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Co-Executive Director & Co-Managing Director, Feature Contest & Retreat
With many years’ experience as a story editor and consultant for studios, networks, and cable, Leslie Dallas brings a unique marriage of science and art to her work.
Leslie recently signed on with LABS-Los Angeles-Beijing Studios, fronted by former Fox executive, Al Ovadia, with a $300 million film fund. She is scheduled to work on upcoming properties in science fiction, thrillers, animation, action-adventure and comedy.
Currently in talks to develop her series, MAKING GOD LAUGH, she’s also developing a feature on the 1980’s L.A. rock scene, DOWNEY GIRLS, and a one-act play about the friendship between Nora Ephron and Lena Dunham, CRAZY SALAD.
As a consultant, she’s assisted with developing several feature and series projects, including assignments with NBC, Sony, and Fox 2000.
Leslie’s feature, HOUSEMOTHER, a coming-of-age comedy, is currently in development and has been optioned by Type A (Reese Witherspoon), Flower Films, (Drew Barrymore), Cosmic Entertainment, (Goldie Hawn), and by Hallmark as a potential series. It also received the Jack Nicholson Prize in Screenwriting.
Another feature, ROAD TO REDEMPTION, was optioned by Happy Madison Productions (Adam Sandler), and was awarded the Samuel Goldwyn Writing Prize.
With experience in series development, Leslie has been in several writers’ rooms, including JUDGING AMY and DR. QUINN, MEDICINE WOMAN. She was also staffed on the show TWO ROADS for Charisma Productions, a Lebanese production company. As a story consultant dedicated to discovering the heart of every story, Leslie has helped nurture the vision of many screenwriters, playwrights, stand-ups, and producers, most notably working with Wanda Sykes and Michael T. Kennedy, FAMILY GUY.
In 2017, Leslie was named Co-Executive Director and Co-Feature Retreat Manager for the CineStory Foundation, where she works with aspiring writers and industry mentors. A graduate of the UCLA MFA in Screenwriting Program, she also served as the Screenwriting Program Assistant and worked with Academy Award winners Eric Roth, Akiva Goldsman, and Alan Ball. She taught screenwriting at UCLA and UC Irvine and designed and chaired a Screenwriting Program at the University of Hartford.
She is the recipient of several screenwriting awards, including the Disney Writing Program and the Austin Film Festival Screenplay Competition. An L.A. native, Leslie is a published poet, small press editor, and former journalist. Her work has appeared in THE NEW YORK TIMES, CREATIVE SCREENWRITING, the PACIFIC REVIEW, HIT AND RUN PRESS, and the CONNECTICUT REVIEW.
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.