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.
The 2020 YEP Class
Weiyi Ang, Picture Shop
Alex Aronson, Huffman Creative
Brennan Barsell, Freelance Colorist
Garrett Braun, Moonshine Post Production
Kristen Caron, ABC Studios
Stacy Chaet, Sim
Alice Childers, Space Games Federation
Peter Chrapka, Monster Hunter
Raeann Cooper, ABC Studios/Shondaland
Jacob Fisher, Fancy Film Post Production
Patrick Gavin, PRN
Anya Glover, Lighting Technologies International
Eddie Hickey, WGBH Boston
Emily Lerer, “Twenties”
Ryan McShane, Avid
Colleen Murphy, ABC Studios/Shondaland
Christian Navas, BluFocus, Inc.
Gerardo Parker, Pixelogic Media
Tabitha Pearce, Diamond View
Phillip Thomas, Herzog & Company
Veronica Toledo, Pixar Animation Studios
Elizabeth Tzagournis, Robert Kenner Films (The Lucas Project)
Hsuan-Wen Yeh, Netflix
Diana Yip, Freelance Video Editor
Ge Zhai, XS Media (Summer Knight)
Jason Zukor, The Walt Disney Studios
The 2020 YEP Mentors
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.