Board of Directors
As a music supervisor Anastasia Brown has worked on projects with Oscar, Grammy, Emmy, Dove wins and nominations. Her credits include: The Americans, Footloose, August Rush, It’s Complicated, For the Love of Music, the Story of Nashville, Taken, The Darkest Hour, and the bio-pic, Billy. With many television appearances, she is an author and columnist for Nashville Lifestyles.
Jim is Founder and President of Whizbang, Inc., a company that licenses music for use in films, television shows, advertising, and games. He has been an executive at Sony Music Publishing and Arista Records as well as a musician, songwriter and producer.
Scherer has been involved with music elements of the Sundance and Tribeca Film Festivals and brings an understanding of the importance of preserving the communal experience. He is a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, was in the 1996 class of Leadership Music, and is a popular moderator and panelist for music and film events.
Natasha Corrieri is a bank officer and client relationship specialist for ServisFirst Bank, where she strengthens and establishes new relationships within the community. She has opened a new loan production office, achieved top three in sales ranking, was a top producing assistant manager and led a team to earn the highest evaluation for risk audit. She has continuously exceeded goals and been recognized for continued customer service excellence.
Courtney Ross is Chief Economic Development Officer for the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce. Courtney has oversight of the economic development team that acts as the region’s lead marketing agency for economic development, with functions including business recruitment, business retention and expansion, talent retention and recruitment, and international business. Under Courtney’s leadership, Site Selection magazine named the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce one of the nation’s top economic development groups in 2014, 2015 and 2016. And in 2015, Ross was named one of North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers by Consultant Connect.
Courtney has been with the Chamber since 2008 and moved to Nashville from Austin, Texas where she worked in recruitment for the Austin Chamber of Commerce. Prior roles for Ross included Deputy Director of the Tennessee Film, Entertainment and Music Commission, Assistant Director of Memphis BioWorks and the State of Tennessee.
An account executive at Flood, Bumstead, McCready & McCarthy, one of the world’s leading music management companies since 2005, Taryn has worked with Frank Bumstead’s team since 2007, helping businesses and individuals accomplish their financial goals.
Taryn has been a member of the Junior League of Nashville for the past four years. She is a Cum Laude graduate of the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. Taryn is enthusiastic about bringing diverse cultural experiences to Nashville.
Julia Bonner is the president & founder of Pierce Public Relations (PPR) and a national entertainment publicist who works with celebrities and global brands to accomplish their business goals through strategic PR programs.
Prior to founding PPR, Julia was a publicist at Ferencomm, a New York City-based public relations agency that specializes in television program publicity and is known for its creation of successful multi-platform PR campaigns that support award-winning cable, broadcast and syndicated series. Most recently, she led the Nashville office of Adam Friedman Associates, a New York City-based public relations agency that specializes in corporate media relations, investor relations, branding, social media and crisis communications.
Julia holds a M.S. in Public Relations & Corporate Communication from New York University and a B.S. in Journalism from the University of Tennessee.
Scott Borchetta is the Founder, President and CEO of Big Machine Label Group, the #1 independent record label in the world home to superstars such as Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw and Steven Tyler.
For the past two years Borchetta guided contestants on FOX’s American Idol throughout the competition and signed winners Nick Fradiani and Trent Harmon along with Season 15 runner-up LaPorsha Renae to record deals.
With Borchetta at the helm, Big Machine Label Group has celebrated monumental success since the company’s inception 10 years ago. With the message “Music Has Value” embroidered on the sleeve of his suit jacket, Scott has led the charge on more than 40 million albums sold by Big Machine artists under his watch – including 165 No. 1 country and pop singles.
Borchetta has been honored for his groundbreaking business savvy with inclusion on Billboard’s Power 100 list and Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business in addition to being honored in Nashville at the Music Biz 2015 luncheon where he was awarded the Presidential Award for Outstanding Executive Achievement. Borchetta joined the ranks of past honorees who have been recognized for their outstanding vision, leadership, and commitment, including Dick Clark and Clive Davis.
