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HPA Announces Young Entertainment Professionals Class of 2021

Fifth Year of Program Connecting Early Career Talent with Industry Leaders

The Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) has announced the 2021 class of HPA Young Entertainment Professionals (YEP). YEP was developed five years ago to provide talented early-career professionals working in the media content industry with connection, mentoring and opportunities for engagement Initiated in 2017, the YEP program has provided support, education, and encouragement to over one hundred young professionals, many of whom are now in industry leadership positions.

The YEP program provides a unique framework for young professionals to network and learn from peers and mentors. YEP mentors, who volunteer their time and expertise, are industry leaders who bring extensive knowledge to their mentees. Over the course of the year, YEP class members participate in a variety of events including the HPA Tech Retreat, HPA Awards, exclusive mentoring events and a number of YEP–driven events. This year’s class will kick off with an exclusive YEP event in January.

2021 YEP Class

Bibi Arbab, The Walt Disney Company
Veronica Badell, Academy Gold
Fernanda Bueno, NBCUniversal
Cathy Bui, Room306 Media LLC
Yasmine Cheikh-Eljeilat, The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures
Huan Cheng, Center for Asian American Media
Christina Coleman, Netflix
Sara Duque, Cala Producciones S.A.S.
Tahirah Foy, HBO
Melissa Gutierrez, Narrative Ads
Liv Gwynn, National Geographic Channel
Desmond Jackson, PMF Media
Nikki Jee, Paramount Pictures
Simon Lecointe, Dalet
Barbara Losseau, GBH
Catheryn Mallari, Premier Digital
Natalie Mangione, Walt Disney Studios
Twi McCallum
Whitney McElveen, Netflix
Bowen Moreno, Xperi
Benjamin Noble, 3 Ball Entertainment
Nicoletta Nomicou
Evan Okada, Sim International
Maria Quiroga, Mariangela Quiroga Photography
Leah Robinson, Big Brother
Karla Rodriguez, Sony Pictures Entertainment
Drew Roublick
Megan Schneider, Marvel Studios
Nicole Thrakulchavee, Company 3
Stephanie To, Tremendous Entertainment
Mackenzie Webster, Nordstrom
Adam Wohlers, Disney Creative Services
Ting Yu, IATSE Local 700/ACE

The YEP program was developed by HPA Women in Post and is overseen by the YEP steering committee, led by co-chairs Kari Grubin and Loren Nielsen. Grubin remarked, “Each year we are thoroughly impressed by the accomplishments of YEP program applicants. It’s thrilling to bring such a bright and talented group of individuals together for the program’s fifth year and connect them with the resources and people that will help them set and achieve bold goals for both their careers and our industry.”

HPA President Seth Hallen noted, “One of the most important and long-lasting impacts that HPA delivers is through our support and encouragement of the up and coming leaders of our industry. Every year I am completely blown away by the caliber of applicants. The YEP program is great source of pride to all of us at HPA and because of these outstanding young professionals, we see a brilliant outlook ahead for our industry.”

For further information, visit hpaonline.com.

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