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Adam Leipzig

Evening & Weekend MBA Program
Full-Time MBA Program
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Academic Status: On duty
Office Hours: By appointment
Personal Homepage: http://www.adamleipzig.com/
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B.A. Literature, Yale University, 1979

Coro Foundation, Fellow, Arts and Public Policy

Positions Held

At Haas since 2013

2015 – present, Special Creative Advisor (formerly COO), CreativeFuture
2013 – present, Lecturer, Haas School of Business
2013 – present, Faculty, Chapman University, Dodge College of Film and Media Arts
2011 – present, CEO, Entertainment Media Partners
2011 – present, Publisher and Managing Editor, CulturalWeekly.com
2003 – 2010, President, National Geographic Films
1998 – 2003, President/Producer, Terra Bella Entertainment
1993 – 1997, Producer, Interscope Communications (division of PolyGram)
1987 – 1993, Senior Vice President, Motion Picture Production, Walt Disney Pictures/Touchstone Pictures
1979 – 1986, Dramaturg / Producer, Los Angeles Theatre Center





External Service and Assignments

link to complete filmography: http://www.adamleipzig.com/adam-leipzig-filmography/

Current Research and Interests

  • Entertainment
  • Creative culture
  • Creative entrepreneurship
  • Technologies and data collection for audience and customer development, recommendation and retention

Selected Papers and Publications

  • Filmmaking in Action: Your Guide to the Skills and Craft by Adam Leipzig, Barry Weiss, Michael Goldman. Bedford/St. Martin’s (Macmillan) in July, 2015.
  • Inside Track for Independent Filmmakers: Get Your Movie Made, Get Your Movie Seen by Adam Leipzig Second edition, published January, 2015 by Bedford/St. Martin’s (Macmillan).


  • The Art and Science of Storytelling and Communication
  • Audience-Focused Communication

Honors and Awards

Adam Leipzig’s films have achieved:

  • Academy Awards: 2 wins, 8 nominations
  • Film Independent Spirit Awards: 3 nominations
  • Sundance Film Festival Awards: 2 wins, 2 nominations
  • International Documentary Awards: 1 win, 1 nomination
  • Cannes Directors Fortnight FIPRESCI Prize: 1 win
  • BAFTA Awards: 5 wins, 6 nominations
  • DGA Awards: 1 win, 1 nomination
  • Golden Globe Awards: 1 win, 1 nomination
  • Emmy Awards: 1 win, 1 nomination

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