Actor, author and exec producer, Leah Remini joins as keynote
The 10th anniversary edition of Realscreen West will feature a special one-on-one keynote conversation with Leah Remini — New York Times best-selling author, creator, executive producer and star of A&E ...
The 10th anniversary edition of Realscreen West will feature a special one-on-one keynote conversation with Leah Remini — New York Times best-selling author, creator, executive producer and star of A&E Network’s hit non-fiction series, ‘Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath’.
The series examines the controversial church through the experiences of Remini and other former members. In 2017, the show won an Emmy award in the category of “Outstanding Informational Series or Special,” a Television Critics Association Award in the category of “Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming,” and a Producers Guild Award in the category of “Outstanding Producer of Non-Fiction Television.” Season three of the hit series will premiere this fall.In addition to her show, Remini recently expanded her relationship with A+E Networks with an overall, exclusive first-look development deal. In her new role, she will be collaborating to develop and produce new documentary programming over the next two years that will go beyond the subject of Scientology.
Additionally, Remini can currently be seen starring on CBS’ hit comedy Kevin Can Wait, reuniting with her former co-star Kevin James. James and Remini starred together for nine seasons on the hit series The King of Queens, also on CBS.
On the big screen, Remini will next be seen starring alongside Jennifer Lopez in the romantic comedy, Second Act, set for release on November 21.
In the fall of 2015, Remini released a memoir, Troublemaker. The tell-all book explores an eye-opening, insider account of Remini’s tumultuous and heart-wrenching 30-year-plus association with the Church of Scientology. Troublemaker quickly became a New York Times bestseller, as did the paperback edition, which was released earlier this year.
In 2014, Remini created, produced and starred in her own reality show Leah Remini: It’s All Relative, which successfully ran on TLC for two seasons. The show chronicled her life in Los Angeles as she allowed cameras to capture her family and their funnier-than-fiction reality. At Realscreen West, Leah Remini will discuss bringing her story and the stories of other former Scientology members to the screen, the challenges inherent in producing the hit series, and her ambitions for developing more groundbreaking non-fiction content.
The keynote conversation takes place at 4:15 pm on Thursday, June 7.
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.