Sydney D. Holland, CEO of Rich Hippie Productions, launched the company in 2012 as a vehicle dedicated to developing and financing film, television and web-based content. She served as Executive Producer for the company’s first feature-length film ‘Amnesiac’, helmed by celebrated indie director Michael Polish and starring Kate Bosworth and Wes Bentley. She also Co-Executive Produced (alongside Morgan Spurlock and Nigel Lythgoe) the documentary film ‘Dancing in Jaffa’, which was released in 2013.
Holland previously worked in fashion as a consultant on the establishment and expansion of some of the most well-known international brands including Lisa Stewart, Isabella Fiore, Rachel Leigh, Sage, Jude Frances Jewelry, Tomassini, Kitson and European style house Hugo Boss. She also launched LIV GRN, an eco-conscious celebrity favorite line of yoga wear and developed Zooey Green, a line of designer graphic tees made of 100% organic and fair trade grown cotton.
A renowned philanthropist, Sydney founded The Sydney D. Holland Foundation in 2012 with the principal commitment to raising awareness of at-risk youth and to funding substance abuse prevention programs serving women and the young. She serves on the board of several charities, including the Go Campaign, which improves the lives of orphans and vulnerable children around the world by partnering with local heroes to deliver local solutions; The Music Center/Center Dance Arts; UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability; A Place Called Home, a nationally recognized safe haven in South Central Los Angeles where underserved youth are empowered through programs in education and the arts; and Friendly House LA, one of the first recovery and treatment centers in the country for women. She is also an Acquisition Committee Member of MOCA.
With a passion for the arts, Sydney has made a name for herself in the dance world – underwriting numerous events that have brought over 4,000 students to the Music Center to watch the American Ballet Theater and The Alvin Ailey Dance Company. She has also been a major supporter of the Glorya Kaufman presents Dance at the Music Center and three premier local Los Angeles dance companies, Benjamin Millepied’s L.A. Dance Project, BodyTraffic and the Barak Ballet.
Her philanthropic work has been celebrated by A Place Called Home – who honored her with a prestigious “GirlPower” award, and Friendly House LA – who bestowed upon her the esteemed “Woman of The Year” award.
She resides in Los Angeles with her daughter Alexandra Red.