Founder & Director
Leila Conners founded Tree Media Group in August of 1996. With a background in international politics and economics, Leila set out to build a production company that creates media to support and sustain civil society by telling inspiring stories. Most recently, Leila founded N2K Need to Know, an online channel that streams stories and solutions about the pressing issues of our time.
With Tree Media, Leila seeded and participated in several global movements including the climate movement. Leila’s work with climate spans 25 years of research and collaboration with climate scientists, institutions, governments both national and sub-national. Leila directed several key climate films including The 11th Hour, a film that included 54 leading thinkers and scientists about the state of the world and the state of the human condition; Ice on Fire a film with HBO about methane, the arctic, the carbon cycle and how civilization can exist within the carbon cycle; and Green World Rising, a climate series that is shown in school curriculum around the world.
Currently, Leila is writing and directing Legion 44, a film on Carbon Dioxide Removal and several projects including a film on the most recent developments in renewable energy. Leila is collaborating and learning from innovators around the most current climate reversal technologies and practices. Leila is focusing much of her energy in community and locally inspired action in regards to climate. Given her past focus on climate at the global stage, Leila is highly aware that collaboration and action at this point is critical at the local level.
Previously, Leila is created a documentary film on the explosion of urban farming in Detroit called Urban Roots. 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 25 years with Tree Media Group include work with NASA, JPL, 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.