Biography, Documentary, Women Directors
United States of America
Barbara Leibovitz began her career in 1987 at the CBS News program 48 HOURS. She then worked at the Nine Network in Sydney, Australia. Upon her return to the U.S., she began freelance producing with Entertainment Tonight, E! Entertainment Television, Consumer Reports Television and VH-1. Leibovitz also worked with The Arthur Company on the ABC series FBI: THE UNTOLD STORIES. SALVAGED LIVES (1995) was Leibovitz's feature-length documentary film debut and was in the top 15 for the Academy Award nominations. The film won Best Documentary Feature at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, the Roy Webster Dean Film Award, the Robert Townsend "Tenacity" Award, and a Bronze Apple Award. It premiered on the Discovery Channel, and Warner Bros. optioned the dramatic rights. After completing SALVAGED LIVES, Leibovitz also produced for the syndicated series YOUR MIND AND BODY. In close collaboration with her partner Jaime Hellman, she has written, directed and produced award-winning documentaries for PBS and such networks as Discovery Channel, National Geographic, CNN, TBS, and Discovery Health.