About Us

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Mike the Pike Productions is a media holdings company with a focus that includes Feature Films, Television, New Media and Graphic Novels. Overall, MTP projects are ‘Mainstream Independent’, combining a well-structured vision with top-tier talent; challenging current standards while maintaining mass appeal.

MTP chooses its endeavors carefully and projects are initiated when commercial prospects are reasonably assured and investment risk is mitigated. As well, partners take hands-on responsibility for personally evaluating content, budgets, historical data, current trends, branding and talent with a passion and focus for the creative process on everything we do.

Mark B. Newbauer


Mark B. NewbauerMark B. Newbauer graduated from the renowned film and producer’s track at Columbia College Chicago as well as The Second City Chicago Training Center where he was a writer, director and performer. His debut short, Dreamkiller, is an ambitious take on Sirhan Sirhan and the events leading up to the RFK assassination. Dreamkiller was winner of “Best of the Fest” at the 1999 New York International Independent Film and Video Festival. Newbauer also worked in the Talent and Literary departments at The Gage Group, an agency with offices in New York and Los Angeles.

After more than a decade in the entertainment industry, Newbauer took his passion for both the art of filmmaking and the business sense necessary for a thriving brand, and launched Mike The Pike Productions, a full-spectrum entertainment firm with a focus in Feature Films and Graphic Novel Entertainment.

Recently, Newbauer optioned the film rights to the World Fantasy Award-winning werewolf thriller, George R.R. Martin’s The Skin Trade, and is currently producing White Space, an edge-of-your-seat, effects driven sci-fi thriller.    Mark B. Newbauer at IMDB


James DiPrima


Mr. DiPrima holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska.  His career includes 40 years of finance and accounting in both the public and private sectors. He has held various positions with start-up companies.  He has served as chief executive officer of MBD Midwest, a holding company for national pack and ship franchises where he managed the development of retail outlets in multiple states.  Mr. DiPrima has been working in various positions with public traded companies since 1995.  His accomplishments included guiding several companies through the reverse merger process, raising capital and consulting on various mezzanine financings.