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Event Schedule 5/26

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9:30-10:00am PST   

The State of AAPIs in Entertainment & Media

  • Peter Shiao, Founder/CEO of Immortal

  • Chris Argentieri, President/COO of the Los Angeles Times

  • Fireside Chat: US Senator Mazie Hirono & Bill Wong

10:00-10:55am PST     

Greenlighting More AAPI Faces, Voices & Stories

  • Kelly Hu (Actor, Finding 'Ohana, X-Men 2, The Scorpion King)

  • Christina M. Kim (Creator/Executive Producer, Kung Fu)

  • Andrew Ooi (CEO, Echelon Talent Management)

  • Celine Parreñas Shimizu (Film Scholar & Filmmaker) 

  • Emily Song (Asia Business Development Exec, UTA)

  • Lawrence Yee (Deputy Editor, TheWrap)

 

11:00-11:55am PST

AAPIs in Hollywood Coming Together

  • Jon M. Chu (Director, Crazy Rich Asians & In the Heights)

  • Leo Chu (Showrunner/Exec Producer, Ultra Violet)

  • Eric S. Garcia (Showrunner/Exec Producer, Ultra Violet)

  • Wenda Fong (Producer, CAPE Co-Founder)

12:00-12:55pm PST    

Covering AAPIs in America: Perspectives from the News Media

  • Sewell Chan (Editorial Page Editor, Los Angeles Times)

  • Anh Do (Metro Reporter, Los Angeles Times)

  • Nicole Dungca (SVP, AAJA & Reporter, The Washington Post)

  • Benny Luo (Founder, NextShark)

  • Richard Lui (News Anchor, MSNBC)

  • Snigdha Sur (Founder/CEO, The Juggernaut)  

 

1:00-1:55pm PST       

Building an Interconnected Storyverse of AAPI Heroes

  • Peter Shiao (Founder/CEO, Immortal Studios)

  • Hank Kanalz (Head of Publishing, Immortal Studios)

  • Brian Cunningham (Comics Editor)

  • Tasha Huo (Writer, Red Sonja, Tomb Raider, The Adept)

  • Charlie Stickney (Contributing Editor)

  • Yishan Li (Comic/Manga Artist)

  • Pop Mhan (Artist)

  • Jen Troy (Writer)

  • Rylend Grant (Creator and Writer)

  • Victor Dandridge (Writer, Publisher)

 

2:00-2:55pm PST      

New Partnerships and Innovations

  • Bill Imada (Chairman/Chief Connectivity Officer, IW Group)

  • Sanjay Sharma (Founder/CEO, Marginal Mediaworks)
  • Pat Shah (Head of Content Acquisition&Development, Audible)

  • Michelle K. Sugihara (Executive Director, CAPE)

  • Thomas Vu  (Head of Franchise Development, Riot Games)

  • Fireside Chat:  Patrick Lee (Co-Founder, Rotten Tomatoes) 

3:00-3:30pm PST

Building Bridges & Community

  • Fireside Chat:  Congressman Ted Lieu (California)

  • Fireside Chat: Chloe Bennet (Actor, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.)

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Speaker Bios

JON M CHU

JON M CHU

Jon M. Chu recently directed the phenomenal “Crazy Rich Asians,” which was the first contemporary studio picture in more than 25 years to feature an all-Asian cast. Upcoming, Chu helmed the adaptation of Tony Award-winning musical “In the Heights” to be released June 11, 2021. Chu will next direct “Wicked,” the feature-film adaptation of the record-breaking musical. Previous credits include “Step Up 2: The Streets,” “GI. Joe: Retaliation” and more representing over $1.3 billion worldwide.

SENATOR MAZIE HIRONO

SENATOR MAZIE HIRONO

Mazie K. Hirono is Hawaii’s first female senator and the country’s first Asian-American woman senator. Fighting on behalf of Hawaii communities whose voices are not often heard in Congress, she serves on a number of committees including the Committee on Armed Services and the Committee on the Judiciary. Hirono served in the Hawaii House of Representatives 1981-1994. She was elected as Hawaii’s lieutenant governor in 1994, before serving in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2006 to 2012.

