Stories have the power to change the world; they shape our thinking, drive culture, and impact our lives. Tree Media is a production company with a mission to use stories and media to encourage an open society based on wisdom and informed, positive action. Tree has been working for more than 20 years on projects that examine the environment, consciousness, human development and global transformation.
Tree Media speaks to an audience that wants to better understand the world. We are operating in a time in which human civilization is being confronted with significant challenges - the life-support systems of the planet are deteriorating, resources are becoming scarce and we are undergoing a dramatic shift in the fundamentals of our economic system around the world. The strain of this uncertainty and rapid change is plunging human consciousness into the fires of transformation. Tree looks for and brings to light stories that help us understand and navigate our time with an aim to inspire us all to create a common and beautiful future.
Leila Conners founded Tree Media Group in August of 1996. With a background in internationalpolitics, Leila set out to build a production company that creates media to support and sustain civil society by telling inspiring stories.
Currently, Leila is directing Ice on Fire for HBO and has just finished a feature documentary on Gorbachev titled The Arrow of Time. She most recently wrote and directed We the People 2.0 about community and nature rights. Leila most recently produced a documentary film on the explosion of urban farming in Detroit called Urban Roots. Leila’s first feature-length documentary,
The 11th Hour, was co-created with Leonardo DiCaprio.
The film included 54 leading thinkers and scientists about the state of the world and the state of the human condition. She has written 2 short films with Leonardo DiCaprio on the environment called Global Warning and Water Planet and a feature film script for Ridley Scotts Scott Free Productions on the state of the oceans. Leila has also been published in newspapers and magazines around the world including the International Herald Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Yomiuri Shimbun and Wired Magazine among others. Projects over the last 10 years with Tree Media Group include work with the Council on Foreign Relations, NASA, JPL, Norman Lear, Green Cross International, Harvard University, and Hollywood studios among others. Her article on “Death and American Culture” was published in War, Media and Propaganda, published by Rowman and Littlefield.
Prior to Tree Media, Leila was Associate Editor of NPQ/New Perspectives Quarterly, an international ournal of social and political thought, and Associate Editor of Global Viewpoint of the Los Angeles Times Syndicate, an internationally distributed op-ed column that reaches 200 papers. At NPQ, she interviewed thinkers and policy makers including: Kofi Annan, Nafis Sadik, Betty Friedan, Hans Bethe, Rigoberta Menchu Tum, Boutros Boutros Ghali among others. She is now Editor-at-Large for NPQ.
In 1991, Leila translated Jacques Attali's book from the French for Random House entitled, Millennium. Leila is often invited to speak on issues of sustainability and the environment and has served on panels nationally and internationally.
Mathew Schmid is a Principal of Tree Media and is spearheading Treemagination for Tree Media.
With a lifelong background in Waldorf education based on the principles of Anthroposophy, Mathew has turned his attention to creating an educational curriculum to support individual and group development. Mathew is currently producing Ice on Fire for HBO and The Arrow of Time, a feature documentary on Gorbachev. Prior he most recently produced We the People 2.0 and was the Executive Producer and Producer of Urban Roots, a film about urban farming in Detroit; and produced and directed Giving Birth as well as produced "Driving Fashion Forward with Amber Valletta". Mathew also produced "Green World Rising with Leonardo DiCaprio.
Mathew’s path of inquiry and interest in understanding how the soulful and spiritual values of personal development unfold has led him to careers grounded in communications, writing, and teaching. After attending UCLA Extension for Graphic Design and completing his Masters at the Pädagogische Hochschule Stuttgart, Germany in pedagogy, Mathew founded schmid:zone, a design and marketing company, giving a voice and face to various schools and organizations in Germany and the United States. He has also taught the Waldorf Curriculum and Methodology for several years. It is through his teaching experience, and through dialogue with faculty and parents, that Mathew felt the need for a deepening exploration of human development, and thus the idea of creating a global curriculum was born and which we now call Treemagination. The idea extends to the creation of a real center where the practice and study of subjects like Education, Eurythmy, Biodymanics, Relationships, and Health can prosper.
Mathew’s observation of pop culture and our consumer society has led him to write and create new concepts and approaches that add a clarity to understanding human development.