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.

The 2024 YEP Class

Benjamin White, Light Iron

Christopher Tjajadi, Netflix


James Flores, Backblaze

Kennedy Daniel, Disney Entertainment

Luis Lagera, Star Trek Discovery

Scout Pruski, Picture Shop

Brian Tran, Day For Nite

Fernanda Schaefer, NBCUniversal

Jenna Field, ArsenalFX Color

Kiera Williams, Freelance

Molly Hill, Walt Disney Studios


Carin Mazaira, Leica Geosystems

Hao Chen, Sphere Entertainment Co.

Jimmy Qiu, Picture Shop

Lauren Schwartzbard, Sphere Entertainment, Co.


Starry Ye, 26 Seconds

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.

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