|NAME(S)||WGA||GENRE||RECENT TITLE/ STAFF LEVEL||RELEVANT CREDITS||DEVELOPMENT (SOLD PROJECTS)||BIO/ABOUT ME||ETHNICITY||WRITTEN LANGUAGES (OTHER THAN ENGLISH)||SPOKEN LANGUAGES (OTHER THAN ENGLISH)||CONTACT INFO||SOCIAL MEDIA|
|Aaron Ho||Yes||Comedy||Co-Producer||Cougar Town (ABC), Austin & Ally (Disney Channel), Trolls: The Beat Goes On (Netflix)||Get Wild (Nickelodeon - 2016), Untitled Aaron Ho Project (Nickelodeon - 2019)||After paying my way through film school with poker winnings, I got my start on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” where I was often featured in sketches as the “token Asian guy” and submitted jokes for Jay’s monologue. The defining moment of my life came at age 25 when I unexpectedly inherited my father’s engineering firm and became the patriarch of my family. Wanting to both honor them and continue my path toward writing, I took on the task of working as a writer’s PA by day and CEO by night. That whirlwind experience forced me to grow up quickly, leading to new writing samples that landed me into the Disney ABC Television Writing Program and thereby launching my writing career. I am passionate about writing diverse leads facing times of uncertainty and realizing their full potential -- infusing both heart and humor in all my scripts.||Chinese-American||https://directories.wga.org/member/078e2550-fcd2-4b3f-a10e-58777d55a27b||aaronjho.com, facebook.com/aaronjho, twitter.com/aaron_ho|
|Aaron Lam||Yes||Drama, horror, action, sci-fi, serialized, dark comedy||F) Co-Producer||The Continental (John Wick series), Ash vs Evil Dead||An avid photographer, mediocre snowboarder, and professional dog lover -- I'm a native Floridian who studied engineering before moving out to Los Angeles in 2003.|
In 2004, I got my first big break working as director Sam Raimi's assistant on Spider-Man 3 where I was involved from the film's conceit through its production.
After the movie released in 2007, I segued to Raimi's genre production company Ghost House Pictures where I produced a trio of digital series (30 Days of Night: Dark Days, The Resistance and Zombie Roadkill, that guest starred Thomas Haden Church and was directed by Dave Green).
I shifted to television in 2009 with Raimi's long-time producing partner Rob Tapert starting with the ABC Studios produced Legend of the Seeker and later the STARZ Series Spartacus, that ran for four seasons.
In 2016, I rekindled what I came to Hollywood initially to do: write. After helping develop and launch the series Ash vs Evil Dead, based on Raimi's cult classic, I went on to freelance write an episode from which I was offered a staff writing position on Season 3. And most recently, I staffed on the John Wick spin off series, The Continental, for Lionsgate/Starz.
|Chinese||Mandarin (spoken only)||firstname.lastname@example.org||@aaronlam|
|Albert Kim||Yes||drama||Executive Producer / Showrunner||Sleepy Hollow (FBC), Nikita (CW), Leverage (TNT), Dirt (FX)||Kung Fu (FBC/Warner Bros), Newton (Warner Bros), Untitled Korean Family Drama (NBC/Warner Bros), Untitled Legal Thriller (CW/Warner Bros), The A-Team (20th), and others||Albert Kim is a television writer and producer who was most recently Executive Producer and Showrunner of the hit Fox drama SLEEPY HOLLOW. Previously he spent four seasons as a writer and producer on the CW drama NIKITA, for which he wrote several of the show’s most popular episodes, including the series finale. Kim has also written for LEVERAGE (TNT) and DIRT (FX). Kim has also written several pilots, working with Warner Bros. Television, Twentieth Century Fox Television, AMC, and many others.||Korean-American||https://directories.wga.org/member/e58fab49-8073-45c4-8d7e-ef29147a72ce||Twitter: @magicbranch|
|Ally Seibert||Yes||drama, serialized, procedural||Co-Producer||The Rookie, Hawaii 5-0, Chicago Fire||Ally Seibert is a television writer who grew up listening to country music and eating fried things in the midwest. Against everyone's advice, she moved to L.A. to pursue a career in writing. Currently a Co-Producer on ABC's The Rookie, Ally has also worked on Hawaii Five-0 for CBS and Chicago Fire for NBC. In addition to her writing career, her hobbies include attempting to keep house plants alive and axe throwing.||Asian (Korean, but adopted)||Ken Freimann (Circle of Confusion) 310-691-7020||@ally_seibert|
|Allyssa Lee||Yes||drama, character-driven||Staff Writer||THE CW'S CHARMED (staff writer)||Former journalist who worked on stories about celebrity, fitness, and celebrity fitness before realizing she would much rather write for TV than write about it; now leans toward one-hour character-driven drama/dramedies with humor and heart. Has a soft spot for awkward underdogs, soapy families with secrets, those on the margins, the occasional poop joke. Grew up as one of the only Asians in small white town in Orange County; still in recovery. First paid writing gig: sewing the names on Mickey Mouse ears at Disneyland.||Korean-American||Engrish||Korean, some Italian||Rob Golenberg: email@example.com||@allyssa_lee|
|Ami Boghani||Yes||Comedy & Drama & Thriller||Feature Writer looking for first staff job||The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2012)||I'm a young adult writer focused on telling fun & innovative stories about American POC in books, TV, and on film. Before moving to LA, I worked with Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Mira Nair for 9 years, and produced projects in East Africa, India, Turkey, and Pakistan.||South Asian American||Avi Lipski - firstname.lastname@example.org||Twitter: @amiboghani, Instagram: bog_face|
|Amitabh Klemm||Yes||Drama||Executive Producer||Development only||Swing State (Bravo), Young Money (TNT), Mother Harlem (Bravo)||My wife and I climb mountains together, literally and figuratively.||Mixed (Indian/ White)||none||none||https://directories.wga.org/member/27e992a4-5a4c-40d9-a836-b2dbc5d9b5cd/edit||https://twitter.com/amitabhklemm|
|Andy Chen Mathieson||Yes||Comedy||Staff Writer, Feature Writer||Staff Writer ('Dr. Ken'), Producer ('Future Proof')||Panda-monium||Andy Chen Mathieson grew up in Burke, Virginia, the second son of a Scottish-American economist and a Taiwanese educator. After graduating from Haverford College with an English major and Creative Writing concentration, Andy went to work for the national teachers' union and an immigration law firm before finding his true calling in television. In New York, he helped produce unscripted series ranging from 'Doomsday Preppers' (NatGeo) to 'Best Week Ever' (Vh1), before making the leap to Los Angeles. After getting selected for the Disney-ABC Writing Program, he got staffed on 'Dr. Ken' (ABC), and got hired to co-write a feature film about teenagers who kidnap a panda bear. He has performed improv comedy, sang a cappella, co-hosted a radio show, and he speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese. Up until recently, he was repped at Gersh.||Mixed race - Asian American||Mandarin Chinese||https://directories.wga.org/member/a91fb1d3-27e6-44c8-b41c-d5461f2c69c0||https://twitter.com/AndyCMathieson|
|Arun K. Vir||Yes||Drama, Historical, RomCom, Dramedy||Feature Writer looking for first staff job, writers assistant credit on one hour dramedy||Suburban Turban, The Perfect Candidate||Crisscrossing India, London, New York, and Los Angeles, I’m a WOC writer. I began my narrative storytelling career as reader for Nickelodeon and The Nuyorican Poet’s Café, Fifth Night. Inspired to pen my first script, The Last Weekend earned me the Directing Workshop for Women Award. A single mom, I moved to Los Angeles. The Last Weekend won Best Short at the Pan African Film Festival. Bar tending, PA'ing paid the bills until I landed in the writers’ room as an Assistant at Warner Bros. My screenplays include Suburban Turban was voted Finalist by the Academy Nicholl Fellowship, one-hour pilot, I Love You Mona Singh was one of the final selections for Humanitas New Voices. ISemi-Finalist, NBC Universal. My current half hour dramedy is Dad! I’m American, exploring the experiences of an American Turbaned family in the years following 9-11. My storytelling reflects my life experience; raising a teen, single mom, brown girl rebel, DWMR (Dating while Mixed-Race) LOL!, patriarchy, social justice. Not afraid to lean into the vulnerable, I explore WOC stories, mental health, addiction; my last story explored eating disorders.||Indian||NA||Punjabi||https://directories.wga.org/member/1fc7c386-c30d-478e-b617-7511d9889002|
|Ashley Darnall||Yes||drama / dramedy||Staff Writer||Untitled Simon Kinberg/David Weil Project for Apple ; Whiskey Cavalier||Feature sold to Picturestart||I'm a Japanese American writer who spent three years in France writing for games and playing soccer and chasing French boys. I write dramas in fun worlds (pirates, Imperial palaces, etc) that have levity and heart, and I especially love fish-out-of-water tales featuring strong female characters. Other interests: sports/dance; international; military; period; YA; mystery. Alum of the WB Writers Workshop.||Japanese||French, Japaneseemail@example.com|
|Ben Smith||Yes||Comedy||Producer||Santa Clarita Diet (Netflix), Barry (HBO)||Two half-hour pitches to TBS and TNT||I grew up in a three-generational household, on a farm, in the suburbs of Boston. I've always been drawn to human stories and narratives; that was the lens through which I most enjoyed learning about history (what I studied in college), and it fuels my sport fandom -- who are these people, what does this moment mean to them, etc. When everyone but me had their growth spurt in high school, I switched from playing sports to doing theater and improv. And ever since, I've loved telling stories collaboratively. Specifically, character-driven stories full of comedy and heart.||Mixed race (Half-Chinese)||Spanish||Molly Mandel (Manager at Mosaic)||Twitter: @bwksmith|
|Brian Sanghyun Shin||Yes||Drama, Dramedy, Horror/Thriller||Story Editor||The Good Doctor (Story Editor)|
Born and raised in snowy Ann Arbor, Michigan, Brian rolled the dice after college to play poker professionally in Los Angeles. He hates it when people talk about themselves in the third person but it's too late now. In LA, he moonlighted as a journalist, covering high school football and writing for Koream, a pop culture magazine for Asian-Americans. He's a proud alumnus of the ABC-Disney Writing Program, Sundance Episodic Lab, CAPE New Writers Fellowship, and CBS Diversity Showcase. Brian is currently a story editor for ABC's The Good Doctor and is developing an animated feature with Pearl Studios (formerly known as Oriental Dreamworks).
