About Us

Tumbleweed Entertainment is a production company located in the heart of Silicon Beach. Servicing clients worldwide, we develop, produce, design and direct viral branded content and behind the scenes for a multitude of platforms from digital to broadcast. Having produced several feature documentaries, Tumbleweed’s production team has been able to take its documentary experience and apply it to the branded content landscape as well as the world of reality television. We are known for passionate storytelling about unique, exceptional people, whose stories inspire.

 



BRIAN WEIDLING

Brian Weidling a native of Hillsborough, NJ is a graduate of Emerson College, in Boston Massachusetts, where he studied television and film producing. He was a college athlete, playing soccer on a prosthetic leg and becoming a three-year starter and team captain his senior year. He took his passion for soccer to ESPN where he was a production associate for the lead unit at the 1994 World Cup, while still only a junior in college. During his senior year at Emerson, his interest in documentaries began to blossom as he undertook writing, producing and directing an award-winning feature-length documentary on the 1970 Kent State Shootings titled 13 Seconds. It premiered in March 1997 at The Tahoe International Film Festival. Upon graduation Brian was accepted to the Peter Stark Producing Program at USC. He briefly attended before starting his professional career assisting the Head of Business and Legal Affairs at Mutual Film Company on such big budget and critically acclaimed films as Hard Rain, The Jackal, Saving Private Ryan, A Simple Plan, and The Truman Show.

 

Brian then went on to work for Mitch Block, 2011 Academy Award nominee for best documentary short (Poster Girl) and president of Direct Cinema Limited, a documentary distribution company that has distributed over 60 Oscar Nominated documentaries, 6 Oscar winners, and countless Emmy Award winners.

 

In 2000, Brian produced two episodes for Court TV’s Hollywood and Crime series, before moving out on his own to produce and direct The Goal-Claudio Reyna, a four year odyssey following the US men’s soccer team captain’s journey through World Cup qualifying and his ascent to the World Cup All Star Team in 2002. The film was narrated by Robert Duvall and was critically acclaimed by Sports Illustrated as a “soccer nut’s dream”.

 

Since starting Tumbleweed Entertainment in 2006, Brian has produced and directed over 300 animatics for clients Walmart, Tampax, Always, Fox Sports, Activision, Coors, Wendy’s, Dreamworks, BMW, Glade, Ameriprise, Sears, Purex, Altoids, Valvoline, Miller, SBC/Yahoo, Best Buy, Blue Diamond, Bud Light, MTV and ad agencies Secret Weapon, The Martin Agency, Deutch, Draft FCB, GSD&M, BPN, DDB, Young & Rubicam, Havas and Ogilvy & Mather.

 

In 2007, Brian co-created, produced and directed a new media series for Discovery Channel titled Go Green, which was delivered across several media platforms including web, mobile, video on demand for Discovery’s new eco-channel Planet Green. In 2008, Brian completed a similar series for the Sierra Club hosted by Mei Melancon and David Allen Basche.

 

In august 2012, Tumbleweed Entertainment released SPEAK theatrically to critical acclaim inking positive reviews in the Hollywood Reporter and The New York Times. SPEAK followed the journey of the finalists for The World Championship of Public Speaking. Speak is currently available on DVD and iTunes.

 

Brian is currently in post production, producing and directing ‘A Symphony of Hope’ a behind-the-scenes look at the recording of a symphony written by 25 Hollywood television and film composers to benefit the people of Haiti.

 



BRENDAN MERRILL

Born and raised in Washington D.C., Brendan moved to California in 2009 to join the film industry after completing his Bachelors of Science in Communications at the University of Miami. While at Miami, Brendan played Club-level soccer and graduated Cum Laude from the Wolfson School of Communications Honors Program in addition to serving on the University of Miami Student Government Executive Board.

Since moving to Los Angeles Brendan has made his mark on many feature films, television productions as well as commercials and music videos. In his first 6 years he worked for companies such as Vin Di Bona (America’s Funniest Home Videos), Spike TV (Tattoo Nightmares), LiveNation Tour Management (U2, Styx, Neil Young, Shaun White’s Air+Style Festival) and Fox Searchlight Pictures.

Most recently Brendan Produced a micro-budget feature called The Next Big Thing which has  – as recently as Winter 2016 – been showing at numerous film festivals, taking home the Best Drama Feature Award at the Atlanta Underground Film Festival. Brendan is currently in post-production on his first independent feature which he has written and directed titled, MADE IN CHINA, shot entirely on-location in Shanghai and Zhejiang province, China.

 

 

 



kyleKYLE JOHNSTON

Kyle Johnston served in the United States Marines, spending four years with 2/2 Golf Raiders. During his time with the 2/2 Raiders, Kyle went on two deployments. During his second deployment he received a combat meritorious promotion to the rank of Corporal. After his second deployment he was sent to 29 Palms, California, to be a combat tactics instructor for Mojave Viper Desert training, tasked with evaluating Marine unit’s combat readiness.

 

After four years in the Marine Corps, Kyle went on to receive his bachelor degree in Integrated Media and Digital Art Technology from Lake Erie College. Kyle also attended University of the Arts, London during the 2012-2013 academic year studying Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art and Design and Print and Time Based Media at Wimbledon School of Art. While in London, Kyle began his professional career producing editorial spots for White Noise Magazine with bands The Neighbourhood and Portugal. The Man. Kyle directed the 2014 autumn collection for Komodo, the UK’s number one fashion eco-conscious brand. He also directed web spots for Lyle and Scott, the UK’s oldest men’s wear brand and worked with talented London based fashion photographers, Tommy Chatt and Nick Delaney, shooting behind the scenes. Kyle has produced web spots for London based Mens wear designer Rebecca Hadaway, founder of Ataraxi and he shot and directed live performances for Syleena Johnson’s European tour in London, star of US reality show R&B Divas.