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S. Leigh Savidge III is an American screenwriter, film producer, director, and founder of Xenon Pictures, a production and licensing company.[1]

S. Leigh Savidge
Seattle, Washington, United States
OccupationScreenwriter, film producer and director
Years active1971-present


In 2001, Savidge wrote and produced Welcome to Death Row, a documentary about Death Row Records, which was later turned into a book of the same name.[2] He is known for his works in the restored version of The Harder They Come (restored in 2006) and Straight Outta Compton (2015), for which he co-wrote the original draft of the screenplay and also served as one of its executive producers.[1][3] His 2001 documentary Welcome to Death Row was shopped as a feature-length sequel to Straight Outta Compton on the heels of its success, and Savidge received a nomination for Best Original Screenplay at the 88th Academy Awards.[4][5]

He founded the production company Xenon Pictures in 1986.


As a producerEdit

  • 2015: Straight Outta Death Row (Documentary) (executive producer)
  • 2015: Straight Outta Compton (co-executive producer)
  • 2011: Biebermania! (Video documentary) (executive producer)
  • 2010: The 1984 Los Angeles Comedy Competition with Host Jay Leno (Video) (producer)
  • 2008: Straight Outta Puerto Rico: Reggaeton's Rough Road to Glory(Video) (executive producer - as Leigh Savidge)
  • 2006: The Harder They Come (restored version) (executive producer)
  • 2005: The Luau (executive producer)
  • 2004: Eminem AKA (Video documentary) (executive producer)
  • 2003: Malibooty! (Video) (executive producer)
  • 2003: The Legend of Dolemite: Bigger & Badder (Video documentary) (executive producer)
  • 2002: Flatland (TV Series) (executive producer - 1 episode)
  • 2001: Welcome to Death Row (Video documentary) (executive producer)
  • 2000: Rudy Ray Moore: Live at Wetlands (Video) (co-executive producer)
  • 1997: Mahalia Jackson: The Power and the Glory (executive producer)
  • 1997: Mahalia Jackson Sings the Songs of Christmas (Documentary) (executive producer)
  • 1994: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Historical Perspective (Documentary) (executive producer)
  • 1994: The Legend of Dolemite (Documentary) (producer)
  • 1990: Twisted Justice (executive producer)

As a directorEdit

  • 2010: The 1984 Los Angeles Comedy Competition with Host Jay Leno (Video)
  • 2008: Straight Outta Puerto Rico: Reggaeton's Rough Road to Glory (Video) (as Leigh Savidge)
  • 2001: Welcome to Death Row (Video documentary)

As a writerEdit

As a editorEdit

Other creditsEdit


Award Category Recipients and nominees Work Result Ref
Academy Awards Best Original Screenplay Shared with:
Andrea Berloff
Jonathan Herman
Alan Wenkus
Straight Outta Compton Nominated


  1. ^ a b Ramos, Mike ‘Compton’ writer is straight outta Seattle Seattle Times. September 5, 2015
  2. ^ Alan Wenkus and Leigh Savidge Going from Bluecat to Universal September 6, 2015
  3. ^ Siegel, Tatiana Ice Cube's 'Straight Outta Compton' Movie Lands Writer (Exclusive) Hollywood Reporter. September 6, 2015
  4. ^ Hipes, Patrick (January 14, 2016). "Oscar Nominations: The Complete List". Retrieved January 14, 2016.
  5. ^ Siegel, Tatiana 'Welcome to Death Row' Shopped As 'Sequel' to 'Straight Outta Compton' Billboard. September 6, 2015
  6. ^ Coggan, Devan (January 13, 2016). "John Krasinski, Guillermo del Toro, Ang Lee to announce Oscar nominations". Entertainment Weekly. Time Inc. Retrieved January 11, 2016.

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