|Koreanfirstname.lastname@example.org||IG: @bdot_shin, Twitter: @shindotb|
|Camilla Rubis||Molly Haldeman||Yes||Comedy, Dramedy||Executive Story Editor||MALIBU RESCUE, Netflix (Story Editor) 2018|
BILLY ON THE STREET, TruTV (Contributing Writer) 2015-2016
RAVEN’S HOME, Disney Channel (Staff Writer) 2017
FAST LAYNE, S1, Disney Channel (Executive Story Editor) 2018-2019
FAST LAYNE, S2, Disney Channel (Staff Writer) 2017-2018
BEST FRIENDS WHENEVER, Disney Channel (Staff Writer) 2016
|Before writing I was an actress then was a teacher for kids with special needs. I did a clothing collection with studios and got 17 trucks of professional attire to women transitioning from life on the streets. I met my writing partner Molly in walk-in-freezer when we were both waitressing at the Roosevelt.||Filipino||Paul Young (310) 499-2838||instagram: @thenetpositive|
|Carlos Tower||Yes||family drama, sci-fi, fantasy||Staff Writer||Take Two||Carlos Tower is a Taiwanese American writer born in Madrid, Spain, but raised in Arcadia, California. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in Biochemistry. Once he transitioned to screenwriting he worked on the writers' support staff of CBS's Chaos, NBC's The Playboy Club and most recently on ABC's Red Widow and Marvel's Agent Carter. In 2017 he was selected for the Disney/ABC writer's program and staffed on ABC's Take Two.||Taiwanese||Spanish||Mandarin||323-964-9298|
|Celeste Chan Wolfe||Yes||Family Drama, Medical Procedural, Spy Thriller, R-rated Comedy||TV Freelancer looking for first staff writer job.||ELEMENTARY: Written By, ANDROMEDA: Story By -- https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1135607/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1||I grew up in San Jose when it was a cow town, digging for arrowheads in gullies and attending 4-H club. My father was an IBM engineer who cracked the quantum formulas behind CPU clock speeds, which made me stressed that I wasn’t a math whiz, but I did inherit his ability to see patterns and structures...in people. My talent is empathy. At UC Davis I studied to become a veterinarian, but the first time I had to euthanize a puppy, I realized being a vet wasn't for me. I cut ties to an abusive home, coming to Los Angeles, and channeled my anger as a punk, specifically as a Skinhead Against Racial Prejudice. Eventually, as a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I counseled the homeless, managed the chronically mentally ill, worked with abused teens, ran a Project 10 LGBT group, and helped veterans with PTSD. I moved into TV writing full time in 2013 and write one-hour dramas that explore flawed characters whose misbehaviors are driven by deep psychological issues like shame, survivor’s guilt, and the dark secrets that come with family dysfunction. Based in Los Angeles, willing to relocate.||Chinese||Jeff Field, Mgr: (310) 271-8440; Find-A-Writer -- https://directories.wga.org/member/0afe9077-421a-4519-93ab-24d6494f2039||Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Celeste.Wolfe, Twitter: @CelesteWolfe|
|Chloé Hung||Yes||Drama, sci-fi||Story Editor||Queen Sugar, Signal (short film I wrote and directed), Issei, He Say (playwright)||Banana Kids (TV pilot)||I was born in the cold north of Toronto, Canada. Prior to my MFA at NYU Tisch for dramatic writing, I studied Philosophy and English because I was a really good Asian kid and didn’t want my parents to worry about me. Between my two degrees, I taught English in South Korea and worked in theatre in Canada. I just wrapped out the room on QUEEN SUGAR season 4 where I’ve been a writer for two seasons (most recently a story editor) and wrote five episodes over that time (3 solo, 2 co-written). In addition to developing my TV pilot, BANANA KIDS, with Insurrection Media, I also wrote and directed a short film, SIGNAL, produced by Women In Film’s production program. My plays have been workshopped and staged in Toronto, New York, Los Angeles, New Jersey, Washington D.C. Banff, and Philadelphia. When I’m not writing, I’m baking pies or cookies.||Chinese||N/A||Cantonese||Manager: Jen Au, Untitled Entertainment||@thisthatchloe|
|Chris Wu||Yes||Drama||I) Staff Writer||Hawaii 5-0, The Continental (John Wick series), The Man in the High Castle, Hand of God||CHRIS WU is a television writer who was born in Texas and raised Methodist by Taiwanese immigrant parents. He went to Yale to become an economist and received his MBA at USC. But it wasn’t until working in corporate finance at Disney that he noticed he was always looking on the other side of the fence where the creatives were and decided to pursue his passion in writing. In addition to graduating from the CBS Writers Mentoring Program and CAPE New Writers Fellowship, Chris has worked at WME, Fox Television Studios, and in the writers rooms of THE KILLING, THE FOLLOWING, and BOSCH. He has writing credits on HAND OF GOD and THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE, was staffed developing the John Wick television series, THE CONTINENTAL, and is currently staffed on HAWAII 5-0. He also has feature projects in development at Akiva Goldsman's Weed Road Pictures and Scooter Braun's SB Projects.||Taiwanese American||https://directories.wga.org/member/38d50fb5-484e-4dab-ab50-8d4a49cb958c||@wu_stein|
|Chuck Kim||Yes||sci-fi, drama||Executive Story Editor||Heroes seasons one-three, Ben 10 animated series||I'm a gay Korean-American whose parents burned my comic books and forbade me from watching TV. So, naturally, I tossed my law school acceptance to edit and write comic books, then plunged into the very stable and secure world of television writing. I worked for both Marvel and DC Comics and when I've written for "kids" comics like Dexter's Laboratory or Rugrats, I've tried to make them as subversive as possible. I'm a sci-fi geek through and through, still play Dungeons and Dragons, but also really enjoy Korean dramas and baking.||Korean American||Klingon||old Valaryianemail@example.com|
|Cynthia Kao||Yes||comedy||Staff Writer||Adam Ruins Everything, Ground Floor||Cynthia Kao has written for TBS's Ground Floor and TruTV's Adam Ruins Everything and was a writer and cast member on CollegeHumor. She has a feature rom-com in development and is in the 2018-2020 Disney ABC Directing Program. She's written and directed short that have been featured in Vulture, Upworthy, Huffington Post, Refinery29, Telegraph UK and Cosmopolitan just to name a few and have garnered millions of views. Her latest short, “Groundhog Day For A Black Man”, won both the Outstanding Comedy and the Critics’ Choice Awards at the 12th annual NBC Short Film Festival in October 2017. She was accepted into TIFF's 2018 Filmmaker Lab, where she was awarded a 2019 Filmmaker Residency with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.||Asian Americanfirstname.lastname@example.org||Twitter @cynthkao|
|Dan Hamamura||Yes||Drama/Dramedy||Story Editor||The Ghost Bride (Netflix), Rizzoli & Isles (TNT)||Dan was born and raised in Hawaii, and has been interested in television ever since he discovered (at the age of seven) that he could negotiate a later bedtime by promising to go to sleep as soon as the “Cheers” rerun was over. Eventually, this translated into an actual desire to work in television itself, and led him to Los Angeles, where he has worked on numerous shows and pilots, most recently as a Story Editor on the upcoming Netflix series “The Ghost Bride”. |
Dan has also written, directed, and performed with various sketch and improvisational comedy groups throughout Los Angeles and around the country, most notably at the Upright Citizens Brigade and iO West. He swears he is not an actor.
|Japanese||Jeff Portnoy - Bellevue Productions (Manager)||Twitter - @danhamamura|
|Daniel Hsia||Yes||comedy, dramedy||Producer||Andy Barker, PI, Psych, Shanghai Calling||Pilot scripts to Sony, UCP, ABC; Feature to AwesomenessTV||I went to private investigator school, I am a trained bartender, my mother suffers from undiagnosed Borderline Personality Disorder which is fun for all of us, and on our honeymoon my wife and I somehow sneaked into the Vatican without a ticket or going through security.||Chinese / Taiwanese||Chinese, Spanish||Mandarin, Spanish||Rachel Miller, Haven Entertainment 323-272-3433|
|Daniel K. Hoh||Yes||drama, family, supernatural, crime, medical, procedural||Staff Writer||PURE GENIUS||Raised in Washington, DC surrounded by civil service. Worked for the FBI profiling unit in Quantico. Transitioned to print journalism in Nashville. Got tired of city life and worked as a reporter in semi-rural Kentucky. Missed diverse cultures and cuisines so then became a reporter for ABC News in Boston. Extensive international humanitarian experience. Activist in the fight against human trafficking in Thailand and Mexico. CBS diversity writing program. I spend my "free time" working as an ER physician at Cedars-Sinai. I’m also a proud cancer survivor. I've seen the underbelly of the human condition and write about the strength of the human spirit. Seen a lot of life, but I'm only as serious as the situation needs me to be...||Chinese||Basic Spanish||https://directories.wga.org/member/e817dcee-446f-4de6-9c24-8376c25dcf4f||https://twitter.com/danielhoh|
|David Ngo||Yes||Comedy||Feature Writer looking for first staff job||NBC Writers on the Verge Program Honoree||David Ngo is a current screenwriter, former television executive, occasional college lecturer, one-time documentarian, always a dad, frequent script consultant, forever Vietnamese American, infinite pop culture enthusiast, and seasonal podcaster covering all of his bases in Hollywood. David’s career has taken him to fellowship in the NBC Writers on the Verge program, standing in an elevator with Alyssa Milano at E! Entertainment, molding young minds at Cal State Fullerton, directing a documentary about a beauty pageant for seniors, script reading for several networks, pondering where the cast of California Dreams is, and seeking the best untold stories he can find.||Vietnamese||Vietnameseemail@example.com, 310-210-6352||www.instagram.com/beststoryinevertold|
|Devanshi Patel||Yes||Comedy, Serialized, Drama, Dramedy||Executive Story Editor||Blackish, God Friended Me||Make Divya Great Again||Spawned from an Indian conservative family with a penchant for Bollywood, I actually thought babies were conceived via musical interludes. I never sang until I was 22. Raised on a healthy dose of Monty Python and Nintendo, I performed stand up comedy in New York, on tour, and in Australia, while juggling a job in Finance and sleeping in subway platforms, in between performing 20-25 shows a week and playing ultimate frisbee. I am versatile in writing different genres, but love writing from a comedic perspective, even when writing dramas (The Sopranos was a really funny show. I would be happy to discuss this with you.)||Indian||Hindi||Hindi, Gujarati, Italian||Alex Hertzberg: 323-653-4800||Twitter: @therealdevanshi, Insta: @thedevanshi|
