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Program Overview

The Young Entertainment Professionals (YEP) program nurtures the development of talent between the ages of 21–32 years old with mentoring and education, introductions to industry leaders, invitations to events, and access to resources that will further their careers. Through active participation in HPA and SMPTE, YEPs gain lifetime access to a community of peers and other professionals to help set the course of their careers in this industry.


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The 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, Zealot Inc

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, New York City Ballet

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

YEP participants are chosen in an annual selection process.

YEPs have frequent opportunities to take center stage. YEPs have been seated on panels at the HPA Tech Retreat and at the SMPTE Annual Technical Conference, produced a webinar series, and contributed columns to the HPA NewsLine e-newsletter.

Incubated in 2016 by the Women in Post committee, YEP advances the organization’s goal of cultivating and encouraging the next generation of worthy entertainment professionals to follow a career in the media content industry.

YEP 2019 Class

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