Engels inks Melendez to daily syndie talker

Skein to be offered at NATPE

NBC Enterprises subsid Peter Engel Prods. has signed Spanish-language TV and radio personality Kiki Melendez to host the production outfit’s first one-hour daily syndie talker.

Skein is expected to be offered at NATPE in January for a broadcast syndication debut in the fall 2001.

Linda Ellman, showrunner for Lifetime’s Melissa Etheridge-hosted series “Beyond Chase,” is set to exec produce.

Melendez produced and co-hosted the Galavision network’s “Salsa desde Hollywood” in 1998, and then went on to do the first bilingual show in the United States, “Kiki desde Hollywood.”

A native New Yorker, Melendez won the 1995 Stand Up New York’s Young Comedian Award. She also has her own production company, Latin Hollywood Films.

“Kiki has proven herself in the Latin television and radio markets, and it’s time to broaden her appeal to the mass market,” Peter Engel Prods. prexy Linda Mancuso said in reference to the pact.

CAA negotiated the deal for Peter Engel Prods. Melendez is repped by Beyond Talent Management.

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