Leslie Iwerks is an Oscar- and Emmy-nominated documentary director and producer, as well as the granddaughter of famed Disney animation legend and designer of Mickey Mouse, Ub Iwerks. Over the last 12 years, her company has produced award-winning documentaries, television specials and digital content for Disney, Pixar, HBO, Starz, Bravo, National Geographic and Babelgum, among others.
Iwerks’ short documentary Recycled Life was nominated for an Academy Award in 2007 and The Pixar Story, a feature documentary about Pixar Animation Studios, was nominated for an Emmy in 2008. Her short documentaries Downstream and Pipe Dreams were both shortlisted for Oscars. Iwerks’ latest television documentary, Industrial Light & Magic: Creating the Impossible, aired on Encore last fall and included George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, JJ Abrams, Ron Howard and Robin Williams and was narrated by Tom Cruise. Iwerks is currently in development and production on a number of short and feature-length documentary and narrative projects. Full bio>>
Michael Tang currently supervises the workflow of projects that come to Leslie Iwerks Productions. Beginning his film career in the film critic's circle, Tang received the San Diego Union Tribune/San Diego Asian Film Festival's Young Critics Award in 2008. His appreciation for quality filmmaking lead him from writing on films to producing and directing them. Graduating from the University of California, San Diego, with a dual degree in visual arts and history, he moved to Los Angeles to work with several commercial production and reality show companies. Ultimately, Tang's complimentary interests in artistic craft and non-fiction prompted him to enter the documentary film world signing on to work with Leslie Iwerks Productions on the feature length documentary Industrial Light & Magic: Creating the Impossible in 2010. In 2011, he continued his work with the company serving as production supervisor on the environmental short documentary Pipe Dreams.
Jane Kelly Kosek oversees documentaries, feature films and digital content projects in multiple phases of production at Leslie Iwerks Productions. She worked for eight years in publishing as a writer and editor, both in Detroit and New York City. In 2001, Kosek relocated to Los Angeles where she assisted Academy Award-winning screenwriter and producer Akiva Goldsman. She has produced several documentaries with Leslie Iwerks Productions prior to Citizen Hearst, including Industrial Light & Magic: Creating the Impossible and Pipe Dreams. Her filmmaking blog, All About Indie Filmmaking, has been lauded by Moviemaker Magazine as one of the top 50 blogs for filmmakers and she is often requested to comment on leading film industry events. Full bio>>
Antonio (Tony) Rossi is a director of photography whose work is deeply rooted in the documentary tradition. He completed graduate work at New York University’s Center for Media, Culture and History and then started his career working in independent film. During the past 10 years, Rossi has shot numerous documentary films and television productions for National Geographic, Bravo, ABC, PBS, The History Channel, The Discovery Channel and TruTV. He has been principal director of photography for films by Charles Ferguson, Peter Miller and Leslie Iwerks, and his cinematography has been featured in works by Alex Gibney, Ken Burns and numerous other filmmakers.
Mark A. Johnson, born and raised in the Los Angeles area coupled with a lifetime of exotic global travel and writing, is a professional consultant in the field of arts, media and culture. A long time enthusiast of television, film and history, he has worked with Leslie Iwerks Productions on a number of projects in story editing and writing capacity over the years.
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