Surpassing 10 years of creating rising writers, CAPE (Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Leisure) has chosen its newest CAPE New Writers Fellowship class. The brand new cohort accomplished this system final spring previous to the WGA strike and the category Of New Writers Accomplished Program Prior To Begin Of WGA Strike.

The Fellowship is a non-studio skilled growth program that trains rising writers to reach Hollywood. The Fellowship boasts graduates who’ve been staffed on over 65 reveals throughout all main community, cable, and streaming platforms along with those that have signed total offers.

That includes business writers, producers, brokers and executives, the Fellowship was co-founded and is co-chaired by Leo Chu (Showrunner/Govt Producer, Extremely Violet & Black Scorpion) and Steve Tao (Veteran TV Govt and Producer, The CW, ABC, & BAD ROBOT). Along with being the one program helmed by each a Showrunner and a artistic govt, the Fellowship has the added distinction of Leo Chu (alongside along with his writing associate, Eric S. Garcia) being the primary Asian Showrunner. Jess Ju, CAPE’s former Director of Packages and Operations, returned to run this system.

“I am extremely proud of the careers we have launched and the community we have built. Many of our previous Fellows are now upper-level TV writers and returning with other seasoned professionals to train and mentor the next generation,” stated co-chair Leo Chu. “It’s all about giving back and lifting each other up. I can’t wait to see this talented new class rise in the industry.”

“With the industry-wide cutbacks in diversity programs seen in the last year, the CAPE New Writers Fellowship is more important and relevant than ever,” added co-chair Steve Tao. “The Fellowship not only guides our Fellows by making their original scripts as good as they can be, it also arms them with the tools needed to make it, survive, and thrive in the ever changing entertainment industry. It ensures the next generation of television writers will have diverse backgrounds and points of view necessary to appeal to an ever fragmented viewership. I could not be prouder of the dedication, talent, and professionalism of the 2023 class of CAPE New Writers Fellows.”

The 2023 class, consisting of all tv writers, participated within the two months lengthy program of digital classes together with grasp lessons, panels, workshops, and desk reads. They had been additionally paired up with high-level business mentors to revise their scripts. This 12 months’s Fellowship Audio system included: Naia Cucukov (Emmy Award-winning Govt Producer, The Babysitters Membership), Eirene Donohue (Author, Netflix’s A Vacationer Information to Love), Bash Naran (Agent, WME), Caroline Mak (VP, Improvement, Freeform), Prathi Srinivasan (Author, PLAN B), Nic Sridej (Author, THE WINCHESTERS) and extra. Monica Macer (previously the Showrunner of CBS’s MacGyver) additionally led a mock writers room for the brand new class of fellows.

The 2023 CAPE New Writers Fellowship individuals and mentors are as follows:

Aldous Davidson | Mentored by Alex Tse

Aldous Davidson is a half-Chinese language, half-Jewish author and actor, whose multi-cultural upbringing impressed him to write down tales centered round unconventional household dynamics. He has co-written and starred within the Snapchat unique collection Yo! Merman Raps and has acted reverse Christian Bale in The Darkish Knight Rises. He’s a proud CAPE New Writers Fellow and a graduate of NYU’s Tisch College of the Arts with a level in Movie and Tv Manufacturing.

Armaan Uplekar | Mentored by Kyle Harimoto

Armaan Uplekar is an award-winning author and filmmaker from South Florida. Born to a Punjabi mom and a Marathi father, Uplekar has lengthy been drawn to telling tales that grapple with racial, cultural and nationwide identification. His narrative and documentary work has screened at worldwide and Oscar-qualifying movie festivals worldwide. Uplekar is a graduate of Florida State College’s Faculty of Movement Footage, a CAPE New Writers fellow and a Gotham alumnus.

