Originally from Montreal, Canada Leanne brought her talent and skills to the US in 2001 to pursue her dreams in the entertainment business. In 2013, Leanne founded 16 Mile Talent where she currently serves as CEO and Head of Talent, overseeing all accounts. Leanne brings over 15 years of Talent Booking experience for television as well as digital and successful relationships with the best talent, publicists, managers, agents, networks, and studios.
Recognizing the importance of digital programming early on, Leanne pioneered booking one of the first ever online talk shows in 2008, Tom Green’s House Tonight, and launched In Bed with Joan, starring Joan Rivers. Booking highlights include: Ellie Kemper, Nick Kroll, Marc Maron, Meghan McCain, Billy Eichner, Scott Aukerman, Bob Saget and Chris Hardwick. Leanne & her team see the value of online and curated content. 16 Mile Talent works regularly with digital platforms to bridge celebrities, influencers, and online creators together. Previous & current shows include: YouTube Nation, Good Mythical Morning with Rhett & Link, Scripps Network’s Genius Kitchen, Sony Music’s Rumble Yard, and The IMDb Show.
Prior to founding 16 Mile Talent, Leanne began her adventures in entertainment in 2001 as a Marketing Manager at Davie Brown Entertainment where she launched creative product placements for television, including Missy Elliot’s Reebok campaign for the 2002 Grammy’s, HBO’s 2003 Golden Globe Suite, Reebok retreats at Sundance and at the BET Awards.
Departing Davie Brown in 2003, Leanne joined Central Talent Booking (CTB). A few television shows that benefited from her hard work and dedication at CTB were Dinner for Five with Jon Favreau (IFC), Punk’d (MTV), Celebrity Poker Showdown (Bravo), Iconoclasts (Sundance Channel), and Celebrity Fear Factor (NBC). In 2005, Leanne left CTB to become the West Coast Editor of Stuff Magazine where she booked the first ever male cover featuring Will Ferrell along with 21 other celebrity covers.
Leanne moved to NYC in the Spring of 2008 to lead the first Talent Department at the Wendy Williams Show. Under her guidance the show launched to such great ratings that it has since been renewed through 2020. Fresh off the success of Wendy Williams Show, Leanne served as Talent Executive at Lopez Tonight (TBS) in Los Angeles. Her massive list of industry contacts allowed Lopez Tonight daily guest bookings including Cameron Diaz, Janet Jackson, Jessica Alba, Will Ferrell, and Demi Lovato. In 2011, Leanne joined the team at E! Entertainment, booking high caliber guests for Joan River’s Fashion Police, The Soup!, and Comment Section.
Leanne maintains a residence in Los Angeles with her husband Brad Deutch, daughter, son, and their Labradoodle Ranger Danger.