Entrepreneurship in Filmmaking

Spring Semester 2017/18


Dylan Leiner is Sony Pictures Classics’ Senior Executive Vice President, Acquisitions & Production. Since 1997, Leiner has overseen the Acquisitions and Production Department responsible for a broad range of films including Run Lola Run, Pollock, The Triplets of Belleville, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, The Lives of Others, Rachel Getting Married, The Class, Waltz with Bashir, A Prophet, The Secret in Their Eyes, Inside Job, Midnight in Paris, A Separation, Amour, Searching for Sugar Man, The Gatekeepers, Blue Jasmine, Mr. Turner, Whiplash, The Lunchbox, Son of Saul, Toni Erdmann, Elle, Call Me By Your Name, A Fantastic Woman as well as upcoming SPC releases including Foxtrot and The Rider. Dylan oversees Sony Pictures Classics’ physical and post production services. During his tenure running the Acquisitions & Production Department, Dylan’s films have garnered over 100 Academy Award nominations. Dylan has been named by The Hollywood Reporter as a member of its 35 under 35 Next Generation Group and by Crain’s New York Business among its 40 executives under 40

Dylan is joining us as the guest lecturer in the Spring Semester of Academic Year 2017/18. With the Entrepreneurship in Filmmaking Module, Leiner will examine what is creative entrepreneurship; how does one define her/his own path and what role do professional and personal partnerships play in this path? How does one become a working filmmaker; is the auteur theory of filmmaking still relevant in this age of media hybridization and concept driven storytelling are among the topics that will be treated during the Module.