Hollywood Professional Association

HPA Announces Young Entertainment Professionals Class of 2021

The Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) has announced the 2021 class of HPA Young Entertainment Professionals (YEP). YEP was developed five years ago to provide talented early-career professionals working in the media content industry with connection, mentoring and opportunities for engagement Initiated in 2017, the YEP program has provided support, education, and encouragement to over one hundred young professionals, many of whom are now in industry leadership positions.

The YEP program provides a unique framework for young professionals to network and learn from peers and mentors. YEP mentors, who volunteer their time and expertise, are industry leaders who bring extensive knowledge to their mentees. Over the course of the year, YEP class members participate in a variety of events including the HPA Tech Retreat, HPA Awards, exclusive mentoring events and a number of YEP–driven events. This year’s class will kick off with an exclusive YEP event in January.

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, GBH

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

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

The YEP program was developed by HPA Women in Post and is overseen by the YEP steering committee, led by co-chairs Kari Grubin and Loren Nielsen. Grubin remarked, “Each year we are thoroughly impressed by the accomplishments of YEP program applicants. It’s thrilling to bring such a bright and talented group of individuals together for the program’s fifth year and connect them with the resources and people that will help them set and achieve bold goals for both their careers and our industry.”

HPA President Seth Hallen noted, “One of the most important and long-lasting impacts that HPA delivers is through our support and encouragement of the up and coming leaders of our industry. Every year I am completely blown away by the caliber of applicants. The YEP program is great source of pride to all of us at HPA and because of these outstanding young professionals, we see a brilliant outlook ahead for our industry.”

For further information, visit hpaonline.com.

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