Meet our Content Coordinators

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Nicole Wisdom, Kacy Bartleigh, and Shaun Leonard make up Luma Features' team of Content Coordinators, where they work under the Head of Development to actively discover emerging talent and IP for development that is in line with Luma's mandate of making emotionally poignant content that is highly imaginative and thoughtful in execution.

We grabbed some time with these folks to do a fun Q&A to find out about Shaun's passion for shenanigans, who Kacy's grown-up creative crush is, and what got Nicole into the movie-making biz.

Where you grew up and where you live now

I grew up in San Diego and came to LA for university 14 years ago and my roots rooted.

When you first realized you wanted to get into the movie-making business

One night while watching an oldie with my Nana, we laughed so hard we keeled over in our rocking chairs. She kept trying to tell me something with tears in her eyes but was laughing so hard I couldn't understand a word. It was a powerful bonding moment even without those words. That's when I realized how special movies were and that I wanted to make moments like that.

A writer, director or filmmaker you admire

Céline Sciamma

The best part about your job

The best part of this job is working with different types of creative people.

Three things you can’t live without

Friendly Animals, Classical Music, Avocados. 

A film, short, or book you saw/read recently that is particularly on mandate & why 

Everything Everywhere All at Once feels mandate-y to me. It may not be for everyone, but I highly recommend the ride. 

What’s something you’re passionate about?

I've served on the board of USC's Women of Cinematic Arts group for several years and am now their President at 700+ members strong. One of my greatest passions is uplifting women and girls in the industry to influence storytelling and iconography.

Where you grew up and where you live now

I grew up in Houston, Texas and moved out to California for college. I’ve been living in LA ever since - hard to beat the weather!

When you first realized you wanted to get into the movie-making business

Movies have always had a very profound effect on me. Growing up, I would watch films on a loop only stopping to rewind the VHS. It was a great way to see the world and explore other cultures and ways of thinking. 

A writer, director or filmmaker you admire

Nora Ephron's stories will always have a special place in my heart having grown up in the 90s. Phoebe Waller-Bridge is now my grown-up creative crush/obsession. 

The best part about your job

The best part of the job is getting to discover and support talented voices and visionaries who have not had the kind of opportunity/platform to tell their stories before. Those other perspectives and experiences are the things our society desperately needs to be exposed to if we’re to make the world a more tolerable place.

Three things you can’t live without

A spicy book, coffee… and I guess loved ones?

A film, short, or book you recently came across that is particularly on mandate & why 

I think Everything Everywhere All at Once was pretty on mandate. It explored the regrets of one’s life choices through the exploration of those alternate versions. Though that could be taken in a commercial and less thoughtful fashion, it took the opportunity to delve into familial trauma and the cycles and fractures it creates. 

What’s something you’re passionate about?

I’m passionate about amplifying the voices of people of color as well as the many other underrepresented groups. I yield my time.

Where you grew up and where you live now

I grew up in a small town in Ireland called Carnmore. It’s in Galway, on the west coast. Now I live in Los Angeles.

When you first realized you wanted to get into the movie-making business

I think it was when I realized that everyone spent so much time talking about their favorite films and TV shows. Whether it was a big movie or a new episode of Friends, Lost, or Game of Thrones, it seemed really clear to me that people genuinely cared about these stories, and they mattered. We see parts of ourselves reflected on the screen, and I think it helps us make sense of our lives, so I wanted to be a part of that.

A writer, director or filmmaker you admire

Taika Waititi seems to be having the most fun of anyone in the business, and he’s making a bunch of personal stories along the way. I was really impressed with What We Do in the Shadows, Eagle vs Shark, and Jojo Rabbit, but I love that he’s also a part of something like Our Flag Means Death.

The best part about your job

Talking about stories and storytelling with creative people. There’s nothing like it.

Three things you can’t live without

Other people, laughs, and some type of media to consume.

A film, short, or book you recently came across that is particularly on mandate & why 

In an effort to pick something other than our usual comps, I’m going to say the film Mogul Mowgli by Bassam Tariq. It felt on mandate because of how creatively it explored the difficulties of communicating with a family member within a family of immigrants. In this case it’s a British Pakistani musician whose father doesn’t understand his son’s life or career, and the visual representation of the father’s inner life is unique and compelling.

What’s something you’re passionate about?

I would say travel but I think I really mean adventure. Not particularly noble adventures, more like shenanigans? I firmly believe people should say/do silly things regularly to try and release the pressure of whatever particular struggle and stress they’re dealing with, because joy is what we tend to lose first when life gets hard.

You won a trip to Berlin on Let’s Make a Deal. When are you and the wife jetting off?

We’re aiming for March 2023. We’ve both been to Berlin before but never as adults so we’re super excited!