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.
In addition, she was hands-on with the company's corporate marketing and PR, as well as participation and logistics at each major festival and market.
Melissa also looked after the theatrical release marketing and PR for Myriad's Vancouver-based sister company, Pacific Northwest Pictures, including wide releases in Canada for the films Le Week-End, Madame Bovary, and Learning to Drive.
Melissa is a LA native and a graduate of the University of California, Irvine.
Prior to joining the MLPR team, she was the Executive Director of Marketing, Publicity & Operations at Foresight Unlimited where she looked after the marketing and publicity efforts of theatrical films from pre-sales through international roll-out, and film market and festivals participation.
While at Foresight Unlimited, Jennifer was involved in several high profile campaigns including Peter Berg's Lone Survivor starring Mark Wahlberg, and 2 Guns starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg. She also served as the marketing and publicity liaison for the films And So It Goes directed by Rob Reiner and starring Academy Award winners Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton, The Ledge, Flypaper, Universal Soldier: Regeneration, Universal Soldier: Day Of Reckoning, and Beyond A Reasonable Doubt.
Jennifer is a graduate of California State University, Long Beach with a B.A. in Film and Electronic Arts and a minor in Marketing.
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.