Creator & Writer: Jenny Lee
Producer: James Shin (Scooter Braun Projects)
Synopsis: Described as Gossip Girl and 13 Reasons Why meets Crazy Rich Asians, Anna K is set between Manhattan and Greenwich, CT. It follows a Korean-American “it” girl caught between her picture-perfect, family-approved boyfriend and the guy who might just be her one true love, along with her high-flying cast of friends and family.
Why Open: Both its creator and producer are fervent enablers of more Asian stories that can successfully penetrate the mainstream.
Director: Joanne Mony Park
Cast: Jonny Kim, Cris Gris Borah Ahn, Christopher Kim
Synopsis: Hana (Joony Kim) is a college student who goes home to New York City to assist her ailing epileptic mother (Borah Ahn) and help her brother (Christopher Kim) with running the family’s Korean restaurant. Hana secretly models part-time to earn some extra cash. On one of her shoot days, Hana meets the charismatic Nico (Cris Gris), a Latina music producer. Nico takes an intense interest in Hana. Flattered by the attention, Hana spends more time with Nico and gradually falls for her. A coming-of-age film about discovering sexuality and self-awareness whilst also exploring what it means to be a faithful Korean immigrant daughter to a very conservative family.
Director: Lena Khan
Executive: Agnes Chu
Synopsis: Flora and Ulysses centers on a cynical girl who spends her time reading comic books and a squirrel who is run over by the neighbor’s vacuum cleaner. The squirrel’s brush with death causes him to develop superpowers.
Director: Frédéric Tcheng
Synopsis: Prodigiously talented, Halston reigned over fashion in the 1970s and became a household name. But everything changed in the Wall Street era. With his empire under threat, Halston took the biggest gamble of his life.
Cast: Steven Yeun, Sandra Oh
Executive: Albert Cheng
Synopsis: An animated superhero series based around 17-year-old Mark Grayson (Yeun) who’s just like every other guy his age–except his father is the most powerful superhero on the planet. But as Mark develops powers of his own, he discovers his father’s legacy may not be as heroic as it seems.
Director: Hepi Mita
Synopsis: Documentary portrait of pioneering filmmaker and mother Merata Mita, detailing how her filmmaking intersected with the lives of her children and indigenous filmmakers globally, and featuring rare archival footage dating back to 1977.
Showrunners/Writers: Bo Yeon Kim, Erika Lippoldt, Gabriel Ho
Cast: Michelle Yeoh
Why Open: More to come, but the iconic hero of so many, Michelle Yeoh, who has “shattered ceilings, broken boundaries, and astonished us with her grace and gravitas for decades” gets her well-deserved Star Trek series. CAPE New Writers Fellowship alums Bo Yeon Kim and Erika Lippoldt are Showrunning and are writing the pilot and other episodes.