Xenon Pictures


Founder / President-CEO


In 1998, The Los Angeles Times proclaimed that Leigh Savidge and Xenon “pioneered the video market for films geared to young African-Americans.” A former stand-up comedian, free-lance journalist and film editor, Leigh built Xenon from an under-financed pipe dream with one program and no major customers into one of the film industry’s most successful independent distributors. Leigh structured the company as a low-overhead boutique shop and built the sales, marketing and distribution infrastructure necessary for the Company to compete for global shelf space against major and independent studios alike.

He also wrote the initial drafts of Straight Outta Compton, directed by F. Gary Gray and released through Universal Pictures in 2015.


EVP / Chief Operating Officer

Starting at Xenon directly after graduating UCLA  and 25-year Xenon veteran, Steve Housden is Xenon’s principal operations, acquisitions and marketing executive. With impeccable commercial instinct and considerable contract negotiations experience he is the primary contact for acquisitions and all contractual matters, as well as overseeing new business.

Steve is also a producer of a number of Xenon’s original productions, including Mahalia Jackson: The Power & The Glory and Welcome to Death Row.

He was also instrumental in conceiving and developing Straight Outta Compton, and continues in development of new films.


Director of Operations

Xenon’s Director of Operations since 1999, Thad is perhaps best known for his sharp focus, efficiency and the ability to manage and hit tough deadlines.  Thad handles/oversees the majority of Xenon’s purchasing, manufacturing and inventory management duties, as well as maintaining vendor (and some client) relationships.  He is also heavily involved in planning and the management of work flow within the company and with vendors and clients, ensuring that projects move forward to completion.  Thad holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from California State University, Long Beach.



An accounting graduate from the University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Joey oversees all financial and accounting issues for the company.


Operations Manager

James has been with Xenon for 15 years, and aside from his oversight of day-to-day operations and logistics, his deep knowledge of —and passion for— cinema is a great asset in many other areas.
James is also the primary contact for film vault issues, and is brand manager for a number Xenon product lines.


Assistant to Chief Operating Officer

With an education in writing and self-taught programming skills, Matthew is in charge of in-house editing, asset delivery, and undertakes all authoring functions for DVD and BluRay releases.


Social Media / Marketing

Tyler takes the point on marketing matters, and all things social media related, and is directly involved with pre-production of upcoming Xenon features. 


General Counsel - Member of the Board

Andrew Hoffmann serves as Managing Partner of Hoffmann & Associates in New York, NY.


Member of the Board

Steve Briganti serves as a Board Member of Xenon Pictures.  He has been instrumental in Xenon Pictures’ growth and diversification, including its recent feature film success in Straight Outta Compton and in the development of Welcome to Death Row. 
Throughout his distinguished career, Steve has developed and grown a diverse range of businesses in entertainment, media, software, network computing and environmental technology.  In the entertainment sector, Steve is co-founder of Soliddd Corp, a 3D/Virtual Reality media technology company, and was COO of a startup company 3D camera technologies.  Steve also supports development and production of projects in Hollywood, Broadway and in other business areas. 
Steve received an AB in Radio/Television and Motion Pictures form University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and served in fellowships at The Hoover Institution, Stanford University and at MIT.


Public Relations





Xenon’s previous CFO and a 25-year video industry veteran (18 at Xenon), Kent continues to consult Xenon in various capacities since stepping down from the CFO role in August 2012. Current consulting projects include distribution and joint venture audits, historical sales analysis to assess product placement viability for both catalog and new release titles, as well as acquisition due diligence of new titles.

Xenon Pictures, Inc.

3521 Jack Northrop Ave.

Hawthorne, CA 90250

310.451.5510    f310.396.4058