|DH Cheng||Yes||Sci-fi; comedy.||Feature Writer looking for first staff job, Video game writer in addition to features.||Tron: Evolution; Tron: Evolution - Battle Grids.||Escape from America; The Racket; Myah Moonlight; Demon Knights of Ankhoron (video game).||I’m a friendly, smart, talented, half-Chinese, Canadian dad who busts his ass to tell great stories. My wife and kids graciously let me move here from Vancouver, Canada to work my way into television, after thirteen years of writing sci-fi features and video game stories for companies like Disney and EA. I think I’d be “good in a room” due to my years of successfully working in direct sales, managing recreational soccer teams, and keeping two unruly children and one needy dog alive. And yes, I love hockey and I apologize for absolutely everything. Sorry, eh?||Mixed race (half-Chinese).||firstname.lastname@example.org||@dhchengwriter on Twitter; @agnosticbishop on Instagram.|
|Eirene Donohue||Yes||Comedy, family, teen||Feature Writer looking for first staff job||DRINK, SLAY, LOVE (TV movie for Lifetime) LADIES MAN (TV movie for MTV)||BORINGTON (TV pilot to ABC Studios) ADULTISH (TV pilot to Freeform) ROCK THE KITCHEN (TV movie for Disney Channel)||I'm half Vietnamese/half Boston Irish. I grew up in RI. I'm the youngest of 6 and have a five year old daughter. I graduated from Brown and have lived in Japan (teaching English), Indonesia (surfing) and S. Africa (sailing). I also spent a year living in my VW with my Canadian husband while traveling the US. My husband is a Neuro/Trauma ICU nurse at UCLA.||Hapa (half Vietnamese/half Irish)||John Tantillo (manager) 3107131833|
|Elizabeth Kim||Yes||comedy, genre||Writers Assistant||ARROW (4 episodes), FREEDOM FIGHTERS: THE RAY (6 episodes)||Elizabeth Kim is a genre & comedy writer. Between being raised in Louisiana and having a strict Korean mother, she was socially encouraged to be a demure and polite girl, but instead became a bookish, loud-mouthed smart-aleck. After studying Biochemistry and Cell Biology to become a neurologist, she moved out to Los Angeles to become a television writer. She attended AFI for Screenwriting, where she won an Alfred P. Sloan Award for her feature, THE BRAIN MIRROR. Much of her work features identity issues, underdog stories with heart, and flawed protagonists.||Koraen||Korean, Spanish,||Email: ElizabethRKim@gmail.com Manager: Natalie Covault, Brillstein Entertainment: N.Covault@bep-la.com Find a Writer Profile: https://directories.wga.org/member/ee6f1873-2f81-4325-a4cb-45bf539239ef||https://twitter.com/lizmkim , https://www.instagram.com/lizmkim/|
|Eric Reyes Loo||Yes||Dramedy, Comedy and Drama||Executive Story Editor||A.J. and the Queen (Netflix) - ESE (2018-19); Guidance (Hulu/Go90) - Co-Producer (2017), Staff Writer (2016)||Eric Reyes Loo bounces around between TV and theatre. His play DEATH AND COCKROACHES was produced by Chalk Repertory Theatre in November 2018. His non-industry experience includes running events for the French-American Chamber of Commerce and barking orders at high-level creatives for legendary ad agency Wieden + Kennedy. Basically, he has talked his way into every survival job he has had. He received his MFA from Tisch and his mother would want you to know that he’s the product of a prestigious Jesuit education.||Chexican - Chinese and Mexican||English||English||https://directories.wga.org/member/16e2b017-42db-42c5-9b6f-f65bfe61f99f||@looloolicious - Twitter and Instagram|
|Francisca Hu||Yes||Drama, soap, genre, sci-fi, horror, serialized, YA||F) Co-Producer||Dynasty, Sleepy Hollow||Hailing from Shanghai, Francisca moved to America at the age of seven knowing only two words of English. But she learned the language quickly, and a few years later, she was award for her writing at the Illinois Young Authors Conference and was published in a national anthology of children's poetry. After receiving a scholarship from Carl Icahn, Francisca attended east coast boarding school, Choate, and then graduated from Columbia University. On the professional front, Francisca’s background has ranged from development and financing features at Goldcrest Films, marketing for broadcast creative services agency, CA Square, and Warner Bros., to working in the hedge fund industry – all the while pursuing creative writing. Her credits include FOX’s "Sleepy Hollow" and CW's "Dynasty."||Chinese||Mandarin||https://directories.wga.org/member/9d0d77cb-8dae-401e-b259-6fce6afb41ab||Twitter @FranciscaXHu|
|Franklin jin Rho||Yes||Drama, horror, action / adventure||Executive Story Editor||The Exorcist, Swamp Thing, Pachinko||Dad, Husband, Former Ultimate Head Coach (LA Aviators, USC Hellions of Troy, Renegade, Metro), Pro Vaxxer, Round Earther, High School State Debate Champion, Mountain Biker||Korean||https://directories.wga.org/member/174865f8-c999-47fc-b49b-8f42e33aa148||@franklinrho|
|Galen Tong||Yes||Drama/Action||Staff Writer||"Most Lethal", Spike TV. "Alpha Co: Iraq Diary", Discovery Channel, "Lion City" (feature film sale).||Sold features to Sahamongkol Films Thailand||Galen Tong received his MFA from USC film school where he won the 20th Century Fox Screenwriting Fellowship and the MGM Writing Award. He has produced credits on a primetime network TV and has written features for Asian film studios, including projects in China, Korea, Japan and Thailand. His screenplay "The Monkey King" is the First Prize and Grand Prize Winner of the 2013 Beijing International Screenwriting Competition, CAPE New Writers Fellowship Winner and WGA Feature Access Project Winner. Galen was Director of Production at a division of Spike TV and is currently a freelance TV Writer-Producer. ||Chinese Americanemail@example.com|
|Gary King||Yes||Drama, Comedy, Dramedy, Action/Comedy, Sci-Fi||Feature Writer looking for first staff job||ENCOUNTERS (2018 Nicholl Semifinalist; 2018 Script Pipeline Top 10 Finalist; 2019 Screencraft Fellowship Semifinalist - still in competition) // FRANKIE DAY (2018 WeScreenplay Diverse Voices Finalist; 2017 Nicholl Quarterfinalist) // Writer/Director: AMONG US (2017 feature film) // Writer/Director: HOW DO YOU WRITE A JOE SCHERMANN SONG (2013 feature film; UK Raindance Film of the Festival)||I'm an Asian-American screenwriter, filmmaker and 2018 Nicholl semifinalist with over 12 years of experience creating scripts and films, including an award-winning feature film musical (HOW DO YOU WRITE A JOE SCHERMANN SONG). In 2006, I quit my HR job, cashed out my 401k, and used that $20k to start doing what I love -- telling stories on the screen. I write drama/comedy wrapped in genre and excel with character-driven stories + banter + female leads. A team player and creative thinker ready to bring my indie experience and enthusiasm to your projects.||Asian-American (Chinese)||https://directories.wga.org/member/cea3707f-fb75-4394-aa11-6f981e596960||@grking|
|Geetika Lizardi||Yes||Comedy, dramedy||Staff Writer||Staff writer full seasons on NBC Outsourced (1 credit) and Disney’s Mira, Royal Detective (15 credits when it airs in 2020)||JANE, feature biopic||Geetika is a comedy/dramedy writer who loves writing multi-generational family stories. She had the honor of winning the WGA Writer's Access Project twice in a row, in Drama and Comedy. She left a successful MBA job working at Microsoft to pursue her dream of being a writer. Her first feature film won a number of awards before being optioned, and her first TV spec landed her a staff writing job on NBC's "Outsourced" where she participated in writing all 23 episodes and wrote an influential editorial in the LA Times defending the show from accusations of racism. Geetika was recently staffed on Disney's "Mira, Royal Detective," Disney’s first foray into Indian culture. As the only South Asian member of the team since the start of production in 2017, Geetika has been in a unique position to influence and shape the show. She will be credited on 15 episodes when the show airs in 2020. Geetika hails from a crazy, big, Indian family and she married into an even crazier, bigger, Mexican American family. 17 moves around the globe and 3 kids later, she has an abundance of material draw from. Her dramedy pilot, SOFA KING, is loosely inspired by her status as an outlier in her (extremely wealthy and incredibly status-oriented) extended Indian family.||Indian American||Hindi, Punjabi||Mkrell@3arts.com||@geetikalizardi|
|Gil Hizon||Yes||Drama / Comedy||Staff Writer||Staff Writer - INSATIABLE Season Two (Netflix)||Gil Hizon is currently staffed on Netflix’s INSATIABLE. Born and raised in the Philippines, Gil grew up watching variety shows, satiric comedies and melodramatic soaps. A serial monogamist and a child of divorce, Gil is drawn to narratives about the screwed-up ways people cope with relationship issues. The stories Gil writes are sarcastic and edgy, yet grounded and emotional. Gil has BA degrees in Psychology, Theater and TV Writing/Producing. He’s also a self-proclaimed astrology expert. He’s a graduate of Fairfield University and Columbia College Chicago, and is thrilled to be an alumnus of the CBS Writers Mentoring Program.||Asian American||Tagalog, Filipino||https://directories.wga.org/member/b66e4b43-419d-49e7-9f27-302afba230f9||@gilhizon on Twitter|
|Han-Yee Ling||Yes||Comedy, Action, sci-fi||Staff Writer||Big Hero 6 the Series, Tangled TV, Starbeam||Han-Yee is a first generation Chinese-American who was born in New Mexico, endured high school in Texas, and whose heart (and home) is currently fixed in LA. She’s attended UCLA twice for both her undergrad and masters in screenwriting, and graduated in 2015. She’s since been staffed on and freelanced for various animation projects for Disney, Cartoon Network, and Netflix. In her free time she’s a dedicated foodie, an unabashed j-pop and k-drama addict, and a Pokemon Go enthusiast (but only when it’s not raining).||Chinese||https://directories.wga.org/member/a01462ae-e94d-4472-a17b-31d1794993ec|
|Heather Jeng Bladt||Yes||One-hour drama, One-hour light drama||Staff Writer||ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK (Staff Writer)|
MAD MEN (Writer/Freelance Episode)
|Heather’s a third-generation Chinese American who refused to eat rice growing up, despite it being one of the few Chinese things her Americanized parents tried to pass down to her. Instead, she wanted a side of mashed potatoes like the other kids in her super white Orange County, California suburb. But even though she highlighted her hair blonde and poked her eyes to get double-eyelids, she wasn’t white. TV didn’t help the situation either. Her choices were “Full House” or “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”. So, she gravitated towards Will Smith for guidance on how “others” operated in a white-washed world. Not until she was in undergrad at USC did she realize what made her different made her special, and she’s been writing stories about the underrepresented, with a penchant for strong women and romance, ever since. |
Heather’s writing credits include: Staff Writer on ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK and a freelance episode for MAD MEN. In addition, she was in the writers’ room for ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK for two seasons as a Writers’ Assistant/Script Coordinator. She also served as Showrunner’s Assistant to Matthew Weiner for the last three seasons of MAD MEN, learning how to be a successful showrunner and appearing alongside Jon Hamm in the last scene of the series! She’s a team player, hearty laugher, dessert enthusiast, carnival game expert, and mother of two half-Chinese kids who she hopes will be proud of their Chinese heritage – at least they love rice!
