AMBIKA LEIGH is a multi-talented producer, director, and editor who has created hundreds of hours of film and digital content throughout her multifaceted career. With a solid focus on clear communication and meticulous process, Ambika possesses a broad skill-set spanning the technical, creative and logistical, making her a bright independent force in today's entertainment industry.
Since moving to Los Angeles in 2007, she has worked with Apple, Sony Pictures, PBS, RED Digital Cinema, CNN, National Geographic, DirecTV, LEGO, Nu Boyana Studios, New Form Digital Studios, and the DGA Women's Steering Committee, as well as with Emmy-nominated director Stephen Gyllenhaal, actress/producers Lisa Kudrow, Gabrielle Anwar and Catherine Oxenberg, and Grammy award-winning musicians India.Arie, will.i.am and John Legend. Her documentary THE MAKING OF DRIVEN, featuring Jason Sudeikis, Lee Pace and Judy Greer, premiered at the 2018 Venice International Film Festival.
After working for several years with Academy-Award winning producer Mark R. Harris (Crash, Gods and Monsters) as a development executive, she began her own production company, On Purpose Pictures, and has directed, edited and/or produced dozens of features, shorts, web series, promos, docs, yoga and fitness content, and live-streamed events, including in-depth interviews with over 30 Emmy-nominated actors.
Ambika is listed on The Director List, and is a member of The Sundance Institute, Film Independent, Women in Moving Pictures and We Make Movies. She is an Adobe Certified Expert on Premiere Pro CC, and has degrees in film, music, and theater.
In addition to freelancing and running her production company, she teaches editing and post-production workflow, mentors filmmakers and youth, and is perpetually in development on a myriad of film, TV & new media projects. She is also continually striving for greater personal awareness, political responsibility, racial and gender equality, and global connectivity. And she doesn't understand why we're not supposed to discuss politics, religion, or sex at the dinner table.