Shalom Life | September 23, 2015

EXCLUSIVE: Hollywood Veteran, Adam Leipzig, Leads the Way for Future Filmmakers

Adam Leipzig speaks with Shalom Life about the difficulties of being seen in today's tough industry

By: R.S Bailey

Published: August 28th, 2012 in Culture » Film » Interviews

Adam Leipzig is a name that gets mentioned repeatedly in meetings these days when producers, writers, directors, and all manner of entertainment-industry types get together to discuss launching a new project. The project can be for motion pictures, television, publishing, the internet or any number of the wide variety of emerging markets. Whatever the venture, he stands as a prime example of how a project gets made, and most importantly, how to move it into profitability.

His projects have generated over $2 billion in revenue worldwide on $300 million production spending. Two of his films became the year’s most profitable motion pictures. They have garnered worldwide recognition, winning numerous awards including Academy Awards, International Documentary Awards, BAFTA, DGA, Golden Globes, an Emmy, and awards at the Sundance and Cannes Festivals

Among the wide variety of projects he has either produced, co-produced or participated in the executive supervision of are; Arctic Tale, March Of The Penguins, Dead Poets Society, Honey, I Shrunk The Kids and Honey, I Blew Up The Kid, Good Morning, Vietnam, Billy Bathgate, and Turner And Hooch.

As President of National Geographic Films, he secured $125 million in financing and guided the company into becoming a full-service production operation. As Senior Vice President at Walt Disney Studios, he participated in their expansion from producing 6 to 20 movies a year.

There was a time when anyone with this track record would have been termed a “movie mogul”. In the old days of Hollywood you might picture him sitting by his pool behind his mansion north of Sunset, surrounded by telephones and smoking a cigar. In today’s Hollywood, nothing could be further from the truth.

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