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Program Overview

The Young Entertainment Professionals (YEP) program nurtures the development of talented individuals at the start of their media and entertainment journey 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, YEPs gain lifetime access to a community of peers and other professionals to help set the course of their careers in this industry.

YEP Applications for 2024 OPEN NOW! Deadline: October 23, 2023

The 2023 YEP Class

Allison Eilhardt, ROE Visual

Allyson Geiger, Marvel Studios

Cassandra Rodriguez, Pixar

Colin Hughes, Light Iron

Ekaterina Buchneva, Sensor Tower

Erick Silvera, Freelance

Erik Mahoney, Paramount Pictures Corp.

Haley Min Young Kreofsky, Freelance

Jamie Foley, 495 Productions

Jazmin Freire, Black Cake

Jennifer Losch, Work Editorial

Jimmy Zhu, Scanline VFX

Kara Prichard, A+E Networks

Lauren Balladares, Freelance

Luke Birch, Netflix

Maddie Hong, Netflix

Rachel Jobin, 6P color, Inc.

Sarah Xu, Fox Entertainment

Simon Yahn, Technicolor Creative Studios

Victor Amigo, Eluvio

Vivian Ip, Freelance

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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