Craig Leeson

Craig Leeson is an award-winning filmmaker, television presenter, news correspondent and entrepreneur. He is the director, host, writer and executive producer of the multi-award winning film “A Plastic Ocean” and the global evangelist for Plastic Oceans International, a charity dedicated to ending humanity’s single-use plastic addiction within a generation. “A Plastic Ocean”, was ranked the number one documentary on iTunes in the U.S., the U.K., and Canada and has been translated into 25 languages. It was released on Netflix by Leonardo di Caprio and simultaneously screened on Amazon. “A Plastic Ocean” has won more than 15 film festival awards and has been publicly screened in cinemas and at public events in over 70 countries on 6 continents. There have been over 1,500 screenings globally hosted by government agencies, non-profits, schools, universities, individuals, multilateral institutions, corporations, aquariums and others, including the Smithsonian Institute and the Australian and UK Parliaments. The film was only the second film chosen to be screened in the US Senate (An Inconvenient Truth the first) and was selected by the Senate as one of 50 showcase films to be screened in 55 US embassies around the world. A shorter 22-minute version of the film was premiered at the UN General Assembly, in conjunction with the Permanent Mission of Colombia, on June 6 in New York City, to more than 500 people. The film counts among its patrons UNESCO. Craig is the CEO of Leeson Media International, Leeson Global Media and Ocean Vista Films and founder of the I Shot Hong Kong Film Festival. He is an advisor to The Klosters Forum and is the Global Sustainability Ambassador to BNP Paribas. He advises Colombia’s Inspector Attorney General’s office on environmental issues and has been instrumental in helping frame and introduce legislation banning single use plastics to the Colombian and Mexican congresses. He has also advised and worked with the Asian Development Bank on oceans and single-use plastics related issues and helped ADB launch its US$5billion healthy oceans initiative. He has worked with the world’s major broadcasters including BBC, CNN, Bloomberg, PBS, National Geographic Channel, Discovery Channel, Bio Channel, Universal, Al Jazeera and the Seven Network. He began his career as a newspaper journalist before moving to radio and television as a news correspondent and anchor for ABC TV Australia. He is committed to charity work, primarily through the Plastic Oceans Foundation, which he helped set up globally, and through producing successful fundraising films for Room To Read, Operation Smile, The Sovereign Art Foundation and FilmAid.

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