Gil Asakawa's Nikkei View | Next visualizAsian show: Meet Albert Kim, writer and co-producer of CW action series “Nikita” starring Maggie Q
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Next visualizAsian show: Meet Albert Kim, writer and co-producer of CW action series “Nikita” starring Maggie Q

Maggie Q and Albert Kim on the set of "Nikita"Wow, we’re excited to announce our Second Anniversary show in honor of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month: A one-hour conversation with Albert Kim, a writer and co-producer for the hit CW network action series “Nikita” starring Maggie Q!

We’ll be speaking with Albert on TUESDAY, MAY 10 at 7 pm Pacific Time (10 PM ET). Just register with visualizAsian (it’s free) and you’ll get the information to dial in to our conference line, or listen on our live webcast. If you’ve already registered for visualizAsian calls in the past, you’ll automatically receive the dial-in information via email. Remember, you can always submit questions to our visualizAsian guests in advance and during the livecast.

You missed our show with Albert Kim! But for a limited time you can still register to hear the archived replay MP3 of the conversation.

You may not recognize the name, but if you watch “Nikita” or have watched “Leverage” in the past, you’ve seen him in the front credits.

Here’s Albert’s bio:

Albert Kim is a TV writer, producer, and award-winning journalist. Before his stint the staff of “Nikita,” Kim spent three seasons on the hit TNT show “Leverage,” and has also written episodes of FX’s “Dirt.” But his roots aren’t in television scriptwriting.

Albert’s an accomplished journalist as well. From 2005 to 2007 he was Senior News Director at ESPN, where he executive produced the entertainment news program “ESPN Hollywood.”

Prior to that, he was the Assistant Managing Editor for People, where he oversaw the popular news, gossip, and entertainment columns, and supervised the magazine’s multi-million dollar photo budget. Previously Albert was a writer and editor for Sports Illustrated, Entertainment Weekly, and Details magazines.

A graduate of Princeton University, Albert lives in Manhattan Beach, CA with his wife and two children. Because of his experience in the news side of the media, he’s been a leader in the Asian American Journalists Association, and founded the Asian employees organization at Time Inc. You can follow Albert on Twitter at @MagicBranch.

We’ll ask Albert what it’s like to go from being an award-winning journalist to writing for a TV show, and learn what it’s like to work in Hollywood. And oh, yeah… what it’s like to work with Maggie Q, the butt-kickingest Asian woman lead actress in all of American TV-dom. (Hell, the ONLY Asian lead actor in all of American TV-dom!)

The Maggie Q version of “Nikita,” a remake of the 1990 Luc Besson French action film “La Femme Nikita” (and a 1993 US remake by John Badham titled “Point of No Return” starring Bridget Fonda, as well as a 1997-2001 Canadian TV series, “La femme Nikita” that aired on the USA network in America), is a stylish, action-packed show about the title character’s mission to bring down the secret government organization called “The Division” that trained her to be a spy and assassin. It’s kept us watching week after week because of its dynamic fight scenes, Maggie Q’s magnetic, gorgeous presence, and the snappy, unpredictable plot and dialog.

We can blame Albert Kim for some of that dialog. “Nikita” finishes up its first season on CW with a finale episode on Thursday, May 12.

Albert was also a screenwriter for the clever drama “>Leverage” on TNT, which features the witty repartee of a terrific ensemble cast led by Jim Hutton. The show returns with a new season on June 26.

If you’ve ever wanted to find out how the writers come up with such fast-moving scripts fpr these shows, here’s your chance.

Please join us for what promises to be a really fun and fantastic conversation with a behind-the-scenes role model for all Asian Americans!

Here’s an extended preview from the beginning of the first season:

REMINDER: Our show with Albert Kim will be on TUESDAY, MAY 10 at 7 pm Pacific Time (10 PM ET). Register with visualizAsian (it’s free) and you’ll get the information to dial in to our conference line, or listen on our live webcast. If you’ve already registered for visualizAsian calls in the past, you’ll automatically receive the dial-in information via email.

You missed our show with Albert Kim! But for a limited time you can still register to hear the archived replay MP3 of the conversation.