2013 CAPE New Writers Fellows

ALLYSSA LEE is a Southern California native. She began her writing career in journalism, reporting and editing for the likes of Entertainment Weekly, the Los Angeles Times, FOXSports.com, and Women’s Health magazine before realizing she would much rather write for television than write about it. She is currently working on the CW’s CHARMED.




FRANKLIN JIN RHO hails from Richmond, Virginia, where his Korean immigrant parents inadvertently fostered his love for films with their eccentric family movie night selections (most memorably, The Silence of the Lambs). While studying at the American Film Institute, he directed THE MONSTER AND THE PEANUT which won the student Emmy for Best Dramatic Short Film. His first foray into TV came on the ABC miniseries THE ASSETS; subsequently, he script coordinated for several shows including QUEEN OF THE SOUTH and SEVEN SECONDS. In 2017, Franklin made the jump to staff writer on the second season of THE EXORCIST. He is currently writing on SWAMP THING, a new series on the DC Universe platform.


TANIA LOTIA  is a Los Angeles-based television writer. After graduating from UCLA, she attended law school where she interviewed for the CIA. She opted for a more creative path. Tania Lotia is a graduate of the CAPE New Writers Fellowship and the Fox Writers Lab. She is the writer of seven original pilots (GAY4PAY, SATELLITE, DEEPER, FREEDOM FARM, RESTITUTION, DJINN and SAVAGES). DJINN was featured on the 2017 WeForShe list of top pilot scripts written by women. She wrote DAMIEN: THE LOST YEARS, an interactive horror story produced by Portal Entertainment Limited for Fox Digital Entertainment, based on the 1976 film THE OMEN and the DAMIEN series on A&E. Most recently, she was staffed on TRIBES, a post-apocalyptic science fiction series for Sony and on Stephen King’s THE DARK TOWER TV series adaptation for Media Rights Capital.




THOMAS F. WONG is the eldest son of a traditional Chinese family and disappointed his parents early when he told them he would never be a doctor. Thomas earned a degree in English, then attended NYU School of Law. After a stint at a large New York law firm, Thomas transitioned to Manhattan real estate sales where he discovered not all sharks live underwater. Fed up with the rat race, Thomas moved to Los Angeles to pursue his dream of becoming a television writer. He was recently staffed on THE DEEP END, BACKSTROM, and MINORITY REPORT. His pilot, QUEEN, is in development at FBC.


TRISTAIN THAI is a television and feature film writer with a focus on gritty genre material, influenced by his time as a documentarian trailing homicide detectives in Minnesota,  hanging out in underground Japanese biker bars, and interviewing members of the Yakuza.  He’s been selected as a CAPE New Writers Screenwriting Fellow and his pilot BLOOD TIES was selected as Top Drama by the Tracking Board’s Launch Pad pilot competition. In addition to being named onto the Young and Hungry List for emerging writers, Tristan was chosen as a Black List/ATX fellow for his pilot GOLDEN GATE. Recently, Tristan penned the script for PATSY LEE, PRIVATE EYE for producer/actor James Hong.


VALEN HERNANDEZ  is a Filipina-American filmmaker. She was born in Manila, Philippines, grew up in Reno, Nevada and currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband and one year old daughter. She earned her MFA in film production from USC School of Cinematic Arts, and while there, received the DGA Directing Award, the Panavision New Filmmaker Award, and the Annenberg Fellowship. She was most recently in the NHMC TV Writers Program and the CAPE New Writers Fellowship.
Valen was named after the TV show “Dynasty” (Valen a misspelling of Fallon), so it only stands to reason she would work in entertainment. When not writing, she can be found on the tennis court or in the kitchen testing out new recipes.