AMERICAN KOKO

July 28, 2017, 11:00 A.M.

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

The USC Division of Student Affairs, USC School of Cinematic Arts, and JuVee Productions,
Invite USC Staff, Students, and Faculty, to a Campus Screening and Q&A with the Creators & Cast of

 

American Koko

A New Web Series from ABCd and JuVee Productions


Selected episodes of the series will screen for a total running time of 30 minutes.

Followed by a Q&A with Series Creator/Writer/Actor Diarra Kilpatrick,
Executive Producers Julius Tennon, Andrew Wang, and Miles Feldsott,
and Cast Members Tim Chiou, Elaine Kao, McGhee Monteith, Jeryl Prescott, and Cedric M. Sanders.

Moderated by Dr. Shaun Harper, Executive Director of the USC Race & Equity Center

11:00 A.M. on Friday, July 28th, 2017

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

FREE ADMISSION. OPEN EXCLUSIVELY TO USC STAFF, STUDENTS, AND FACULTY.
RSVPs REQUIRED. NO GUESTS ALLOWED.

 

RSVP: http://bit.ly/americankokorsvp
 

About American Koko


Akosua Millard, codenamed "Koko", investigates and solves sticky racial situations in a post post-racial America as a member of the E.A.R. Agency (Everybody's A little bit Racist). As she and her team of specialists tackle cases, she herself is trying to reconcile the trauma of her past that has led to outbursts of her Angry Black Woman syndrome. It gets in the way of her work...and more importantly, her dating life as her latest boyfriend may be the downfall to her and the agency!

Visit the Official Website: http://abc.go.com/shows/american-koko

About the Guests


DIARRA KILPATRICK (Creator, Writer, Actor - "Akosua Millard")

Diarra Kilpatrick is an actress and writer. A native Detroiter, she studied drama at NYU’s Tisch School of the arts. Diarra is the creator and star of the Viola Davis produced digital series, American KoKo, now streaming on ABC.com and the original Amazon pilot, The Climb, which will be out later this year. Other acting TV/Film credits include: Mike and Molly, Southland, Private Practice, Major Crimes and Lila and Eve opposite Viola Davis and Jennifer Lopez. Diarra also stars in the feature film, Salton Sea, written and directed by Veena Sud, creator of AMC's The Killing. Diarra has also garnered multiple awards for her work on stage including the LA Weekly and NAACP Theater awards for Best Leading Actress in a play. She's also received to two Ovation Award nods. Additional writing credits include NBC’s Mysteries of Laura and TBS's The Last O.G., starring Tracy Morgan and Executive Produced by Jordan Peele.

JULIUS TENNON (Executive Producer, Co-President of JuVee Productions)

Julius Tennon is Co-President of JuVee Productions which he founded with his wife Viola Davis. Julius is an accomplished film, television, and theatre veteran actor and producer with over thirty years of experience. A native of Austin, Texas, he began as both a thespian and a star linebacker. Julius was offered a full football scholarship to the University of Tulsa, where he became the very first African-American to graduate from the theatre department. Julius and Viola have shared both the stage and screen, appearing in such notable projects as Intimate Apparel at the Mark Taper Forum, CBS' Laws of Chance, The Architect, and the JuVee produced films Custody and Lila & Eve.

ANDREW WANG (Executive Producer)

Joining the JuVee team in 2016, Andrew Wang was previously Vice President of Scripted Television and Production for the cable network Bravo, where he was responsible for establishing the cabler as a home for scripted programming. While at Bravo, he developed Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce, the comedy Odd Mom Out, and the upcoming dark comedy My So-Called Wife. Prior to joining Bravo, Wang previously held the role of Vice President of TV Development & Production for Alloy Entertainment where he was involved in developing and managing popular television series such as Gossip Girl, The Vampire Diaries, Pretty Little Liars and 666 Park Avenue. He was instrumental in bringing several successful hour long drama and half-hour comedy series to networks including NBC, ABC, The CW, ABC Family and Nickelodeon. Wang started his career at Storyline Entertainment where during his three years there, he oversaw scripted and non-fiction series under ABC Studios, as well as developed longform projects under Sony Television Pictures including ABC’s A Raisin In The Sun and A&E’s Wedding Wars. Wang graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.S. in Radio, Television and Film.

MILES FELDSOTT (Executive Producer, Actor - "Milo Gold")

Miles Feldsott is a screenwriter, producer and director who has sold a number of television shows and films. Currently, he's developing the pilot, Deadly Class, based on the graphic novel by Rick Remender, alongside the Russo brothers, for the SyFy network. And co-producing his film, Beats, at Netflix. He’s written pilots for CBS Studios, Sony and UCP. Miles is also an executive producer and actor in the Viola Davis produced digital series, American KoKo, currently on ABC.COM. Miles is a graduate of NYU. He is represented by CAA and Principato Young Entertainment. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, writer/actress Diarra Kilpatrick.

