MISSON: To improve business conditions for tennessee businesses operating at the intersection of entertainment and technology
Media, Entertainment & Technology Alliance, Inc. (META) is a Tennessee nonprofit company operating as a trade organization. META is tax exempt under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(6).
President - Robert Zeglarski Bob Zeglarski is an attorney and Founder of Cutwater Law PLLC, a business and entertainment law firm located in Nashville. He has represented film and television producers, "over the top" distributors, investors, and financiers, including a leading alternative lender providing production loans secured by state production incentives. In addition to his film and television practice, Bob represents start-ups and emerging growth companies in connection with public and private securities offerings, mergers, acquisitions, commercial contracts, and the licensing of products and technologies.
Vice President, Regina Moore Regina Moore is an entertainment industry professional with over 30 years of principal casting experience. She has offices in Atlanta, Cincinnati, Louisville, and Nashville. She is built her career specializing in finding the best talent required for specific roles. She is in tune to the local talent pool yet reaches to the larger markets to fill the productions’ vision for a project. Regina is a proud member of Casting Society of America (CSA). Teaching has always been a passion for Regina. Her workshop presentation offers actors valuable insight about the entertainment industry – yet another extension of her commitment to the acting community. Regina has held positions as a casting director, acting coach, and talent producer. She supports organizations that promote and excel in supporting Tennessee's ever growing Film and Television Market.
Treasurer - Holly Bell Holly has worked in the finance world since graduating from Purdue University with a BS in Agriculture Economics. She first began her career as a fee based financial planner, and launched four startups, before taking her business skills to corporate America. Within a short time Holly became recognized and sought after as an entrepreneur for corporations – better know as an “intrepreneur”. She created and built 3 new departments/regions for banks, and then chose to leave the banking world in July of 2015, to create and start her own businesses again. Holly is the co-founder of Nashville-Access, an International Media Company with a one-hour radio show aired in 17 countries on 63 stations. She’s also co-owner of a music publishing company with an award-winning songwriter. Starting in 2015, and for two years she served as the CFO to startup, Dance Network. Holly is a member of many entertainment organizations/boards and is a graduate of Leadership Music.
Penny Styles After working for the London Stock Exchange and Merchant Bankers, NM Rothschild & Sons, Penny Styles began her film and television career in London working with cross-platform advertising & marketing. Then a move to the US, perfectly coupled her financial and creative background into Producing Film and Television. Thirty years later, she is an award winning Producer & Line Producer, who has worked on over 25 Feature Film and TV shows in Tennessee, Florida and California including Disney, CMT & Discovery. Adept and comfortable in all production genres, she develops budgets ranging from Micro upward to $56 mil. Penny has also received multiple Film Festival, Addy and Industry awards. She is most proud of her community involvement, garnering a ‘Movie Production Award’ from the California State Senate, California Legislature Assembly, and a ‘Service to the Community Though Film Production’ Special Congressional Award from the United States Congress. The African American Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce recognized with her a ‘Contribution to the Community’ award for hiring a majority of African-American actors for the movie, ‘Reunion’. Penny moved from LA to Nashville in January of 2015, has worked non-stop as a producer and in development for three television series and two motion pictures to be shot primarily in Tennessee.
Julie C. Stadler - CEO & Co-founder, Dance Network & Skyway Studios Julie is co-owner of Carell Family, LLC, a commercial real estate investment firm located in Nashville, Tennessee. She has held several management positions and served on the Board of Directors of Central Parking Corporation, a publicly traded company, as well as the Board of Friends of Warner Parks and the Ensworth School in Nashville, TN. She currently serves on the Board of Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, the Board of Directors of New Dialect, an internationally respected dance company and the Nashville Ballet. When Julie discovered the joy of dance and the positive influence it had on her life, she was inspired to share that experience by creating Dance Network, the first-ever digital network showcasing all styles of dance on one channel.
David Medeiros - COO & Co-founder, Dance Network David is a nationally recognized professional dancer, instructor and innovator in the dance industry. As co-founder of Dance Network he has demonstrated his entrepreneurial talent by helping cast and then realize the vision for Dance Network with partner Julie Stadler. The owner of Champion Ballroom Center, a dance studio in Franklin, TN, and partner/owner in four Ballroom Dance competitions across the United States, he is considered a maverick in his field. He currently serves as the President and Founder of the Global Dancesport Series, which is comprised of 14 Ballroom Dance competitions across the country with the purpose of encouraging Pro/Am dancing. Medeiros is also a partner in the internet radio station Ballroom Beats, which provides correctly edited music for Ballroom Dancing enthusiasts worldwide.