CHRIS ARGENTIERI

CHRIS ARGENTIERI

Chris Argentieri is President and COO of the California Times, which includes the Los Angeles Times and San Diego Union-Tribune, overseeing all business operations for the organization. Argentieri brings more than 20 years of media industry experience to his role at The Times. He was previously President of The Enthusiast Network (TEN), the country’s largest collection of special-interest media, and earlier in his career held a variety of operational roles at Hearst Magazines.

PETER SHIAO

PETER SHIAO

Peter is the founder and CEO of Immortal Studios who’s been at the forefront of AAPI representation and East-West relations in entertainment and politics for over 20 years as an entrepreneur, producer and activist.   His chairmanship of the annual California-China business summit in partnership with California Governor Jerry Brown/LA Times and the annual US-China Film Summit with the Asia Society/Motion Picture Association of America have led to historic advancements in culture & opportunity.

CHLOE BENNET

CHLOE BENNET

Actor Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

CHRISTINA M. KIM

CHRISTINA M. KIM

Christina M. Kim is the creator, executive producer, and co-showrunner of the CW series Kung Fu. Kim was previously a writer and executive producer on the NBC drama Blindspot for five seasons. Kim’s writing career began on ABC’s hit series Lost where she was on staff for three seasons. Her numerous other writing credits include CBS’s NCIS: LA and Hawaii 5-0. Kim received a Writers Guild Award for Outstanding Series for her work on Lost.

BENNY LUO

BENNY LUO

Benny Luo is the founder of NextShark.com, the largest media destination for Asian Americans reaching 15 million per week on social media. Previously, he was the founder of NewMediaRockstars.com, a leading media company covering digital entertainment that was acquired in 2013. In 2018, Luo was inducted into the Forbes 30 Under 30 list in Media.

PATRICK LEE

PATRICK LEE

Patrick is an entrepreneur focused on the intersection of tech & entertainment best known for being a co-founder and the founding CEO of Rotten Tomatoes (rottentomatoes.com), a leading entertainment website focused on movie reviews and news. He is part of the Founding Team and a Board Member of the Gold House Collective and is an active advisor to a number of startups. He has also mentored and/or supported programs at SOSV, Berkeley SkyDeck, Blue Startups, Founder Institute, and more.

KELLY HU

KELLY HU

Kelly Hu is an actress known for films “The Scorpion King”, “X2: X-Men United” and her recurring roles on CW series “The Vampire Diaries” and “Arrow”. She recently starred in the 2021 Netflix family adventure movie “Finding 'Ohana”, which focuses on the Hawaiian heritage. Next up, Hu will lead the feature film “Breast Cancer Bucket List”. Formerly a fashion model and beauty queen, Hu won Miss Teen USA in 1985 and Miss Hawaii USA in 1993.

TASHA HUO

TASHA HUO

Tasha is a writer and showrunner. She is the writer for the fantasy reboot of Red Sonja and co-wrote The Adept from Immortal Studios. She is showrunning and executive producing the upcoming animated Tomb Raider series for Netflix.

WENDA FONG

WENDA FONG

Wenda is the producer and director of awards shows, reality specials, sitcoms, talk shows and more. She holds the dual distinction as being the 1st person of color and only woman to have produced the Emmy Awards. At Fox Broadcasting, she was its first VP of Diversity Development & also the VP of Alternative Entertainment where she supervised all reality series including American Idol, Hell's Kitchen & The X Factor. Wenda is also co-founder of CAPE, Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment.

HANK KANALZ

HANK KANALZ

Hank is the Head of Publishing at Immortal Studios. He has over 33 years of experience in the comics and entertainment industry. He’s worked at WarnerMedia and DC for 25 years, most recently as Senior Vice President of Publishing Strategy & Support Services for DC. Hank developed comprehensive content plans for both print and digital publishing across DC’s imprints, and oversaw DC’s talent services, marketing, sales, publicity, and creative services departments.

PAT SHAH

PAT SHAH

Pat Shah is the Head of Content Acquisition and Development at Audible. In his role, Pat drives Audible's content acquisition strategy, leading the company's content deal operations and talent relations teams. Pat previously worked at Twitch as Head of Music Strategy & Licensing, and prior to that role, he led Spotify’s original content strategy from the licensing and business side.

