Toronto-based children’s content producer Guru Studio announced the appointment of Lauren Leinburd as Senior Vice President Business Affairs & General Counsel.
In the newly created role, Leinburd will oversee all strategic and day-to-day legal operations at the Company, working across all departments and productions. She will be based in Toronto and report to Guru Studio President & Executive Creative Director, Frank Falcone.
Leinburd brings a decade of legal and entertainment leadership experience to the role, having acted as both corporate and production counsel on numerous television programs, feature films and new media projects. Prior to joining Guru, Leinburd was Vice President & General Counsel at Breakthrough Entertainment where she oversaw and managed all legal issues on behalf of the company including within its development, production and distribution divisions.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Lauren to Guru’s leadership team,” said Falcone. “Her deep experience and excellent ability to convey insight across a broad spectrum of entertainment related activities will provide steadfast guidance and help our busy teams keep pace with a range of new business activities.”
Leinburd has both a civil and common law degree from McGill University Law School and a certificate in negotiation from Harvard Law School. Leinburd is called to the bars in both Ontario and Manitoba and has been a guest speaker on numerous panels within the entertainment industry.
Guru Studio is a creative-driven entertainment company renowned for creating, developing and producing internationally acclaimed and highly successful shows, including its Emmy-nominated Netflix Original series True and the Rainbow Kingdom; PAW Patrol and Abby Hatcher, produced in collaboration with Spin Master and Nick Jr.; Mattel’s Ever After High; and its own two-time Emmy-nominated preschool series Justin Time in association with Disney Junior. The studio also produced the ‘story world’ sequences of Oscar-nominated feature The Breadwinner. Current productions include original series Big Blue with CBC and new preschool series Pikwik Pack airing on Disney Junior U.S.