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MediaU: Empowering the Future of Entertainment

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Lights, cameras, and action! The entertainment industry has always been alluring, but breaking into it can seem like an arduous uphill battle. However, there’s a game-changer on the horizon – MediaU, the brainchild of former Disney executive and acclaimed film producer Adam Leipzig. This innovative online program is setting the stage for aspiring professionals, revolutionizing the way they learn and navigate the complex world of entertainment.

With an impressive four-decade career overseeing iconic films like “Dead Poets Society” (1989) and “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” (1989), and producing notable works such as “Titus” (1999), “The Way Back” (2010), and “A Plastic Ocean” (2016), Adam Leipzig is a true titan in the industry. His unparalleled expertise and deep understanding of the inner workings of entertainment have given birth to MediaU, a platform designed to address the gaps in traditional film school education.

The idea behind MediaU took shape during Leipzig’s tenure as president of National Geographic Films when Macmillan approached him to write a standard filmmaking textbook for universities. Teaching a three-semester course at a local film school during this time, Leipzig witnessed the limitations of traditional film education. Reflecting on this experience, he notes, “The training isn’t really practically focused, and it doesn’t result in an understanding of how the business works and specifically how to have a creative career, whether you are independent as a gig economy worker or if you’re going to be hired by a company.”


Empowered by the desire to bridge this gap and empower aspiring professionals, Leipzig and his team embarked on a mission to create MediaU. Their vision was clear – to offer accessible, affordable, and career-focused training for individuals eager to thrive in the competitive entertainment industry. Since its inception, MediaU has become a guiding light for those seeking to turn their passion into a successful career.

MediaU offers an extensive range of courses designed to equip aspiring professionals with the knowledge, skills, and connections needed to excel. The platform’s up-to-date and action-driven course content is enriched by virtual, live networking events, offering students opportunities to connect with industry experts and hiring managers from all corners of the globe.

By joining MediaU, students unlock the door to an active online community, providing a space for valuable career discussions, feedback, and networking with like-minded creatives. The platform’s dedicated MediaU Message Boards allow students to seek coaching, receive answers to their questions, and obtain invaluable feedback from working industry professionals.


One of the most intriguing aspects of MediaU is their FREE series of live mentoring sessions. This unparalleled access to Hollywood executives and filmmakers behind high-profile films at studios like Netflix, Disney, and National Geographic offers invaluable feedback, coaching, and expert guidance to aspiring professionals. Past speakers in the Breakthrough series include esteemed industry figures like Steve Tao, founder of the Make A Film Foundation, and award-winning writer, director & producer Tamika Lamison, among others.

And MediaU is not just for those starting out in the industry. As Leipzig explains, “For people who are already in the industry, perhaps already making your films or started your careers and you want to scale up a level, stay current, or have a greater capacity to do the work, we have things for you too.”

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MediaU is nurturing the next wave of filmmakers and guiding them towards success. By redefining the way entertainment education is approached, Adam Leipzig and his team have democratized access to practical, career-focused training. No longer will aspiring professionals find themselves adrift after film school; MediaU equips them with the necessary tools to break through, get their work discovered, and boost their job prospects.

So, are you ready to embark on a transformative learning journey in the world of entertainment? Head to and join the ranks of MediaU’s empowered dreamers, ready to make their mark in the ever-evolving landscape of entertainment. The stage is set, and the future is bright!

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