Larry Schlessinger, Producer
Originally from Chicago, Larry began his career in entertainment media directly out of college, creating a voiceover talent division at Nouvelle Talent, a boutique talent agency in Chicago. He worked directly with the respected Chicago theater community at the Geddes Agency, supplementing the wages of renowned Steppenwolf Theater and Goodman Theater actors with earnings from national spots for General Mills, American Cancer Society, Miller Brewing Co and many others, produced with ad agencies including J. Walter Thompson, Ogilvy & Mather, and DDB Needham. Working alongside his colleagues in the film and on-camera departments, Larry developed an affinity for the dynamic yet delicate processes of casting and production.
As producer of a multitude of talent demo reels during his tenure as a SAG/AFTRA licensed agent, Larry found himself gravitating towards the writing and producing component of his profession. He was subsequently seduced by the dot.com revolution and its promises of boundless creativity and triumphant stock options. Starting in 1997, at aggressive internet startups Point.com and Aptimus, he served as interactive content producer and helped design content features and nurture the editorial voice of several web publications under these companies.
After subsequent stints at Microsoft and Seattle-based ad agency Cole & Weber/Red Cell, where he produced websites, interactive marketing projects, and e-commerce web publications, Larry was drawn towards friend and filmmaker Drew Emery's vision of an ambitious film humanizing the increasingly-division issue of marriage equality, and welcomed the opportunity to serve as a production partner.
Putting aside web-based content and returning to the creative landscape of film and broadcast media, Larry is excited to work again on content that — rather than helping one navigate the internet — helps one explore the human condition.
Larry currently serves the Seattle arts community on the Board of Directors of Consolidated Works, an urban contemporary arts center, actively developing and presenting work by artists engaged in the exploration of film, theater, visual art, music, and other arts disciplines.