DAVID LEAF • JOHN SCHEINFELD • ARLENE WSZALEK • JONATHAN FLOM
DAVID LEAF - writer, producer, director
David Leaf is a writer-producer-director best known for his work on acclaimed documentary films, pop culture programs, music specials and retrospectives. He is the winner of a WGA award and has received multiple Emmy® nominations.
Perhaps most notably, his credits include being one of the Emmy®-nominated (and Peabody Award-winning) writers on the landmark all-network telethon America: A Tribute To Heroes, five years as a profile producer-director for Disney's Salute To The American Teacher and writing and directing the filmed segments for Christopher Reeve: A Celebration of Hope (ABC), helping the program earn an Emmy nomination for Best Variety Special.
For three years, he was consulting producer for A&E's Live By Request series, and for two seasons was a staff writer on the sitcom, The New Leave It To Beaver (TBS). Other solo writing/producing/directing projects include You Can't Do That: The Making Of ‘A Hard Day's Night,’ Martin & Lewis: Their Golden Age of Comedy (The Disney Channel) and Lassie: Unleashed (ABC).
In the world of television variety, he has written for such network specials as The Kennedy Center Honors (CBS) for which he won a WGAW award, Farm Aid (CMT), Carnegie Hall Salutes The Jazz Masters (PBS), Gilda Radner (ABC), The Billboard Awards (nine years) (Fox), The Television Academy Hall Of Fame (NBC), The Creative Arts Emmy Awards (Fox) and Elvis: The Tribute (ABC). Leaf was an historical consultant on Time-Life's The History Of Rock 'n' Roll and for three years, he wrote and co-produced The Salute To The American Songwriter as well as the limited series, The Spirit Of Rock ‘n' Roll.
Leaf is a native of New Rochelle, NY and a graduate of George Washington University.
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JOHN SCHEINFELD - writer, producer, director
John Scheinfeld is a respected writer, producer and director of documentaries, bringing a broad spectrum of experiences and interests to pop culture, music, historical and spiritual projects for broadcast, cable and theatrical exhibition.
Most recently, Scheinfeld wrote and directed (and with David Leaf produced) the critically-acclaimed feature-length documentary Who is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin' About Him)? The film had its World Premiere at the 2006 Santa Barbara International Film Festival.
On the heels of a Grammy nomination for producing 2005’s Beautiful Dreamer: Brian Wilson and the Story of SMiLE, Scheinfeld and Leaf are now in production on a feature film documentary, The U.S. vs. John Lennon, that Lionsgate plans to release in theaters later this year.
Scheinfeld also writes dramatic scripts for prime time television. He has created and written pilots for ABC, FBC, NBC, UPN and first-run syndication. He was also Executive Producer of a two-hour MOW/pilot for CBS, Intrigue, shot entirely on location in Europe, starring Scott Glenn.
Originally from Milwaukee, Scheinfeld is a graduate of Oberlin College and holds a graduate degree from Northwestern University.
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ARLENE WSZALEK - managing director
Arlene Wszalek manages LSL's business operations including marketing, development, licensing and sales. She also takes an active role in LSL's productions, most recently serving as coordinating producer for The U.S. vs. John Lennon and as associate producer for Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin' About Him)?.
Wszalek's professional background encompasses the media, entertainment and technology industries in both the U.S. and the UK. Wszalek was a founding partner of SW14 Group LLC, a marketing and strategy consultancy serving clients including AOL Europe, barnesandnoble.com, BBC Online, DIC Entertainment, ICE Magazine, Luxury Living magazine, MTV Networks Europe, and Radical Communication (now part of Silverpop).
Previously, she was on the launch team for AOL UK, and served as Vice President, Marketing for DIC Entertainment. She began her career in the media department at Ogilvy & Mather, where she served as Assistant Media Director for clients including CBS Entertainment Division, Mattel Toys and American Express.
Wszalek is a longtime member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. She's a regular guest-lecturer at the USC Annenberg School for Communication, and serves on the board of The Children's Circle. She originally hails from Bowie, Maryland and graduated from Smith College. She and her husband are parents of a teenage son.
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JONTHAN FLOM - executive in charge of production
Jonathan Flom has a broad background as an executive, producer and representative in the entertainment and licensing businesses. His has served as executive in charge of production for nearly two dozen LSL productions, the most recent being The U.S. vs. John Lennon, Who Is Harry Nilsson, Ricky Nelson Sings, Beautiful Dreamer: Brian Wilson and the Story of SMiLE. Among his other screen credits are Co-Producer of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Movie and Executive in Charge of Production for network television programs including Frosty Returns, Lassie Unleashed, The Kids in the Hall, Musical Shorts and The Vacant Lot.
As a senior executive at CBS, HBO, Broadway Video and GoodTimes Entertainment, he managed business and creative functions ranging from development and production to distribution, licensing and marketing. Flom spent six years with Lorne Michaels’ Broadway Video, where he helped initiate comprehensive merchandising, publishing and international television distribution programs for Saturday Night Live and managed Broadway Video’s business affairs for the motion picture releases of Wayne’s World and Coneheads.
Flom came to Broadway Video from Time-Warner, where he was part of the original team which created The Comedy Channel, leading to the highly publicized “comedy wars” and a high profile merger with Viacom’s Ha! (resulting in the creation of Comedy Central). He also handled business affairs, international distribution and music licensing for HBO’s and Cinemax’s New York originated programming. Before joining HBO, Mr. Flom was CBS Entertainment’s senior New York business affairs executive, responsible for negotiating and administering agreements and budgets for development, production and acquisition of programs including Kate and Allie, The Morning Program, CBS Happy New Year America, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and CBS Storybreak.
Mr. Flom has been a guest speaker and panelist for organizations including The Children’s Defense Fund (at the request of Marian Wright Edelman), the National Law Journal Seminars, the Wharton Entertainment Business Symposium and the NYU School of Continuing Education. He received a B.A from The University of Michigan and a J.D from The George Washington University.
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