Leandro Matos was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. With degrees in Film and in Writing for Television, he spent 18 months studying writing for films in one of Rio's most regarded film schools. He has also taken classes with established writers in Brazil, as with Robert McKee in the U.S., and had a sitcom selected by Columbia University Writing Program for Columbia's first intensive classes in Rio, where his project was one of 14 series pilots to be written under the supervision of Columbia professors and screenwriters Joe Cacaci and Trey Ellis.
He started his writing career in 2008, in the sitcom Cilada, Brazil's most celebrated tv series at that time.
He spent 5 years (2009-2014) working as a writer and script analyst for Total Entertainment, a big production company in Brazil, with huge box office successes, such as Se Eu Fosse Você, Assalto ao Banco Central e Divã. During that time, he created 2 sitcoms for the company, Os Figuras and De Cabelo em Pé, which he also wrote and acted as head writer. He also worked as head writer for a third sitcom, Se Eu Fosse Você A Série, which came out to be a big success in the ratings, becoming the second most-watched series of Fox Channel Brazil during its run, behind The Walking Dead. He also wrote 5 films for Total Entertainment; Divã a 2, Apaixonados O Filme and Love.com have already been released. Love.com is currently available on Netflix worldwide. His fourth film, Minha Família Perfeita, will be released by 20th Century Fox in 2019.
During that same period, he also worked as a freelance writer, creating scripts for several sitcoms, like Morando Sozinho and Na Fama e Na Lama.
His time at Total Entertainment was very educational; besides working as a writer, he also had the opportunity to learn different aspects of the business. He helped prospect future projects with investors and was especially interested in marketing and release strategies, learning a variety of functions such as trade marketing, promotions, premiere production and writing teasers and special pieces for advertising the films and series.
After his contract with Total was finished, he went back to being a freelance writer full time, writing scripts for different companies and shows like Superbonita, the sitcom Ribanceira and the variety show Encontro com Fátima Bernardes, a daily show at Rede Globo, the biggest television company in Brazil.
In 2016, his sitcom pilot Bachelor's Guidebook was awarded 5th place at Cannes Screenplay Contest. Later that year he moved to São Paulo to break new grounds as a screenwriter. There, he participated in the development of Samantha!, Netflix's third Brazilian series, currently available worldwide, and wrote the Brazilian adaptations of 2 international hit shows, Drunk History, which helped double the audience for Comedy Central and the reality show First Dates. He's currently developing 5 film scripts based on his ideas to different production companies around the city, one of which won a Governmental Development Grant in 2018.
After 10 years writing in Portuguese, Leandro started writing scripts in English, aiming at an international career. He has already produced one film script and two tv series bibles & pilots and is looking forward to starting showing them to possible partners and buyers.In 2018, Leandro became a permanent resident in Canada and moved to Vancouver to explore new possibilities in his career.