ANDREW OOI

ANDREW OOI

Andrew is the CEO of Echelon Talent Management and manages top Asian stars including newly minted Oscar winner Youn Yuh Jung, Ludi Lin, Tzi Ma, Celina Jade, and Henry Lau. His clients have starred in recent successes like Minari, Mortal Kombat, Mulan, The Farewell, Wolf Warrior 2; and other award winning films like The Last Emperor, Joy Luck Club, The Dark Knight, etc

SANJAY SHARMA

SANJAY SHARMA

Sanjay Sharma is the founder & CEO of Marginal MediaWorks, a new kind of studio focused on popular storytelling genres from outsider voices, across all formats – from film & television, to interactive series, animation & audio. Sanjay is also the Board Chair of CAPE (Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment) and on the founding board of Gold House. He is an advisor to a number of early stage startups. He previously helped start and lead Machinima (acquired by Warner Bros.) & All Def Media.

MICHELLE K. SUGIHARA

MICHELLE K. SUGIHARA

Michelle K. Sugihara is the Executive Director of CAPE (Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment), the pioneering non-profit professional organization creating systemic change in Hollywood from the writers’ room to the boardroom to the living room. A prolific public speaker, Sugihara speaks across the country on Asian Representation in Media and other topics. She is also an associate member of Cold Tofu, the nation’s premier Asian American comedy improv and sketch group.

SEWELL CHAN

SEWELL CHAN

As the editorial page editor, Sewell oversees the editorial board and the Op-Ed and Sunday Opinion pages of the Los Angeles Times. He was named to the position in April 2020. Before joining The Times in September 2018, Sewell worked for 14 years at the New York Times, where he was a metro reporter, Washington correspondent, deputy Op-Ed editor and international news editor.

BILL IMADA

BILL IMADA

Bill Imada is Chairman and Chief Connectivity Officer of IW Group, a fully integrated marketing communications agency specializing in multicultural markets. Bill has served some of the top global firms & governmental agencies including the CDC, Lexus, McDonald's, Netflix, Walmart & Walt Disney. Bill is a co-founding member of several organizations including APIA Scholars & National ACE. He serves on the boards of Coalition for Asian Pacifics in Entertainment, the PBS Foundation & many others.

CONGRESSMAN TED LIEU

CONGRESSMAN TED LIEU

Ted represents California’s 33rd Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives. Ted is serving in his third term in Congress and currently sits on the House Judiciary Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee. He was also elected by his Democratic Colleagues to serve as a Co-Chair of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee.

CELINE PARREÑAS SHIMIZU

CELINE PARREÑAS SHIMIZU

Celine Parreñas Shimizu, film scholar and filmmaker, is the incoming Dean of the Division of the Arts at the University of California at Santa Cruz. She wrote The Proximity of Other Skins (2020), Straitjacket Sexualities (2012), and The Hypersexuality of Race (2007) and co-edited The Feminist Porn Book (2013). Her peer-reviewed articles appear in top journals in cinema, performance, ethnic, feminist, sexuality studies, and transnational pop culture in Asia and Asian America.

POP MHAN

POP MHAN

Pop Mhan began his comics career in the mid-1990s and is today best known for his work on the comic adaptation of HE-MAN, his run on BATGIRL and co-creating the series Spyboy with Peter David. Recent projects include THE FLASH, RAVEN: DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS, Aquaman and Wonder Woman for DC. He is currently getting ready to launch his first collectible card game and comic book called: RUMBOBOTS!

LEO CHU

LEO CHU

Leo Chu is a showrunner and executive producer of genre-spanning coming-of-age series. He created the Emmy-winning action-comedy “Supah Ninjas” and made history with “Afro Samurai,” the first animé to win a Primetime Emmy. Other credits include the Netflix cancer dramedy “Alexa & Katie,” the spectacular animé film “Batman Ninja,” and Miyazaki’s Oscar-winning masterpiece “Spirited Away.” Next up, he is showrunning “Ultra Violet,” a new superhero coming-of-age comedy series for Disney.

ERIC S. GARCIA

ERIC S. GARCIA

Eric S. Garcia is a showrunner and executive producer of “Ultra Violet,” a new coming-of-age comedy featuring a superhero mythology based on the world of Mexican luchadores. He previously created the Emmy-winning genre series “Supah Ninjas.” His non-genre projects reveal a double creative life. They include the Netflix cancer dramedy “Alexa & Katie,” as well as “Lloyd In Space,” for which he was recognized for creating the first non-binary character in kids animation.

