Iwerks & Co. was created as the natural evolution of creative director Leslie Iwerks’ long time commitment to working with some of the world's most iconic brands, luminaries, legends and entrepreneurs for over a decade. Under the brand Leslie Iwerks Productions, Leslie has created a number of award-winning films which celebrate the genius, risks, rewards, and lessons learned - through the eyes of corporate entities to Academy Award®-worthy heartfelt human tales told from the depths of the Guatemalan garbage dumps to the Canadian oil sands.
In a decisive move to expand our operation into new arenas, we re-branded our company name to Iwerks & Co in 2015. The "Co" represents Leslie's ongoing collaborations with outstanding producing partners and idea people on a variety of co-productions in documentary, television, animation, books, film and more. On any given day on the border of Santa Monica and Venice, the Iwerks creative team is busy preparing a number of film projects inside their airy downtown office space on Main Street. Our film crews around the world consist of award winning writers, editors, cinematographers, line producers and production crews.
When approaching an enterprise story, we look at a subject from all sides, studying the origins and inspiration that built a dream from the ground up. Through the years, Leslie Iwerks has covered a wide array of topics ranging from news, journalism, animation, computer graphics, Hollywood history, music, visual effects, gaming, the oil industry, environmental issues, human rights, politics, culinary arts, science, air transportation, big data, space, corporate culture, leadership and more.
Our company has been sought after and engaged by the CEOs of multi-million and billion dollar corporations including the Walt Disney Company, Pixar Animation Studios, Hearst Corporation, General Electric, Industrial Light & Magic/Lucasfilm, Imagineering, Motown among others. Leslie and her team have been given rare behind-the-scenes access into worlds very few get to see, illuminating the most powerful ideas, honest choices, turning points and outcomes that have become the formative stepping stones for an entity's success and growth.
Leslie has been a sought after speaker and moderator on a number of panels and events around the world. Her films have been shown as retrospectives at the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival where Leslie won the top filmmaker Spotlight Award for her body of work as well as the Bologna Biograph Film festival in Italy where she was honored. She has been a guest speaker on the Disney and Princess Cruise lines, moderated panels at Disney's D23 Convention and Disney Leadership Conferences, and has been an invited guest speaker to a variety of corporations and film festivals internationally.