CAPE Congratulates John Cho on the Series Pick Up of “Selfie”, ABC’s New Fall Comedy

John ChoIn the modern-day re-imagining of MY FAIR LADYABC’s “Selfie” stars John Cho as the romantic lead Henry Higgins character, opposite Karen Gillam, playing the modern day Eliza Doolittle. 

Cho plays Henry, a self-assured marketing expert who decides to “re-market” his coworker Eliza Dooley, a social media star with a bad reputation. Don’t miss out as Cho shows his romantic flair to the sitcom.


Major Digital Showrunner Nabs CAPE Fellow Frederick Kim

Frederick Kim HSEmmy winning Executive Producer Bernie Su nabs 2014 CAPE Fellow Frederick Kim as a writer and consulting producer for “Frankenstein M.D.” Kim will provide insight into the world of science and medicine as a former medical professional.

Working with PBS Digital Studios, the new web series will be produced by his company, Pemberley Digital, with co-creators Lon Harris and Brett Register. The story follows Victoria Frankenstein, an obsessive, eccentric prodigy in the science and medicine field, battling to come out on top of a male-dominated environment. 


ABC Picks Up New Comedy Series “Fresh Off The Boat” for Mid-Season

Screen-shot-2014-05-10-at-6.39.18-PMBased on Chef Eddie Huang‘s memoir, “Fresh Off The Boat” stars Randall Park as Louis, Constance Wu as Jessica, Hudson Yang as Eddie, Forrest Wheeler as Emery, and Ian Chen as Evan.

The 20th Century Fox TV production is executive produced and written by Nahnatchka Kahn, who has been working closely with Huang to tell his real story. ABC’s Head of Casting, Keli Lee and her team were responsible for casting the roles of this new family sitcom.

Taking place in the 1990s, the story follows the family of 12-year-old hip hop lover, Eddie, who tries to adjust to suburban Orlando from D.C.’s Chinatown.

ABC Picks Up Drama Pilot, “Forever”

dan_linCongratulations to CAPE Board Member Dan Lin on his drama pilot, “Forever” being picked up by ABC. The series will follow Dr. Henry Morgan, NYC’s star medical examiner, who happens to be immortal.  Lin will be Executive Producer alongside creator Matt Miller, and Lin Pictures is producing the drama in association with Warner Bros. TV.

See CAPE Board Member Dan Lin’s full bio.


“Dancing With The Stars” Will Return for 19th Cycle

600full-carrie-ann-inabaCongratulations to CAPE Board Member Carrie Ann Inaba, for “Dancing With The Stars” to continue for its 19th cycle later this year! She will be returning as one of the main judges, as she has been for all 18 past runs. ABC has confirmed the renewal, as both cycles from this season represent ABC’s best overall numbers, averaging up to 14.5 million viewers each week. 


CAPE Hollywood Hotlist – May 16, 2014


“NBC Comedy Playground” is a new grassroots initiative to find new cutting-edge comedy! Entrants may submit up to two video samples (5-10 minutes each) of their pre-existing work, along with up to two video pitches (2-5 minutes per pitch), each describing a unique, original show idea, to





2014 ABC Casting’s Los Angeles Talent Showcase – Actor Submissions
Deadline: June 6, 2014





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CAPE #IAm Campaign: New Face of Hollywood

CAPE #IAm Campaign: Watch Trailer

  • Why CAPE Is Launching #IAm? 
    • To celebrate AAPI achievements
    • To inspire AAPI youth to pursue their dreams, including the arts
    • To spark a larger conversation about AAPI visibility in the media
  • How CAPE Is Launching #IAm? CAPE is launching 27 videos showcasing role models and their stories May 5th
  • How CAPE Is Promoting #IAm? More than 50 stars and YouTube Corporate are promoting #IAm.
  • HOW CAN YOU HELP? 1. Watch the Campaign, 2. Tag all your posts with #IAm, 3. Encourage others to participate


For Immediate Release
May 5, 2014
Contact: [email protected]


Who: Today, oMay 5, 2014, Los Angeles based nonprofit organization, CAPE (Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment), will launch the CAPE #IAm Campaign

CAPE #IAm Campaign stars dozens of global stars/role models, including:

  • Steven Yeun, Michelle Phan, Ryan Higa, Lisa Ling, Harry Shum, Jr., Christine Ha, Wong Fu Productions: Wesley Chan, Ted Fu, Philip Wang, Phil Yu, Jessica Gomes, David Choi, Carrie Ann Inaba, Brian Tee, Leonardo Nam, Bobby Lee, Kelly Hu, Randall Park, Amy Hill, Melissa Tang, Jeremy Lin, and more.

