2013 Writer Access Project

DRAMA 

Leslie Valdes
Minority Writers 

Leslie Valdes graduated with a B.A. in English and American Literature from Brandeis University and received a M.F.A. in Film from Columbia’s Graduate Film School. He was a staff writer for the first 4 seasons of Dora the Explorer. He then went on to co-develop and serve as head writer/producer for Disney Jr.’s Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.

Leslie has written for many popular animated series, including Backyardigans and Handy Manny, as well as for foreign television (Pop Up, Olive; Shapes) and film (Fei). In addition, he’s developed TV pilots for Disney Playhouse (Shin Shin), Nickelodeon and Funline Animation. He’s also written 10 children’s books for Simon & Schuster and Simon Spotlight, including six Dora the Explorer titles.

Recently, Leslie completed the ABC/Disney Writing Fellowship, and worked as a staff writer on ABC’s Castle.

He currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife and two daughters.

CONTACT: Leslie Valdes, (310) 428-6596

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