Co-Hosted by: CAPE (Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment)
Jessica Gao — Writer, winner of 2018 Primetime Emmy Awards for Rick and Morty (2013); nominee of 2015 Writers Guild of America Awards for Silicon Valley (2014)
Jessica Gao is a Los Angeles-based screenwriter. She was born in Beijing and raised in the San Gabriel Valley, a suburb of LA. She has written for Rick & Morty, Silicon Valley, Corporate, and Robot Chicken. She co-hosts “Whiting Wongs,” a podcast about race and writing, with Dan Harmon. She recently won an Emmy Award for her work on "Pickle Rick" (Rick & Morty).
Helen Shang — Writer of Hannibal (2015)
Helen Shang is a Los Angeles-based screenwriter. She was born in Beijing and raised in the Bay Area. She has written for season 3 of NBC's Hannibal, and realized her true creative home was in dark psychological dramas. She has since written on CBS's Hawaii Five-0 and Heart of Darkness(Crackle), a sci-fi adaptation of the Joseph Conrad novel. She's currently writing on Netflix's 13 Reasons Why.
Rachel Song — Founder, CEO and bilingual producer of XS Media, Variety’s 10 Producers to Watch for in 2018 (A Kid Like Jake, 2018)
Rachel Song is a bilingual independent film producer, Variety’s “10 Producers to Watch in 2018” and founder & president of XS Media. She started her entertainment career as a producer for the renowned theatre director Tian Qinxin. Over the past few years she has expanded her professional career with global companies such as IM Global and Kylin Pictures. She recently produced feature film A Kid Like Jake (2018) starring Jim Parsons, Claire Danes, and Octavia Spencer with That’s Wonderful Productions and Burn Later Pictures. She also worked on the Sundance award winning film Nancy (2018)
Rui Yao — Writer of Lin Shi Yan Yuan (2017) and Angry Kid (2013)
Rui Yao is a Chinese writer, screenwriter and director. He is an Associate Professor of Guangzhou University and currently a Visiting Scholar at UCLA. He has written 8 scripts for film and TV, including Lin Shi Yan Yuan(2017) and Angry Kid(2013). Rui has been a fellow of Kyoto Filmmakers Lab at the 2009 Kyoto Historica International Film Festival, fellow of Berlinale Talent Campus at the 2009 Berlin International Film Festival, and fellow of Asian Film Academy at the 2008 Busan International Film Festival.
Jimmy O. Yang — Actor, Silicon Valley (2014-2018) and Crazy Rich Asian (2018)
Jimmy O. Yang is an actor, stand-up comedian, and writer best known for his portrayal of Jian Yang on HBO’s Emmy-nominated series Silicon Valley and his dramatic turn opposite Mark Wahlberg in the highly acclaimed film Patriot’s Day. He can currently be seen in the hit Warner Bros. film Crazy Rich Asians. Born in Hong Kong, Yang moved to Los Angeles when he was thirteen, where he eventually made his television debut on the CBS series 2 Broke Girls and his first late-night stand-up appearance on The Arsenio Hall Show, where he received a rare standing ovation. The author of the book How to American: An Immigrant’s Guide to Disappointing Your Parents, he lives in Los Angeles.
Moderator: Andrew Hu
Andrew Hu is a Chinese American writer, director, and alum of the American Film Institute. He was a 2015 Humanitas Prize David & Lynn Angell Fellowship finalist, and in 2016 he was featured by The Black List in their annual TV Writers Staffing Book. Internationally, Andrew has written TV and film for companies in China and Germany, and his work has screened at festivals such as the Vienna Independent Film Festival and the Miami Film Festival.