Lee Magiday founded Sleeper Films in September 2016 to build a strong independent film & tv slate with compelling and resonant stories. Lee was a producer on Yorgos Lanthimos’ multi-award winning The Favourite starring Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz. The film received 10 nominations at this years Academy Awards, with Olivia Colman winning an Oscar for Best Actress.
The Favourite won 7 BAFTAs and 10 BIFAs as well as the Silver Lion Grand Jury Prize and Best Actress Volpi Cup award at the Venice Film Festival (2018). Previously, Lee produced The Lobster which starred Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz. The film won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival (2015), a Golden Globe (2017) nomination for Colin Farrell and an Oscar nomination for best screenplay (2017). Lee was Associate Producer on box office hit The Guard, directed by John Michael McDonagh starring Brendan Gleeson and Don Cheadle.
Lee’s prior experience has included heading up Focus Features’ European offices as VP Acquisitions & Production; Director of Acquisitions at PolyGram Filmed Entertainment and Universal Pictures International and as a Producer for Element Pictures, initially setting up their London offices. Lee consults for various bodies including the BFI, NFTS, Film City Futures in Scotland and the BIFAs.