Meyer Shwarzstein is President of Brainstorm Media, an independent production and distribution company he founded in 1995. The company distributes films in all media and it develops, finances and produces original scripted and unscripted films and series. Before Brainstorm, Shwarzstein spearheaded new media development for a variety of film distribution companies including MGM. Shwarzstein has developed and produced dozens of movies, including Bridge to Terabithia, A Liar’s Autobiography and an anthology of documentaries for AT&T. He has been an outspoken advocate of independent film in Washington and is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the Producers Guild. Shwarzstein is also game designer, book publisher and composer.
Vice President of Marketing and Acquisitions
Michelle is responsible for overseeing all film acquisitions, as well as the overall marketing strategy for every Brainstorm release. Acquisitions under her leadership include The 11th Hour (Kim Basinger), I Am Michael (James Franco, Zachary Quinto), Strange Weather (Holly Hunter), Ideal Home (Paul Rudd, Steve Coogan), and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Michelle joined Brainstorm Media in 2012 as Director of Digital Distribution after having spent 3 years in social media marketing in Boston.
Manager for Development and Production
Nicole is Manager for Development and Production for Brainstorm Media. During her time at Brainstorm, she has worked on various projects for Lifetime, Hallmark, and Netflix. Prior to Brainstorm, she has worked with filmmakers from all over the world as well as the development and production of branded content for brands including Ford, Klondike, and Lincoln.
Marketing and Distribution Coordinator
Claire graduated from UCLA with a degree in Psychology and Statistics and her skillset is strongly focused in digital media, marketing, and graphic design. While pursuing her education, she has also been involved in various projects including in data analytics, research, event planning, animation, and theater production. She has loved film, stories, and entertainment for as long as she can remember, and is always excited to work on new movies at Brainstorm Media.
What We Do
Development and Production
Brainstorm Media has developed and produced a number of movies and series. It is currently developing, producing and/or co-financing new movies for a variety of TV, SVOD and theatrical release.
Having been involved in distribution since 1995, Brainstorm has been a trend-setter in VOD, TV and other media. Now that the indie film industry has evolved, the company treats distribution more like a craft. The distribution plan for each individual film is tailored for that movie to maximize the outcome. In the movie business, it’s been generally accepted that the development and production are the only areas which require creativity. No longer. As the business continues to change, distribution will further evolve as a craft designed to facilitate a connection between filmmakers and their audience.