Five Questions with Adam Leipzig
September 15, 2015 by Screenmag
Adam Leipzig is a former VP of Walt Disney Studios, president of National Geographic Films, and current CEO of Entertainment Media Partners, one the most sought after consulting firms in Hollywood. He has supervised over 35 films that collectively have grossed over $2 billion from $300 million in production financing. His films, including DEAD POETS SOCIETY, GOOD MORNING VIETNAM and TITUS, have won or been nominated for 10 Academy Awards. Leipzig has twice been responsible for the most profitable film of the year, including MARCH OF THE PENGUINS. Adam headlines the kick-off event of the IFP Chicago Master Series this Wednesday, September 16th - you can purchase your tickets here - and Adam first stopped by SCREEN for this week's Five Questions...
SCREEN: What’s your guilty pleasure television (and why)?
LEIPZIG: SHARK TANK. Because the sharks always say exactly what I am thinking. I can even watch reruns of it, which I know is completely crazy.
SCREEN: Can you cook? If so, what is your go-to dish?
LEIPZIG: I love to cook. Roast chicken. You take a chicken, salt it inside and out, puncture a lemon and put it in the cavity, then close the cavity with three toothpicks. Sprinkle paprika on the outside. The secret is to roast it breast-side down, and directly in a pan, not on a rack, which keeps the breast juicy. Cook for 20 minutes at 400 degrees, then turn the oven down to 350 degrees and cook for a total of 20 minutes per pound. Everyone will be happy.
SCREEN: Tell us about the IFP Master Series coming up this Wednesday!
LEIPZIG: We're going to have a hands-on, interactive session with some of Chicago's most talented independent filmmakers. We'll discuss getting money, getting distribution, and a host of insider information.
SCREEN: Any predictions for the upcoming months you’d like to share?
LEIPZIG: America will spend $5 billion in the upcoming presidential election cycle, and half of the country will be unhappy with the winner.
SCREEN: Describe your perfect Sunday.
LEIPZIG: 7:30 am, go to the Hollywood Farmer's Market to get pristinely fresh vegetables and fruits. Go home and start cooking. Friends start to show up around noon, and we keep cooking together. Someone opens a bottle of wine. Lunch begins and it goes into dinner. Someone opens a bottle of whiskey, Oban, 14 years. The night ends late, and with a lot of laughter.
SCREEN: What's your favorite American city? Foreign city?
LEIPZIG: Los Angeles. It is always the city of the future. Rome. It is always the city of the past.