Los Angeles (November 4, 2016) – Kore Asian Media announced today that the “15th Annual Unforgettable Gala”, a celebration of Asian-American trailblazers in the entertainment industry, will be held at The Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles, California, on December 10, 2016.

Longest-Running Award Show for Asian-Americans to Honor George Takei, Ken Jeong, Wong Fu Productions, and More

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Terrence Howard and Randall Park Lead List of Presenters for Event

Hosted by Kore Asian Media and Presented by BMW of North America




The annual achievements ceremony will be hosted by Jeannie Mai, and is presented for the first time by BMW of North America.

VIP guests will shuttled to the star-studded gala in the all-new BMW 7 Series – the company’s flagship sedan featuring more than a dozen groundbreaking innovations in technology, performance, and safety. The visionary BMW i8 hybrid-electric sports car will also be on display for guests to experience firsthand.

In its 15th year, the Unforgettable Gala has become the premiere annual event honoring those who exemplify the strength and future of a thriving Asian-American and Pacific Islander community in entertainment.

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 17:  Ken Jeong  attends the 2016 ABC Upfront at David Geffen Hall on May 17, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)


  • The prestigious event will honor legendary actor and activist George Takei (“Star Trek”, “Kubo and the Two Strings”), who will receive the ICON Award for his lifelong achievements and contributions in both television and film.
  • Comedian and actor Ken Jeong (“Dr. Ken”, “The Hangover”) will be honored as Actor of the Year for his role in the series “Dr. Ken”.
  • Wong Fu Productions, known for their exquisitely made short films, and most recently this year for the YouTube Red series Single by 30”, will receive the Digital Influencers Award.
  • Actor Brian Tee (“Chicago Med”, “The Wolverine”) will be honored with BMW’s first-ever Ultimate Drive Award.
  • Director and storyboard artist Jennifer Yuh Nelson (“Kung Fu Panda 3”) will be named Director of the Year.

Terrence Howard (“Empire”, “Hustle & Flow”) and Randall Park (“Fresh Off the Boat”, “The Interview”) will lead the list of presenters for the evening. Additional honorees will be announced in the coming weeks.


James Ryu, Kore Asian Media publisher, said:

“With the growing mainstream success of hits like ‘Master of None’, ‘Hawaii 5-0’, ‘The Mindy Project’, ‘Fresh Off the Boat’, and ‘Dr. Ken’, we are excited to gather in celebration and support of these achievements in the Asian-American community.”

The night of celebration is hosted by Kore Asian Media, a subsidiary of London Trust Media, Inc. (LTM).  London Trust Media Incorporated is a diversified business focused on the technology and media industries. Its core companies include Private Internet Access and Hollywood Media.

As the presenting partner of the 2016 Unforgettable Gala, BMW of North America continues its longstanding commitment to celebrating diversity. The gala is also supported by M&L Hong Foundation, Private Internet Access and Pechanga.


About The Unforgettable Gala:

The Unforgettable Gala was created by James Ryu, founder and publisher of the award-winning magazines KoreAm Journal, Audrey Magazine, and Kore (now a subsidiary of London Trust Media), in celebration of Asian Americans making their mark in the entertainment industry.

Founded in 2002, the black tie affair honors both established and upcoming talents in film, television and music.  For more information on the Unforgettable Gala and how to be a sponsor, please visit their Web site here (UnforgettableGala.com).

About Kore Asian Media:

Kore Asian Media is the leading online destination for the Asian American experience, featuring top stories in entertainment, tech/business, sports, and rising talents shaking up our community.

Like its predecessors, the award-winning magazines KoreAm and Audrey, Kore (now a subsidiary of London Trust Media) provides a platform for our myriad voices, through compelling digital content and exciting events including the annual Unforgettable Awards.

Kore Asian Media traces its roots back to 1990, when it was founded by Jung Shig Ryu, and his son, current co-publisher James Ryu, under the name KoreAm Journal.


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