Using a combination of promotional savvy and an unusual willingness to interact with fans in person and through social media, Borchetta has helped a diverse group of artists achieve important moments in their careers. Under Borchetta’s leadership, BMLG artists have won Grammy Awards, American Music Awards, Country Music Association Awards, Academy of Country Music Awards and more. Borchetta now freely crosses boundaries record labels used to consider inviolate. In fact, don’t think of Big Machine as a “record label.” Borchetta prefers “entertainment and content company,” and has pushed the label group beyond music toward complete cultural saturation.
Borchetta served as Executive Producer on the critically acclaimed documentary GLEN CAMPBELL…I’LL BE ME which earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song. Additionally, the soundtrack for the documentary won four GRAMMY Awards including Best Soundtrack.
Carey Nelson Burch serves as President of Hideout Pictures, a division of Average Joes Entertainment and the company behind CMT’s “Still the King” starring Joey Lauren Adams and Billy Ray Cyrus. Previously she was an Executive Producer at TackleBox Films while running her own company, My Own Shingle, where Hideout was a consulting client. Prior, Nelson Burch was a packaging agent at William Morris Endeavor for 12 1/2 years and had the distinction of being the only TV/Film agent in town, servicing Feature and TV producers, the country artist roster, as well as numerous projects. Before joining William Morris Endeavor, Nelson Burch was an Executive at NBC in Los Angeles. She currently serves on the boards of Leadership Music, the Nashville Film Festival, Belmont’s Film & TV Advisory Committee, Film Com and Many Hopes.
Shannon Casey is an agent in the music department of Creative Artists Agency (CAA), based in Nashville, TN. CAA’s music department has earned the ‘Agency of the Year’ award by Pollstar for the past eleven years. CAA represents the most creative artists working in music, film, television, theater, sports, games and provides a range of strategic marketing services to corporate clients worldwide.
Since joining the agency in 1993, Casey has been instrumental in directing the agency’s activities in Fair and Festival booking while specializing in all major client activity in the Northwest and Southwest territories. Casey provides strategic insight for all clients in the Music Department including Country, Rock, Comedy, and Contemporary Christian. She has been directly involved with CAA clients Tim McGraw, Barbara Mandrell, Kristian Bush, Holly Williams, Martina McBride, LeAnn Rimes, and STYX.
Casey is a graduate of Belmont University. On behalf of the CAA Foundation, she coordinates the Nashville office’s long standing commitment to Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) and The PENCIL Foundation. She is also an active volunteer and concert committee member at Thistle Farms and Thistle Stop Cafe. Casey is a member of Country Music Hall of Fame, NARAS, the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association.
Variety vice-president and executive editor Steven Gaydos is responsible for over 250 reports a year in both Daily and Weekly Variety, producing territorial surveys, film and TV market reports, genre studies as well as business-oriented personality and corporate profiles.
An editor with Variety since 1994, Gaydos also created and directs the “10 to Watch” program for Variety, spotlighting emerging talent from around the world in the fields of directing, screenwriting, cinematography, producing and acting.
Gaydos created and continues to oversee the “Variety Critics’ Choice” official sidebar at Karlovy Vary Film Festival. This section, in partnership with European Film Promotion, is now in its 20th year and focuses on presenting the best in new European cinema at one of Europe’s oldest and most distinguished film festivals.
A much-sought after expert on the international entertainment business, Gaydos is regularly featured newspaper, radio and TV interviews both in the U.S. and abroad, contributing his expertise to publications such as The Washington Post, The Guardian, London Telegraph and Times of London as well to broadcasters in the U.K., Europe, Australia and elsewhere.
Prior to joining Variety, Gaydos worked in Hollywood and Europe as a screenwriter. His produced films include director Monte Hellman’s Venice Film Festival Golden Lion winner, “Road to Nowhere,” “Better Watch Out” and “Iguana,” “All Men are Mortal” for director Ate de Jong and director Nouchka Van Brakel’s “One Month Later.”
Gaydos is also editor of “The Variety Guide to Film Festivals,” (Variety/Putnam) and is also co-editor of “Movie Talk from the Frontlines” (McFarland) and “Cannes: 50 Years of Sun, Sex and Celluloid.” (Miramax/Hyperion).
