MEET THE TEAM
Managing Director, TV Contest & Retreat
Leah Estrin was born & raised in Los Angeles & Orange County making her very much a So-Cal Kid. Ironically, she is not a fan of the beach. She remembers when The Farmer’s Market was just a market, The Fairfax District was not hipster place but where her grandmother went for the bakery, that the area where California Adventure was built was the parking lot for Disneyland and when Orange County had orange groves.
Her first job was teaching young kids dance. After getting a BFA in Film Production from Chapman University and an MFA from UCLA’s Producing Program, Leah started her career at Imagine Entertainment. During her 10 years at Imagine, she moved up the ranks from assistant to story editor to creative executive. While at Imagine, she worked on multiple projects including INSIDE MAN, FUN WITH DICK & JANE, TOWER HEIST, UNDERCOVER BROTHER and INSIDE DEEP THROAT.
After leaving Imagine, Leah was a freelance executive for Disney Channel Original Movies. Over the course of her time with Disney Channel, Leah helped to bring in new material and set up multiple projects including the book My Invisible Sister, which was made into the 2015 TV movie INVISIBLE SISTER.
In 2014, Leah moved into consulting & teaching. She has taught producing and story development classes at California State University Dominguez Hills and for the High School workshop Film2Future. She is also an external development assessor for Film Victoria in Melbourne.
Leah began her journey with CineStory in 2010 as a mentor for the feature retreat. She had an amazing experience that led to her becoming a board member. When the decision was made to expand the foundation to include a Television division, Leah stepped away from the board to help create and run CineStory’s TV Fellowship.
Leah’s life went full circle when she became the proud partner in her family’s dance studio in The Dance Centre in Orange, Ca. She is now back to teaching dance & helping to run the studio with her mom.
Leah will tell you that she always feels behind juggling her work as a consultant & script editor, dance instructor and Managing Director of CineStory’s TV Fellowship but she loves all three jobs. She will also openly admit that she takes a nap whenever she can and that she misses the old Disneyland parking lot because it was a better idea then building a theme park about California in California.
Founded in 1995, CineStory is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to educating emerging TV writers and screenwriters. It is not a talent representation service and does not manage and/or direct the development of writers’ careers, nor does it procure representation and/or employment for writers.