The creative industry veteran will assume the role effective September 1, 2015.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 27, 2015
Los Angeles – CreativeFuture announced it has appointed Adam Leipzig as Chief Operating Officer. Leipzig has been consulting with the organization and will take a central operating role effective September 1, 2015.
Adam Leipzig commented, “CreativeFuture is on the front line of an important dialogue that has far-reaching implications for our society. This is a tremendous opportunity to share the value of creativity and increase the opportunities for artists to build sustainable lives now and in the future.”
Last month, CreativeFuture launched a letter writing campaign directed at major advertisers whose ads routinely appear on pirate sites. It is the latest in series of initiatives designed to call on legitimate businesses — including advertisers and others — to cut ties with pirate sites and help support a strong creative economy.
CreativeFuture Chief Executive Officer Ruth Vitale said, “We are thrilled to have Adam on board. He’s a true innovator and brings a unique perspective – someone able to apply next-generation management, coupled with decades of successful collaboration with the creative community and their collective audiences.”
Prior to joining CreativeFuture, Leipzig was CEO of Entertainment Media Partners, which provided guidance for prestige media companies and creative entrepreneurs in order to maximize the value and visibility of their entertainment content.
Leipzig is the former president of National Geographic Films and senior vice president at Disney. Collectively, his films have earned more than $2 billion on $300 million in production cost. He has been involved as a producer, distributor, or supervising executive on more than 30 films, including March of the Penguins; Honey, I Shrunk the Kids; Dead Poets Society; and Titus.
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 Luc Jacquet, and the first plays directed by Robert Altman.
He is author of Inside Track for Independent Filmmakers: Get Your Movie Made, Get Your Movie Seen and co-author of Filmmaking in Action: Your Guide to the Skills and Craft. Filmmaking in Action, which has just been published by Macmillan, is the definitive college and university textbook on contemporary filmmaking. Leipzig is on faculty at both UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, where he shares entertainment industry approaches and leadership and communications skills with leaders from a wide range of business sectors.
Leipzig is also the publisher of Cultural Weekly (www.CulturalWeekly.com) a digital magazine elevating the conversation on the entire creative landscape.
CreativeFuture is a coalition made up of 450 companies and organizations – encompassing film, television, music, and book publishing – that promotes the value of creativity, expanded digital access to legitimate content and the fundamental right of creators to determine how their works are distributed. www.CreativeFuture.org