Craig A. Leeson
Craig is the CEO of Ocean Vista Films, Chairman of the I Shot Hong Kong Film Festival and contracted production representative and correspondent for the Channel Seven network, Australia. Craig has worked as a presenter, producer and director in print, broadcast and film media for more than 25 years. He has served with broadcasters such as ABC, BBC, CNN, PBS, STAR TV, ESPN, Discovery and NGC. His television career began with the ABC in Australia, where he served as a political reporter and later nightly News Anchor. He moved into documentary filmmaking in 1999 and has since conceptualised and produced films for broadcasters such as National Geographic Channel, Bloomberg, CNN, STARTV and PBS. The Tasmanian’s films have won Asia’s biggest awards, including the 2005 Asian TV Award for “Rebel Impasse”, a news documentary on the Maoist rebels of Nepal which featured on Star TV and PBS; an Australian Society of Cinematographers gold medal for the same documentary; two 2004 Asian TV awards for “Marco Polo” (best cinematography and best score – NGC); a New York Festivals medal for Best International Affairs Documentary on the violence that swept Indonesia following the downfall of President Suharto; and a Foreign Correspondents’ Club/Amnesty International award for a Hong Kong documentary on “Police Brutality”. Craig returned to Hong Kong in 2002 to set up and produce National Geographic Channel’s first in-house Asia documentary series called GeoWatch Asia. He then moved into the corporate world and worked as Media Strategist for Richard Li at PCCW, responsible for the set up of NOW studios in London and Asia’s biggest joint venture with Telstra Australia. In 2004, Craig set up Ocean Vista Films and today the production and creative house serves the needs of the world’s best broadcast and film companies and is a passionate supporter of independent filmmakers. He most recently directed Ocean Vista Film’s production for the National Geographic Channel’s Top 30 Countdown for its 10th anniversary special – involving hosted programming every day for 30 days. He also directed National Geographic Channel’s 2009 Earth Day promos featuring 30 of Asia’s biggest name celebrities, business people and politicians shot in five different countries. As founder and chairman of the I Shot Hong Kong Film Festival, Craig and Ocean Vista Films provide resources and platforms for independent filmmakers to show the work.