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Kikim Media

Menlo Park, United States
Joined January 2017

Kikim Media is a full-service production company that draws on more than 30 years of experience to engage, entertain and inform audiences. A true story, honestly told, can change lives.

Presence in: India, United States
Focus: Access to Information, Economic Empowerment, Education, Environmental Justice, Family, Health, Housing & Sanitation, Women's Rights


Kikim Media was founded in 1996 by Kiki Kapany and Michael Schwarz, whose work over the past 30 years has been honored with some of the most prestigious awards in broadcasting. Kikim Media’s most recent program for public television is In Defense of Food, based on the best-selling book by Michael Pollan. We also produced The Botany of Desire (2009), a two-hour documentary based on an earlier book by Pollan which examines the co-evolutionary relationship between plants and people. In 2009 Nobel Media commissioned us to produce three half-hour documentaries highlighting the work of Nobel Prize-winning scientists–The Mystery of Memory, The Body’s Secret Army and The War Against Microbes.  We’ve also explored ways of translating peer-reviewed scientific studies into videos for general audiences with Science Bytes (2011-2012), a pilot series of five web videos based on articles from the open access journal PLoS. Other nationally broadcast primetime PBS programs include My Father, My Brother and Me, a chronicle of Parkinson’s disease (FRONTLINE 2009), Hunting the Hidden Dimension, the story of fractal geometry (NOVA 2008), 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),. 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, looked at effective ways of dealing with kids and violence, which aired nationally on PBS in April 1998. Since then, Kikim Media has produced several eye-opening programs for public television about the history of science, medicine and technology.

People Associated With This Organization

Kiran Kapany

United States  
Kikim Media
Joined January 2017
Interests: Access to Information, Economic Empowerment, Education, Environmental Justice, Family, Generalist Legal Services, Health, Housing & Sanitation, Labor & Employment, Peace-building & Transitional Justice, Women's Rights
Kiki Kapany combines a background in media and law (J.D. ’86). Her experienced legal sense, paired with a sound creative approach to production on a worldwide scale, adds a key dimension to Kikim’s resources. She manages all of the entertainment law and day-to-day business required in Kikim’s operations, including overseeing business development, strategic planning, finance and administration. Her expertise extends to the creation and management of major production budgets, extensive image research, grant reporting, organizing project deliverables and managing all production and post-production logistics for a wide variety of projects.
Kapany was executive producer on all Kikim Media productions for public television including the Emmy-nominated program In Defense of Food (2015), critically acclaimed at over 20 film festivals all over the world, and The Botany of Desire (2009) based on Michael Pollan’s best-selling books.
Kiran Kapany is the network champion (main point of contact) for Kikim Media.

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