Liesl Copland is a Partner at Endeavor Content where she heads up the Non-Scripted Advisory practice, overseeing feature documentaries and premium non-fiction series and providing strategic advice to the studio’s growing production partners. A 25 -year entertainment industry veteran, Copland has worked in the specialty film sector for most of her career with the goal of democratizing distribution for unique, independently produced projects. During her eleven years with the group – which originated within Endeavor and grew with the company through mergers with William Morris and IMG, expanding into television, international sales and more – Liesl has overseen the narrative film sales practice and also focused on digital media and the emerging distribution space as part of her corporate advisory work, always with an eye to the changing media landscape.
Prior to joining Endeavor in 2008, Liesl acted as the Head of Red Envelope Entertainment, the former original content division of Netflix, where she oversaw the acquisition, marketing and distribution of close to 100 films a year during their three years in existence. She developed a reputation for successfully forging innovative partnerships with studios and mini-majors, boutique distribution labels and more non-traditional, new media-focused outlets.
Prior to Red Envelope, Liesl worked at New York-based film financing and sales consultancy firm Cinetic Media, where she concentrated primarily on film and documentary sales and the launch of their US ancillary business. Her previous entertainment industry experience includes years as an independent producer as well as posts at the Tribeca Film Festival and IFP. Before entering the film world, Copland worked in merchandising and design for Gap, Inc. and as an editor for Hearst Magazines.
Copland is a graduate of University of California, Berkeley with degrees in both English Literature and Art History.