Speaker Leslye Headland

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Leslye Headland

Emmy-nominated Writer, Producer, Director

Leslye Headland is an Emmy-nominated writer, producer, and director. She began her career writing and directing the SEVEN DEADLY PLAYS series (IAMA Theatre Company), including Bachelorette and Assistance, which both had successful runs in New York. Bachelorette was the basis for her directorial film debut starring Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher, and Rebel Wilson. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012. 

Most recently, Headland served as writer, director, and showrunner for Netflix’s acclaimed series RUSSIAN DOLL (co-created by Natasha Lyonne and Amy Poehler), which was nominated for three Primetime Emmy Awards and nine Creative Arts Emmy Awards, the latter of which it won three. 

Headland is currently working on the STAR WARS series THE ACOLYTE for the Disney+ streaming platform and serves as writer, executive producer, and showrunner. She is also currently directing and executive producing the Freeform pilot, SINGLE DRUNK FEMALE written by Simone Finch, executive produced by Jenni Konner, and starring Sofia Black-D’Elia, Ally Sheedy, Rebecca Henderson, Sasha Compère, Lily Mae Harrington, and Garrick Bernard. In addition to Star Wars and Single Drunk Female, Headland has signed a multi-year, overall deal with Fox 21 Television Studios to create, develop and direct series for network, cable and streaming platforms. 

Her other film credits include writing the 2014 remake of ABOUT LAST NIGHT starring Kevin Hart and writing/directing SLEEPING WITH OTHER PEOPLE starring Jason Sudeikis and Alison Brie which also premiered at Sundance in 2015. 

Speaking on: TV for good: using the power of content to shift humanity

At the Banff Media Festival, we met with Netflix and took a ride up Sulphur Mountain on the gondola. That’s where we made the pitch.
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