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Maxine Leonard

Maxine Leonard is an entertainment marketing and publicity executive specializing in corporate publicity and theatrical filmed entertainment.

Before launching her own marketing and publicity agency in 2011, Maxine spent five years handling the marketing and publicity for Academy Award winning production company GK Films and its affiliate company Parlay Films. She oversaw all corporate publicity which included both film and television divisions as well as the newly formed theatrical distribution company, Film District.

Maxine developed and oversaw the international launches of numerous film and television titles including Nicolas Cage starrers Next and Bangkok Dangerous, three time Academy Award nominated The Young Victoria (Emily Blunt), Edge of Darkness (Mel Gibson), London Boulevard (Colin Farrell and Keira Knightley) and The Tourist starring Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp as well as and GK-tv's Camelot.

She also oversaw in production publicity and marketing for GK's The Rum Diary (Johnny Depp) and Martin Scorsese's Hugo.

Prior to working at GK, Maxine was the Executive Vice President, Marketing and Publicity for Myriad Pictures where she spearheaded the corporate publicity strategy and oversaw the marketing and publicity for their slate of feature films. These included the Academy Award nominated Kinsey (Liam Neeson), The Good Girl (Jennifer Aniston), festival favorites Trauma (Colin Firth), People I Know (Al Pacino), Little Fish (Cate Blanchett) and 10 Items or Less (Morgan Freeman).

Maxine launched her entertainment career working for international publicity and marketing agency, Denmead Marketing. She oversaw the corporate PR strategy for a number of clients that included Initial Entertainment Group (now GK Films), Myriad Pictures, Lionsgate International, Senator International, Mandate, The Cannes Market, Rysher Entertainment, Arenas Entertainment among many others. She also had numerous overseas clients including Helkon Media, CLT-UFA, Intertainment, Shochiku, CJ Entertainment and Filmax International.

During her tenure at Denmead, Maxine also handled the international publicity campaigns for a number of feature films that included Steven Soderberg's Academy Award winning Traffic, Martin Scorsese's Gangs of New York, the Richard Gere starrer Dr T and The Women, Peter Berg's Very Bad Things, Hard Eight (starring Gwyneth Paltrow), Stanley Tucci's Big Night, Charlize Theron's first American film 2 days in the Valley.

Maxine is a former board member of BAFTA Los Angeles, holds both US and European passports and has a BA (Hons) in Law from Nottingham University, England.






Colleen Bersano

Colleen joined Maxine Leonard PR in the spring of 2021 and quickly dove in as a supportive member of the team, working with corporate clients such as Arclight Films, Highland Film Group, Voltage Pictures and STXinternational and assisting with details for the Tribeca and Cannes film festivals. She ushered Russian distribution company, Arna Media, through its debut announcement and first market at the 2021 AFM.

Client's projects she has promoted include One True Loves starring Simu Liu, Queen Bees starring Ellen Burstyn and James Caan, The Portable Door based on the Tom Holt novel, The Good Neighbor starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers and a Shari Lewis and Lamb Chop documentary.

Before joining MLPR, Colleen worked in the international publicity department for Sony Pictures Entertainment and was the personal assistant to Director Chris Moukarbel after working as a set PA in both Chicago and Los Angeles. Colleen graduated from DePaul University in 2014 with a B.A./M.S. in Digital Cinema.






Shelly Josias

Shelly joined MLPR in 2021 as Director of Publicity, developing and implementing corporate communications strategies for production and sales companies including Aquarius Films, Arclight Films, Highland Film Group, MSR Media and Upgrade Productions.

Prior to joining MLPR, Shelly spent nine years as an international publicist at Sony Pictures Entertainment where she launched successful publicity campaigns for films around the world including Little Women, Spider-Man: Far from Home, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Spectre, Skyfall, Blade Runner: 2049, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Bloodshot and The Smurfs franchise.

Prior to that, Shelly worked at Warner Bros. where she managed and implemented international third-party promotions for films including Superman Returns and Batman Begins and also served as Director of International Promotions at Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Shelly graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a B.A. in Communication Studies.






Charlotte Hallam

Charlotte joined Maxine Leonard PR in 2016, after beginning her career as a publicist in the financial services industry in her native Australia. Since joining MLPR, she has worked successfully across both the corporate client and international film release publicity teams.

Her clients include See-Saw Films, STXinternational and Protagonist Pictures. On the film side, current and upcoming titles include Ridley Scott's All the Money in the World, I Feel Pretty starring Amy Schumer, Pet Berg's Mile 22 starring Mark Wahlberg and The Happytime Murders starring Melissa McCarthy.

Charlotte holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business majoring in Public Relations from the Queensland University of Technology, for which she was awarded Dean's List honors.





Maxine Leonard Marketing & Publicity
Maxine Leonard PR
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office: 323-930-2345, contact:
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