Ute Leonhardt (Panorama Films, Italy)
Ute Leonhardt began her career in 1985 at Praxis Film Works, Los Angeles, working for Academy Award winner Rob Blalack (Star Wars). She started in motion control camera work for miniature and matte painting photography, moving on to become an assistant editor proficient in optical camera work. In 1988 she became an optical supervisor specializing in traditional film optical procedures.
In 1989, Leonhardt joined Propaganda Films as Head of Post Production. She supervised all post-production of Propaganda’s music videos, commercials, TV projects and feature films as well as managing the in-house post-production facility which comprised 5 off-line edit bays.
Leonhardt’s relationship with Propaganda changed in 1991 when she became associate producer of a series of short films for Michael Jackson’s Dangerous album. She worked, among others, with directors John Landis, John Singleton, David Lynch and David Fincher. Her primary responsibilities included co-ordinating the relationship between the directors, the production companies, the artist and his management team, as well as organizing the international shoots while Jackson was on his world tour.
In 1994, Leonhardt worked as a freelance production manager, primarily on commercials.
In 1995, Leonhardt became Associate Producer on Jane Campion’s film, The Portrait of a Lady, working closely with its producer, Monty Montgomery, from development through to the release of the film. She continued working in development with Montgomery for three years.
In 1998, Leonhardt moved to Italy and joined forces with Marco Valerio Pugini in Panorama Films as co-owner and Vice President. Leonhardt line produces film and television projects as well as commercials; her film & TV credits include, Marco Pontecorvo’s Pa-Ra-DA, The Lizzie McGuire Movie for Disney, the final episodes of HBO’s Sex and the City in Paris, Angels & Demons and Eat, Pray, Love starring Julia Roberts.