Brian Hanly


Equity Animal

In addition to serving as Equity Animal’s President, Brian is also the Founder & CEO of Bullish Studio. He founded Bullish Studio in February 2020 after spending 5 years on the global partnership and sales team at VICE Media. Today, it counts 15 full time employees across the country, servicing over 65+ brands and 1,000+ social media creators.

With more than a decade spent at the forefront of new media, Brian specializes in leading and building innovative partnership efforts across digital, social, experiential, TV, and agency services to grow businesses of all sizes.

As an eight-figure, top international revenue contributor at VICE Media—which reached a $5.7 billion valuation during his 5 year tenure (‘14-’19) —he forged unique, culture-defining partnerships with global brands such as Airbnb, Google, and Ford, among others. His efforts directly contributed to the success of VICE’s tentpole VICELAND TV,

Prior to VICE, he was a media strategist at StarcomMediaVest Group, launching the Samsung’s Galaxy phone in the US. His team planned and bought over $1 billion of cross-platform advertising each year, up from ~$75M. He was crucial in developing tentpole brand strategy & influential media moments including Ellen’s Oscars Selfie and Jay-Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail Launch.

He holds a BA in Information Technology from Hofstra University and grew up in Westcher, NY.

You can most likely find him skiing, biking, or trying to keep his garden alive.