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Janet Nepales

Masterclass: Breaking into Hollywood

About Me

Janet Susan R. Nepales is a member of HFPA (the Golden Globes), an award-winning journalist based in Los Angeles.

She is a consistent winner in the National Entertainment Journalism Awards, a U.S.-wide competition, and the Southern California Journalism Awards, both presented by the Los Angeles Press Club.

Born and raised in Quezon City, Philippines, Janet wrote for major newspapers and magazines in the Philippines. Currently, she has a weekly column, “Hollywood Insider,” on GMA-7 News Online. She is also the Hollywood correspondent of the top network. She also has regular monthly columns in Manila Up and Exquisite magazines.

A University of Santo Tomas (UST) Journalism cum laude graduate, Janet was recognized by the Filipina Women’s Network (FWN) as one of the 100 Most Influential Filipino Women in the U.S. in 2012 and one of the 100 Most Influential Filipino Women in the World in 2013. She is a co-author of the first FWN book, “DISRUPT: Filipina Women: Proud. Loud. Leading Without A Doubt.”

Janet is the first Filipina member of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) which votes on and presents the annual Golden Globe awards. Noted for its philanthropy, the HFPA is a non-profit organization that has donated more than $45 million to charity, scholarships, grants and film restorations over the last 20-plus years.

She is the first Filipina voting member of the HFPA in its 70-plus year history.

She was elected as the first Filipino executive secretary of the HFPA for the years 2017-2019 and the first Filipino treasurer of the HFPA for the years 2019-2021. She was an executive producer of the 75th, 76th, 77th and 78th Golden Globe Awards.

Janet was a contributing editor to the HFPA’s 75th anniversary commemorative program book, “Hollywood Foreign Press Association: A History, 75 Years of the Golden Globe Awards.”

She is the wife of journalist Ruben V. Nepales and the mother of two daughters – Bianca Nicole and Rafaella Angelica.

2012

A University of Santo Tomas (UST) Journalism cum laude graduate, Janet was recognized by the Filipina Women’s Network (FWN) as one of the 100 Most Influential Filipino Women in the U.S. in 2012

2013

One of the 100 Most Influential Filipino Women in the World in 2013. She is a co-author of the first FWN book, “DISRUPT: Filipina Women: Proud. Loud. Leading Without A Doubt.”

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