Gaydos is a member of the Writers Guild of America, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts and the European Film Academy.
Tracy Gershon is a noted music business professional with a wide-ranging career discovering, nurturing and developing influential talent as an A&R and music publishing executive as well as an artist manager. During her A&R career at Warner Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment, Gershon signed award-winning platinum-seller Miranda Lambert and help guide the careers of Blake Shelton, Randy Travis, Gretchen Wilson, The Wreckers, Faith Hill, Big & Rich and Lori McKenna. As a creative executive at both Sony Music Publishing and EMI Music, she helped to secure hundreds of cuts while working with writers like Harlan Howard, Gretchen Peters, Tom Douglas, Carlene Carter and The Mavericks. As head of the Nashville office of Warner Music Publishing she inked award-winning artist Kacey Musgraves. While at Sony Music she served for two years as an on-air judge and associate producer on the USA Network’s “Nashville Star.” Gershon recently helmed the A&R department at indie label Rounder Records, where she signed or worked with artists as diverse as Blackberry Smoke, Sean McConnell, Jerry Douglas, Bela Fleck, Sara Evans, Jack Ingram and Mark O’Connor.
Gershon, in association with Red Light Management, currently oversees the career of artist Natalie Stovall. In 2014, she co-founded “Change The Conversation,” a coalition addressing gender bias within the music industry. The group fosters a community of female executives and artists, showcases rising female talent, and has hosted special events with groundbreaking singers Wanda Jackson and Reba McEntire.
She has been an active, committed NARAS board member for over 20 years, serving four terms on the Board of Governors and chairing multiple committee events. She has served on the boards of Leadership Music, The Nashville Music Council, The Actor’s Bridge and Crossroads.
Gershon has been the recipient of numerous awards, including Nashville Business Journal’s “Woman in Music City” award both 2015 and 2016 as well as Nashville Lifestyles Magazine’s top ten “Women In Business” award in 2016.
A native of Bogotá, Colombia, Marcela graduated from high school in Charlotte, North Carolina, and earned the bachelor’s degree in advertising from Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano in Bogotá. Following graduation, Marcela was advertising coordinator with Editorial Unilit in Miami. She moved to Nashville in 1994 and worked as marketing and sales director of the Latin American market for Swanson Christian Supplies. She then joined Thomas Nelson Publisher’s Editorial Caribe Spanish Language Division as marketing director.
Her life as an entrepreneur started in 2002 with Hispanic Marketing Group, she has also been a partner and investor in other entrepreneurship ventures, most recently with Mi Tribu, an import and retail business of arts and crafts handmade by disenfranchised women in Latin American countries.
Marcela is also the host of the only Spanish-language television show in a major network in Nashville, “Panorama”, a 30-minute monthly show that highlights the city of Nashville, Latino business leaders, and entrepreneurs members of the Latino communities in Middle Tennessee. Marcela was named to the Nashville Business Journal’s 30 Women of Influence list in 2007.
She is currently president and board chair of the Tennessee Latin American Chamber of Commerce. Marcela is a former board chair and inaugural board member of Conexión Americas, has served on the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce board of governors as well as the Metropolitan Nashville Human Relations Commission, Nashville Municipal Auditorium Commission and the boards of YWCA, Oasis Center and Center for Nonprofit Management boards. She enjoys films, theater, ballet, opera and the symphony. Marcela also loves to travel, dance, and watch films, go to the theater, and try new restaurants. She has a 27-year-old son, Esteban Pedraza, who is an award winning film director residing in Brooklyn, NY.
David K. Haspel is an award-winning entertainment and advertising executive with a proven track record of creatively solving exceptionally complex business communications issues.
Currently, he is the president and CEO of Haspel Communications, Inc. a diversified media communications company involved in feature film and television development and specialized consulting activities. The company’s most recent documentary production, “Loving Henri”, will be released in 2017.
