ELESHA BARNETTE graduated from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, where she majored in Media Production. During her time at UNC, Elesha produced student programming for the campus channel as well as wrote/produced/directed feature film, "Key Lime Pie." Upon graduation she was inducted into the "Order of the Golden Fleece" - UNC's oldest and highest honorary society - for her "significant and long-lasting contributions" to media diversity.
After graduation Elesha spent 5 years working in sales/marketing at Procter & Gamble, and then several years at a digital news/media start-up, Politic365, all the while continuing to write/direct/shoot whenever possible. Feeling she needed to pursue her passion full-time, Elesha moved to Los Angeles in 2011.
Since the move, Elesha has completed the UCLA Professional Program in Producing, created/ produced/shot popular web series, "Last Life" as well as worked consistently with others to bring their visions to life.
In 2016 Elesha was invited to speak at ITV Fest where she and co-owner of Puma Squad Productions, Kathy DiStefano, ran a panel entitled, "The First 36 Million Minutes - Creating a Successful Series." Since the 2016 panel in which Barnette and DiStefano shared the in and outs of what it takes to create successful digital series, the company now boasts 75 million minutes of content watched by over 90,000 subscribers.
Currently, Elesha is in pre-production on a series of shorts (July 2018) and a new series, "CODA" (fall 2018).
"Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” - Andre Gide
"When we focus our life solely on making a buck, it shows a poverty of ambition." - David Ogilvy