|Chinese Americanfirstname.lastname@example.org or Manager: Josh Levy / Industry Entertainment: email@example.com||@HJengaB|
|Hyunjin Jo||Yes||Action, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, Horror, Drama, Procedural||Feature Writer looking for first staff job||See "Development (projects sold)," https://m.imdb.com/name/nm0423263||In Development -Sci-Fi Actioner (United Kingdom) https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4gNyFRcA-ZSX0JxdnUwUDd3Smc/view -Supernatural Thriller Adaptation (United States) -Action Thriller (Australia/Asia)||I was born in South Korea. Before my parents met, my mother spent her time at a nunnery, and my father was in the U.S. Army. By the time I was eight years old, I had lived in various places such as Hawaii and Kansas, but primarily, I grew up as a latchkey kid in the western suburbs of Philadelphia, watching a LOT of unsupervised police/detective/sci-fi television. One summer there was a dead body found at the edge of our property. When I was in elementary school, I adapted a novel into a 110-page screenplay and cast the project with classmates—you cannot imagine the wrath of elementary girls who do not get cast in the leading role. The film was shot with a film camera, operated by the school librarian because it was too heavy for me to hold. Having had a still camera since kindergarten, I spent much of my school years taking photographs and traveling (even internationally) on my own. At age sixteen, I began working as a professional, leading to a BFA in photography from NYU/Tisch. I left an award winning career as a fine art, and documentary photographer, shooting in North America, Asia and throughout Europe, to switch to film. From cinematographer John Alonzo's mentorship, my film education began from a day job working as a union camera assistant on various productions where I was oftentimes the only female, and only ethnic minority in the camera/grip/electric departments. Several years ago, I was preparing to direct a supernatural thriller when a woman in a 7-seater SUV hit me while I was walking my dog. It took me a year to hold a pen correctly—longer to deal with the aphasia issues, and because of the constant pain level, I no longer need Novocaine at the dentist. I have quite a bit of knowledge of issues with diseases, physical health, mental health, non-combat post-traumatic stress, and the lengths one has to go to pay for health “care” in America (my game winnings from “1vs.100” paid for medical care). These topics often are subtly included into my screenplays which usually feature a prominent, dynamic female lead and have the theme such as forgiveness wrapped in a thriller genre.||Korean||Korean, Italian||hyunjin@jojoroadproductions 2137188222||http://www.twitter.com/hyunjinjojo|
|Iram Parveen Bilal||Yes||Drama||Feature Writer looking for first staff job||I'll Meet You there||Drama writer/director. Pakistani woman, Caltech engineer turned filmmaker, Muslim, third culture kid raised in Pakistan & Nigeria with a closet full of Bollywood VHS tapes. In an inter-racial marriage with a cowboy from Texas. CAPE & Film Independent writing fellow. Headed to Cannes Latelier 2019 as one of fifteen selected filmmakers. Former Co-chair of WGAWest Asian American Writers Committee.||South Asian||Urdu/Hindi||Urdu/Hindifirstname.lastname@example.org||@irampbilal|
|Isaac Ho||Judy Soo Hoo||Yes||Drama||Feature Writer looking for first staff job||Winner BlueCat Screenplay Competition w/Judy Soo Hoo co-writer||Feature screenplay THE DELIVERY MAN was on the inaugural CAPE List in association with The Black List of most promising unmade film scripts centering on Asian Pacific characters and experiences. Playwright and former sketch comedy writer and performer.||Asian Americanemail@example.com||@isaachowriter|
|Jamie Ting||Yes||Comedy||Staff Writer||PILLOWTALK Season 2 (Blackpills/Pulse Films) - Staff Writer - 2017|
JINGLE BALLIN’ (Youtube Red/ Above Average) - Writer & Director - 2016
|ACCIDENT PARK (Sold to Crackle) - 2017||Jamie Ting is an award-winning comedy writer and director based in Los Angeles. He was raised in Miami, Florida by his Chinese grandfather, whom he credits for his mastery of the violin and accordion, proficiency in antique camera repair, and desert-dry sense of humor. After attending the University of Virginia’s business school and The Creative Circus in Atlanta, he started his career at the advertising agency BBDO New York, writing commercials for AT&T, Gillette, Pepsi, and an M&Ms Superbowl commercial which unintentionally predicted current American relations with Russia. After leaving the agency world, he wrote and directed “First Moon Party,” a short film which has earned over 100 million views and a silver lion at Cannes. Named one of Adweek's top 100 creatives, Jamie crafts comedy and heart into stories worth sharing. Portfolio: jamieting.com||Chinese / Asian / Mixed Racefirstname.lastname@example.org||Twitter: @gregariousjamie|
|Jeane Wong||Yes||One hour genre or crime, cable dramedy||Script Coordinator with produced credits and past & current development||Arrow 617 "Brothers in Arms" & Arrow 714 "Brothers & Sisters"||The Thin Line, one hour pilot (Universal Cable Productions); Currently have a cable half hour pitch set up w/Homegrown Pictures (Stephanie Allain, "Dear White People")||A Los Angeles native and a child of Vietnam War immigrants, Jeane is Vietnamese-Chinese. She was raised Buddhist and developed a sweet tooth as a child while manning the cash register at her parents’ Chinatown bakery. She grew up on a steady diet of Asian folklore and superstitions, English dubbed Sailor Moon, and reading her weekly comic issues. She survived high school in the diverse San Gabriel Valley. Jeane received her BA in English Literature from UCLA and studied abroad in Paris. After graduation, with hopes of working in diplomacy, she interned for her local congressman with a focus on public healthcare and did a stint working at an oncology research lab. She used to be trained first responder, as well. But this work convinced her to live by her favorite Han Solo line "Never tell me the odds" and dive headfirst into her real passion: Hollywood. She is an alumna of NBC Writer’s on the Verge program, the Women in Film Black List Episodic Lab, and the Producer’s Guild Workshop. She has had numerous short stories published, did a run on DC’s Vampire Diaries comics, and self-published her debut comic with artist Roy Stewart. Besides her credits on Arrow and development, her passion project is writing/directing her first documentary about Paris By Night, a Vietnamese language variety show. She writes about identity leaning towards serialized worlds with deep mythologies and genre settings with a subtle nod toward the zeitgeist and telling these stories in a character-driven way with heart is her modus operandi. She is repped by Circle of Confusion. Jeane volunteers as a clinic escort. She is constantly searching for the perfect old-fashioned recipe and failing to build the longest road in Catan.||Vietnamese-Chinese||Elementary level Vietnamese||Very fluent in Vietnamese||SStarr@circleofconfusion.com||https://twitter.com/jeanedevivre|
|Jeffery Wang||Yes||Action, Conspiracy/Thriller, Horror||Staff Writer||Notorious||I'm an ABC Writing Program alum with double majors in mechanical & aeronautical engineering. I also write plays and direct short films. My interest is in telling extra-ordinary genre stories with believable (mostly POC) characters, and unearthing forgotten histories. I was the Writers Assistant on JUSTIFIED, and am proud to count all those writers as mentors. When I'm not working, I'm often traveling. I also collect books and run half-marathons. I grew up by the ocean and am finally learning how to swim. If I don't answer my phone, I'm probably at a used bookstore.||Taiwanese, Chinese||Mandarin Chinese||https://directories.wga.org/member/fbd2c697-8d6c-499e-b82d-0c0e2412342b||Twitter: @JWLovesMovies|
|Jenn Kao||Yes||sci-fi, fantasy, drama||Co-Executive Producer||Daybreak, Lucifer, Emerald City, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, Leverage||Born in Northern California, raised in Naperville, IL, Jenn got a degree in English lit from Stanford University. She started writing and directing in the San Francisco indie film scene. Her parents still haven't recovered from her short doc about Bay Area porn. Jenn attended film school at UCLA.||Chinese||Writ Large, Greg Shephard, (323) 553-4303|
|Jenny Lynn||Yes||Drama||Co-Producer||Mayans M.C., Spinning Out, Iron Fist||A former exec turned writer, Jenny Lynn has worn many hats in her forays at Jerry Weintraub Productions and Joss Whedon’s Mutant Enemy. Alumna of the Fox Diversity Program, WB’s Fresh Ink Program, and a WeforShe WriteHer List honoree. Versatile in all one-hour genres from light dramedy to edgy cable/streaming dramas.||Taiwanese||Manager: Sarah Dodge, Industry Entertainment https://directories.wga.org/member/4add5536-c726-446e-a47a-ccb763b4ba5a|
|Jessica Chou||Yes||Drama, specialty in sci-fi, fantasy, supernatural||Staff Writer||CW's NO TOMORROW; Netflix's WU ASSASSINS (fall 2019)||I'm a first generation nomad, moving mainly between the Deep South and the Middle East. Every place I've lived has its own voices, culture, community, and that diversity of experiences is why I write slipstream/sci-fi/and supernatural: genre is the perfect platform to explore social issues while also writing fun things about aliens, superheroes, and zombies. Everything I write is female driven, and all my characters live in the grey spaces of right and wrong.||Chinese||Conrad Sun, Meridian Artists 310-479-2777||@jesschoutime|
|Jimmy Tsai||Yes||action, sci-fi/fantasy||Feature Writer looking for first staff job||PING PONG PLAYA||A versatile swingman in the world of filmmaking, Jimmy Tsai is best known for co-writing, co-producing, and starring in Ping Pong Playa. As a writer, he has adapted the book Glock: The Rise of America’s Gun for Hernany Perla Productions and been selected as a member of the Fox Television Writer’s Program. As a producer, Jimmy’s recent efforts include The Diplomat, an Emmy-nominated documentary on World Champion figure skater Katarina Witt (part of ESPN's Nine for IX documentary series); By the Fans: the Making of the Veronica Mars Movie, the official behind-the-scenes companion to the Veronica Mars movie; and Crush the Skull, a horror-comedy that premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival and went on to receive multiple awards and recognition on the festival circuit. Additional works include writing and directing three chapters in the The Venom Sportswear Ad Campaign as well as producing numerous shorts including Thicker than Water, an ESPN 30 for 30 short about Olympic champion Greg Louganis.||Taiwanese/Chinese||Fifth grade level Mandarin||Mandarinemail@example.com, Manager: Jeff Portnoy firstname.lastname@example.org||https://twitter.com/superflytsai|
|John Paul Su||Yes||Comedy, Drama, Dramedy||Feature Writer looking for first staff job||Toto, Captain C!||John Paul “JP” Su is a Filipino-Chinese-American filmmaker whose work re-imagines contemporary themes by combining dark/absurdist comedy and lyrical drama in a way that is both genre-defying and accessible. His stories are often influenced by immigrant experiences, and tackle characters living on the fringe of society and their resilient spirit. A Master of Fine Arts graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts, JP is a quarterfinalist for the Academy Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting, a finalist for both WeScreenplay Diverse Voices and Screencraft Family Screenplay Competition, and most recently, a San Francisco Film Society-Westridge Foundation Grant awardee. Prior to NYU, JP was a segment writer for a South Asian TV show and a freelance news video journalist.||Filipino, Chinese||Filipino (Tagalog)||Filipino (Tagalog), Mandarin, Hokienemail@example.com||IG: @jp_su Twitter: @jpsu|