He was the co-executive producer for the Kennedy/Marshall production, “Olympic Glory”, the Official Large Format Film of the Nagano Olympics. He wrote and produced the award-winning “A Campaign To Remember with Ted Koppel”, the fund raising video that introduced The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, DC.
Haspel was managing partner of Insight Media Communications, LLC, which developed and produced videos for Universal Studios Theme Parks. He served as president and COO of Panorama International Productions, Inc, a Burbank, CA production and Distribution Company, where his work won seven TELLY awards for creative excellence.
He has extensive marketing experience as a consultant and as an advertising executive in Dallas, Texas with the Bloom Agency, Bozell and Jacobs, and Tracy-Locke/BBDO. His clients included: Jack Morton International, DDB, the Phillips Petroleum Company (CLIO Award Winner), The Sundance Institute, The United States Holocaust Memorial Council, Quaker Oats, Wilson Foods, Old El Paso Mexican Foods, Carta Blanca, Bohemia, and Tecate beers, Nicole Miller, former United States Senator William Brock, Gelson’s Supermarkets, and Southwest Airlines.
He is the Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Directors of the Starlight Children’s Foundation, Los Angeles, CA, and continues to serve as a board member. Haspel is a member of the Board of Visitors of the University of Oklahoma, Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communications. He was a board member of the Raoul Wallenberg Committee of the United States, New York, NY from 1985-2010.
A New Orleans native, he earned an MBA from Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business, a BA in journalism from the University of Oklahoma, and is an alumnus of the UCLA John E. Anderson Graduate School of Management’s Executive Program.
He is married to the former Vickie Mundt and they have five children and 4 grandchildren. They divide their time between Nashville, New Orleans, Dallas, and Los Angeles.
Ken Levitan is the founder and co-president of Vector Management. Along with partner Jack Rovner, Levitan has played a role in the successful careers of artists such as Emmylou Harris, Kenny Rogers, Trisha Yearwood, Bon Jovi and many more. Vector Recordings, a division of the management company, has released acclaimed records for many artists and launched Vector Eats, a culinary division. He is a co-producer of the annual Music City Food & Wine Festival and is an active member of multiple boards in both New York and Nashville. He has received two Grammy® Awards.
William Lowery is in his 6th year at Agency for the Performing Arts (APA) and runs APA’s FINANCE division, APA INDEPENDENT, which oversees business development and strategic advisory efforts for the agency’s clients with respect to project financing and exposure in various platforms.. Currently working with filmmakers, producers, actors, musicians and athletes residing in countries around the globe, Lowery works closely with all five of APA’s satellite offices to source independent financing to seek out the best solutions for the agency’s clients at the highest level.
Current initiatives include the representing Pinewood Studios Global efforts, overseeing an agency partnership with Leigh Steinberg Enterprises, and advising the Island of Cayman on its International Film Festival.
A Vanderbilt alumni, Lowery was a contributing writer for its student paper, “The Hustler” and was a varsity football letterman graduating in 2000. He is currently on the board of directors for the Nashville Film Festival and is a mentor at the Nashville Entrepreneurial Center.
Prior to APA, Lowery was a talent manager and producer at Defy Media, formerly known as Generate.
As a writer, he has sold two original projects to studios.
APA has offices in Los Angeles, London, Atlanta, New York, and Nashville.
Appointed by the Office of the Governor to represent the State of Tennessee’s entertainment industry. Raines is responsible for advancing the strategic goals of the Tennessee Entertainment Commission; representing Tennessee’s key industry assets and competitive advantages both statewide and abroad; strategic advisor to senior government officials; providing State Legislators’ with analysis of the State’s entertainment sector.
Raines works to establish and advance relationships across a spectrum of sects within the State’s entertainment industry. Manages and implements the State’s production incentives program for film, music, television and commercials. Collaborates with government and private industry leadership to cultivate policy and strategy that reflect best practices for program management and industry development. Promotes and encourages the use of the State’s entertainment resources to companies nationwide. Allocates sponsorships and grants to organizations advancing the State’s local entertainment industry. Engages with stakeholders and industry professionals through public speaking and community outreach. Actively collaborates on Tennessee Entertainment Commission marketing materials and branding strategies for the State.
