Board of Directors
Sinakhone Keodara, Founder, CEO and Chairman of the Board
Sinakhone Keodara founded AET in 2016 to improve Asian American representation in the media and to normalize Asian presence in Hollywood. He studied Film Production at Santa Monica College's Film Program from 2011-2013 under the tutelage of Professor Salvador Carrasco, Director of The Other Conquest. Sinakhone is an accomplished screenwriter, versatile actor and gifted filmmaker.
Sinakhone was born in Laos and immigrated to the United States in 1986 as a refugee seeking political asylum. He speaks and read Lao & Thai fluently.
In 2012, Sinakhone completed his first feature screenplay Lady/boy and started filming his feature documentary Roses & Red Ants. In 2013, he was invited to show the work-in-progress cut of his documentary Roses & Red Ants at the 4th International Lao Studies Conference sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Center for Lao Studies, where he helped organized the first-ever Lao Filmmaker’s Panel. From December of 2014 to January of 2015, Sinakhone helped raised $77,000 through an Indiegogo Campaign for the award-winning feature film I Love You Both (2016). His screenplay Where Our Worlds Meet was a finalist in the Austin Film Festival's 2015 Teleplay and Screenplay competition, beating out nearly nine thousand other submissions in the short film category.
Sinakhone’s vision for AET is to build a self-sustaining media empire encompassing 5 divisions: 1) an OTT streaming platform featuring primarily Asian creators and contributors; 2) A film and television production studio; 3) a management company representing Asian American talents; 4) a record label representing Asian American musicians; and 5) a gaming platform prioritizing ease of access to gamers in public and competitive play.
Fenton Bailey, Boardmember
Award-winning film director/producer Fenton Bailey founded World of Wonder Productions with partner Randy Barbato after meeting at NYU. Graduate Film School in 1990. Since then, they have created numerous documentary features and series that have captivated audiences on both domestic and international platforms.
World of Wonder is behind such entertaining and award-winning hit series as RuPaul's Drag Race (Logo), Million Dollar Listings (Bravo), Andy Cohen: Then and Now (Bravo), Big Freedia (Fuse), Island Hunters (HGTV), Candidly Nicole (Vh1). Million Dollar Listing NY was a 2015 Emmy® Award nominee, while Big Freedia won the 2014 GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Reality Program. RuPaul's Drag Race won the 2014 TCA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming and in 2016 an Emmy for Best Reality Show Host. The success of all things Drag Race inspired them to create RuPaul's DragCon a two-day conference with a total of 35,000 attendees the past two years.
The company has created multiple award-winning films and documentaries such as Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures, Inside Deep Throat, The Eyes of Tammy Faye, Wishful Drinking, Monica in Black and White, and The Last Beekeeper, which won an Emmy® Award for Outstanding Nature Programming. Many of their films have premiered at the Sundance Film festival including Becoming Chaz and Party Monster (both the documentary and the feature film starring Macaulay Culkin).
World of Wonder has created a substantial digital footprint with its YouTube channel WOWPresents. With 500,000 subscribers and a quarter billion views, the channel currently airs eleven weekly original series with a new episode every day of the week. The popular WOW Report blog, which can be found at www.worldofwonder.net, receives more than 1 million visitors per month and was awarded the Best Counter Culture Blog by LA Weekly. Every week The WOW Report counts down the top 10 things that make us go WOW on SiriusXM Radio Andy.
Hal Croasmun, Boardmember
Hal Croasmun is a recognized expert in the Screenwriting world. He's spoken at screenwriting events and festivals including the Austin Film Festival, InkTip Pitch Summit, Screenwriting Expo, and many others.
Coming from a corporate training background, Hal's speciality is designing "Expert Model" classes that give deep insight into what it takes to be the best in an industry. To that end, he's interviewed over 700 Hollywood producers and 120 agents/managers to design screenwriting programs that make it easy for writers to create amazing screenplays. His speciality is taking complex subjects like subtext, high concept, and creating characters for movie stars, and breaking them down into simple steps and processes.
In the last 12 years, he has:
- Designed 17 screenwriting "Expert Model" classes including the famous ProSeries class.
- Interviewed over 700 Hollywood producers, 120 agents and managers, and 50 A-list screenwriters.
- Helped over 150 writers break in during the last two years (seeScreenwritingU Success Stories).
- Headed up the most effective and supportive Online writers group -- the ScreenwritingU Alumni.
- Been a key player behind-the-scenes on four movie crowdfunding campaigns that were all fully funded.
From 1989 - 2000, Hal owned and operated Beyond Learning Training Technologies where he designed training programs for over 125 major corporations including Boeing, NASA, National Car Rental, McDonalds, Apple Computer, Glaxo Smith Klein, and many others.
In his spare time, he rides horses, plays poker, and spends time with his family.
Roberto Blain, Boardmember
Roberto was the Human Resources Manager at The Walt Disney Company from 1995-1999. Afterwards, Roberto was Talent Management Director where he led talent management, transformation and change efforts at USC, which included aligning people, processes and systems with the business and organizational vision and strategies of our various schools and organizations for 4 years.
Roberto was Director Talent Acquisition of Sidra Medical and Research Center Led a team of talent acquisition/recruitment professionals working in a greenfield operation helping to staff what will be the preeminent hospital in the Middle East (Qatar) for women and children with a tri-part mission: Patient Care, Medical Education, and Biomedical Research. "Sidra Medical and Research Center will be a beacon of learning, discovery and exceptional care, ranked among the top academic medical centers in the world."
From 2014, Roberto has served as a Co-founder of Cerulean Leadership, a consulting and training organization that provides a suite of full cycle integrated talent management services to build leadership and accountability across all levels of the organization resulting in breakthrough results. Concurrently, from 2015 to the present Roberto serves as Director Talent Acquisition for L.A. Health Care Plan where he leads a team of Talent Acquisition professionals charged with attracting mission-driven, high engagement talent to the largest public health plan in the U.S.
Arthur Tkachenko, Advisor
In 2016, Arthur has agreed to become AET’s advisor to the Founder and CEO. Started as a software developer in 2010. In 2012 Arthur co-founded NetWeight with the purpose of helping various businesses and startups by providing and managing dedicated software development teams.
As general manager at NetWeight, since late 2012, Arthur was engaged in a large quantity of software development projects. Arthur enjoys working in close contact with his Clients, helping them to shape up their ideas. His background in development helps Arthur understand clients’ projects from both the technical and the business perspective.
Collaboration models that Arthur proposes will interest any business in need of a skilled software development team. Basically what Arthur does is getting clients the right people.
Experienced in people management and staff development.
2. Team building
3. Business innovation, growth & strategy
4. Product design and development
Maddie Nguyen, Intern
Maddie Nguyen is a second-year student at the University of Portland, working towards her B.A. in Theater Arts with an emphasis in performance. The daughter of a Vietnamese immigrant, Asian representation in the media is a topic she has been passionate about for a long time. Active in the Northwest Vietnamese Student Association (NWVSA), she was the playwright, composer, director, and lead actress in her university's first culture show, Hello Vietnam. In 2017, Nguyen won a national competition in Washington D.C. for theatre students, as a part of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. For her work in theatre criticism, she was awarded a fellowship to the Eugene O'Neill Critics Institute in Hartford, Connecticut. She plans on continuing her work as a performer, writer, and critic throughout her college career.