CROSS SECTION OF MEDIA & ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY LEADERS TO
PARTICIPATE IN IMMORTAL STUDIOS VIRTUAL SUMMIT --
AMPLIFYING AAPI REPRESENTATION IN ENTERTAINMENT & MEDIA
Senator Mazie Hirono, Congressman Ted Lieu, Jon M. Chu,
Christina Kim, Kelly Hu Among Those On Board for May 26 Series of Panels and Fireside Chats
LOS ANGELES, May 20, 2021 -- Timed for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, Immortal Studios together with media partners Los Angeles Times and NextShark and industry partner CAPE (Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment) today announced Amplifying AAPI Representation in Entertainment & Media (AAREM), a summit series to elevate the dialog around AAPI representation in film, television and pop culture and frame it as a natural extension of the recent focus on ending Anti-Asian violence. The Summit is scheduled for May 26.
Slated to speak are a curated mix of Asian and Pacific American leaders, including Senator Mazie Hirono, Congressman Ted Lieu, Rotten Tomatoes Co-Founder Patrick Lee, Echelon Talent Management CEO Andrew Ooi, Marginal Mediaworks Founder/CEO Sanjay Sharma, Audible Head of Content Acquisition and Development Pat Shah, MSNBC’s Richard Lui and IW Group Chairman Bill Imada, Political Advisor Bill Wong. Representing the creative community are Jon M. Chu (director Crazy Rich Asians, In the Heights) Christina Kim (Creator/Executive Producer, Kung Fu), Film scholar and filmmaker Celine Parreñas Shiizu and Kelly Hu (actor, Finding ‘Ohana, The Scorpion King). Benny Luo, Founder, NextShark; Sewell Chan, editorial page editor Los Angeles Times, CAPE’s Co-Founder Wenda Fong, Executive Director Michelle Sugihara and Immortal Studios’ Peter Shaio will also speak.
The AAREM Summit will focus on the need and method for storytelling and depiction on an unprecedented scale to ensure that Asians are no longer trivialized, exoticized, excluded or stereotyped in the fashion that they have been in the past 150 years in global entertainment. The series of panels and fireside chats are all open to the public. The schedule is available at aapisummit.com.
“We are in a historically significant time when the predicament of Asians in America is in clear focus from many corners of society, and we now have the opportunity to expand from the current conversation on stopping violence to systemic reform. In a media driven world where stories inform people of reality, it is about time we visited the portrayal and inclusion of AAPI’s in entertainment with a new lens and urgency,” said Peter Shiao, founder and CEO Immortal Studios. “We hope that this will be the start of of a multifaceted effort from all who are part of the process of making, consuming and regulating content to address these very timely issues which has global ramifications with real life consequences.”