|Josephine D Green Zhang||Yes||Comedy, Dramedy, Genre||Feature Writer looking for first staff job||Story by BEN 10||Josephine Green Zhang studied film at UCLA, despite her Taiwanese immigrant mother’s hope that she would become a nun with a law degree. Originally from the Latinx and Asian communities of the San Gabriel Valley, she has lived in both China and Chile, and incorporates her multicultural experiences into her work. She's been a Film Independent Project: Involve and a screenwriter in the Universal Writers program. She’s written and performed sketch comedy at UCB and the Westside Comedy Theater. Ultimately, Josephine aims to empower misfit characters to find their own happy endings – especially rebellious women. She has written an episode of BEN 10 and loves collaborating across genres.||Mixed Race, Taiwanese American||Spanish||Spanish, Baby Mandarin||https://directories.wga.org/member/12d89d36-e767-4988-af3e-1907aad82214||josephinetheg|
|Keshni Kashyap||Yes||Comedy, dramedy||Staff Writer||TINA'S MOUTH (Sonar) LOVE AND ROSES||TINA'S MOUTH (Sonar)||Food nerd, Sartre-quoting, former awkward teenager Keshni Kashyap is also a screenwriter and award-winning author most recently the creator of the graphic novel Tina's Mouth: An Existential Comic Diary that was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. The book was placed on Entertainment Weekly’s Must List, won the APALA Best Young Adult Book of the Year (2013) Keshni went to Berkeley and also to UCLA for film school where she wrote and directed several short films that have screened all over the world. She recently adapted TINA’S MOUTH for Sonar Entertainment and has several projects and books in development.||Indian American||Hindi||Jesse Hara and Rachel Miller at Haven Entertainment firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com||@keshnikashyap (twitter and IG)|
|Kimiko Matsuda-Lawrence||Yes||Comedy/Dramedy||Staff Writer||TWENTIES (Staff Writer)||Queer Black/Japanese/Okinawan woman who grew up in black communities in DC and Asian/Pacific Islander communities in Hawai'i. Fourth generation Japanese/Okinawan on the Asian side. Creator of I, Too, Am Harvard play and viral photo campaign, co-creator of Renegade (Harvard's first POC magazine) and plays Black Magic and Holding: A Queer Black Love Story. Worked in theater as Assistant Director on Anna Deavere Smith's Notes from the Field, as assistant to Broadway director Diane Paulus and actress Kerry Washington. Staff Writer on Lena Waithe's new show TWENTIES. Website: kimikomatsudalawrence.com||Japanese/Okinawan and Black||WGA PROFILE: https://directories.wga.org/member/ba4966bf-2ee4-48fc-9d24-880add663a51||@kimikomats|
|Kristine Songco||Joanna Lewis||Yes||comedy, dramedy, genre drama, animation||Story Editor||The Great Indoors (CBS - story editor), Sullivan and Son (TBS - staff writer), Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts (Dreamworks - head writer)||My background is in comedy but my writing partner and I are also trying to break into the genre drama world. We started off in animation so we can do broad, weird, visual humor. Then we did primetime multicam so we can tell grounded stories and fix jokes on the fly. Then we were head writers on a super serialized post-apocalyptic action adventure cartoon with female leads, so we can tell an epic story. This led us to genre drama, because we’re big YA nerds and we love anything with powers.||Filipinofirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Krystal Banzon||Yes||Drama, Dramedy||Staff Writer||I FEEL BAD (NBC)||KRYSTAL BANZON is a queer, first-generation Filipina raised in the Breaking Bad deserts of California. Born out of a marriage of convenience between a gambler-dreamer father who wanted a family and practical nurse mother who wanted a green card, it makes sense that Krystal writes about complicated family dynamics. Soapy/or snarky relationship driven stories are her jam! In her previous life she was a theater director in NYC. She thought that being a lesbian was the best form of birth control…then fell in love with a pregnant woman, and here she is, three kids later! Krystal is an alumni of the CBS Writers Mentoring Program.||Filipinoemail@example.com / https://directories.wga.org/member/410bb0f5-07e0-495f-a238-66371a69ed1b||@HandsOnBanzon|
|Lana Cho||Yes||Drama||Co-Executive Producer||Four Weddings and a Funeral (Hulu), Timeless (NBC), Falling Water (USA), etc||Pilot for Showtime and Pilot for 20th TV||Korean-American||Korean||WME, Circle of Confusion||Twitter: @LanaJeany|
|Lawrence Dai||Yes||Comedy||Staff Writer||The Late Late Show with James Corden||Lawrence is a writer for The Late Late Show with James Corden, where he specializes in song parodies ("thank u, jeff") and the occasional binge-watch ("James Forces His Writer to Binge All of Game of Thrones"). Born and raised in Kohler, Wisconsin a.k.a. the place where they make all the toilets, Lawrence also wrote a comedic blog in college where he watched the 2009 culinary drama Julie & Julia every day for a year, accumulating over a million page views and press from NPR, Time, The Guardian, MSNBC, HuffPost, Jezebel, Google Blogs of Note, The Village Voice, and The AV Club. He has never watched Julie & Julia since.||Chinese||N/A||Chinesefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Leo Chu||Eric S. Garcia||Yes||Comedy, Action, YA, Family, Animation||Executive Producer/Showrunner||Supah Ninjas (Nickelodeon)|
Afro Samurai (Spike)
Prince of Peoria (Netflix)
Alexa & Katie (Netflix)
|NBC, Amazon, FOX, MTV, Nickelodeon, Dreamworks||Chinese-American||German||Mandarin, German (Eric speaks French and Spanish)||https://directories.wga.org/member/bf1d98ad-8e20-48df-99bc-2b643752e6d1||Twitter: @leochu88|
|Leonard Chang||Yes||Drama, Crime, Sci-Fi||Executive Producer||Snowfall (FX); Justified (FX); Awake (NBC)||FX, Hulu, WB, UCP, Sony||Eight novels published/translated around the world. Rockclimber. Former Peace Corps volunteer (Kingston, Jamaica), Taekwondo competitor (Seoul, Korea), and graduate writing teacher (Antioch U's MFA program).||Korean American||Brant Rose Agency||Twitter: @leonardchang|
|Liz Alper||Yes||Sci fi, high concept||Co-Producer||The Rookie, Hawaii Five-0||Half Taiwanese Jew||Kan Freimann, Circle of Confusion||@LizAlps|
|May Chan||Yes||comedy, half-hour sitcoms, action-adventure animation||Co-EP in animation.||Finishing an overall deal at DreamWorks animation, Co-EP on Spirit:Riding Free. Head writer on Carmen Sandiego. Prior to that I wrote and executive produced an American Girl MOW for Amazon Studios.||Table 58 - Amazon Studios, produced pilot. Filthy Rich Pig, Nickelodeon, multi-cam. Champ Academy, Nickelodeon, multi-cam.||Born and raised in LA, I am the offspring of 2 Chinese immigrants who SWAM from China to Hong Kong to escape Communism. Yes, swam. As in shark-infested water. So that they can come live the American Dream. Which apparently includes having a daughter who writes for television. Though my parents were (very) apprehensive at my career choice, (VERY, VERY) they have now accepted it. Sort of. Or at least they stopped bugging me about going to get a realtor’s license. My resume is... eclectic. I'm currently finishing up an overall deal at DreamWorks TV where I developed projects and was the Co-EP on an animated show for Netflix. Prior to that, I wrote and executive-produced an “American Girly Story, Ivy &Julie” for Amazon -- it won a Writers' Guild Award and was nominated for a Humanitas, NAACP Award for Best TV Movie Screenplay, and 4 Daytime Emmys. I’ve written on sitcoms, kids sitcoms, single-cam, multi-cam, a tv movie, animated series, network, cable, streaming and even a French cartoon. It’s never aired here, but I’m still getting royalties for it, so viva la France! ||CHINESE! And proud of it.||Cantonese. I know enough to carry on a conversation AND order dim email@example.com||sometimes I'm on The Facebook as May Chan Sterling (my married name -- I'm all Chinese.)|
|Michael Gemballa||Yes||Drama, action, procedural||Story Editor||CW's Beauty & the Beast, NCIS: New Orleans, S.W.A.T.||Michael's first novel was 2008's Overgrad, a satirical semi-autobiography about his upbringing as the product of a German father and Chinese mother, and life as a native Angeleno. After working in line producing for ABC, he wrote and directed the feature film This Is Encino before turning his focus full-time to television. He co-wrote the series finale of CW's Beauty & the Beast before co-writing an episode of NCIS: New Orleans. After graduating from the CBS Writers Program in 2017, he leapfrogged to the CBS crime procedural S.W.A.T., where he is currently serving as Story Editor.||Hapa (Half Asian, Half Caucasian)||firstname.lastname@example.org||https://twitter.com/MichaelGemballa|
|Michael S Yuen||Yes||comedy, drama, action adventure, sci-fi||Feature Writer looking for first staff job, Executive Producer||Spaghetti versus Noodle||Spaghetti versus Noodle||Grandpa told me Broadway street was the dividing line between L'Italy and Chinatown in San Francisco. In his days, if Chinese crossed the line Italians would beat us up. If Italians crossed the line we'd beat them up. One day, while waiting for bus on Columbus street, I noticed a poster on the window of an Italian cafe. It announced that in 2 weeks there will be a trial to decide whether Italians or Chinese invented spaghetti. Years later I wrote a culture-clash comedy called "Spaghetti versus Noodle". It's about Italians fighting with Chinese over who invented spaghetti.||Chinese American||Chinese||Mandarin, Cantoneseemail@example.com|
|Milton W Liu||Yes||comedy||Feature Writer looking for first staff job||Action/Comedy webseries AWESOME ASIAN BAD GUYS, RomCom webseries JOHN HUGHES RUINED MY LIFE, Comedy/Musical short documentary I HATE BIG PHONY||THE BED-STUY 5 (family action/comedy animated feature)|
Half Chinese, Half Taiwanese (Mama Liu makes sure this is known) comedy and horror writer for features, TV and digital.
Milton Liu co-founded Kulture Machine, the first film production company listed in Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film – producing such feature films as JESUS HENRY CHRIST and FIREFLIES IN THE GARDEN. His team also won the Student Academy Award Silver Medal for the short JESUS HENRY CHRIST.
He received the Tribeca All Access Creative Promise Award for his feature script JOHN HUGHES RUINED MY LIFE and received the Tribeca Alumni Grant to write, produce and direct the webseries (TRAILER: https://youtu.be/CV_uFPEtDGY). He recently wrote AWESOME ASIAN BAD GUYS (TRAILER: https://youtu.be/GQnCwNgxp_g) and directed the short documentary I HATE BIG PHONY (TRAILER: https://youtu.be/YsJOdVFpy4s). He is currently producing the feature LUCKY GRANDMA which will have its premiere at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival. Previously, Milton was a Disney Feature Writing Fellow (comedy) and a 2018 Fox TV Writers Lab Fellow (1/2 hour comedy).
