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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.

Phoebe Zerouni

Phoebe joined MLPR in March of 2023 as Publicity Coordinator. As a member of the MLPR team, she works across both the film and corporate client publicity desks, working with clients such as Amazon, Arclight Films, Highland Film Group, and Zurich Avenue. Phoebe holds a B.A. in Media and Cultural Studies from the University of California, Riverside, where she was awarded with High Honors.

Meilin Eastburg

Meilin joined MLPR as Director of Publicity, from the sunny shores of Sydney, Australia. For 6 years she managed National Publicity, Promotions and Events for Universal Pictures Australia. While overseeing a talented team of PR and Partnership professionals, Meilin personally managed many PR campaigns, publicity tours and/or premiere events for films including Les Misérables (Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe), The Water Diviner (Russell Crowe's directorial debut), Snow White and the Huntsman (Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth), Johnny English Reborn (Rowan Atkinson, Rosamund Pike), P.J. Hogan's Mental (Toni Collette, Anthony LaPaglia), American Pie Reunion and many more. Meilin was also the Asia Pacific regional lead for NBCUniversal's global initiative to drive cross-business marketing support between all operating sister companies (Universal Pictures, Networks, Home Entertainment, Theme Parks, CNBC and TVD).

Prior to Universal, Meilin was National Promotions Manager for Paramount Pictures for 3 years managing 3rd party, media and exhibition partnerships for the studio as well as DreamWorks Animation and Marvel properties including Kung Fu Panda, Monsters vs Aliens, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and Star Trek (2009).

Meilin started her career in film after working for 20th Century Fox in London in 2001. She returned to Australia and worked for Sony Pictures Home Entertainment where she forged a career path in product marketing and promotions for 3 1/2 years before moving over to Paramount.

An Australian with a touch of Brit, Meilin has come to the US with a thirst for new experiences - plus a Post Graduate Certificate in Communications from the University of Technology, Sydney.

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.

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