What: CAPE #IAm Campaign is a movement to celebrate Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) role models during May, national Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month (AAPIHM). All content released today, May 5, 2014:

  • Watch CAPE #IAm Campaign Trailer
  • Eight (8) Episode Series called “MAKING I AM: GET ME YOUR FRIENDS”
  • Nineteen (19) Mini-documentaries on AAPI Artists & Leaders


Why: “CAPE wants the world we watch to reflect the world we live in. The Asian American diaspora over indexes in online consumption–particularly on YouTube–from our non-Asian counterparts. 70% of Asian Americans actively watch YouTube, so it was obvious where we needed #IAm to live. This is an all-digital campaign and the first of its kind, featuring the world’s biggest Asian stars. It’s the very first of its kind,” says YouTube Global Creator Development & Management Lead at Google Bing Chen, also a CAPE Board Member and Executive Producer for the #IAm Campaign.

Quick Stats To Support Campaign:
Less than 3% of faces on television are AAPI, which is unlike YouTube stardom where 17% of top 50 YouTube stars are Asian.

Executive Producers:

  • Eric Kim – Vice President of Current Programs at CBS Television & CAPE Board Member
  • Christopher Chen – Senior Vice President Endgame Entertainment & CAPE Board Co-Vice Chair
  • Bing Chen – YouTube Global Creator Development & Management Lead at Google & CAPE Board Member
  • Jennifer Sanderson – CAPE Executive Director

Sponsored by


  • T.D. Wang Advertising Group
  • IW Group, Inc.

About: CAPEBoard of Directors, and Advisory Council
Founded in 1991, The Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (CAPE) champions diversity by educating, connecting, and empowering Asian American & Pacific Islander artists and leaders in entertainment and media.



CAPE Board Member Bill Imada Appointed to President’s Advisory Commission on AAPIs


President Barack Obama announced his intent to appoint CAPE Board Member Bill Imada as one of fourteen individuals to the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs). The Commission will advise the President on innovative ways to engage the AAPI community in participating in federal programs and to improve their health, education, environment, and well-being.  President Obama said, “I am pleased to announce that these experienced and committed individuals have agreed to join this Administration, and I look forward to working with them in the coming months and years.”

Imada is currently the Chairman and Chief Collaboration Officer of IW Group, Inc., an advertising and public relations agency that he co-founded in 1990.  He also serves as an advisor and board member of several organizations including the Advertising Educational Foundation, California Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce, and Center for Asian American Media. CAPE is proud to call Mr. Imada an advisor and friend. Congratulations!

See CAPE Board Member Bill Imada‘s full bio.


2014 CAPE Casting Workshop at ABC

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Calling all actors – submit your headshots for our upcoming CAPE Casting Workshop ASAP!

You do not want to miss this exclusive opportunity to audition in front of ABC Casting Executives including Keli Lee‘s team (Executive Vice President of Casting, ABC Entertainment Group). This unique program will give you valuable feedback about your performance and help you make adjustments to book jobs!

You’ll also gain exposure to the casting directors behind such hit shows such as ABC’s SCANDAL, ONCE UPON A TIME, REVENGE, CASTLE, and GREY’S ANATOMY. Former participants include CAPE Member Melissa Tang, who landed a regular role on Fox’s THE GOODWIN GAMES, and CAPE Board Member Carrie Ann Inaba (Dancer, Choreographer, Producer, Television Host, and Judge on DANCING WITH THE STARS).

This program is designed to improve actors of all levels. All CAPE members are encouraged to apply.

Who:       CAPE Members only
What:      CAPE Casting Workshop
Where:    If selected, the address will be forwarded to you.
When:     Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Time:      2:00 – 4:00pm
(NOTE: You must be available during this time to apply)

DEADLINE: Full submissions need to be submitted by Thursday, May 15, 2014 by 2pm

Please submit your headshot, acting resume, a link to your acting reel, a short (100 words or less) essay explaining why you should be selected, and a $25 non-refundable registration fee. Please email your materials to [email protected] with “CAPE Casting Workshop: Your full name” in the subject line.

If you are not a current CAPE Member, please join or renew here.

Please process your $25 non-refundable registration fee here.


CAPE Advisor Chris Lee Becomes President of China Railsmedia Group

Chris_LeeCongratulations to CAPE Advisor Chris Lee for joining China Railsmedia Group as its president, to help facilitate the cooperation between the Chinese and U.S. film industries. China Railsmedia will collaborate with the China National Culture and Art Group (CNCAC) in importing and distributing foreign movies.

Lee is the former head of Columbia TriStar Pictures and producer on projects such as SUPERMAN RETURNS and VALKYRIE.

See CAPE Advisor Chris Lee‘s full bio.