TIM CHIOU (Actor - "Kwan")

Tim Chiou may be best known as the smug, venture-capitalist bro, Ed Chen from HBO's Silicon Valley, or the white-girl-loving gang leader, AJ on iZombie. Tim developed a love for acting at UCLA, where he met and joined a theater company co-founded by Randall Park (ABC's Fresh Off the Boat). Since then he's gone on to work on numerous television shows including Code Black, Major Crimes, NCIS, Chicago P.D. and 2 Broke Girls, and films such as the Harrison Ford immigration drama Crossing Over, Love is All You Need?, and the cult horror/comedy Crush The Skull, which won LA Film Festival's Nightfall award in 2015. You can see Tim in the upcoming feature Fat Camp (BET), and the forthcoming series Everyone I Love Is Dead (Vice's BlackPills).

ELAINE KAO (Actor - "Lucky Ling")

Elaine Kao is a native Los Angeleno where she earned a bachelor's degree in Economics from UC Irvine and a MFA from CalArts. Film credits include Bridesmaids, Red Doors (Winner of the Tribeca Film Festival narrative feature), Made in Chinatown (winner of the NBC Short Cuts Film Festival). She has guest starred in numerous TV shows including Fresh Off the Boat, Hawaii 5-0, NCIS: LA, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Disjointed. In theatre, she has performed at the Cleveland Playhouse, East West Players, South Coast Repertory, Sacred Fools, and Company of Angels. She can currently be seen performing sketch comedy at UCB with The Golden Hour.

JERYL PRESCOTT (Actor - "Syreena")

Jeryl Prescott is best known for her roles as Jacqui in AMC’s The Walking Dead, Cherry in Showtime’s Emmy-nominated Ray Donovan, Janice in Nate Parker’s Sundance smash, the historical feature, Birth of a Nation, Golden in Powers, and as Mama Cecile in Universal Studio’s features The Skeleton Key and Get a Job. She is also a writer and producer, and you can see her as the lead character in the feature film Stand Down Soldier streaming at http:/www.UrbanMovieChannel.com. She has appeared in popular dramas and comedies including guest starring roles in NCIS: Los Angeles, BET’s new hit Rebel, and in Battle Creek, Gang Related, Modern Family, Revolution, Parks and Recreation, Castle, Hawthorne, Southland, and Criminal Minds. Look for her in a strong supporting role alongside Tommy Ford in Conflict of Interest and with Tony Todd (CandyMan) in the psychological thriller, West of Hell.

CEDRIC M. SANDERS (Actor - "Baldwin Bledsoe")

Riveting, Remarkable, Refined, Refreshingly captivating are all words we can use to describe Cedric M. Sanders. Born in Anchorage, Alaska, raised along with two brothers and one sister, Sanders says ? I was going to be a singer; I was going to be like Usher or somebody.” until his high school drama teacher heard him sing the national anthem at a school pep rally and offered him the lead role in the school musical. With his new found love, Sanders had the confidence and talent it took to earn a full scholarship to The University of Alaska Fairbanks Summer Fine Arts Camp which helped him decide to pursue acting as a career and a star was born. Equipped with dashing good looks and armed with an intelligence befitting of his stellar upbringing, Cedric graduated from Howard University with a BFA. The talented young Sanders got his first break in the Sundance Film Festival hit The Ten starring Jessica Alba and Paul Rudd. His next roles came quickly afterwards when he landed a supporting role in American Gangster opposite Academy Award Winner Denzel Washington. At this time Sanders decided to move to Hollywood for better opportunities in film and television. A flurry of films rapidly ensued; including a lead role in the inspired by a true story portrayal of Richard Kelly in The Least Among You which also stared Oscar winner Louis Gossett Jr. Sanders received the Best Actor Award at the San Diego Film Festival for that performance. A supporting role in David Fincher’s critically acclaimed Oscar nominated film The Social Network led to the Indie car racer drama Rocksteady and All Things Fall Apart the compelling drama starring Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson. On the small screen Cedric has lent his talent to multiple hit television shows like Law&Order, Law&Order: SVU with Emmy nominated actor Andre Braugher, Life Support with Queen Latifah and many more. No stranger to the stage, Sanders also won the NAACP Best Actor Award for his performance in the Play production A Matter Of Honor. This year Cedric continued his penchant for the stage in the Broadway historical musical The Scottsboro Boys at the prestigious Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles. Early last season Cedric co stared as "Latrell" in his first series regular role in she short Lived ABC Dramedy Mind Games opposite Christian Slater and Steve Zahn. This fall Cedric will have a recurring role on the Seth Rogan, Evan Goldberg produced comedy series for HULU Future man!

Check-In & Reservations


This event is free of charge and open exclusively to USC Staff, Students, and Faculty. Please bring a valid USC ID or print out of your reservation confirmation, which will automatically be sent to your e-mail account upon successfully making an RSVP through this website. Doors will open at 10:30 A.M.

Parking


The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $12.00 at USC Entrance Gate #5, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & McClintock Ave. We recommend Parking Structure D, at the far end of 34th Street. Metered street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.

Contact Information

Email: student-affairs-professional-development@usc.edu