Alumna Jasmine Eusebio was a production manager at HOOLIGAN Theatre Company before interning at Nickelodeon Studios. Now she is a production assistant at DreamWorks Animation. (Kira VandenBrande/Daily Bruin)
Alumna Jasmine Eusebio was a production manager at HOOLIGAN Theatre Company before interning at Nickelodeon Studios. Now she is a production assistant at DreamWorks Animation. (Kira VandenBrande/Daily Bruin)

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Some audiences claim Disney's depiction of the character Maui (Dwayne Johnson) in the upcoming film "Moana" perpetuates stereotypes of Polynesian men as overweight. (Courtesy of Youtube)
Some audiences claim Disney's depiction of the character Maui (Dwayne Johnson) in the upcoming film "Moana" perpetuates stereotypes of Polynesian men as overweight. (Courtesy of Youtube)

Disney XD writer and producer Carlo Olivares Paganoni began his film career as a screenwriting student through UCLA Extension in 2008. (Courtesy of Cacá Santoro)
Disney XD writer and producer Carlo Olivares Paganoni began his film career as a screenwriting student through UCLA Extension in 2008. (Courtesy of Cacá Santoro)

UCLA alumni Kausar Mohammed and Krishna Kumar were inspired by Beyonce's "Formation" music video to make a parody about South Asian culture. They shot their video completely on an iPhone and filmed in Indian grocery stores and threading salons from their hometowns. (Courtesy of Krishna Kumar)

YouTubers create parody video to break down South Asian stereotypes

After watching Beyonce perform “Formation” at the Super Bowl, two UCLA alumni said they felt empowered to create something that celebrated their South Asian culture. YouTubers Krishna Kumar and Kausar Mohammed released “Namaste,” a video parody of Beyonce’s song and video “Formation,” in May in order to exaggerate and critique negative stereotypes and to increase the visibility of South Asians in the media. Read more...

UCLA alumni Kausar Mohammed and Krishna Kumar were inspired by Beyonce's "Formation" music video to make a parody about South Asian culture. They shot their video completely on an iPhone and filmed in Indian grocery stores and threading salons from their hometowns. (Courtesy of Krishna Kumar)

"Bizaardvark" executive producer Eric Friedman said UCLA alumnus Josh Lehrman and partner Kyle Stegina were the "success story" of the Disney Channel Storytellers Program's first year. Through the program, the pair co-created Disney Channel's newest show. (Eric McCandless via Disney Channel)

UCLA alum co-creates latest Disney Channel series

Josh Lehrman and Kyle Stegina spent hundreds of hours in the glow of their computer screens watching countless viral YouTube videos. The pair had postponed their typical Friday night plans in order to research cyber-world trends and lingo for their upcoming project – Disney Channel’s new TV series. Read more...

"Bizaardvark" executive producer Eric Friedman said UCLA alumnus Josh Lehrman and partner Kyle Stegina were the "success story" of the Disney Channel Storytellers Program's first year. Through the program, the pair co-created Disney Channel's newest show. (Eric McCandless via Disney Channel)

UCLA alumnus Sahirr Sethhi won a College Television Award – a student Emmy Award – for his thesis film "Zoya," which was filmed in the forests of Kanha National Park in India. (Miriam Bribiesca/Photo editor)
UCLA alumnus Sahirr Sethhi won a College Television Award – a student Emmy Award – for his thesis film "Zoya," which was filmed in the forests of Kanha National Park in India. (Miriam Bribiesca/Photo editor)


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