Umbrella Street is a creative studio founded by director Stephen Leeds, specializing in commercials, branded entertainment and feature films. We harness a variety of tools and creative talent to construct engaging ideas, content, and experiences across all platforms. We have created award-winning films and commercials that have been shown across the world and web.
Known for our story-telling flair and get-it-done approach, we combine creative solutions with hands-on production at a very early stage to create original, efficient and effective work regardless of scope and budget. We have extensive experience helping emerging companies build their brands with video content that directly-- and measurably-- results in bottom-line growth.
Stephen founded UMBRELLA STREET MEDIA when he was tapped to create and produce the first ever national TV ad for a mobil app-- the Dictionary.com iPhone app campaign. After release of his commercials, the app garnered over 40 million downloads and was later recognized by Apple as one of the most downloaded apps of all time.
Stephen Leeds has been honored by the New York Film Society's New Films New Directors series at the Museum of Modern Art. He has a B.A. in writing from U.C.L.A. and an M.F.A. in film from Columbia University, where he graduated top of his class.
Stephen has worked as a feature motion-picture screenwriter, television writer and director for various Hollywood studios and production companies. Past works include scripts for The Walt Disney Company, Warner Brothers, New Regency, Phoenix Pictures Alcon Entertainment and others. He's currently writing & co-creating a limited series about the life of Ernest Hemingway for the producers of Nat Geo's "Genius" series.
Stephen has also created, produced and directed over one hundred television and branded entertainment spots— including a recent popular short for College Humor. His short "Get That Number" won Best Picture at the Columbia University / Polo Ralph Lauren / New Line Cinema Festival of New Works. Spin Magazine called it "an urban opus" and esteemed director Milos Foreman said it was "truly a wonderful film." It won Best Picture at six international film festivals and was awarded Filmmaker Magazine's Audience Choice Award. Sundance Mentor and NYU Tisch School of Dramatic Writing founder Dan Kleinman placed "Get That Number" on his list of the 10 best shorts of all time.