East West Players, Visual Communications and the Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (CAPE) will host an evening with NBC Universal (NBCU) executives Karen Horne, Grace Wu and Kendra Carter, who will discuss the opportunities available within the NBCU Talent Diversity programs.

Executives will discuss NBC Universal’s talent development programs including Writers on the Verge, NBC Scene Showcase, NBC’s Directors Fellowship Program, and the Casting Apprentice Program to name a few. NBC Universal continues to offer specific programs to create pipelines to the network for people of color and other diverse communities. The evening will also include a Q & A.

Date: Monday, September 24, 2012
Time: 8:00-9:30pm
Venue: David Henry Hwang Theatre at the Union Center for the Arts
120 Judge John Aiso Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

The event is free, but RSVP’s are strongly recommended. Please contact: Marilyn Tokuda: mtokuda@eastwestplayers.org

Parking: $3.00 parking (after 5pm) at the AISO STREET PARKING GARAGE directly across the street from the theatre.

Panelist bios:
Karen Horne is Vice President, Entertainment Diversity Initiatives, NBC Entertainment and Universal Television. Horne is responsible for overseeing primetime diversity programs for NBC and Universal Television. She heads NBC’s Writers on the Verge Program and the Director Fellowship Program while overseeing NBC’s Diversity Staffing Initiative and NBC’s Content creator program with the Canadian Film Centre, and working with the creative programming team to identify diverse development.

Grace Wu has served as Executive Vice President, Casting, NBC Entertainment since 2009. Wu is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day casting on current scripted series as well as pilot productions for the broadcast network. Wu supervised the casting of such network series as “Friends,” “3rd Rock from the Sun,” “Just Shoot Me,” “NewsRadio,” “Ed” and “Freaks & Geeks.”

Kendra Carter is Director of NBC Universal Talent Diversity Initiatives. Carter develops, produces and supervises talent diversity initiatives for NBC. Most notable, NBC’s Stand-Up for Diversity nationwide talent search, NBC Universal Short Cuts Film Festival, various talent scholarships and talent showcases. Carter is also responsible for tracking the network’s placement of diverse talent in front of the camera.

East West Players (EWP) is the nation’s largest producing organization of Asian American artistic work AND the longest-running professional theatre of color in the country.

“An introduction to NBC Universal Talent Diversity Programs” is a program of EWP’s Alliance of Creative Talent Services (ACTS), a career development program that brings visibility of Asian American artist to casting directors, producers and other executives. For more information on ACTS please visit http://www.eastwestplayers.org

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