, and pitching, among other skills.
The Fellowship is slated to launch in July 2017. Sessions will be held Monday evenings andWednesday mornings from July 17, 2017 – August 7, 2017.
More details about the Fellowship and submissions can be found here.
Come celebrate and connect at the CAPE New Writers Fellowship Graduation & Industry Mixer! Eat, drink, mix, and mingle with the largest group of AAPI entertainment professionals in Hollywood. Celebrate with CAPE Fellows past and present, members of CAPE‘s Board of Directors, and our partners at NBCUniversal, Oriental DreamWorks, Warner Bros., Amazon Studios, Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Final Draft, Writers Guild of America, West, The Black List, and more!
Where: Ca’ Del Sole Address: 4100 Cahuenga Blvd. Toluca Lake, CA 91602 When: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 Time: 7:00-9:30pm Tickets: $25 – Online Early Bird (On sale until 4/7 at 6:00pm or until sold out!) $30 – Online Pre-sale (On sale until 4/26 at 5:00pm)
$35 – At the door ***All sales are final. No refunds or exchanges.***
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!