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C3: A Discussion w/ Asian Female Writers

Fearless Asian female writers talk breaking in, building authenticity into television narratives, writing comedy, and surviving and thriving in Hollywood.

presented by Writers Guild of America West

C3 programs on Saturday, May 4th are not individually sold. The admission fee for the All-Day Pass will include all the panels on May 4th.


Teresa Huang (Moderator)
Teresa Huang was raised to be a doctor but born to be an artist. A genuine MIT graduate, she gave up problem sets and thermodynamics to become a writer, actor, and producer. Her parents
are still scratching their heads. Teresa’s writing is most influenced by THE TWILIGHT ZONE, STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION, and Cold War era dystopian fiction, and often feature grounded characters in heightened situations. She is a graduate of the CBS Writers Mentoring Program and was named a WGA TV Writer Access Project honoree. She was most recently a Staff Writer on SEAL TEAM on CBS.

Colleen McGuinness
Colleen McGuinness is an Emmy, WGA and PGA award-nominated writer who has written for numerous TV shows including NBC’s 30 ROCK, Netflix’s FRIENDS FROM COLLEGE, and Amazon’s FOREVER. The episode of FOREVER that she co-wrote, “Andre and Sarah,” was named “one of the top ten episodes of television of 2018” by Entertainment Weekly and Rolling Stone. McGuinness has developed projects with HBO, FX, and New Line Cinema, as well as with producers Tina Fey, Matt Damon, and Ben Affleck.

Jessica Gao
Jessica Gao is a comedy writer for TV and film. She was born in Beijing, China, and raised in the San Gabriel Valley, a suburb of Los Angeles. She has written for RICK & MORTY, SILICON VALLEY, and CORPORATE. She also co-hosts “Whiting Wongs,” a podcast about race and writing, with Dan Harmon. She is currently making a pilot for ABC.

Oanh Ly
Oanh Ly (pronounced “Juan Lee”) was born in Saigon, Vietnam.  She immigrated to America as a boat refugee and grew up in Houston, Texas.  She attended the University of Texas at Austin where she studied playwriting and was a recipient of a James Michener Playwriting Fellowship.  Her broadcast network credits include CRIMINAL MINDS, REVOLUTION, THE MESSENGERS, BLACK BOX, and THE CATCH. Currently, she is a Co-Executive Producer/Writer for the horror show THE CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA on Netflix.

Yulin Kuang
Yulin Kuang is an LA-based screenwriter and director. She is currently writing the comedy feature JADE PALACE for New Line Cinema and was most recently the creator and showrunner of I SHIP IT, an original musical romcom series on CW Network this summer. She was nominated for a 2019 WGA Award for her work on LOVE DAILY, a romance anthology series for AwesomenessTV (now streaming on Hulu).

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Dates & Times


Aratani Central Hall @ JANM

Sat, May 4
4:45 pm