Leslie has produced, written, directed and performed in over 150 professional projects in film, television, radio and live theatre. He is the President and Producer of Less Bland Productions, based in Victoria, BC, Canada, and is an alumnus of the Erich Pommer Institute’s Trans Atlantic Partners training and networking program in international co-productions.
Leslie has produced and directed the all-female comedy series She Kills Me for APTN; and the award-winning comedic feature length documentary Gone South: How Canada Invented Hollywood which featured Howie Mandel, Neve Campbell, David Foster, Alex Trebek, David Shore, Shannon Tweed and many other Canadian celebrities, for theatrical release and broadcast on Super Channel. Gone South won Best Documentary at the Glendale International Film Festival and was an official selection to 22 film festivals in Canada, the US, and the Cayman Islands. Leslie was the Producer and Showrunner for the Telus sitcom web series Ollie and Emma, which is now being broadcast to millions of homes in the USA by FNX. Leslie also produced and directed the documentary series The Wine Guys: Grape Escapes, which was shot in Italy and Spain and has so far been sold throughout Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Africa and Europe. In 2018, he directed and produced the documentary Dust ‘n Bones for Telus, APTN and FNX, which was recently acquired by Filmoption International for foreign sales and sold to Télé Québec and NITV Australia. Less Bland Productions has a number of projects in development with a variety of Canadian broadcasters including Super Channel and Hollywood Suite.
He is a graduate of the University of Alberta B.F.A. Conservatory Acting program, holds both his Instructor and Performer certification (A.R.C.T.) in Speech Arts and Drama with the Royal Conservatory of Music (University of Toronto) and received his M.F.A. in Directing from the University of Victoria. He has taught at the University of Miami and Concordia University in Montreal and is currently a Continuing Sessional Instructor with the University of Victoria.