Raines is a Leadership Music Class of 2016 Alumni and current Co-Chair of the Nashville Music City Music Council. He is active on several entertainment based boards and maintains strategic partnerships with city and county alliances in Memphis, Knoxville & Chattanooga. He oversees the Governor’s Entertainment Commission board which is a Statewide board composed of leaders from Tennessee base companies like Scripps, Google, Sony and CAA.
Raines holds a degree in Business Administration from East Tennessee State University and an accreditation with the International Association for Management Education.
John has been an actor for over fifty years! He is best known for Sgt. Enright from MACMILLIAN AND WIFE, with Rock Hudson. Broadway knows him as Daddy Warbucks in ANNIE and Buffalo Bill in ANNIE GET YOUR GUN with Reba McEntire. He appeared with Reba again in the Carnegie Hall production of South Pacific. Most recently John starred as Captain Boyle in JUNO at City Center Encores. In London he costarred with Charlton Heston in THE CAINE MUTINY. Movies range from Painless in M*A*S*H to Woody Allen’s THE CURSE OF THE JADE SCORPION. Recent TV appearances include ZEKE&LUTHER, LAW & ORDER SVU, NYPD BLUE and LAW & ORDER.
John is married to the well known artist Harrison Houle. They live in Franklin, TN and are enjoying their new lives in this very special town!
Dawn Solér is Senior Vice President, TV Music, at ABC Studios where she is responsible for all music at ABC Studios and oversees the music content for shows such as “Nashville,” “Blackish’” “Once Upon a Time,” “Scandal” and “Quantico.” She worked closely with composer Alan Menken and executive producer Dan Fogelman as the music supervisor on the musical series, “Galavant.” She is founder of the ABC Music Lounge and has produced the on-air music specials, “Nashville: On The Record I, II and III.”
Before ABC, Ms. Solér had her own company, Working Music, where she created several hit soundtracks for New Line Cinema, including “Now And Then,” “Dumb and Dumber” and “Don Juan De Marco,” which garnered both Academy Award and Grammy Award nominations.
Other projects she completed include “Being John Malkovich,” “Princess Diaries I & II,” “Sweet Home Alabama”, “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” and Disney’s “Enchanted,” which garnered three Academy Award and one Grammy nominations, before making her leap from features to television.
In 2015, Ms. Solér was on Billboard’s list of TV’s Top Music Power Players as well as on their Women in Music list (2015 & 2010). Also in 2015, she was honored in Variety’s Women in Power issue, and was on Imagen’s Most Powerful & Influential Latinos list. In 2014, ABC’s music department was named Best Music Department by the Music Supervisor’s Guild.
Ms. Solér writes a blog about empowerment on her The 40 Plus Girl site, is completing a book “The Be A Girl Principals” with her partner Anastasia Brown, and also does speaking engagements on the subject.
Ms. Solér lives in Thousand Oaks with her husband, Sterling of 19 years, their eleven-year-old daughter, Irene, three dogs and 23 chickens and thrives on gardening, cooking, entertaining.
Stacy Widelitz started composing professionally at nineteen, but came to prominence with the song “She’s Like the Wind,” co-written with Patrick Swayze and featured in Swayze’s blockbuster Dirty Dancing. Featured on the movie’s wildly successful soundtrack, it reached no. 3 on Billboard’s top-40 chart (no. 1 among adult-contemporary radio listeners). He has scored features, more than twenty made-for-TV movies, written the end-title song for Disney’s Pocahontas II, and was nominated for an Emmy for ABC’s World of Discovery. Stacy also wrote the title song and scored all the episodes of ABC’s acclaimed animated series Cro, and scored and composed much of the dance music for the film One Last Dance, which garnered him a Best Music Award at the 2004 Nashville Film Festival. He subsequently joined the board of directors of the festival, serving as board president from 2007 – 2009. Stacy served as president of the board of Grammy-nominated ALIAS Chamber Ensemble, and he is currently on the boards of Nashville Opera and Leadership Music. Stacy was recently elected to the City of Oak Hill Board of Commissioners, thus beginning his political career.