Had we not been attacked by malware and lost our site for 2 weeks, we would have relayed this news sooner.

Back story: In 2012 we did our first Wondercon panel. It was on “Pitching Diversity.” We drew a moderate but involved crowd. And we had an amazing panelists. Look where they are now!

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Randall Park was co-starring in Nickelodeon’s Supah Ninjas. He also just began appearing on Veep, if I recall. Those appearances expanded, and he’s been a recurring character ever since. In fact, one of Selina’s adversaries. He also recurred on The Mindy Project. 2014 Randall exploded—three films with huge stars: Neighbors, Sex Tapes, and They Came Together. And of course, Randall ended the year with The Interview. During all this, Randall was prepping for the mid-season premiere of Fresh off the Boat in which he stars. That series kicks off next Wednesday, February 4.

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Brandon Easton has been a regular at Cons. He’s hosted back-to-back panels at WonderCon and Comic-Con about writing in TV/Film and Comics and Animation. Last year he was nominated for an Eisner Award for his work on Lion Forge’s Sherlock Holmes. Next week, Easton begins a year as a Disney ABC Writing Fellow. The well-known program of the Disney ABC Talent Development department, Easton met former manager of the department, Frank Gonzalez on our 2012 panel. From then on, Janine Jones-Clark and Emerlynn Lampitoc reconnected with Easton at those Cons, and now Easton is part of an exclusive group of people. The program helps participants get staffed on shows. For several years now, all of the participants have been staffed. So we’re pretty certain to hear that Brandon is in a writers room very soon. Brandon also has a documentary out, Brave New Souls that addresses the issues of race and representation in the comic book industry and Hollywood.

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Teresa Huang has been on a tear. She’s been recurring on Grey’s Anatomy as Nurse Ruth and Criminal Minds as Dr. Weiss for several years now. You’ve also seen her on Extant, Rizzoli & Isles, and Married. There are more upcoming roles for her. A writer as well, Teresa is participating in the CBS Diversity Institute’s Writers Mentoring Program this year. I just got word of another piece of news that’s huge. Can’t say any more than that, but it’s pretty huge. Read her blog Teresapalooza for details.

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As we mentioned, our friend Frank Gonzalez has moved on from Disney ABC. He’s now Director of Diversity at the Director’s Guild of America.

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And just a shout out to Wide Lantern’s founders, Curtis Chin and Adam Wolman. They are in post for their documentary, Tested. You can find out more info here. Note that there seems to be a similar titled documentary on YouTube that’s not affiliated. Here’s the tumblr page link.

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We don’t mind saying, we’re impressed with ourselves but more so with our Wonderful WonderCon panelists.

 

 

–Ken Choy

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