Today on Business Rockstars, Ken Rutkowski talks with Adam Leipzig, the author of Inside Track for Independent Filmmakers: Get Your Movie Made, Get Your Movie Seen, and Turn the Tables on Hollywood. Adam has been involved as a producer, distributor or supervising executive on more than 25 films that have disrupted expectations, including March of the Penguins, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, Dead Poets Society, and Titus.
Adam Leipzig devotes himself to sharing the pathways to success with creative entrepreneurs of all kinds, and is a proponent of the coming ascendency of the creative-entrepreneur class. He has a history of working with artists as they explore new realms of their creativity – including producing or supervising the first films directed by Jon Turteltaub, Julie Taymor, Joe Johnston, Cherien Dabis and Mary Agnes Donoghue, and the first plays directed by Robert Altman.
Adam is the former president of National Geographic Films and senior vice president at Disney. Through National Geographic Films, Adam acquired four breakthrough movies at Sundance: Luc Jacquet’s March of the Penguins (the highest-grossing Sundance documentary of all time), Lu Chuan’s Kekexili: Mountain Patrol, Christopher Quinn’s God Grew Tired of Us, and Cherien Dabis’s Amreeka. (Cherien’s second film, May in the Summer, is the Sundance opening night film this year.)
Adam has also worked with many established directors, including Robert Benton, Lu Chuan, John Curran, Barry Levinson, Dan Petrie Jr., Donald Petrie, Roger Spottiswoode, Fernando Trueba, Peter Weir and Peter Yates. Actors he has worked with include Ellen Burstyn, Nicholas Cage, Colin Farrell, Morgan Freeman, Whoopi Goldberg, Tom Hanks, Daryl Hannah, Ed Harris, Dustin Hoffman, Anthony Hopkins, Nicole Kidman, Jessica Lange, Queen Latifah, Julianne Moore, Edward Norton, Brad Pitt, Soarise Ronan, Forest Whitaker, Robin Williams, Bruce Willis and Elijah Wood.
Adam is the CEO of Entertainment Media Partners, which provides informed guidance, dealmaking intelligence and relevant connections for prestige media companies and creative entrepreneurs needing access to Hollywood expertise, the US marketplace and audiences worldwide in order to maximize the value and visibility of their entertainment content.
Adam is the publisher of Cultural Weekly (www.CulturalWeekly.com) an online magazine, and his articles and essays have appeared in the New York Times, Screen International, Written By, American Theater, Theater Communications and High Performance magazines. He was the founding editor of Theatre LA, a bimonthly magazine that covered the performing arts in Southern California. He began his career as one of the founders of the Los Angeles Theatre Center.
Adam is currently writing Filmmaking in the 21st Century for Bedford/St. Martin’s (Macmillan), which will be published in 2014 as the definitive college and university textbook on contemporary filmmaking.