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Kiki Kapany

Vice President, Kikim Media


Kiki Kapany is the Vice President at Kikim Media. Kikim Media was founded in 1996 by Kiki Kapany and Michael Schwarz, whose work over the past 20 years has been honored with some of the most prestigious awards in broadcasting. These include three national Emmy Awards, two George Foster Peabody Awards, the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Journalism Award for Investigative Journalism, the Investigative Reporters and Editors Award, Red and Blue Ribbons from the American Film Festival, the Grand Prize in the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards for Coverage of the Disadvantaged, and numerous Ciné Golden Eagles and local Emmys.


Kikim Media’s most recent productions for public television were The Mystery of Memory, a half-hour documentary commissioned by Nobel Media to increase understanding of the work of Nobel Prize Winners in Physiology or Medicine, and The Botany of Desire, a two-hour documentary which was shown on PBS on October 28, 2009. Based on Michael Pollan’s best-selling book, The Botany of Desire examines the co-evolutionary relationship between plants and people.


Other recent nationally-broadcast primetime PBS programs include My Father, My Brother and Me, a chronicle of Parkinson’s disease, for FRONTLINE (2009), and Hunting the Hidden Dimension, the story of fractal geometry, for NOVA (2008). Kikim also produced and directed Ending AIDS: The Search for a Vaccine (2005), widely praised as a compelling chronicle of one of the world's greatest biomedical research challenges, as well as the groundbreaking Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet (2002), which was honored with a Special Jury Award from Ciné Golden Eagle and a Bronze World Medal from the International Film and Video Festival of New York. In addition, Kikim Media has produced and directed a series of short videos about social entrepreneurs for the Skoll Foundation, a series about diabetes for the University of California, San Francisco Diabetes Center and the Diabetic Youth Foundation, and the special features for HBO's DVD release of Deadwood.


Kikim’s first major project was In Search of Law and Order, a three-part series on effective ways of dealing with kids and violence, which aired nationally on PBS in April 1998 and on England’s Channel Four in February 1999. Kikim Media has also supplied PBS with several programs about the history of science, medicine and technology: Naked to the Bone (1997), an hour-long documentary about medical imaging technologies that have transformed the way we see inside the body; Stopwatch (1999), a documentary on Frederick Winslow Taylor and the legacy of his ideas about efficiency; and The Next Big Thing? (2001), which examines the ways in which society shapes technology based on Beyond Engineering, Robert Pool's seminal book.


In recent years, Kikim Media has applied its storytelling expertise to serve a growing roster of corporations and nonprofit organizations. In each case, Kikim works closely with clients to develop videos or DVDs that help them tell their own stories as effectively and economically as possible; our experience working with tight public television budgets enables us to deliver Emmy-award winning quality for a fraction of the price charged by most corporate video production houses. Whether for broadcast television or the Internet, general audiences or corporate clients, all of our productions are guided by our fundamental commitment to fairness and accuracy and by our abiding conviction that a true story, honestly told, can change people's lives.


Kiki combines a background in law and media. She started her law practice with family law as a certified family law practitioner and has served as a pro tem Family Court judge in Marin County. In 1997, Kapany closed her law office in the financial district of San Francisco to pursue her interest in business. She has since consulted with a few start-up companies in the Bay Area, assisting them with strategic planning and development and building their legal and advisory teams and taking them public. At Kikim, she oversees day-to-day operations, business development, strategic planning, finance and administration as well as doing all of the entertainment law required in Kikim’s operations. Her former experience allows her to combine sound creativity with experienced legal sense, adding an important dimension to Kikim’s resources.