Congratulations to Kal Penn!

Kal will be starring in a new NBC workplace comedy set at the United Nations, as a key assistant to the U.S. ambassador. This will mark his first return to acting, since leaving television show House for politics as the associate director in the White House Office of Public Liaison.

Congrats to CAPE Member Isaac Ho on his debut novel

Congratulations to  CAPE Member Isaac Ho for the release of his debut novel THE REPATRIATION OF HENRY CHIN.

In a near future, amid growing hostilities between the USA and China, the new scifi novel THE REPATRIATION OF HENRY CHIN sees a paranoid president decide that the best course of action to deal with “potential” domestic terrorists is to secure Chinese-Americans in specially built facilities for their “safety.” Mild-mannered pharmacist Henry Chin finds his life turned upside down as American turns on American.

THE REPATRIATION OF HENRY CHIN is published by Digital Fabulists and is available for the Kindle and Nook with other formats coming soon.

Click HERE for the book!

Isaac was a Television finalist in the 2007 CAPE New Writers Award and recently premiered his first film 1,001 WAYS TO ENJOY THE MISSIONARY POSITION, which was directed by former CAPE Board Member Alan Chu and starred Amanda Plummer.

Final Draft Special Offer

For a limited time only, CAPE members will receive a 20% discount on any Final Draft products.
The offer expires on September 30, 2011, so click HERE to take advantage of this special offer before it’s too late!
A special thank you again to Final Draft for sponsoring our 11th Annual CAPE New Writers Awards.
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Congratulations to CAPE Advisory Board Member Lou Diamond Phillips

CAPE Advisory Board Member, Lou Diamond Phillips, is set to co-star in the upcoming A&E mystery series, Longmire, which has just recently been given a 10-episode order. Longmire is based on theWalt Longmire Mystery series by Craig Johnson. The novels chronicle the story of a recovering widowed sheriff, who buries his grief behind his charisma and dry wit. Congrats Lou!

New CBS TV show based on the April Woo mystery series

Apostle Production’s procedural drama, based on Leslie Glass’ April Woo mystery series, has been purchased by CBS TV Studios. Seasoned writer, Amy Bloom (State of Mind), will helm the writing of the script.

The April Woo series tells the story of a young Chinese-American woman who rises the ranks to become the first female lead-detective in Coney Island, where she must contend for law and order with the likes of angry feminist prostitutes, nefarious crime syndicates, and dirty politicians.

As only the second television series to have an Asian American female lead, this production represents a major step towards the furtherance of diversity for CBS and for API’s in entertainment at large. Keep the good news coming Hollywood!

In Memory of Tak Miyagishima (1928-2011)

CAPE would like to take a moment to recognize the life  of Takuo “Tak” Miyagishima, one of the most esteemed design engineers in the motion picture industry. He recently passed away after a 38-day battle with pneumonia, at the age of 83.

Miyagishima made his first technical drawing for Panavision in 1954 and continued working there for 50 years, retiring in 2009 as senior VP of engineering. With his help, Panavision received more than 20 different accolades from Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). Miyagishima also earned the John A. Bonner Medal of Commendation for dedicated service to the AMPAS and in 2004, he joined a select group of sci-tech giants whose contributions to the industry have merited the Gordon E. Sawyer Award, an Oscar statuette. He is also the man behind the iconic Panavision logo itself. His enormous influence on Panavision’s success is unquestioned and maybe even unmatched.

CAPE sincerely wishes the Miyagishima family our best.

Michelle Yeoh kicks butt as The Lady

Malaysian actress, Michelle Yeoh will star in The Lady, directed by BAFTA award-winning director, Luc Besson. Yeoh stars as celebrated Burmese politician and Nobel Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, who was detained under 15 years of house arrest prior to the 1980 Burmese elections. During production of the drama, Suu Kyi’s house arrest had been lifted and in an interview with Time Magazine, Yeoh recalled her visit with Aung San Suu Kyi saying, “It was like visiting a family friend… She held my hand. I was mesmerized.”

For a powerful first-look trailer of The Lady, check out the trailer on Youtube (

Congrats to Director Justin Lin!

Congratulations to Director Justin Lin for landing a sweet, two-picture deal with Universal Studios, and starting his new production company Barnstorm Pictures.


Justin Lin has just signed a two-picture production deal for his newly formed production company Barnstorm Pictures and has named Elaine Chin, a former development exec at 20th Century Fox and HBO Films, as his president of production. Lin’s last film, Fast Five, gave Universal its biggest opening in company history and earned more than $600M worldwide in 2011. The Better Luck Tomorrowdirector, is attached to several other big-budget movies, and will continue to direct the Fast and Furious series with Fast and Furious 6, slated to be released on May 24, 2013.

