Special Events

AAPI Media Creatives Fellowship Talkback

Special Events
05 Feb, 2024

AAPI Media Creatives Fellowship Talkback

The AAPI (Asian American and Pacific Islander) community has played a significant role in U.S. history and contributed to culture around the world, but until very recently, mainstream storytelling from Hollywood has not reflected these contributions or included narratives of the diaspora. We want to change this and create a pipeline of creatives from Cal to Hollywood through our recently launched AAPI Media Creatives Fellowship.

Join AAPI industry leaders Lacy Lew Nguyen Wright (Manager of Social Innovation, Endeavor), Jason Lin (Producer, Story Arch Pictures), and Laura Reddy (Manager, Range Media Partners) for a conversation on what it means to make your way in Hollywood as an AAPI creative.

We’ll be discussing how to secure a summer internship in the media industry, how you can make the most of your internship, and how to leverage the experience to build a career in entertainment. We'll also hear from Minh Anh Van, the inaugural recipient of the fellowship, and include a Q&A portion with our presenters.

Note: this online event is for UC Berkeley students only. Register for Zoom link here!

This is a live event and will not be recorded. Please attend to participate in the conversation.

Media Industry Mentors 2024

Lacy Lew Nguyen Wright

Lacy Lew Nguyen Wright is a Manager of Social Innovation at Endeavor. Previously, Lacy was the Executive Director of Emmy Award-winning Lena Waithe's Hillman Grad Foundation, working to expand opportunities for creatives from marginalized communities. Prior to that, she was the Associate Director of BLD PWR, actor and activist Kendrick Sampson’s nonprofit initiative to mobilize the entertainment industry in support of grassroots organizations.

Trained in politics, she’s an alum of the Randall Woodfin for Birmingham Mayor, Jon Ossoff for Senate, Joe Biden for President, and Kamala Harris for the People campaigns. Wright is currently a member of the Asian American Women's Political Initiative Advisory Board, InsideOUT Writers Board, Covenant House California’s Special Advisory Committee, and board chair of non-profit newsroom The Objective. In 2022, she was named Variety Magazine’s New Leaders of Hollywood.

Jason Lin

Jason Lin is a film producer and creative entrepreneur with representative films and producer credits including: A Dog’s Journey, Green Book, A Dog's Purpose, Peppa Celebrates Chinese New Year, The Forbidden Kingdom, Ocean Heaven, and Jet Li’s Fearless. He has worked at companies including Alibaba Pictures, Jet Li Production Studio, The Walt Disney Company, UTA, and Morgan Stanley. He created a premium apparel line called Adidas Wuji with Jet Li and Adidas that launched in China in 2009 infusing Adidas apparel with martial arts culture. Adidas Wuji is currently available in countries across Asia.

Jason started Story Arch Pictures in 2019 to develop and produce mainstream, cross-cultural, and socially-relevant film and TV series aimed at a global audience inclusive of perspectives from the Asian diaspora.

Laura Reddy

Laura Reddy is manager and producer. Some of her clients include Amandla Stenberg, Kiersey Clemons, Greta Lee, Alexander Abdallah, Owen Thiele, Agnez Mo, Fariha Roisin, and Carolyn Huynh.

Prior to her career in Hollywood, Reddy produced for ABC News Nightline and ABC’s documentary unit, Lincoln Square Productions. Some of her producing projects include Back To The Beginning With Christiane Amanpour, Cosby: The Women Speak for A&E, and Let It Fall directed by John Ridley. Prior to joining Range, Reddy was at UTA for four years, in Asian Business Development and in the Talent Department.

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