Producer, Writer, Studio Executive and Entrepreneur. Valdez has been credited with creating the category of Latino Programming in English
Jeff Valdez first tried his hand at stand-up comedy before spending eleven years running his own comedy club in Colorado Springs. One of the first to recognize that Latinos wanted to see themselves in English-language TV programs beyond the traditional Spanish-speaking stations, Valdez created, hosted, and produced the local Los Angeles TV series “Comedy Compadres”…
Jeff Valdez first tried his hand at stand-up comedy before spending eleven years running his own comedy club in Colorado Springs. One of the first to recognize that Latinos wanted to see themselves in English-language TV programs beyond the traditional Spanish-speaking stations, Valdez created, hosted, and produced the local Los Angeles TV series “Comedy Compadres” and a myriad of other projects, leading the Los Angeles Times to dub him “the Ed Sullivan of Latino talent.”
In 1996 Valdez joined forces with venture capitalist Bruce Barshop and started the San Antonio-based “Latino Laugh Festival,” a star-studded multi-day event that was soon picked up by Showtime.
In 1997, following an executive post at Tri-Star Television where he created and co-executive produced two NBC pilots, Valdez co-founded Si TV, which would soon become the leading producer of Latino, English-language programming. Its output initially included the talk show “Café Olé with Giselle Fernandez,” the stand-up showcase “Funny is Funny!” and “The Brothers Garcia,” a Nickelodeon hit series which Valdez co-created and executive produced.
Among some of his many honors and awards, Valdez was appointed by President Clinton to the Advisory Committee on the Arts of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, in 2000 the American Museum of the Moving Image elected Valdez to its Board of Trustees, and in 2000, the Latino Entertainment Media Institute (LEMI) honored Valdez with the Vision Award in recognition of his efforts to increase the roles of Latinos in the entertainment industry.
In 2007 Valdez extended his reach to the film industry and founded Maya Entertainment together with well-known producer Moctesuma Esparza. Maya is a company that produces and distributes more than 30 films a year, mostly in the Latino Programming in English category. Maya also distributes films in more than 30 countries.
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UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI – KANSAS CITY
I hope that this message finds you well. We had a phenomenal time with Atsuko this past Thursday. We wanted to just let you know how amazing she was. All those that were in attendance thoroughly enjoyed her and had nothing but amazing things to say about her. Thank you for working with us to make sure this happened!
BAYLOR UNIVERSITY CAMPUS
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SALT LAKE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
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DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. MEMORIAL BREAKFAST, BOSTON, MLK SPEAKER
Everything went well. Atsuko was very easy to work with and the students enjoyed her performance! Thank you again for your recommendation and I hope to work with you again in the future!
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GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY
Jordan Carlos was very very entertaining! A majority of students who answered the event survey indicated they really enjoyed Jordan and definitely will bring him back!
WESTERN CAROLINA UNIVERSITY
On behalf of myself and my organization Entertainment Unlimited the Campus Programming Board of Ferris State University, we thank you PDA and Dan for a successful event!! Dan was magnificent! Students really enjoyed the presentation. I know I did. Can't wait to bring in more programs with PDA Group.
FERRIS STATE UNIVERSITY
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WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
Thank you, Peter, for all your help, you'll be happy to know that the event went incredibly well! Aneesa Ferreira was by far one of the best speakers we've ever had!
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