Milton is also the Director of Programs & Artist Services at Visual Communications (LA Asian Pacific Film Festival), Vice Chair of the Asian Pacific American Media Coalition, and a member of the WGA/west.
|Chinese/Taiwanese||Mandarin||https://directories.wga.org/member/08d4959e-e59f-4642-9dcc-6803396500d5||Twitter & IG: @liumilton ; FB: https://www.facebook.com/milton.liu.58|
|Minsun Park||Teddy Tenenbaum||Yes||Horror, thriller/action and comedy||I'm a feature writer looking for first staff job and writing partner was Executive Story Editor||Red Door (AKA /reddoor) and The Zone||Reddoor (AKA /reddoor) to Sony sold as a feature spec and The Zone (TV pilot) to ABC Studios and NBC Network||I’m a professional disappointment to my traditional Korean American parents for the following reasons: Grew up as a goth Valley Girl who sucked at math and earned an English lit degree at UC Berkeley. Pulled out of law school to become a writer. I became a member of The Oy Luck Club by marrying a nice Jewish boy from Ohio who is now my screenwriting partner (he has staffed on a network show, sold a dozen pilots and written a dozen more feature scripts). We have two beautiful biracial children who work as a tag team to horrify and inspire us. We sold a horror spec to Sony inspired by our video game and Reddit obsessed teen son and wrote another teen rom com inspired by our transgender daughter. I became the first female black belt in Tae Kwon Do in my family in a most unladylike fashion and even taught martial arts for a while. My writing career has spanned everything from print to online journalism specializing in health and fitness. I was a mom blogger who wrote a humor column on SheKnows and published in “The Hot Mom’s Guide” series. I started my screenwriting career after I became a semi-finalist in the Nicholl Fellowship screenwriting competition. The best thing about being a horror screenwriter is getting to name your victims after your enemies and killing them off in creatively cathartic ways.||Korean||Broken Korean and College level French||https://directories.wga.org/member/fb0bd33d-ae14-4cd2-9449-40afae4903a3||Instagram: @minsun10|
|Miranda Kwok||Yes||Drama, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Action, Genre||Supervising Producer||THE 100, SPARTACUS: BLOOD AND SAND||SNAKEHEAD, EMPIRE OF THE DRAGONS||Motorcyclist and martial artist, Miranda tackles any challenge, from skydiving to crisis counseling to backpacking across China. After an Honors BA in Philosophy and Psychology, she worked as an actor and producer then launched her writing career by winning the Slamdance Screenplay Competition. With her first spec, she got in the CBS Program, WGA Writer Access Project, and landed on SPARTACUS: BLOOD AND SAND.|
Miranda developed a pilot for FX with Oliver Stone and Michelle Yeoh attached, and developed and wrote ten episodes of an international action series. She's now a Writer/Supervising Producer on THE 100, and is developing with Warner Bros.
|Chinese||Conversational Cantonese||Leslie Conliffe (IPG) Leslie@ipglm.com||@MirandaKwok88|
|Munis Rashid||Yes||Drama||Staff Writer||Staff Writer on Season 2 of SWAT on CBS||Grew up in Houston, Texas. Spent the summer of 2014 on a cross-country bicycle ride from Austin, TX to Anchorage, AK. Alum of the University of Texas at Austin and the American Film Institute. Participated in the 2018 CBS Writers Mentoring Program.||Pakistani||Urdufirstname.lastname@example.org||IG: munisrashid|
|Nancy Kiu||Yes||Drama/Dramedy, Serialized, Procedural, Genre||Producer||MacGyver (ESE through Producer); Castle (SE); Revenge (SW)||I'm a first gen Asian American, born and raised in Boston to immigrant parents. When I came out, I didn't know the Cantonese word for "gay," and the only gay reference my parents knew was Elton John. Suffice it to say, "Mom, I'm like Elton John" resulted in her asking "Wait, you want to take piano lessons again?" I love writing shows that are soapy or otherworldly but grounded in human emotion. I'm also interested in understanding why people keep the secrets they do. |
Oh, and I finally learned how to say I'm gay in Cantonese.
|Naomi Iwamoto||Yes||Half hour, comedy, dramedy||Story Editor||Story Editor - Twenties (BET)|
Staff Writer - Happy Together (CBS)
|Naomi is a Japanese American writer based in Los Angeles. She is currently a story editor on Lena Waithe’s half hour dramedy, Twenties. Prior to writing for Twenties she worked as a staff writer on Damon Wayans Jr.’s CBS show Happy Together. Naomi holds an MFA from the USC School of Cinematic Arts and has written for LA Weekly and Los Angeles Magazine. Her short film, Lost & Found, was included in the inaugural Women Behind the Lens showcase at Paramount Studios and Ryan Murphy’s Director showcase. Her pilot script Rice, Fish, and La Croix was named the Cinestory TV Fellowship Winner, a WAN Writer’s workshop winner, and was the first pilot to go through the Outfest Screenwriting Lab in 21 years. She is an alumni of the CBS Writer's Program and Ryan Murphy's HALF Director's Program. Her Japanese sushi chef father is slowly coming to terms with the fact that she will never be a straight doctor-lawyer-engineer but instead will always be a very queer dramedy writer. Just kidding. Her parents think she’s in her 10th year of med school.||Japanese American||Japanese||Japaneseemail@example.com||https://www.instagram.com/immanaomi|
|Nicole Ranadive||Yes||Drama, Horror, Action, Thriller, Sci-Fi, Dramedy||Staff Writer||The Librarians (SW S3&4) 24 (SW S6) Hawaii Five-0 (Freelance S1)||Born and raised in Berkeley, CA to two UC Berkeley grad students who came for school and never left. Bi-racial. Mom from the Bronx, dad from Mumbai, India. One DNA analyst/lawyer older sister who is my consultant for all things forensics. One of the greatest pleasures of my life was visiting family in India with my father in 2007 before his passing. Meeting relatives I’d never met, seeing where my father grew up, experiencing my other half. I love horror movies. I get along with almost everyone. And I punch above my weight class.||Mixed Race Indian-American||N/A||N/A||Matt Ochacher @ New Wave Entertainment (818) 295-8081||@NRDiva|
|Nikhil Jayaram||Yes||Drama (serial or procedural, wide range)||Co-Producer||Co-Producer - DIABLO (Netflix) | Story Editor - SHADES OF BLUE (NBC) | Staff Writer - THE MYSTERIES OF LAURA (NBC)||THE RADICAL (Sony - 1 hour drama); THE HOTEL MOTEL PATELS (Super Deluxe / Turner - 30 minute dramedy); THE KOHINOOR DIAMOND (independent producer, feature film); current drama pitch with Sony Pictures Television||Volunteers for the LAPD. | Tutors autistic children in creative writing. | Works with a non-profit boarding school for slum children in India. | The first member of the family born in the US. | Started a game show in college, getting it televised. | Volunteered for Obama, was on the list to attend the election night party, then had to sneak in anyway by pretending to be a bouncer. | Rescues pit bulls. | Alum of the NBC, CBS, and CAPE programs, and was selected for the Disney-ABC Fellowship.||South Asian Indian (Hindu)||Spanish||Spanish; Tamil||https://directories.wga.org/member/ad9af22f-9609-47d8-9c5c-ec91306455aa | Trevor Engelson @ Underground (firstname.lastname@example.org / 323.930.2588) | email@example.com / 410.812.6885 ||
|Pang-Ni Landrum Vogt||Aaron Vaccaro||Yes||Comedy, Dramedy||Story Editor||Team Kaylie (Netflix), Mike and Molly (CBS), Superior Donuts (CBS), The Troop (Nick), Six Degrees (ABC), Malcolm in the Middle (FOX)||Sasquatch vs. The Abominable Snowman (feature option), You'll Never Nanny in the This Town Again - E!, Apt 2H - comedy/ABC, Untitled Landrum Pilot - comedy/Sony TV||Pang-Ni "Bonnie” Landrum Vogt, a recovering Big 10 mascot and|
daughter of an Asian Tiger Mom and a Southern Military Cop Dad, grew up in Texas. Aaron Vaccaro, the grandson of one of the original stars of the “Our Gang” comedies, grew up an only child to a single mom, which probably explains his [un]healthy love of musical theater. Between them, they’ve graduated from the Warner Bros Writers’ Workshop, NBC’s Writers on the Verge, and the PGA Power of Diversity workshop. Their non-TV credits include the circus, story-telling apps, and the feature “Sasquatch vs the Abominable Snowman”.
|Mixed Race (Taiwanese, Caucasian)||Manager: Brandy Rivers/Industry Entertainment - 323-964-9298||@pangni (twitter/instagram)|
|Paul Leach (I’m adopted so I have a non-Asian last name)||Yes||Thriller, action, horror, sci-fi, comedy||Feature Writer looking for first staff job, Story Editor||3 produced features and 2 optioned TV pilots!||3||I have my degree in theatre and music. I toured LA as the lead singer in a band. I’m a cat person and not ashamed...okay...a little ashamed||Korean||310-279-7285||FB/IG: /PaulSoleil|
|Paul R. Puri||Yes||Drama, serialized, procedural||H) Story Editor||Chicago Med (NBC)||Playing God (pilot optioned)||Writer and psychiatrist with an interest in genre, supernatural, comparative religions. I was a consultant on over a dozen film and TV projects before getting staffed.||Mixed Race (half-Indian)||https://directories.wga.org/search?q=lt5c01bsayq||twitter.com/paulrpurimd|
|Peter Chen||Yes||comedy, dramedy||Staff Writer||THE RESIDENT (20th Century Fox / 2017-18) - Staff Writer||UNTITLED KARATE PROJECT (Universal Pictures - David O. Russell producing) / CORPORATE SAMURAI - (The Gotham Group) - co-written with David O. Russell||I’m a jolly Taiwanese comedy writer (Fox Writers Lab Alum) who often mixes families and characters in crisis, with heart and humor. Raised by a dynamic mom and five impressive sisters, so strong female characters are often central in my work. Aries. Hypochondriac.|
Previously worked as a “manny” for a billionaire. Sold the feature script UNTITLED KARATE PROJECT to Universal Pictures with David O. Russell producing. Followed that up with co-writing feature script CORPORATE SAMURAI with David O. Russell. Staffed on The Resident for Fox where I was brought in to bring a comedic voice to the show.
|Chinese, Taiwanese||Mandarin, Taiwanese||Britton Rizzio and Greg Shephard (Writ Large) - (323) 553-4300||https://twitter.com/lunchticketfilm|
|Phinneas Kiyomura||Yes||Drama, Gritty Drama, Sci-Fi, Fantasy||Staff Writer||Staff Writer, TWISTED (FREEFORM), EP 8, Docu-Trauma||GRACE (ABC Studios/Erica Messer Productions 2019); CRACKPOTS (ABC Studios 2018); NEVER NORMAL (ABC Studios/Mark Gordon Company 2016)||I’m a half-Japanese/half-Irish drama writer, playwright, and ABC Disney Writers Program Alum. I love it when it's three AM and things get weird and the real truth finally comes out. I believe tragedy and dirty jokes taste better together than apart. Some days I write about the Internment Camp my dad went to. Others, I write about wealthy cannibals. I've written 3 pilots for ABC Studios, and developed projects with Mark Gordon Company, New Regency, and Erica Messer Productions, among others.|
LA Weekly has called my work, “tough, and cruelly funny… with an honesty that might be called full frontal“ and VARIETY called me “an impressively original voice“.
