Leah Keith is a storyteller who enjoys exploring various creative outlets both as a writer and as a producer. She has written original screenplays for Netflix, The Disney Channel, Harpo Films, The BET Networks and The Lifetime Networks. Inspired by the history of her native Atlanta, Leah created an original one-hour drama for television entitled “Douglass Heights.” It was selected by the women’s advocacy organization WeForShe to be included in their 2016 WriteHer List. In 2013, the publication of Leah’s essay “Despite the Losses, So Much Gained” for The New York Times drew the attention of Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Films and in 2014 Leah adapted her unpublished novel about an unlikely romance, A Rented Life, into a feature film screenplay for Harpo.
In 2017, Leah was the Executive Producer of “Best. Worst. Weekend. Ever,” an Original Series for Netflix that was Co-Created by and Directed by Jeremy Garelick. In 2012, Leah joined Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Productions and award-winning animation studio Animal Logic as Executive Producer of “The Polar Bears,” a 3D animated short film for Coca-Cola that was directed by John Stevenson, written by Dave Reynolds and starring Lin-Manuel Miranda and Armie Hammer.
Prior to her career as a writer and producer, Leah was a studio executive in film and television at DreamWorks Motion Picture Group, Walt Disney Television and Walt Disney Pictures. During her career as an executive, Leah had the pleasure of working with many high-profile writers and directors such as Pulitzer Prize Award Winner David Lindsay-Abaire; Governor’s Award recipient Charles Burnett; Academy Award winner David Seidler; Cesar Award Winner Euzhan Palcy; Academy Award nominee Craig Borten; acclaimed filmmaker Reggie “Rock” Bythewood; Academy Award nominee Patrick Marber; and Emmy Award nominee Robert King.
Leah is a proud graduate of Barnard College/ Columbia University. She enjoys teaching the craft of storytelling and has been a panelist and guest lecturer at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television; Emerson College; The Austin Film Festival; The Urbanworld Film Festival; The Pan African Film Festival; Guest Lecturer at the L’Universite de Toulouse; and Guest Lecturer at The New York Film Academy. Leah sits on the Board of Directors of the Acoustic Neuroma Association. She is a member of the Writers Guild America West.