2015 CAPE New Writers Fellows

BO YEON KIM (TV Fellow) participated in the prestigious CBS Writers Mentoring Program, as well as the CAPE New Writers Fellowship after earning an MFA in Screenwriting from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and TV. In 2015, she was named an Honoree of the WGA West Feature Writers Access Project with her sci-fi feature script THE LAST ROCKET HOME. After learning all she can about sexy royal court hijinks on The CW’s REIGN, she is now an Executive Story Editor (with her writing partner Erika Lippoldt) on CBS All Access’s STAR TREK: DISCOVERY. 

 

ERIKA LIPPOLDT  (TV Fellow) was raised in France by American parents and moved to the United States to pursue her love of science, completing a Ph.D. in Neurobiology at USC. Her true passion, however, lay in screenwriting, and along with her writing partner Bo Yeon Kim, Erika participated in the prestigious CBS Writers Mentoring Program as well as the CAPE New Writers Fellowship. After two seasons on The CW’s REIGN, for which they wrote their first produced television script, Erika and Bo Yeon are now writers on CBS’s STAR TREK: DISCOVERY.

 

ELIZA LEE (Feature Fellow) is an award-winning screenwriter and a Sundance, Film Independent, Outfest, CAPE and Amazon fellow. She was invited to Cannes this year with her original series, ANGELICA. She has set up two other TV series, including one with Steven Yeun. Eliza will make her directorial debut with MAYBE TOMORROW, a film about rock legend Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders. Her screenplay, A BEAUTIFUL LIE, about novelist Patricia Highsmith received the Athena Film Festival prize.

 

EUGENE RAMOS (TV Fellowearned a degree in 16th-century British Lit from Northwestern University. He later graduated from Columbia University with an MFA in Film. He has participated in the Clarion Science Fiction Writers’ Workshop, Film Independent’s Project Involve, and the Hamptons Film Festival’s Screenwriters’ Lab. His TV spec scripts for HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER, SUPERNATURAL, and THE BIG BANG THEORY have placed in several competitions. His romantic-comedy screenplay, NEWTON’S LAWS OF EMOTION, won the Sloan Filmmaker Prize at the Tribeca Film Festival and a Gold Prize in the PAGE Awards. Because of his love for the Bard and science fiction, Ramos has earned the nickname The Sci-Fi Shakespeare Guy.

 

JULIE WONG (TV Fellowwas born in Germany to a Chinese American father and Japanese American mother, and television was Julie’s main connection to her American culture for the first years of her life. She spent years writing speeches and developing press conferences while serving as Deputy Mayor to L.A. Mayor Jim Hahn and managing communications for Senator Barbara Boxer and then-L.A. City Councilmember Eric Garcetti.  Then, she realized that she had stories of her own to tell. In addition to participating in the CAPE New Writers Fellowship, Julie completed the CBS Writers Mentoring Program.  She is currently a story editor on GREY’S ANATOMY.

 

KEVIN LAU (Feature Fellow) is a writer and director born and raised in Los Angeles to working-class, immigrant parents. A Regents Scholar at UCLA, Kevin honed his craft in music and photography before dedicating his artistic pursuit to filmmaking. A former theatrical film distributor and film festival programmer, Kevin left California to pursue his filmmaking ambitions at Columbia University’s MFA Film Program. Kevin recently penned a miniseries about the life of Hollywood’s first Asian-American star–Anna May Wong–for Emmy-nominated actress Lucy Liu, and is currently developing a television series with Tony-Award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang. He’s been awarded the Sony Pictures Television Diverse Directors Program Fellowship, the CAPE New Writers Fellowship, and most recently, the HBOAccess Directing Fellowship where he directed a digital pilot (F**KED UP) which premiered on HBOGo and HBONow in 2017.

 

MARISA TAM (TV Fellow) grew up in Minnesota on a steady diet of LAW & ORDER, developing an enduring love for crime stories and dark drama. After spending several years working in libraries, she moved to Los Angeles in 2013 to take part in UCLA’s inaugural Professional Program in TV Writing. Marisa was later selected for the 2015 CAPE New Writers Fellowship and the 2015-16 class of NBC’s Writers on the Verge, after which she spent two seasons writing for NBC’s THE BLACKLIST. A recovering metal band drummer and onetime Jeopardy! contestant, she is perpetually on the hunt for the best french fries in L.A.

 

TERESA HUANG (TV Fellow) was raised to be a doctor but born to be an artist. A genuine MIT graduate, she gave up problem sets and thermodynamics to become a writer, actor, and producer. Teresa is a graduate of the CBS Writers Mentoring Program and was named a WGA TV Writer Access Project honoree. She is currently a Staff Writer on SEAL TEAM on CBS. Teresa also co-produces the Breakthrough Reading Series, a cold reading event supporting women and diverse voices in TV and film.  Her superpowers include power napping, parallel parking, and spending too much money at farmer’s markets.

 

TIFFANY SHAW HO (TV Fellow) graduated from Cornell with an economics degree just as the economy was collapsing. And so she decided to pursue her true passion for the arts, which included studying painting in Taiwan and receiving an MFA from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. A Maryland native, Tiffany is a graduate of the CAPE New Writers Fellowship, a finalist of the Slamdance Screenplay Competition, and has written a freelance episode for a forthcoming Netflix International Original series.