Barrett Leigh - Digital Marketing, Creative Content and Branding Strategist, Farm Dog Creative Barrett has worked for brands like Universal Studios, Disney and Sony Studios on Pirates of the Caribbean, Knocked Up, Year One, Bridesmaids, This is Forty, and several of the Fast and Furious films. He has worked on creative direct marketing pushes for Sony, Universal, Moet, Nike and Panasonic, garnering national attention for Melissa’s McCarthy’s “Don’t talk” campaign. In Nashville he has brought over $11m in film and marketing project spends, co-founded the group M.E.T.A. and produced several award winning projects with local crew. In 2016 he was asked to step in as Creative Director and CTO for the worlds first OTT/Digital platform for all things Dance called Dance Network. During his 12 month stay with DanceNetwork.tv he revitalized built in platform issues, developed a workable social media base and grew the brands digital exposure from several hundred to several hundred thousand.
John Anderson - Consultant, Resource Communications Group John is a technology consultant, a hobby writer, and a passionate advocate for workforce and economic development initiatives that include technology as a key component of success. John believes that through STEM centered education and mentoring, beginning at the middle-school level, we can create and inspire a new understanding of STEM as an accessible and realistic career path, solving many of the current and emerging issues inherent to workforce development and economic growth.
David Campbell – CCO, Dance Network David draws on his award-winning background in theater and television creation and production to direct content for Dance Network. He is the co-founder of Jumbo Pictures and Cartoon Pizza, where he co-created and produced groundbreaking and highly acclaimed programs for children. With his partner Jim Jinkins, Campbell created the Nickelodeon series “Doug,” which launched Nicktoons and changed the face of children’s television. Acquired by the Walt Disney Studios, Jumbo Pictures became the anchor of ABC’s Saturday morning lineup and produced hundreds of episodes, books, merchandise, live musicals and a theatrical feature for Disney. Earlier, in the nineties, David founded the talent management company for groundbreaking artists, performers and programs such as Louis CK, Dana Gould, “Mystery Science Theatre 3000 ” and “Grace Under Fire.” In the eighties he collaborated on Broadway productions such as “Sugar Babies” with show business legends Mickey Rooney, Ann Miller, Carol Channing, and Donald O’Connor; with the Nederlanders on “Hellzapoppin’”; and “Colette” with Dame Diana Rigg and Sir Robert Helpmann.
Ann Wilson - President, Iron Mountain Films Ann Wilson began chipping at the edge of a career in celebrity promotion and during the peak of Loretta Lynn’s popularity Ann booked the singing star on the Detroit entertainment circuit. Ann has developed an extremely impressive talent/client list. She has affiliation with movie producers, casting directors, record companies, etc. and in fact has represented a couple of actors. She was able to land Karen Newman and Nicole Tindall roles in the film, “Coping’, distributed by Sundance, A Robert Redford Company. She was successful in scoring a role for Nicole in “Bay Watch Hawaii”. Ann Wilson started AWMG in Sept 1, 2001. Her performance companies are: (BMI ) Ann Wilson Music, Inc.( ASCAP) Song Catchers Music, Inc and ( SESAC ) Hit Makers Music. LLC. AWMG has had over 85 album cuts. They have had a #1 song, for 3 weeks, with Brad Paisley’s, “She’s Everything”. AWMG also had a #1 in the Christian market with Guy Penrod “Are You The One”. AWMG has had songs cut by Joe Nichols, Hank Williams Jr., Tracy Lawrence, Brad Paisley and just recently cuts by Wynonna and new Black River artist Glen Templeton. Ann Wilson has over 13 years experience in music publishing and has successfully created her company (AWMG) with her own investments and management. She continues to play a key role as an active music publisher with catalogs in all genres of music. She is a member of ACM, AFI, IEBA, NATAS, SOURCE, NARAS, and CMA.
Chris Yates Chris has been in media for 30 years. His career started out at a large TV station in Florida. In 1999 Chris went to work for a start-up Internet company in Nashville with Gaylord Entertainment as a Web Cast Producer. He also started a consulting company and in 2006 moved to Salem Communications where he worked as a Senior Account Executive and an in-house Live Event Producer. He has taken a Business Development role with Skyway Studios in Nashville.
Leland Herzog Leland’s career in the video industry began nearly 7 years ago as a result of his passion for managing live music video shoots for friends. In the years to come, he worked in many different roles as a freelancer on both short and feature films. In 2013, Leland was hired as a Production Coordinator at NorthStar Studios. A few years later, NorthStar was purchased and became Skyway Studios. Leland is now Manager of Production Services and oversees all of Skyway’s productions. This includes anything from live remote interviews for major news outlets to multi-camera shows like Pickler & Ben. Leland is also a co-owner of The Lux Collective, a two-year-old Nashville based video solutions company.