NICOLE DUNGCA

NICOLE DUNGCA

Nicole Dungca is the senior vice president of the Asian American Journalists Association and a reporter in The Washington Post's investigative unit. Before The Post, she was part of The Boston Globe's Spotlight Team, where she delved into topics such as racism in Boston, secret criminal hearings in Massachusetts and the state's burgeoning cannabis industry. She was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the Livingston Award for Young Journalists for her work at The Globe.

CHARLIE STICKNEY

CHARLIE STICKNEY

Charlie Stickney is Co-Publisher of Scout Comics, and writer of comics like White Ash, Glarien, The Game and of course, The Adept. A twenty-year veteran of the non-comic entertainment industry, Charlie produced the award-winning documentary The Entertainers and helped create the animated series Horrible Histories and Cosmic Quantum Ray. Charlie also has created content for Sony Pictures, ITV, Universal Pictures, Revolution Studios, and Scholastic Productions.

SNIGDHA SUR

SNIGDHA SUR

Snigdha has worked at McKinsey and advised BuzzFeed, Quartz, Amazon Studios, Scroll.in, and Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine. She got her MBA at Harvard, studied Economics & South Asian Studies at Yale, and spent five months coding at Flatiron School. She was born in Chhattisgarh, India; grew up in the Bronx and Queens, New York; and has worked and lived in Mumbai, India. She can speak Hindi, Bengali, and Mandarin. She loves Bollywood and reading novels.

RYLEND GRANT

RYLEND GRANT

Rylend is the Ringo-award winning creator of comic books like BANJAX, ABERRANT, THE PEACEKEEPERS, and THE JUMP. He's worked for 15+ years in Hollywood, developing film and television projects - mostly big, poppy action movies - with folks like JJ Abrams, Ridley Scott, John Woo, Luc Beson, and Justin Lin. He also happens to be an ordained Soto Zen monk in the lineage of Gudo Nishijima and Brad Warner. He once taught Mike Tyson how to meditate.

BILL WONG

BILL WONG

Bill is frequently quoted in state and national media as a campaign strategist and expert on AAPI voters. He’s been named in Capitol Weekly’s Top 100 List for three years and has over 30 years of experience as chief of staff to three members of the California state legislature.

YISHAN LI

YISHAN LI

Yishan is a professional comic/manga artist and illustrator. She has worked with publishers such as Top Cow, DC and Immortal Studios.

LAWRENCE YEE

LAWRENCE YEE

Deputy Editor at TheWrap

EMILY SONG

EMILY SONG

Emily Song is an Asia Business Development Executive at leading talent, entertainment and sports company UTA, where she leverages the global nature of entertainment and brands, focusing on high-profile endorsement deals for actors, musicians, athletes and influencers. Song’s diverse client roster includes JJ Lin, Daniel Wu, Paris Hilton, Grimes, Jessica Jung, Li Bingbing, Angelababy and Kris Wu, as well as Klutch Sports Group clients Dreymond Green and Montrezl Harrell.

BRIAN CUNNINGHAM

BRIAN CUNNINGHAM

A professional working in the comic book and entertainment business for over 25 years, Brian Cunningham has edited several New York Times-bestselling collections of comics and graphic novels, and was one of the first editors of the Folio Award-winning Wizard Magazine. As a DC Comics editor, he shepherded such series as Superman, Justice League, Green Lantern and The Flash. He also doodles on the side.

ANH DO

ANH DO

Anh is a Metro reporter covering Asian American issues and general assignments. She has worked at the Dallas Morning News, the Seattle Times, the Orange County Register and Nguoi Viet Daily News, the largest Vietnamese-language newspaper in the U.S. Do has reported from Cuba, India, Mexico, Peru and Vietnam. Her writing on race, culture and trauma has won awards from Columbia University and the Asian American Journalists Assn. and she is a recipient of Yale’s Poynter Fellowship in Journalism.

JEN TROY

JEN TROY

Jen Troy is a writer who is currently adapting/writing Assassin G for Immortal Studios. Previously, she co-wrote two episodes of the CW series Supergirl and worked as the show's script coordinator. Jen was an Associate Producer on the indie comic strip documentary Stripped that featured interviews with over 70 comic creators.