I love The Sopranos, Soloway, Pinter, Lynch, PT Anderson, Kurosawa, Seinfeld, GOT, Blade Runner, and the ghosts of Ghostbusters (I'd give anything to work with Bill Murray). I live in L.A. with my actor/chef wife and our future president daughter.
|Japanese and Irish||English only :)||Manager: Markus Goerg, Heroes And Villains Entertainment (323) 850-2990 / Direct: firstname.lastname@example.org, 323.428.9119||https://twitter.com/PKiyomura|
|Pornsak Pichetshote||Yes||Horror / Sci-Fi / Fantasy / Drama||Producer||Marvel's Cloak & Dagger, Two Sentence Horror Stories, Light as a Feather||I’m a character-driven genre writer of comics and TV with lots of experience using genre to explore societal issues, as seen in my TV credits and especially my comic INFIDEL that’s been featured on 20+ Best of 2018 lists and optioned by TriStar Pictures. I started off as a comic book editor for DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint where I worked with Neil Gaiman, Grant Morrison & Darren Aronofsky, eventually going on to start and oversee DC Comics’ TV division, working with the Arrowverse showrunners, David Goyer, and Rob Thomas.||Thai-American||Thai||https://directories.wga.org/member/5920fc7e-bb61-4910-8248-0cf5f91cf85b||@real_pornsak on twitter|
|Puja Maewal||Yes||Drama||Feature Writer looking for first staff job, Supervising Producer||Supervising Producer at BBC Worldwide||Puja traveled to Mumbai, India to shoot a short film, but she fell in love with the city and ended up living there for four years. As an Indian American raised within two different cultures, she likes to explore characters who exist between cultures, classes, or worlds. She loves binge-watching crime dramas and traveling. Currently, she’s directing a music video for the U.N. She has a B.A. from Yale and an MFA from UCLA. In addition, she is a WGA Feature Access Project Winner, a Film Independent Screenwriting Lab Honoree, and an Academy Nicholl Fellowship Semifinalist.||Indian||Hindi||Hindiemail@example.com||www.pujamaewal.com/about|
|Raj Desai||Yes||Comedy||Staff Writer||Emmy Nominee, Writers Guild Award-Winner, currently on "Good Talk w/ Anthony Jeselnik" for Comedy Central; also on: "I Love You, America w/ Sarah Silverman" for Hulu, 2017 White House Correspondents Dinner, Triumph The Insult Comic Dog Election Series for Hulu.||Been doing stand-up for years (including a few TV credits), grew up one of the few Indian-Americans in Arlington, TX making for a unique experience, have a Biochemistry undergrad degree and a law degree, love all kinds of music with my favorite being Bruce Springsteen, probably would be a jazz musician if I had the ability.||Indian-American||Gujarati||Anne Hong, Mosaic, firstname.lastname@example.org, 310-786-4961||@_rajdesai|
|Richard Lowe||Yes||Comedy with emotion, drama with laughs||Staff Writer||God Friended Me, Dr. Ken||Richard Lowe spent much of his youth working in a grocery store, the presumed heir of a multi-generational family business started by Chinese immigrants. However, as much as he loved grinding meat and shelving milk, his fondest memories are playing in the warehouse with his brother, coming up with stories about how the customers were aliens or pirates who needed to be defeated. Looking back, it’s clear that he was drawn to storytelling from an early age. After graduating college, he walked away from the family business and pursued his dream of telling stories that reflect his cultural upbringing.||Chinese-Americanemail@example.com, 310-795-1156||Twitter @richardonthego|
|Ringo Le||Yes||Drama, horror, action||Feature Writer looking for first staff job||Big Gay Love||Vietnamese||N/A|
|Rishi Chitkara||Yes||Comedy, Drama, Dramedy||Feature Writer looking for first staff job||n/a||codename: SANTA (USA/UCP)||• Born in NYC, 1st generation. Parents immigrated from India. • First member of his family to attend university. • Undergrad from Northwestern. Economics/Business. • Masters from UCLA. Screenwriting. • Licensed EMT-B (only valid in NJ). • Started career in unscripted physical production for All3Media. Credits include Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader. • Turned down a full ride to Rice's MBA program in 2010. • Accepted into the DGA Assistant Director Trainee Program in 2011. • AD’d for New Girl, The Mentalist, Hello Ladies, and Pretty Little Liars. • Has produced two low budget direct to DVD/VOD genre features. Eligible for membership with the PGA. • Worked in the Social Work division of UCLA Hospital to pay for grad school. • Developing an app for selling home cooked meals in California and reduce food waste. • Understands Hindi & Punjabi. Semi-conversational in Spanish. • Selected for the 2019 DreamAgo writing residency in Switzerland. • Is allergic to cats, but my wife still has one. It’s adorable. • Met said future wife while interning for Bryan Singer in 2006.||Indian||Hindifirstname.lastname@example.org||https://twitter.com/rishi_chitkara|
|Rochelle Zimmerman||Yes||Comedy, dramedy||Story Editor||Ruby and the Rockits, The Troop||Rochelle is a Filipina writer/performer who grew up alternating between living in New York City and Manila. At eighteen she moved to England where she trained at The Guildford School of Acting. Upon returning to NY she began writing - there her political satire I DIG DOUG, premiered at the New York International Fringe Festival and won the festival’s top honor, Best Play - prompting an LA production and move. In LA she has written on Ruby and The Rockits and The Troop. Most recently her pilot, The Morning After was selected for WeForShe’s Write Her list.||Mixed (FIlipina/American)||Tagalog (fluent)||Lookingzimmerman@hotmail.com or Manager: Garrett Greer/Haven Entertainment|
|Rohit Kumar||Yes||Drama, serialized, YA, sci-fi, horror, crime||G) Executive Story Editor||13 REASONS WHY (Seasons 2 and 3), THE WALKING DEAD III (Season 1)||Untitled E-Sports Project (Ubisoft)||Computer engineer by education, a child of immigrants, avid gamer (board, tabletop, and video), improv comedian, and collegiate varsity tennis player||Indian, South Asian||Verve / Good Fear|
|Shannon Goss||Yes||Drama||Co-Executive Producer||The Terror: Infamy||Hapa. (Half Japanese, half Irish-Scottish-English-Welsh)||https://directories.wga.org/member/5cc2a953-2e13-47d9-99c5-d5f0fde9282a|
|Shilpi Roy||Yes||comedy, dramedy||Staff Writer||Team Kaylie||Brown Girls - Freeform||I am an Indian-American who grew up in North Carolina. I write about being brown in a black and white world (based on my experiences in the South). I am married to a white guy and I have two cats. I love to read. I also love being in Nature. It's my church! Hiking, camping, backpacking, I'm there! I also love to travel, like, everywhere. The more undeveloped the country, the more likely it is I'll be there.||Indian||Bengaliemail@example.com|
|SHUO ZHANG||Yes||dark comedy, drama, sci fi||Staff Writer||Bull||Shuo was born in Beijing to a family that was related to the Last Emperor but instead of living in a palace, she and her family lived in one tiny room that didn't even have a shower because the Communist took all their family money. She and her family moved to the US after the Tiananmen Square massacre and settled outside of Philadelphia where she learned to love BoyzIIMen and cheesesteaks. Although she spent most of her childhood playing the violin and performing in plays, she decided to go to MIT to tackle big problems like cancer and climate change. After all, she and her family had flew across the ocean to take on the American Dream and she believed that in America -- anything was possible. After three years of cancer research and countless all-nighters, she realized not everything was possible and she cared more about the stories and people behind these complicated problems than the research itself. Like every other grew-up-poor immigrant, she took a job in finance and hoped to pursue the arts as a hobby on the side. But one night, in Weehawken, New Jersey, Shuo bumped into her piano teacher from MIT who happened to be working with an acting manager. When Shuo told her teacher about her own artistic ambitions, her teacher made an introduction. Meeting this manager would eventually lead to Shuo quitting her job in finance and finally committing herself to being a storyteller. Since then Shuo has written and acted in plays in New York and LA, while working odd-jobs like cigarette girl, census worker, waitress at Soho House and the Plaza Hotel, and tutor to wealthy families. Shuo also holds an MFA in Screenwriting from USC and was a mentee in the CBS Writers Mentoring Program and a recipient of the NAACP Writing Fellowship. She was most recently a staff writer on CBS's Bull.||Chinese/Asian||Mandarin||Mandarin||Brandy Rivers (323) 954-9000 https://directories.wga.org/member/50653324-50ce-4108-86b4-e51924ed329d|
|Skander Halim||Gina Ippolito||Yes||comedy||Story Editor||Murphy Brown (CBS), Bunk'd (Disney Channel), Pretty Persuasion (feature, Samuel Goldwyn)||Domestic Surveillance (feature, Carsey-Werner); 40 Watts From Nowhere (feature, Focus Features)||Skander Halim hails from balmy Ottawa, Canada. His stateside writing career launched with the cult comedy feature PRETTY PERSUASION, starring Evan Rachel Wood and Ron Livingston, which was in Dramatic Competition at Sundance. His sweet spot is dark, provocative comedy, but he can temper things to serve corporate masters. To keep the comedy muscles sharp, Skander writes and performs live sketch at the Upright Citizens Brigade theater with his all-South Asian team The Get Brown.||Bangladeshi||Sheree Guitar, manager / 310-286-1900 / firstname.lastname@example.org||@SkanderHalim (Twitter)|
|Steven J. Kung||Yes||comedy||Feature Writer looking for first staff job||Dear White People Vol. 3, Falling for Angels||The son of Taiwanese immigrants, Steven J. Kung wrote and directed A Leading Man, a feature film about API representation, leading Mic to proclaim him as one of Six Filmmakers Breaking the Bamboo Ceiling. Other ways he’s broken aforementioned ceiling? Becoming a salsa and merengue instructor, and learning to vogue… hunty. Steven also wrote an upcoming episode of Dear White People Vol. 3, where he has worked in the writers room for all three seasons. He graduated from the Disney ABC Directing Program, and holds an MFA from USC and BA in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia.||Chinese||Mandarin Chinese||https://directories.wga.org/member/03042c63-d8c4-41cc-868a-5c721d855ca3||https://twitter.com/stevenjkung|
|Tania Lotia||Yes||Drama/Horror/Sci Fi||Story Editor||The Dark Tower (SE), Swamp Thing (SW)||Tania Lotia is a Los Angeles-based television writer. After graduating from UCLA, she attended law school where she interviewed for the CIA. She opted for a more creative path.|
Tania is a graduate of the CAPE New Writers Fellowship and the Fox Writers Lab. She is the writer of seven original pilots (GAY4PAY, SATELLITE, DEEPER, FREEDOM FARM, RESTITUTION, DJINN and SAVAGES). DJINN was featured on the 2017 WeForShe list of top pilot scripts written by women.
She wrote DAMIEN: THE LOST YEARS, an interactive horror story produced by Portal Entertainment Limited for Fox Digital Entertainment, based on the 1976 film THE OMEN and the DAMIEN series on A&E.
She was staffed on TRIBES, a post-apocalyptic science fiction series for Sony, and on horror series SWAMP THING, produced by Atomic Monster for Warner Brothers TV. Most recently, she was staffed on Stephen King’s THE DARK TOWER TV series adaptation for Media Rights Capital.
