Mercedes LeAnza, a film and television producer who had been working as a lead creative producer at Amazon Studios and Prime Video, died on April 10, 2022, at the age of 40.
A Passionate and Versatile Producer
Mercedes LeAnza was born on November 12, 1981, in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, to Sandra Voris LeAnza and Glen LeAnza. She moved to California with her mother and brother, Kyle, after her parents divorced.
LeAnza started her career as a receptionist at Encore VFX in Hollywood, where she learned the ropes of the film and television industry. She co-founded Stella Bella Productions, which produced films such as “Jelly”, “The Accidental Death of Joey by Sue”, and “Ash Global”. She also acted in some of these projects, as well as in other independent films and TV shows.
LeAnza joined Amazon Studios as a creative producer in December 2018 and worked on several projects for Amazon Prime Video, such as “Hunters”, “Making the Cut”, “Solos”, “Upload”, and “Harlem”.
A Loving and Supportive Family Member
LeAnza was married to Sonny Michael Olivera, a musician and composer, and had three nephews, Kai, CJ, and Jax, whom she adored. She was also close to her brother, Kyle, and her sister-in-law, Elizabeth.
LeAnza was also a supportive and caring aunt to Garth Brooks’ three daughters, Taylor, August, and Allie, who are her half-siblings from her mother’s second marriage to Troyal Brooks. August shared a heartfelt tribute to LeAnza on social media after her death, saying, “My beautiful Aunt lost her battle with Cancer early Saturday morning.
A Legacy That Lives On
Mercedes LeAnza was a passionate and versatile producer who left a mark on the film and television industry. She was also a loving and supportive family member who cherished her relationships with her husband, brother, nieces, and nephews. She will always be remembered as a creative, talented, and kind-hearted person who did what she loved.
A memorial for friends and co-workers is planned for May 15 in Los Angeles. In memory of LeAnza, the family requests donations be made to charities or the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation through