PR Profile: Jason Hsiao

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Who: Jason Hsiao

What: Co-founder, President and Director of Animoto


Jason is a New York-based television producer. He is the creator and co-executive producer of Dirty Stinkin' Politics, a political series for Comedy Central, which he has developed with five-time Emmy winner Eddie Feldmann (HBO Dennis Miller Live). He also recently produced Comedy Central's The Showbiz Show with David Spade. Jason's other major credits include the 2006 VH1 Big In ï06 Awards, MTV's Viva La Bam, MTV2's Stankervision, the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards with Chris Rock, the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards with Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central's Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn, and Comedy Central's Crank Yankers. He hails from Dartmouth College and has a prior career as a consultant at Mercer Management Consulting where he specialized in data-driven business strategy. Jason proposed to his girlfriend, Jen, with an Animoto video. Despite this, she said yes.

Created by entertainment industry veterans, Animoto uses Cinematic AI technology to think like an actual director and editor – its technology analyzes and combines images and music with the same sophisticated post-production techniques used in TV and film. Once created, Animoto videos can be emailed, uploaded to blogs, YouTube, Facebook, or mobile devices. Animoto’s iPhone app, introduced in January, lets you make MTV-style music videos on the go.