Brian Pines (President/CEO)
Brian Pines is the president and CEO of Hypomania Content, an independent multimedia production and management company based in Los Angeles. Pines was executive producer of the Emmy-nominated It Gets Better for MTV and Logo, Savage U (MTV), The Pre-Game Meal with Shannon Allen (NECN, CSNNE) and HOW’S MY DRIVING (Crackle).
Pines is also the co-founder of the Iola Foundation, a California-based 501(c)3 that currently operates as the It Gets Better Project. Pines serves on the board of the Project, which works to communicate to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth around the world that ‘it gets better.’ The It Gets Better Project received the Governors’ Award from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in 2012 for its use of the medium of television to inspire social change.
Pines was Senior Vice President of TV at Josephson Entertainment (Bones). Prior to that, he served as Vice President of Production and Development at Heel & Toe Films where he was Executive in Charge of Production on the hit series House.
Pines also worked in public relations at the firm Nancy Seltzer & Associates and with Susan Sarandon, coordinating her work on behalf of more than 100 international non-profit organizations, political campaigns and NGOs.
Pines is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts’ Dramatic Writing Program. He is engaged to Seth Levy and lives in Los Angeles with their two dogs.
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.