Brian Pines (President/CEO)
While studying at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Brian Pines began his career at Nancy Seltzer & Associates. As a publicist, Brian worked on Academy Award campaigns for A Few Good Men, Philadelphia, and Good Will Hunting, with filmmakers Jonathan Demme and Tim Robbins, and actors Susan Sarandon, Sean Connery, Annette Bening, Julia Ormond and Julia Roberts.
After brief stints at Abrams Artists Agency and Clinica Estetico, Brian was Personal Assistant to Julia Ormond on two film shoots overseas — nine countries in one year — before returning to PR. Brian then opened the New York office of Silly Goose Productions with Susan Sarandon, coordinating her activities with more than 100 international non-profits and NGOs including UNICEF, Heifer Project International, the Amazon Conservation Team, City Harvest and the Center for Constitutional Rights.
Brian relocated to Los Angeles in 2000 and became VP of Production and Development at Heel & Toe Films, the production company co-owned by Katie Jacobs and Paul Attanasio. Brian served as Executive in Charge of Production on House, which just completed a successful eight-year run. At Heel & Toe, Brian also helped develop drama pilots for every major broadcast network.
In 2006, Brian was hired as VP of Television (later upped to SVP) at Josephson Entertainment (Bones) where he sold scripted projects to Fox, ABC and Spike.
Brian has a BFA from Tisch’s Dramatic Writing Program.
Brian co-founded and currently serves on the board as Treasurer of the Iola Foundation, a California-based 501(c)3 which pairs artists with philanthropic causes.
Brian is engaged to Seth Levy and lives in Los Angeles with their two dogs POTUS and Biscuit.
Anna Gross began her career with an 8 year stint with Dino De Laurentiis, where she worked in various capacities on 14 films, including Death Wish, Three Days of the Condor, The Shootist, King Kong and Ragtime. She then served as Vice President of Production for Sydney Pollack, working on The Electric Horseman and the development of Tootsie and Out of Africa.
Gross spent much of the 1980′s working in Germany with European uber-producer, Bernd Eichinger. She oversaw production of The Neverending Story, The Name of the Rose and Last Exit to Brooklyn. She then returned to established Constantin Film’s Los Angeles operation.
In the early 90′s Gross served as VP of Production for Italian producer/distributor Vittorio Cecchi Gori. She was the key executive on the Oscar winning Mediterraneo, Giuseppe Tornatore’s The Starmaker (best foreign language nominee), Il Postino (five nominations). She handled the US sale and delivery of these films and was point person for Miramax on its distribution and Academy campaigns. She oversaw production for the Italian financier on Robert De Niro’s directorial debut A Bronx Tale. Her last project there was the Oscar winning, Life is Beautiful.
Anna then began her own niche business of overseeing Oscar campaigns for foreign films. She has handled 11 nominees, including Eichinger’s personal productions, The Baader Meinhoff Complex and Downfall.
She is an alumnus of Columbia University, Graduate Film Division, and a founding board member of the non-profit, FilmAid International.
Ms. Gross is currently a director and the corporate Secretary of Hypomania Content, Inc.
Tom Weedon is a senior digital media & advertising executive with extensive experience building successful Internet companies, launching new media startups, and consulting to Fortune 500 companies. After nearly ten years as a successful management consultant with top tier firms such as The Boston Consulting Group and Monitor Group, Weedon joined GoTo.com in 1999 as a Product Manager, where he was responsible for all syndication related products for the company’s paid search business. As GoTo.com became Overture Services, Mr. Weedon rose to Senior Director, Search Quality, managing a team of over 50 people, building and running Overture’s search quality organization. Overture created the paid search business, now a $13 billion market in the US alone. The company was sold to Yahoo! in 2003 for $1.63 billion.
Mr. Weedon devoted his time after leaving Overture in 2003 between charitable organizations and continued consulting with successful Internet companies such as Veoh Networks, a start-up with almost $70 million in funding that attracted media attention when ex-Disney chairman Michael Eisner joined the board in 2006. Mr. Weedon has also consulted with Spot Runner, the first Internet-based ad agency, where he helped them develop a strategy for online video. Mr. Weedon has also worked at Microsoft, where he served as Senior Director, Partner Development. At Microsoft, he oversaw the company’s multi-year strategic partnership with Viacom, valued at more than $500 million. Mr. Weedon most recently served as Vice President, Global Accounts for the Rubicon Project which is a pioneer, and the market leader, in yield optimization business for display advertising. At Rubicon, Mr. Weedon was responsible for managing relationships with over 350 premium web publishers worldwide, including companies such as NBC, Gannett, News Corp, Tribune, Hearst and Time Inc. Mr. Weedon holds a Masters in Business Administration from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours, First Class) from Queen’s University.
Mr. Weedon is currently a director of Hypomania Content, Inc.