Valente was born in south Texas in 1964. He is the youngest of eight in a family of migrant farmworkers. He put himself through college by doing children’s theatre in south Texas. After graduating college in 1987 he went to Los Angeles to become an actor.
His first professional acting Job was a feature film called SALSA THE MOTION PICTURE in January of 1988. Since then Valente has appeared in numerous Film/TV and Theatre productions – Film: Blood in… Blood out…, Mi Familia, Roosters, Erin Brockovich, Deep Blue Sea, Volcano, The Ugly Truth, It’s Complicated, McFarland USA. TV: Golden Girls, Mad About You, X-files, ER – he was a regular on the George Lopez show playing the part of Ernie. He was also a regular on Happily Divorced with Fran Drescher – playing the part of Cesar.
Along with being an actor Valente has written several theatre pieces that have been seen in LA. He was a member of the Latino Lab in Los Angeles and has performed both their DAY OF THE DEAD show as well as the Christmas pageant “La VIRGEN”. He has performed at numerous stages in LA and through out The United States. He produced three films in the Rio Grande Valley (Texas), directing one of them, in 2010. He also went back to school, completing his Masters in Theatre in 2015.
Kerry Valderrama is a former airborne infantryman with the 82nd Airborne Division and served as a team leader in Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom. He received a B.A. from Methodist University in Political Science and a minor in Spanish. While attending the University of Texas at San Antonio for his Masters degree in International Relations, Kerry withdrew halfway through the program to pursue a career in the entertainment industry.
Since working in the entertainment industry, Kerry has directed, produced and written two award-winning feature films, numerous commercials, music videos, created a comic book series (distributed through Diamond Comics), as well as an award-winning screenplay “Memories of a Hundred” that among other credits, became a 2010 Nicholls Semi-Finalist.
Kerry’s first feature, titled “Garrison,” was released nationwide through Phase 4 Films (Wal-Mart, Netflix, Blockbuster, Best Buy) and distributed to over 20 countries around the world. ”Sanitarium” (Starring Malcolm McDowell, Lou Diamond Phillips, Robert Englund, and Lacey Chabert) is his second feature film distributed nationwide through Image Entertainment and is currently available on DVD & VOD. “Sanitarium” was also distributed internationally to over 30 countries worldwide and is currently being developed into a network television series.
Sandra Avila currently works as a manager producer in Los Angeles focused on overseeing a roster of talented, diverse film & TV screenwriters and directors. A priority of which is creating content for the U.S. Latino Market.
Prior to joining Inclusion, she had her own production company, Avila Entertainment for six years. She also did a four-year stint at Maya Entertainment where she oversaw all TV and film projects for the company. These include the indie comedy, TACO SHOP (May 2018 release- Maya Cinemas/ Sony Home Entertainment) starring Tyler Posey (Teen Wolf), the completion of the features, HARLEM HOSTEL starring Ramon Rodriguez (TRANSFORMERS: Revenge of the Fallen), VALE TODO and in 2009, Maya’s first TV production, ONE HOT SUMMER starring Vanessa Marcil and Jon Seda, in collaboration with the Lifetime Movie Network.
Under her own banner, Avila produced ENDGAME starring Rico Rodriguez (Modern Family) and Justina Machado (One Day at a Time) released by (Cinemark Theatres/ HBO in July 2016) and the ½ hr. scripted dramedy, TABLE MANNERS directed by Angel Gracia (From Prada to Nada).
Prior to her tenure at Maya, Avila worked in TV development at Showtime Networks for seven years, where she worked on such notable shows as QUEER AS FOLK, DEXTER, RESURRECTION BLVD., and BARBERSHOP. In addition, she oversaw the LATINO FILMMAKER SHOWCASE, highlighting Latino filmmakers from around the world.
Avila received her BA from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, TX and her JD from Loyola Law School in New Orleans, LA. She was nominated in 2018 as a “Latina of Influence” by Hispanic Lifestyle and by NALIP as “TV Producers on the Rise” at MIP Cancun, 2016.