Tania is the current Chair of the Asian American Writers Committee of the Writers Guild of America West.
|South Asian-American||Urdu/Hindi||Brandy Rivers (Industry Ent.) 323.964.9298|
|Tawal Panyacosit Jr.||Yes||Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Drama, Dramedy||Staff Writer, Sold, developed, and wrote/produced on a CW Seed Series as Co-Executive Producer.||Life After First Failure (CW Seed) - Shared Co-Executive Producer (3 episodes), Shared Written By (2 episodes), Shared Story By (1 episode)||Life After First Failure||Tawal was born and raised in San Francisco, the second child of Chinese and Thai immigrants, who sent him to French school. Luckily, he did not turn into a cultural schizophrenic, but instead a global citizen who proudly speaks four languages. After attending Brown University, Tawal went through a super gay phase (there may or may not have been capes involved) where he worked as a political organizer for marriage equality, which led to a Masters of Public Administration from Columbia University. After a few more years in the good fight, Tawal returned to his first love: writing. Tawal’s writing credits include Life After First Failure (CW Seed), which he developed along with his former writing partner and served as Co-Executive Producer on the series. In addition to his comedic chops, Tawal is also a diehard genre geek with a penchant for anything magical, mystical, mythological, and/or musical (he was also a total drama club lifer). And, while his days as an activist knocking on doors are more past than present, through his stories and writing, he hopes to continue making the world just a little bit brighter and a little less scary. https://www.imdb.com/name/nm9384937/||Chinese, Thai, Asian Mutt||French||French, Mandarin - Chinese, Thai||Manager: Brandy Rivers (Industry: (323) 954-9000), Find a Writer: https://directories.wga.org/member/3adcc262-5c75-4506-9969-96d3e5720559||Twitter: @tawal|
|Teresa Huang||Yes||Drama||Staff Writer||SEAL TEAM / CBS (Staff Writer - co-wrote two episodes)|
SUPERSTITION / SYFY (Freelance Script)
KNIGHT RIDER / NBC (Staff Writer w/ former writing partner)
|THE BIG KAHUNA - one-hour drama sold to CBS Network||Teresa Huang 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. Her parents are still scratching their heads. Teresa is a graduate of the CBS Writers Mentoring Program and was named a WGA TV Writer Access Project honoree. She was most recently a Staff Writer on SEAL TEAM on CBS.|
Teresa is a proud Board Member of Break the Cycle, a national non-profit that inspires and supports young people to build healthy relationships and create a culture without dating abuse. She 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.
(More from Teresa: My writing is most influenced by Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Twilight Zone, and Doctor Who. I've been to 10 Comic-Cons in a row and just thinking about that fact makes me tired. As an actor, I played doctors, nurses, & other medical professionals in over three dozen episodes of TV. I got eyelash extensions once and lived to tell the tale. My 5 favorite books - Jane Eyre, The Four Agreements, Snowy Day, The Dark is Rising, and This Perfect Day. I love cheese.)
|Taiwanese-American||n/a||n/a||Julie Bloom & Cindy Ambers, Art/Work Entertainment, (323) 456-0333||@teresapalooza|
|Thomas Reyes||Yes||Comedy||Staff Writer||American Woman on Paramount Network||I'm from Los Angeles but moved around a lot as kid (Koreatown, West Covina, Las Vegas from 2nd to 7th grade). I went to UCLA with immigrant parent/only child expectations of going to law school after graduation, but instead I worked in reality TV for 4 years. I wrote at night and applied to all the fellowships and eventually got accepted into the WB Workshop. After that, I got staffed on the John Riggi/John Wells half-hour AMERICAN WOMAN on Paramount Network. I like to write sitcoms that tackle social justice issues, like immigration and feminism, in a smart, grounded, funny way.||Filipino-American||Tagalog||Tagalog||https://directories.wga.org/member/6170e875-38b7-4de7-b7be-630f1b9010d9||@thomasjreyes|
|Thomas Wong||Yes||Drama||Story Editor, Executive Story Editor||BULL, MINORITY REPORT, BACKSTROM, THE DEEP END||QUEEN (original pilot)||Thomas’ parents were immigrants from China who built a small chain of restaurants in Denver, Colorado. Thomas practiced law in New York, focusing on criminal defense and labor and employment law. Before he moved to Los Angeles to become a TV writer, he sold luxury real estate in Manhattan. His parents still don’t quite understand what he does.||Chinese||Manager: Chris Mills, Authentic Talent & Literary, 310.838.3333|
|Tiffany Lo||Ethel Lung||Yes||Comedy||Staff Writer||Blood & Treasure (CBS), Single by 30 (YouTube Red / New Form Digital), See Dad Run (Nick at Nite), Crash & Bernstein (Disney XD),||Disney (Game Not Over) pilot||Tiffany and Ethel have been writing together for over ten years. Both are from Houston, but didn't meet til they were waiting tables at the same restaurant. They share a similar journey of being failed actresses turned better writers. Together, they were accepted into the Fox Writer's Initiative and also the Nickelodeon Writing Program, and have been staffed on a few shows. They are collectively mothers of 8 year old twins, a 3 year old and a 9 month old, and most days trying not to lose their sanity.||Chinese American||Mandarin||Ken Freimann / Circle of Confusion 3106917020||Twitter @LoLung1|
|Tiffany Shaw Ho||Yes||Drama, serialized, genre, sci-fi, thriller||Freelance episodic writer||JINN (Netflix, 2019)||Tiffany Shaw Ho 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 NBC’s Writers on the Verge, CAPE’s New Writers Fellowship, and was a finalist of the Slamdance Screenplay Competition. She is currently the showrunner’s assistant to Jason George on a forthcoming Netflix International series, and has worked on international series, including THE PROTECTOR, JINN, and OSMOSIS.||Chinese-Taiwanese-American||Mandarin||Scott Halle (Gramercy Park Entertainment): 424-204-8714 / email@example.com|
|Tom Huang||Yes||drama, dramedy, comedy||Staff Writer||"Find Me" Indie Feature Film, "Sons & Daughters," "Still Standing"||Tom Huang is an award-winning Writer/Director. His film, “Find Me,” which he wrote and directed, currently is finishing its film festival run, winning multiple awards including Best Screenplay, Best Feature Film and Audience Award to name of few. Reel Honest Reviews called the film “a funny, uniquely charming, and gorgeous film.”|
Tom, a Warner Brothers Workshop graduate, has also been a staff writer for network TV, including the critically lauded ABC sitcom “Sons & Daughters,” as well as “Still Standing” on CBS. He is also Film Independent Screenwriting Lab Fellow, where he developed his feature dramedy script “Dealing With Dad.”
|Tonya Kong||Yes||Drama/Dramedy, Female-Centric, Soap, YA, Genre/Comic Book, Animation, Legal||Co-Producer||The Wilds (Co-Producer),|
Arrow (Executive Story Editor),
Daredevil (Story Editor),
Hit The Floor,
|Tao (2019) - Sony Pictures Animation||Tonya is currently a Co-Producer on Amazon’s new YA series THE WILDS. She also has an animated feature in development for Sony Pictures Animation, the studio behind SPIDERMAN: INTO THE UNIVERSE. In 2018, Tonya was selected by the WGA and Creative Lab Hawaii to be a writing mentor for the State of Hawaii’s week-long Writers Immersive Program. In 2017, the WGA named her a TV Drama Honoree for its Writer’s Access Project. As an attorney licensed in California and Hawaii, Tonya has worked on a wide range of civil litigation cases in her former career. Most recently, she was a member of the legal team that helped the U.S. Government recover $20 billion in settlements for taxpayers in mortgage-backed securities fraud litigation resulting from the home loan crisis. In her free time, Tonya supports legal organizations that advance LGBTQ+ and women’s equality. She also collects tarot card decks, has season tickets to Washington Huskies football (which requires a lot of fall travel to Seattle), and is an avid BMW enthusiast who loves working on her own car.||Hapa!||Manager - Daniel Vang @ 3 Arts, https://directories.wga.org/member/9b00e786-d539-4db4-8aad-91e2173b32d7||Twitter @Tonya_Kong|
|Tracy Held Potter||Yes||musicals, period drama, family comedy/drama||playwright transitioning to feature/episodics||Election Day: The Musical, Putting My Faith in the Faithless (Electors), Merritt Squad, Fashion Foes||A mixed Chinese/Eastern European American divorced, single mom from the SF Bay Area, I’m known as “a powerhouse, no bullshit writer who gets the job done before the deadline.” My obsessive martial arts training helped me develop a high tolerance for nonsense, whether it’s coming from myself or others, making it easier to stay focused and productive under high-pressure situations. A nerd to the core, I’ve worked in science labs, I cross-reference articles before I post them to social media, and I spreadsheet with a vengeance. I’ve been engaged in environmental activism and politics since 3rd grade and also have a sweet tooth for pop culture and celebrity gossip. A nonprofit marketing and fundraising consultant, I love trying to understand why people make the choices they do so we can collectively make decisions that better society. Most of my writing accolades come from writing plays and screen musicals--think "Rachel Bloom on PBS." As my mission in life is to build community, I'm looking to write features and staff on episodics that challenge audience’s preconceived notions while providing hope for rising above them.||mixed Chinese/Eastern European||Zana Scott, The Wayne Agency, firstname.lastname@example.org||Insta/Facebook/Twitter @tracyheldpotter|
|Valerie Chu||Yes||Drama||Freelance Writer||QUEEN SUGAR (Freelance Writer), NASHVILLE (Freelance Writer)||VALERIE CHU was raised in Houston, Texas, as part of a primarily Caucasian, church-going community, where you’d find a perfectly good life if you could stand to be complacent. Born to Taiwanese immigrant parents and caught between her father’s midlife crisis and mother’s born-again experience, she was constantly in the middle of two worlds. Eventually, she forged her own path by moving to Los Angeles to attend USC’s School of Cinematic Arts and pursue television writing. Valerie has written and produced episodes of ABC’s Nashville and OWN’s Queen Sugar. She currently works for Peter Gould on Better Call Saul, and has assisted other prestige showrunners such as Michelle Ashford, Monica Macer, and Dee Johnson.||Taiwanese||Mandarin Chinese||https://directories.wga.org/member/728a83c2-341e-43b9-90c7-5b402130a424|
|Victoria Moy||Yes||comedy, dramedy||playwright transitioning to feature/episodics||Gambled Eggs; ABC's of Fox Hunting||From Chinatown, Manhattan, NYC. Writes ridiculous, poetic, allegorical, intellectual comedy. Opera singer. Playwright. Author of a book that was #1 on Amazon’s Hot New Releases in Asian Studies. Journalist. Wrote for Huffington Post, Foreign Policy’s Tea Leaf Nation, New York Press. B.A. in Theater from Dartmouth (sole POC in her class to graduate from the department.) M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from USC (one of three graduates in her class.) Founder of Owl’s March, an interactive experimental theater company. Eater of bitter melon.||Chinese American/ Asian American||Cantonese and Mandarin||Tony Powell, email@example.com||victoriamoy.net; owlsmarch.org; facebook.com/victoria.moy; instagram.com/owlsmarch|
|Vidhya Iyer||Yes||Comedy||I) Staff Writer||Mira : Royal Detective, Little Voice||Wedlocked developing with Imagine Entertainment||Vidhya was born and raised in Nigeria. The child of Indian parents, at the age of 12, she was sent to India where she lived alone in an apartment with no adult supervision. With no one to stop her from living her best life, Vidhya did the one thing she knew she could never do with her parents around - she watched a FUCK TON of TV - shows like Friends, Malcolm in the Middle and That 70s Show. Eventually, Vidhya went to college in India where she majored in Computer Engineering and managed a franchise of an Italian restaurant, both whilst continuing to watch every TV show from Scrubs to Sherlock. As any engineer-slash-failed-restauranteur does, she made the natural transition into screenwriting.||Indian||Hindi||Hindi, Tamilfirstname.lastname@example.org||@okvidhya (Twitter), @heyiyer (instagram)|