Previously working as a development executive for Producers Matt Alvarez and Scott Bernstein, Matt helped develop the script for the 2015 box office smash STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON, while his writing partner Stephen J. Smith previously worked in the marketing departments of MGM and New Line, writing copy for DVD/Bluray packaging and marketing materials.

As a writing team, Matt and Stephen were named to the 2016 Young & Hungry List, which highlights “the top 100 writers on the verge” in Hollywood. Late this summer, production wrapped on their 2016 BloodList feature script, SUMMER OF ’84, which was financed by Gunpowder & Sky and produced by Leslie and Brightlight Pictures. The film recently premiered in the Midnight Lineup at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.

Together Leslie and Smith have co-written 8 spec scripts, including their 2017 BloodList thriller, THE HARROWING, which is in development at Cinelou Films. The pair are also currently developing a mystery-suspense series and a graphic novel with Skybound Entertainment.