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Founder, President and Chief Exec...

Local Address: Los Angeles, California, United States
Xenon Pictures Inc
1440 9Th Street
Santa Monica, California 90401
United States

Company Description: In August of 2002, Xenon signed a landmark deal with Mexican media powerhouse Grupo Televisa to develop and be the exclusive distributor for its domestic video...   more
Background

Employment History

  • Chief Executive Officer and Founder
    Xenon Entertainment
  • President
    Xenon Entertainment
  • Chief
    Xenon Entertainment

Education

  • Bachelor of Science , Magna Cum Laude
    Boston University
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xenonpictures.com, 24 May 2014 [cached]
Leigh Savidge
Founder, President and CEO lsavidge@xenonpictures.com
In June of 1998, The Los Angeles Times proclaimed that Leigh "pioneered the video market for films geared to young African-Americans. A former stand-up comedian, free-lance journalist and film editor, Leigh built Xenon from an under-financed pipe dream with one program and no major customers into one of the film industry's most successful independent distributors. Leigh structured the company as a low-overhead boutique shop and built the sales, marketing and distribution infrastructure necessary for the Company to compete for global shelf space against major and independent studios alike. Leigh graduated from Boston University, Magna Cum Laude, with a B.S. degree.
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primela.com, 14 May 2006 [cached]
Recognizing the lack of distribution avenues for independently produced urban films, S. Leigh Savidge, CEO and founder of Xenon Entertainment, visualized a market niche and began building a film library by finding movies owned by African-American filmmakers. He went first to cult films of the seventies and acquired the mother of all African-American hero films, DOLEMITE, as the company's first title. Since then, Xenon has gained, on a title-by-title basis, the largest collection of urban films in North America.
"Xenon's growth is a glowing testament showing the global marketplace has an appetite for cinematic diversity. We have proved how small, nimble companies can fill that need," explains CEO S. Leigh Savidge.
Although Xenon met with early resistance because people did not see the value of its mission, the company was already doing $2.7 million dollars in revenues after its second year. Savidge soon discovered that an abundance of African-American filmmakers are reluctant to work with major studios because their films tend to be "mainstreamed.
USATODAY.com - A rush of films amid war rumors
www.usatoday.com, 26 Feb 2003 [cached]
Leigh Savidge, president of Xenon Entertainment, which is distributing the video, says he wrestled with the decision to buy video rights to Uncle Saddam.
"Saddam is just such a paralyzing character, that sometimes you wonder if people can even handle something tongue-in-cheek," Savidge says."But we definitely feel there's an audience for the film."
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"In his interview on the DVD, he tells this wild story of the Iraqi authorities trying to inject him with something," Savidge says.
Hive4Media - A Better Way To Do Business
info.hive4frontline.com, 26 Oct 2001 [cached]
The documentary , personally directed by Xenon chief Leigh Savidge , has gone as high as No. 2 at Tower Records and Video , No. 3 at Best Buy and No. 8 at Blockbuster.It even cracked the national Top 100 , peaking at No. 38 on VideoScan's top VHS sellers.
Taking a cue from Fox , Disney and Universal , Xenon proudly issued its own press release announcing the success of Welcome to Death Row , maintaining that retailers around the country say they underbought the title , in light of its continued heavy demand.
In the midst of servicing reorders to video retailers , Xenon continues to widen the exposure for Welcome to Death Row with national radio give-aways and an international festival presence , the company says.
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I've watched it -- an excited Leigh Savidge sent me a copy as soon as it was ready -- and let me tell you , this is really something.
To borrow a word frequently tossed about in DVD circles , it's truly an immersive experience in the heady , heavy world of rap , a video culture shock that fully deserves all the attention it appears to be getting at retail -- and from consumers.
Let the big boys crow about their marquee DVDs.I'll cheer just as loudly for the little guys and their cassette.
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Xenon Pictures, Inc. GENERAL INFO
xenonpictures.com, 6 Sept 2012 [cached]
Leigh Savidge Founder, President and CEO lsavidge@xenonpictures.com
In June of 1998, The Los Angeles Times proclaimed that Leigh "pioneered the video market for films geared to young African-Americans. A former stand-up comedian, free-lance journalist and film editor, Leigh built Xenon from an under-financed pipe dream with one program and no major customers into one of the film industry's most successful independent distributors. Leigh structured the company as a low-overhead boutique shop and built the sales, marketing and distribution infrastructure necessary for the Company to compete for global shelf space against major and independent studios alike. Leigh graduated from Boston University, Magna Cum Laude, with a B.S. degree.
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