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Leslie is an Academy Award® and Emmy® nominated director and producer. For over a decade, she has produced, directed, and edited award-winning feature and short documentaries, television specials, tributes, corporate films, and digital content. Her clients have included Disney, Pixar, Hearst, Starz, Bravo, GE, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, among others.
Her body of work encompasses enterprise feature films (The Pixar Story, Citizen Hearst, ILM: Creating the Impossible, the Imagineering Story, Hand Behind the Mouse) to her acclaimed environmental and social issue documentaries (Recycled Life, Pipe Dreams, and Downstream).
Leslie is an adventure and travel enthusiast, and has filmed on all seven continents around the world.
Her desire to innovate and push boundaries in documentaries, film, animation and new technologies has been cultivated and inspired by her family upbringing.
Her grandfather, Ub Iwerks, was the original designer and co-creator of Mickey Mouse and multi-Academy Award winning visual effects pioneer. Her father, Don Iwerks, also an Academy Award winner for Technical Lifetime Achievement, was founder of the large format film company, Iwerks Entertainment, building large format systems in over 200 theaters around the world.
Michael E. Tang
Michael is a versatile producer with extensive experience filming in domestic and international locations throughout North America, Asia, the Middle East, and Europe.
While working towards his dual degree in visual arts and history at the University of California, San Diego, Michael began his entertainment career in the film critics circle. His creative prose would ultimately earn him the San Diego Union Tribune's Young Critics Award and Scholarship. After graduating cum laude, he relocated to Los Angeles to collaborate with several commercial production companies. His complimentary interests in artistic craft and non-fiction material prompted him to enter the non-fiction scene.
Since joining Iwerks & Co., Michael has helped oversee production on short and long form content across broadcast, cable, web, and new media platforms for Disney, Pixar, Hearst, GE, as well as The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Debra Shriver is a former newspaper journalist and is currently CCO at Hearst, one of the nation’s largest private diversified media and information companies.
Debra co-produced the documentary Citizen Hearst and edited the companion book, Hearst One Hundred Twenty Five.
Debra’s first book, Stealing Magnolias: Tales from a New Orleans Courtyard, is a memoir of refurbishing a French Quarter house following Katrina. It was published by Glitterati in October, 2010, and is in its second printing. Her second book, In the Spirit of New Orleans, was published in the US and in France by Assouline in November, 2012. A third book is planned with Rizzoli for 2017.
She's a trustee of the New Orleans Museum of Art, and a board member of the Apollo Theater Foundation in Harlem, where she chaired the record-breaking 80th birthday gala in June, 2014. Debra is a founding member of Lincoln Center’s Women’s Leadership Council is also past president for New York Women In Communications, Inc. (NYWICI) and the NYWICI Foundation, as well as a Matrix Award winner for Public Relations.
She and her journalist husband reside in Manhattan and New Orleans.
Karol is an Austrian-born American entrepreneur and media industry innovator with broad motion picture, broadcast, publishing, event, and Internet backgrounds and his career spans over two decades including leadership in the American independent film industry.
Karol spearheads the licensing, acquisition, development and cross platform distribution of the documentary and narrative originals on the Iwerks and Co. slate. He is the primary liaison to international film festivals and collaborates closely with Leslie Iwerks on the burgeoning activities with diversified media publishers and broadcast networks.
Karol is EVP of specialized theatrical distributor Abramorama, Managing Partner of Cinelan, and President of Thought Engine | Media Group. He was the President of Film & Media for Michael Cohl’s S2BN Entertainment Corporation, SVP of Film & Animation at Babel Networks, and Head of Film at Chris Blackwell's Palm Pictures. He has produced over 25 television and satellite broadcast music programs and he co-founded FILMMAKER Magazine, RES Magazine, and the media content enterprises indiewire.com, cinelan.com, conditionone.com, and hackateerventures.com.