Star-studded 1st Annual CAPE Celebrity Poker Tournament

CAPE’s 1st Annual Celebrity Poker Tournament Fundraiser was held on Friday, August 19, 2011 at the W Hotel in Hollywood. Celebrity players included Jamie Chung (THE HANGOVER PART II), Kenneth Choi (CAPTAIN AMERICA: FIRST AVENGER), Ameriie (Singer Songwriter – “1 Thing”), Amy Hill (50 FIRST DATES), Archie Kao (CSI), Arielle Kebbel (THE VAMPIRE DIARIES), Harry Shum Jr. (GLEE), Ian Anthony Dale (THE EVENT), James Kyson-Lee (HEROES), Janina Gavankar (TRUE BLOOD), Joy Osmanski (FIRED UP!), Kelly Hu (THE SCORPION KING), Leonardo Nam (THE SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING PANTS), Lou Diamond Phillips (NUMB3RS), Manish Dayal (THE SORCERER’S APPRENTICE) and more!

“We launched the CAPE Celebrity Poker Tournament Fundraiser to celebrate the current and next generation of API stars,” says CAPE President Steve Tao, “Every seat in the house was sold out, demonstrating the drawing power of our community.”

Attendees trying their poker hand with Ian Anthony Dale (THE EVENT) and Leonardo Nam (THE SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING PANTS)

Actress Jamie Chung (center; THE HANGOVER PT II), CAPE Board Members Ginam Lee and Gordon Ho, and Verizon’s Gene Eng (right) enjoying themselves with friends

 Ameriie (IN LOVE AND WAR)

Harry Shum Jr. (GLEE) and James Kyson-Lee (HEROES)

Lou Diamond Phillips (NUMB3RS) and Amy Hill (50 FIRST DATES)


Kelly Hu (HAWAII 5-0)

CAPE Board of Directors with Assembly Member Fiona Ma, actor James Hong, and Verizon’s Tim Youn

A special thank you to our sponsor Verizon and media sponsor Mnet.

Stay tuned for the upcoming air date and winner announcement as televised by Mnet.
And thank you to O’ahu Visitors Bureau, Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery, Genre Hotels, Batch from Scratch, the W Hollywood, Kimura Marketing Group, Kai Vodka, and DJ Shy.

2011 CAPE New Writers Awards Finalists

Please Join Us for the 11th Annual


Sponsored by FOX with support from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and Final Draft

Please RSVP HERE, as space is limited.

Come join us for the Presentation of the 2011 Film & Television Winners and Finalists with a Staged Reading of the Winning Scripts from 2010!
When: Thursday, August 18, 2011

6:00 PM Reception starts
7:30 PM Awards Presentation and Staged Reading

Where: Japanese American National Museum (JANM)
369 East First Street, Los Angeles, California 90012
Directions and parking map:
With submissions from the United States and all over the world (including Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan), the prestigious CAPE New Writers Awards has launched the careers of numerous APA Writers over the past eleven years.   The winners of the Screenwriting and Television  categories receive a $4,000 cash prize, the latest Final Draft software, a Staged Reading of their winning script, and meetings with prominent entertainment industry producers and executives — offering them exposure among studio executives, producers, and agents and managers.
Previous winners include Alice Wu’s SAVING FACE which served as her directorial debut and was released by Sony Pictures Classics, Young Il Kim, whose winning script HYUNG’S OVERTURE was optioned by producer and CAPE Board of Advisor member Teddy Zee (PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS), and last year’s television winner Aaron Ho, who was staffed on ABC’s hit series COUGAR TOWN.


SQUIRT! by Aaron Yoo
THE HARROWING by Peter Gamble & Matthew Yang King
ANGRY ANYMORE by Robin Weckerly

RICE BALLS by Sarah Kuhn & Thomas Wong
SLEEPERS by Frederick Kim

The past few years have proven to be a very busy time for Mr. Yoo.  Upcoming releases include Ten Year and She Wants Me.  Yoo starred in Gamer, Friday the 13th, and opposite Michael Cera in Sony/Mandate’s Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, Other films include the indies The Good Guy and Labor Pains.  The craziness started in April of 2007 when Yoo starred opposite Shia LaBeouf in the hit film Disturbia for Dreamworks. The film remained in the number one spot at the box office for three consecutive weeks.  Later in 2007 he played the lead character in the World War II drama concerning the Japanese internment camps in American Pastime. After receiving accolades at the Sundance Film Festival, Rocket Science hit theatres in August of that same year. While at Sundance with Rocket Science, Yoo landed a lead role opposite Kate Bosworth and Kevin Spacey in his second box office topping movie, 21,which is based on the best selling book “Bringing Down the House”. The Wackness, starring Sir Ben Kingsley, premiered in Sundance 08 and won the Dramatic Audience Award.

