A Brave New Digital World
With the success of digital platforms like Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu, 2016 will see a record number of new digital services looking to fund/distribute content from and for diverse communities. This year has already seen or will see the launch of SVOD/AVOD/OTT platforms including NBC Seeso, CBS All Access, WatchABC, Comic Con, Warner Brothers TV, Verizon Go90, Fullscreen, YouTube Red, Seriously, Rated Red and others. In addition, filmmaker Justin Lin (FAST & FURIOUS franchise, upcoming STAR TREK BEYOND) and YOMYOMF will be launching Interpretations 2.0 with Comcast/NBCUniversal to discover the next wave of promising Asian Pacific American filmmakers. As traditional opportunities dry up for filmmakers, could digital become the new indie cinema? YOMYOMF talks to key players from the industry providing outlets for this new and sustainable content about the opportunities for Asian Pacific American content creators in the brave, new digital world.
Anderson Le has worked diligently in the global promotion of independent and world cinema (with an Asia-Pacific focus) as director of programming for the Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) for well over 15 years. In addition to his duties at HIFF, Le also serves as Artistic director for the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. Le is also a programming consultant for the Far East Film Festival in Udine, Italy, programming new documentary works from Asia. He is also a lecturer at the annual Fantastic Film School in Korea, focusing on the 21st Century cinematic content creator as entrepreneur, especially in emerging film industries and markets in Southeast Asia and the diaspora. Le is currently a programmer for Comcast’s Xfinity Asia and Xfinity on Demand platforms seeking new and library Asian and Asian American content for VOD distribution. He is also a team member of Justin Lin’s YOMYOMF.com and is currently managing the recently relaunched Interpretations Initiative and the recently established YOMYOMF Foundation with the hopes to provide programs and services for the career development and opportunities for emerging Asian American filmmakers.
Philip W. Chung is a writer/producer who has worked in film, TV, theater and digital. He is currently the Creative Director for YOMYOMF, director Justin Lin’s company which is launching INTERPRETATIONS 2.0 during CAAMFest, and was the Artistic Director/Co-Founder of the critically-acclaimed Asian American theater company, Lodestone Theatre Ensemble. Recent credits include writing Google ATAP’s 360VR short HELP (directed by Justin Lin) and co-writing/producing the Chinese feature HOLLYWOOD ADVENTURES, which opened at #1 last summer in China. He is currently overseeing upcoming projects for ABC, Warner Bros, Comic Con, IMDb/Amazon, Disney Channel and others.
Karen Horne is Senior Vice President, Programming Talent Development and Inclusion for NBC Entertainment and Universal Television Studios. Horne is responsible for overseeing in-front-of and behind-the-camera primetime diversity efforts for NBC and Universal Television. NBC’s Writers on the Verge Program, the Emerging Directors Program, StandUp NBC, a nationwide talent search, NBC’s Late Night Writers Workshop and the NBCUniversal Short Film Festival are among the many programs she heads while also overseeing NBC’s Diversity Staffing Initiative and working with the creative programming team to identify diverse development. She designed, implemented and oversaw Nickelodeon’s Writer Fellowship Program. Horne also was a Director, Writer Development & Special Projects (as well as Studio Liaison) for the Walt Disney Studios Fellowship Program at Walt Disney Network Television. Previously, she served as Director, West Coast, for the Black Filmmaker Foundation in Los Angeles. Horne also worked at HBO in Los Angeles as a Co-producer for the Emmy Award-winning animated series “Spawn.
Gary King is a film, tv and digital content producer born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He was an Executive Producer on the 2014 theatrically released feature film IN THE BLOOD, starring Gina Carano, and is currently an executive with the Disney/ABC Cable Networks Group. King started his career as an intern at New Line Cinema and worked on such films as the reboots of FRIDAY THE 13TH and A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, as well as THE FINAL DESTINATION and FINAL DESTINATION 5 as an assistant in the development department. He left New Line to join former NBA All-Star Baron Davis at his fledgling film company, Verso Entertainment as a Creative Executive. While at Verso he produced the viral short BATTLE OF BOOM GARDENS for the YouTube original content partner The NOC (now known as Vice Sports). Since Verso, King has worked with FAST & FURIOUS director Justin Lin’s Youtube original content channel, The YOMYOMF Network. While at YOMYOMF he developed both stand alone and serialized content such as JON DAVIS GETS A SEX ROBOT and LAW & JUSTICE: CONDOM INSPECTORS, in addition to stepping in front of the camera for the two-part special GARY VS THE KITCHEN SINK. In late 2014, he produced the feature film HOUSE BY THE LAKE. Current projects on King’s slate at Disney include season 2 of DISNEY XD-ESPN SPORT SCIENCE, and MICRO MOVIES.