Zealot Networks Adds Label, Management And Tech Properties
May 28, 2015 at 11:15 AM (PT)
Digital-first media and entertainment company ZEALOT NETWORKS is expanding into NASHVILLE by acquiring SOUTHERN MADE, KINGMGMT and GOTEE RECORDS. Leading ZEALOT's NASHVILLE office is JOHN ZAPPIN, who will oversee creative strategies, content development and new business opportunities.
"Beyond music, NASHVILLE is a great creative and technology epicenter so we're excited to establish a presence in this burgeoning community and be a part of its expanding growth," ZEALOT NETWORKS Pres./CEO DANNY ZAPPIN said. "We look forward to participating in the innovative ideas and creative projects that we know will come out of this vibrant city."
SOUTHERN MADE creates technology to drive deep fan engagement and to create actionable insights for their clients. Founded by tech entrepreneurs CHRIS MCINTYRE, MATT MUELLER, CHRISTOPHER PARKS, ADAM SMALL and JACK WHITIS, the company has engagements with diverse national clientele spanning healthcare, faith, music, food and lifestyle, consumer goods and publishing.
"We believe our relationship with ZEALOT NETWORKS opens the floodgates for worldwide reach and lets us prove we can engage people in a much larger and more significant way," SOUTHERN MADE CEO CHRIS MCINTYRE said.
KINGMGMT is a boutique management/development firm whose clients include Pop/Folk duo JOHNNYSWIM and Southern rock country artist and songwriter RHETT CANIPE, headed by JAY KING. "ZEALOT NETWORKS provides a home for ideas to come alive and gives people like myself the freedom to rethink the business I've been a part of for 20 years," KING said.
GOTEE RECORDS, led by founders JOEY ELWOOD and TOBY MAC, boasts a little more than 2,500 copyrights in its catalog and over $80 million in worldwide sales, Currently, the roster includes artists such as RELIENT K, JAMIE GRACE and CAPITAL KINGS.
"It's important with this changing music business landscape to find strategic partnerships that allows us to better serve our artists and the consumer,” TOBY MAC said. “We want to be ahead of the game and ZEALOT NETWORKS is the right partner to take us there."
"Some of the best creative thinkers and storytellers are coming out of NASHVILLE and these acquisitions will complement our existing portfolio, providing unique and important perspectives that will benefit all of our companies," ZEALOT NETWORKS VP/Creative Development JOHN ZAPPIN said.
All three companies are 100% acquisitions and each will continue to operate under their own names.