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The Team 

 KIKI MELENDEZ – ACTRESS, WRITER, DIRECTOR & PRODUCER An award-winning comedienne, Dominican-born Kiki Melendez has been entertaining audiences for years in both the Spanish and English language media markets. Kiki first got her start in NYC’s coveted morning radio format in 1995 at LA NUEVA FM 105.9, a non-rated station that due to KIKI’S LOCOS Y CONTENTOS MORNING SHOW, began earning share of audience; leading Heftel to buy the undiscovered signal. She then proceeded to do the same in the LA market, becoming the first female morning lead host on KRLA and Groove 103.1 FM. Kiki was subsequently discovered by Galavision National Cable Networks and had the first bilingual show in America, “KIKI DESDE HOLLYWOOD,” the #1 entertainment show at the network, which quickly made her a household name amongst Hispanics. Kiki’s Showtime Network Comedy Special, “KIKI MELENDEZ’ HOT TAMALES LIVE” was also a hit – airing over 400 times in three years (2009-2011). In 2014, she also produced the TV show, “LOCOS Y CONTENTOS” for Lieberman Broadcasting. Produced in the tradition of SNL and MAD TV for Latinos, this was the first time this genre had been produced for the U.S. Hispanic TV market. The first special, which aired on Oct 10th @ 8 PM on National Estrella TV earned a 1.7 rating – coming in at #2 only to Univision, in it’s time slot. (Note: Estrella TV has a highly limited HH Distribution compared to competitors). In addition, her feature docu-comedy, JOURNEY OF A FEMALE COMIC a humorous tale of her trajectory in Hollywood, was Oscar qualified in 2015.

 SANDRA AVILA - PRODUCER Sandra Avila currently works as a producer in Los Angeles focused on creating English language film and TV content for the U.S. Latino Market. She started her company in 2012 after wrapping a four-year stint at Maya Entertainment (headed by prolific producer, Moctesuma Esparza) the previous year. As Director of Development, she oversaw all TV and film projects for the company. These included the indie comedy, TACO SHOP starring Tyler Posey (Teen Wolf) and the completion of indie features, HARLEM HOSTEL starring Ramon Rodriguez (BATTLE LOS ANGELES, TRANSFORMERS; REVENGE OF THE FALLEN) and VALE TODO: Anything Goes (starring Royce Gracie). In 2009, Avila co-executive produced Maya’s first TV production, ONE HOT SUMMER (A Latina “Sex & the City”) starring Vanessa Marcil and Jon Seda, in collaboration with the Lifetime Movie Network. In addition, she developed the (7) hour TV mini-series entitled, RAIN OF GOLD with Moctesuma Esparza (Selena, Gettysburg, Gods and Generals) and Gregory Nava (Selena, Frida and American Family) for HBO based on the adapted novels. Under her own banner, Avila has produced the feature, ENDGAME starring Rico Rodriguez (Modern Family) to be distributed by Cinedigm with a limited theatrical release scheduled for the Fall of 2015 and a ½ hr. scripted TV dramedy entitled, TABLE MANNERS, directed by Angel Gracia (From Prada to Nada) currently out to networks. Prior to Maya, Avila worked in TV development at Showtime Network for seven years where she worked on such shows as Resurrection Blvd., Queer As Folk, Barbershop, Soul Food, Damon Wayans’s “The Underground,” Dexter & Nurse Jackie. She also oversaw the Latino Filmmaker Showcase for the network for four years. 

HAKIM MULRAINE Hakim Mulraine is an entertainment and business attorney. His diverse experience has helped him in representing: producers, screenwriters, directors, published authors, athletes, performing artists and reality television personalities. He has also assisted clients with development, pitching, financing and packaging of projects to entertainment entities. His knowledge base includes a strong foundation in entertainment, business, contract, copyright, trademark, publishing and new media law. Born and raised in Bronx New York, Hakim received his B.A. in Political Science from Manhattanville College. Also, he received his J.D from the University at Buffalo, School of Law (UB Law). While in Buffalo, Hakim was the owner and operator of, “Raine Sports & Entertainment Management,” where he worked with musicians and semi-professional athletes. Law school is where he received his introduction to copyright, trademark and publishing law. As a member of the Copyright & Publishing Law Clinic, Hakim assisted authors with their publishing agreements as well as performed research for copyright infringement litigation. Hakim holds a Certificate in Entertainment & Media Management from New York University. He started his own practice in 2008, when established "The Law Office of Hakim Mulraine, LLC” in Mount Vernon, NY. On November 1st of 2010, the law office relocated to White Plains, New York and is now called, The Mulraine Firm, LLC., which has a satellite office in New York City.