PETER GAMBLE is a writer/producer living in Los Angeles. He is a graduate of the USC Filmic Writing (BFA, Cum Laude) and Directing (MFA) programs.  In 2003 he ghost-wrote House of Sand and Fog.  He also works as a creative consultant specializing in film-structure (clients include Ed Solomon, writer of Men in Black, and Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure) and teaches the popular course Deep Structure at USC where he received the Mellon Award for mentoring students.  He recently optioned his script COD, and his screenplayThe Harrowing (with Matt Yang King) won runner-up at Scriptapalooza.  He lives in Los Angeles with his wife Tracey and 10 month old twins Jack and Katie.

MATTHEW YANG KING is an Actor and Writer living in Los Angeles. He is an honors graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Currently Matt is a series regular on GI Joe: Renegades and a recurring on Nickelodeon’s Supah Ninjas. He is best known for his role as Matt Li on the CBS show Numb3rs. He won the Words From Here short film competition, and was a runner up with his writing partner Peter Gamble Robinson for the film “The Harrowing” in the Scriptapalooza competition. This is his first time writing for the CAPE New Writers Competition, and would like to thank CAPE for the opportunity and his wife and daughter for all the love and support.

Robin Weckerly is a writer from Long Beach, California. She earned her B.A. in Film and Electronic Arts and is certified to operate a fork lift. She is a wife, a sister, a freestyle landscape artist and all around terrible dancer.

Robin wrote her script (ANGRY ANYMORE) with the chief purpose of entering it in the CAPE New Writer’s Award screenplay competition. She had the deadline taped to her desk for six months. She considers it an incredible honor to be a finalist this year.
Robin’s father is Chinese and her mother is Mexican-American. She dislikes the term mixed-race and biracial. She is interested in telling stories about the identity crisis people with multi-cultural backgrounds experience and how Modern American ideas of family and race are constantly changing.

Gloria Shen is a writer, musician, and avid observer of interpersonal interaction. Her experiences working a variety of jobs, from flower arranging to piano teaching to planning events and writing communications for political VIPs, have allowed her to witness interactions across several sectors of society that inspire her to write.  In 2010, she was selected as a Disney/ABC Comedy Fellow, during which she was staffed on DisneyXD’s I’m In The Band.

Gloria holds an M.A. in Professional Writing from USC and B.A. from Bowdoin College, where she majored in Sociology and minored in Economics and Spanish.  She was awarded the Goodwin Commencement Prize for her essay “In Search of Pencil Sharpeners: Living the Efficient Life,” which she delivered as the keynote speaker at Bowdoin’s 2003 Commencement.

Born and raised outside of Boston, Gloria has traveled around the world, but still believes that drinking a hot cup of apple cider on a crisp autumn day in New England is as good
as it gets.

Sarah Kuhn is the author of the geek romantic comedy novella “One Con Glory,” which has earned kudos from io9 and USA Today/Pop Candy and is currently in development as a feature film. She has written about everything from financial aid to Vulcan mating rituals for such fine publications as Back Stage,, Geek Monthly, The Hollywood Reporter, Creative Screenwriting, Consumers Digest, and Sarah recently penned an essay about her experiences growing up mixed race and geeky in small town suburbia for the upcoming anthology “Chicks Dig Comics.” She is also one fourth of the mighty Alert Nerd collective (, was featured on San Diego Comic-Con’s popular “Geek Girls Exist” panel in 2010, and will be part of the panel “Character Studies: Geek Girls in Popular Culture” at the first annual GeekGirlCon in October. She lives in Santa Monica with her gamer husband, an extensive “Buffy” action figure collection, and way too many comic books.

Thomas Wong always dreamed of becoming a television writer, but, as the first-born son in a traditional Chinese family, such fanciful notions were downright un-American. Accordingly, Thomas earned a degree in English at Williams College in tiny Williamstown, Massachusetts, then attended New York University School of Law like any good child shouldering the weight of his family’s expectations would. After several years as a cog in the giant New York corporate machine, Thomas finally moved to Los Angeles to pursue his childhood dream. In 2009, Thomas was a recipient of the ABC/Disney Television Writing Fellowship. He then served as a staff writer on the 2010 ABC dramedy, The Deep End. Thomas’s turn-ons include the Grove, white zinfandel, and shark fin soup. Turn-offs include “winning,” the 405, and rude people.

Frederick Kim grew up in Northern California.  While completing his training as a physician, he wrote a short story that was published by Pocket Books through their Star Trek line of fiction, and decided he really wanted to be a writer.  Since then he has written scripts for independent comics, as well as teleplays that have been recognized by the TrackingB, Script Pipeline, Austin Film Festival, Scriptapalooza, and Screenwriting Expo writing competitions.  SLEEPERS is his first pilot.