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The genres we’re actively developing are thriller, family and teen.  But EVERY GENRE IS WELCOME so long as 1) the characters are real, 2) they have problems, and 3) they do dramatic, comedic, inspiring, terrifying or appalling stuff to make those problems go away.  Make me laugh, make me cry, make me squirm or do all of the above so when the action fades to black something undeniably human has just happened to the characters and the audience.

 

Adam Lipsius’ first feature as a producer and director is “16-LOVE,” which is distributed in the US by Gravitas Ventures & Warner Bros. Digital. Its 12-city day-and-date theatrical launch on January 20th, 2012 resulted in over 140,000 “in theater now” VOD rentals in the film’s first 6 weeks, making it the most successful release in Gravitas Ventures’ history. Additionally, “16-LOVE” was a #1 Sports Download on iTunes (April 27-May 14, 2012), and an iTunes best seller in Comedy, Kids and Romance for over a year. Entertainment One is distributing the movie internationally.

Adam is currently directing “Truth Be Told,” a documentary about false confessions with Emmy and Edward R. Murrow winning producer Lindsey Gutterman and developing projects in the Teen, Family, Thriller and Horror genres with various producers including Sean Covel (“Napoleon Dynamite”). He’s also at work on a project about the 834th Photo Signal detachment during World War II.

His “Making of ’16-LOVE’” half-hour behind-the-scenes featurette ran on Tennis Channel for months, and “Generations,” a documentary about family businesses in Colorado premiered on Rocky Mountain PBS on January 8th, 2012.

An alumnus of Dartmouth College and USC Graduate School of Cinema-Television where 3 of his student shorts played festivals around the world, he’s received numerous awards for his commercials and films. Adam lives in Denver, CO with his wife and kids.

 

Linda Appel Lipsius is Co-Founder and CEO of Teatulia Organic Teas, winners of the sofi Silver award for Best Hot Beverage at Fancy Foods Expo in 2011 and 1st Place in the North American Tea Championship in 2012.

Grown naturally with no pesticides, artificial fertilizers or even irrigation, the tea shelters in the shade of ayurvedic trees planted to protect the crop from too much sun. Farmed cooperatively, the company not only produces a superior tea without the bitterness associated with so many others, but has lifted thousands of women, men and children out of poverty in the process.

Prior to Teatulia, Linda worked with OrangeGlo International as both VP of International and in chain sales in the US. Launching OxiClean, Kaboom, Orange Glo and Orange Clean worldwide with 30-second spots, DRTV and in-store video campaigns, the brands quickly rose to market-leading positions. She was also a Program Director at Young & Rubicam, responsible for running marketing campaigns for Roche Laboratories’ Rocephin and Tamiflu.

Linda earned her BA from Columbia University and her MBA in finance from New York University. She lives in Denver, CO with her husband and kids.

Adam and Linda met on a New York City Uptown 6 subway in 1998.

 

Ian started working with a local CBS television station at the age of 15 and over the course of the next three years directed a crew that won 37 Associated Press awards. He attended film school in New York after being accepted into Cooper Union where he went on to direct several award winning short films and had two feature scripts optioned.

Shortly after graduating school he turned down an invitation for a Julliard playwriting fellowship to work under director Mike Nichols at Nichols’ New Actors Workshop. His first pilot season created opportunities to work with Brian Grazer, Peter Berg, Miles Miller and Alfred Gough. Ian has been a guest speaker at many events across North America and Asia in an effort to promote arts programs in schools.

He has taught directing, screenwriting and filmmaking workshops for the New York Film Academy at Princeton University. Notable clients include Sony, Armani, Marchesa, the New York Film Academy and several remarkable films and television shows. Ian has been featured in MTV’s Made, Run’s House and The Real World and has appeared in print campaigns in Vogue, Esquire, GQ, Rolling Stone, New York Times, LA Times, Entertainment Weekly, and many more.

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