VICTOR DANDRIDGE

VICTOR DANDRIDGE

Writer. Publisher. Graphic Designer. Educator. Victor Dandridge is a leading, new voice for innovation and production within the self-publishing market. He's found acclaim with his own imprint, Vantage:Inhouse Productions, the weekly internet review series, Black, White & Read All Over, and the pop culture podcast, Hall of Justice . Wanting not only to entertain, but also to educate, Victor launched his U Cre-8 Comics line -- a unique bridge between comics and classroom fundamentals.

THOMAS VU

THOMAS VU

Vu is a game maker, media executive, and investor. He's served in various production and executive roles at Riot Games including R&D, Head of Creative Development, and Head of Franchise Development. As Lead Producer for League of Legends, he helped scale it to become the most played game in the world. Additionally, he oversaw the development of IP, Worlds Ceremonies, and Scripted development. Before Riot, Vu led design and production on The Sims, Simcity and Spore franchises.

RICHARD LUI

RICHARD LUI

Richard Lui is a veteran, award-winning journalist. Since 2010, he’s been a news anchor at MSNBC and NBC News. While at CNN Worldwide, he became the first Asian American male in U.S. history to anchor a daily national news program. He is a Peabody and Emmy team award winner. Lui is the director of the Oscar-qualifying film, Sky Blossom, in theaters, DVD, streaming in May 2021. He is the author of Enough About Me (HarperCollins, 2021) a book on the Asian American experience & giving to others.

About the AAPI Summit

Amplifying AAPI Representation in Entertainment & Media is a free, virtual event on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 from 9:30am-3:30pm PT. It features prominent AAPI creators, artists, industry leaders, elected officials, tech innovators, journalists and more. The theme of this Summit is that we are “for” the inclusion & accurate representation of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in entertainment and media, and "for" identifying & implementing solutions that dispel the negative stereotypes that are currently a staple of mainstream culture. 

 

We aim to create conversations by sharing ideas, elevating awareness and creating a network of all interested parties that have the passion, skills and power to impact how entertainment and pop culture is made -- resulting in AAPIs being properly represented at an unprecedented scale. Read more

Speakers (bios

Jon M. Chu (Director, Crazy Rich Asians & In the Heights)

US Senator Mazie Hirono (Hawaii)

Chris Argentieri (President/COO of the Los Angeles Times)

Christina M. Kim (Creator/Executive Producer, Kung Fu)

Chloe Bennet (Actor, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.)

Kelly Hu (Actor, Finding 'Ohana, X-Men 2, The Scorpion King)

Eric S. Garcia (Showrunner/Exec Prod, Ultra Violet, Supah Ninjas)

Leo Chu (Showrunner/Exec Producer, Ultra Violet, Supah Ninjas)

Benny Luo (Founder, NextShark)

Patrick Lee (Co-Founder, Rotten Tomatoes)

Wenda Fong (Producer, CAPE Co-Founder)

Pat Shah (Head of Content Acquisition&Development, Audible)

Andrew Ooi (CEO, Echelon Talent Management)

Sanjay Sharma (Founder/CEO, Marginal Mediaworks)

Sewell Chan (Editorial Page Editor, Los Angeles Times)

Bill Imada (Chairman/Chief Connectivity Officer, IW Group)

Tasha Huo (Writer, Red Sonja, Tomb Raider, The Adept)

Lawrence Yee (Deputy Editor, TheWrap)

Emily Song (Asia Business Development Exec, UTA)

Peter Shiao (Founder/CEO, Immortal Studios)

Richard Lui (News Anchor, MSNBC)

Congressman Ted Lieu (California)

Michelle K. Sugihara (Executive Director, CAPE)

Celine Parreñas Shimizu (Film Scholar & Filmmaker)

Bill Wong (Political Advisor)

Thomas Vu  (Head of Franchise Development, Riot Games)

Anh Do (Metro Reporter, Los Angeles Times) 

Hank Kanalz (Head of Publishing, Immortal Studios)

Yishan Li (Comic/Manga Artist)

Brian Cunningham (Comics Editor)

Rylend Grant (Creator and Writer)

Pop Mhan (Artist)

Charlie Stickney (Contributing Editor)

Jen Troy (Writer)

Nicole Dungca (SVP, AAJA & Reporter, The Washington Post)

Snigdha Sur (Founder/CEO, The Juggernaut)

Victor Dandridge (Writer, Publisher)