Kico Velarde

Director, Editor, and Producer in Los Angeles, California

Kico Velarde

Director, Editor, and Producer in Los Angeles, California

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Los Angeles native Kico Velarde began his career after college as an Assistant Editor in 2002, eventually becoming an Editor on projects for companies like NBCUniversal, Deluxe Digital Studios, Technicolor, HGTV, Olmos Productions, and IFC. Years later he switched hats and went on to produce two internationally acclaimed and award winning feature films: 2007 Director's Fortnight (Cannes International Film Festival) Camera d' Or nominated "PVC-1" and the 2012 Berlin International Film Festival Golden Bear nominated "Meteora". In 2011, he made his directorial debut with the short film "The Shooting Star Salesman". Screening at film festivals all around the US, “The Shooting Star Salesman” was voted "Film of the Year" by the Georgia Latino Film Festival in 2012. It also took home a Silver Telly Award in 2013 and was chosen by Yahoo! Espanol to open up their very first Latino Short Film Festival “Yahoo! Cortos”, which named Kico as one of the Top Latino Filmmakers in the US.

Besides being a filmmaker, Kico is also an Emmy award winning Supervising Producer on the popular Youtube web-series “Jay Leno’s Garage” for NBCUniversal. He took home his first Emmy win for "Jay Leno's Garage" in 2011 and followed that up with Emmy award nominations in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2016. Kico played an integral role in growing the Youtube Channel to one million plus subscribers in 18 months, which helped launch the television version of Jay Leno’s Garage for CNBC. Jay Leno’s Garage premiered in 2015 as the highest rated show in that time slot in the history of CNBC.

In 2016, Kico founded Escape Plan along with his wife and producer, Joanna. As a full service production company Escape Plan specializes in branded content, film and television. Their first project under the Escape Plan banner was the acclaimed web-series “Lowrider Roll Models”, which has garnered over 4 million views on Facebook and Youtube.

When not filming or editing, Kico takes advantage of every minute he can to enjoy life with his wife Joanna Velarde and their two inspirations, Elijah and Sophia Velarde.

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  • Work
    • NBCUniversal
  • Education
    • California State University San Bernardino