Caroline Tsai | Mentored by Cherry Chevapravatdumrong

Caroline Tsai is a Taiwanese-American comedy author from Indiana who writes feminine coming-of-age tales and quirky ensemble comedies. After graduating from Harvard, she labored for Janet Yang Productions and APA. She is presently a showrunner’s assistant on Season 2 of The Summer time I Turned Fairly. Her pilot Charade was a semi-finalist for the Script Lab Screenplay Contest. She is represented by Artists First.

Cindy Chu | Mentored by Melinda Hsu Taylor

Cindy Chu is a Taiwanese American author from Queens. Rising up, she bonded along with her non-English talking mom by means of horror movies like Nightmare on Elm Avenue, and commenced writing supernatural genres whereas centering social acutely aware subjects with Asian American female-led characters. She obtained her MFA in Appearing from the Actors Studio Drama College, and is presently a writers’ PA on the Amazon/Sony collection, Silk: Spider Society, and repped by 3 Arts Leisure and RBEL Company.

Homer Hsieh | Mentored by James Wong
Homer Hsieh is a Taiwanese-American sci-fi author from San Diego. Born in Texas, Homer moved to Taiwan at a younger age the place he spent years as a world faculty pupil. Impressed to write down by his childhood love of anime and video video games, he found his ardour for display and TV writing whereas finding out Movie and Media at UC Irvine. He went on to finish UCLA’s Skilled Program and acquire a Screenwriting MFA at Hollins College.

Keiko Sugihara | Mentored by Albert Kim

Keiko Sugihara is a Japanese-Chinese language American author from Chicago, Illinois. Her ardour for style storytelling impressed her to write down, direct, and star in her quick movie, VAMPIRE AMERICAN, earlier than turning into a Writers’ Assistant on Marvel’s HELSTROM. She additionally labored as a Producers’ Assistant and Writers’ Assistant on HAWAII FIVE-0. In 2022, she received the ‘Ohina Filmmakers Lab Greenlight Award to direct her unique quick script. Keiko presently works in growth with Author/Govt Producer, Kyle Harimoto.

Samantha Xiao | Mentored by Jason Ning
Equally to the protagonists of her favourite fantasy yarns, Samantha Xiao was a sheltered child who reluctantly skilled the decision to journey when her household relocated to the bustling metropolitan world of Shanghai. Initially adrift, she relied on tales to assist her perceive this journey of discovery and self-discovery, an expertise which nonetheless informs the style scripts she writes right now. She earned her MFA in Screenwriting from USC and presently works in animation growth.

As well as, the 2023 CAPE fellows be a part of a distinguished alumni community together with April Shih (Dave) who has an total cope with FX alongside Julie Wong (Co-Govt Producer, Gray’s Anatomy). Further alumni embrace Kevin Lau (Home of the Dragon) who has an total cope with HBO, WGA Award-nominated Mitali Jahagirdar (Simply Past), Tania Lotia (The Witcher: Blood Origin), Kimberly-Rose Ka’iulani Wolter (NCIS), D. Dona Le (FBI: Most Needed), Bryson Chun (Doogie Kamealoha), and plenty of others. The Walt Disney Firm, Netflix, Sony Footage Leisure, Paramount+ and CAA are 2023’s Fellowship Companions.

“We are excited to announce this cohort and finally share their talent with the world now that the WGA strike has a hard-fought resolution in place,” stated Michelle Ok. Sugihara, Govt Director of CAPE. “These graduates join the illustrious ranks of our alumni who have written on over 65 shows across every major channel and streamer and they are ready to get to work!”

The CAPE New Writers Fellowship is certainly one of CAPE’s  expertise growth packages alongside the CAPE Leaders Fellowship, the CAPE Animation Administrators Accelerator, the CAPE Rising Executives Committee, and the Julia S. Gouw Quick Movie Problem for Ladies & Non-Binary Filmmakers (with Janet Yang Productions).

For extra data on the CAPE New Writers Fellowship and the 2023 Class, go to capeusa.org/cnwf. Submissions for the 2024 CAPE New Writers Fellowship cycle are additionally now open for submissions