Diana Lesmez

Adjunct Faculty


Diana is a Jane-of-all-trades with vast industry experience in production, development, acquisitions, distribution, physical production, film finance, business and legal affairs, and digital and social media. Via her banner company, Bumptious Media Consulting, Diana offers one-on-one coaching in screenwriting, pitching, and producing, as well as several popular masterclasses: Pitching and Mastering Communication Skills, Producing A-to-Z, and Screenwriting in the Age of Digital and Social Media.

As an instructor at the Scottsdale School of Film+Theater, and formerly at the New York Film Academy and The Los Angeles Film School, Diana has taught courses in career pathways in media, producing, story, distribution and marketing, and pitching.

Diana is also a produced feature-film screenwriter of the script adaptation of THE JOURNEY AHEAD, starring Michael Madsen. Also, she recently wrote, directed, and produced the award-winning short film, IN BETWEEN THE GUTTER AND THE STARS, starring Jacob Vargas and Yvonne Delarosa. Previously, she produced the feature film, CULTURE CLASS IN AMERICCA, directed by Emilio Estevez.

Diana has also been an entertainment executive, serving as President of Production at a mini-studio, Head of Development for a production company, and the industry liaison for a film financing institution.



Course # Class Section Semester Course Title Course Syllabus
FMT107 32317 Fall 2022 Career Pathways in the Media
FMT107 32721 Fall 2022 Career Pathways in the Media
FMT107 25837 Spring 2023 Career Pathways in the Media