About Us

Our first class office and studio space provides an exceptional production office experience for projects filming in the downtown Atlanta area. Designed with the ability to mirror LA or New York City, the space is an easy choice for an Urban Office or Apartment setting. We also offer casting suites, production offices, internet, screening rooms and conference room space. If you would like to book Cinema Park for shooting or production offices, contact us.

As a working studio, MMG and Cinema Park offers a complete list of production services from development through distribution. As Atlanta's only One-Stop-Shop, we offer incentivised production expenditures at a much lower rate than our competitors. If you are considering shooting your project in Georgia, and you want to save 30-60% off of your bottom line, we encourage you to partner with us. With over 50 years experience in running production companies and producing projects, Matchbook Media Group is the only company that can handle your project, save costs and protect the values and integrity of your production. For more information on our services, contact us.

MISSION:

TO TRANSFORM GEORGIA INTO A GLOBAL CENTER FOR
INNOVATION IN MEDIA THROUGH EDUCATION, WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT
AND CONTENT PRODUCTION

Taylor Owenby
Founder

Taylor Owenby is an independent film producer, distributor and educator committed to uncompromising visions that challenge conventional paradigms. Everyone wants to talk about entertainment or be a part of it, but Taylor actually knows how the industry works. From early childhood he has devoted his life and career, here in Georgia, to create a self-sustaining entertainment ecosphere in collaboration with other markets.

Taylor began his filmmaking career in middle school, as a child actor in the 90’s. At the age of 10, he fell in love with the collaborative, (sometimes dysfunctional) family environment that a project creates. He knew then, whether a film, television, live event of theatrical production, it is the spirit and power of collaboration that could make “magic” real. He made short films on a flip camera with his friends. He produced stage plays for his public high school, that otherwise could not afford them, by selling sponsorships and ad space in the programs. He fully realized how Entertainment and the Arts are interwoven in our society by telling stories, while providing teens an outlet to express themselves.

To pursue his lifelong quest, he engaged in producing projects for community college then enrolled at The Savannah College of Art and Design on a scholarship. A regional magazine published his work at the age of 18. At 22, he moved to Atlanta and founded Matchbook Media + PR, Georgia’s first public relations and media production firm. He worked with several film festivals in the state and had the opportunity to work with entertainment leaders from Nashville, New York, Hollywood and Atlanta. After doing a lot of traveling, he foresaw the necessity for the talent in Georgia to match the standards of those in more developed markets. That launched his producing career in television and film as a professional. In 2013, Taylor became the youngest Executive Producer in Georgia with one of the first SAG-AFTRA New Media pilots. Subsequently, he became the youngest Feature Film producer in Georgia to produce a project with ‘A’ list Talent, securing global distribution. He filmed an action-thriller called Operator in his hometown of Covington, Georgia, where he worked with Ving Rhames, Mischa Barton, Luke Goss and Michael Pare. It was an incredible experience. The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and screened in theaters around the world. He also began representing projects for marketing and secured many distribution deals, while showcasing a Hollywood premiere at the TCL Chinese Theatre.

In 2017, by partnering with industry veterans and investors, he launched Matchbook Media Group, Georgia’s first studio focused on developing, producing and selling content. Furthermore, to foster the state’s creative community and further develop its talent, he established its first studio incubator Cinema Park studios-ATL.

James "JB" Brown
Managing Partner

James "JB" Brown has amassed 29 year's as a innovator, disruptor and trailblazer in the entertainment industry. He has many interests, whether it be marketing, producing, executive producing and consulting, ethics and integrity remain the guidelines to each endeavor.

 JB's collegiate education spanned from to 1987 at Norfolk State University to 1989 at the University Of Maryland and to 2010 at The University of Phoenix. JB has a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology “Business Systems Analyst and Project Management”.

The Professional entertainment journey began in 1989 at Black Entertainment Television where James spent two years as an assistant to associate producer on the popular shows Rap City & Video LP.

JB spent 1992-1993 at 900 Frames Video in New York as a 1st assistant director. He worked from 1993-1994 at 20TH Century Fox and Zoo/BMG as a composer, writer and recording artist.

JB was granted the Opportunity to work alongside the Number 1 Urban Record Company in the World "The Island Def Jam Music Group from 1995-2004". JB covered the states of North Carolina and Georgia as a Regional Field Marketing and Promotion Coordinator helping to increase company revenue consistently for nine years. James also provided logistics, relationship management, market analysis and media supervision for multiple gold and platinum artist.

In 2001 JB founded The Bigga Picture, Inc out of Charlotte, NC and Atlanta, GA specializing in T.V., Film, Music Entertainment Production, Marketing and Consulting. James was responsible for providing market analysis on spending habits and trends in regards to high school, colleges, military bases, municipalities and other places where large amounts of people gather.

JB provided marketing and promotional support and direction as well as Executive Produced the soundtrack for the film "Pandora's Box" at Rainforest Films-Tristar Columbia/Sony Atlanta, Ga from 2001-2002.

From 2004-present JB has been Co-Owner of Gipp Museums, Inc. Atlanta, Ga. where his accomplishments include the founding, launch and producing the first Sweet Auburn International Film Festival in 2005, and increasing overall revenue by 300% and the visiting general public by thousands of consumers consistently for 3 years which called for expansion and the creation of The Peachtree Village International Film Festival.

JB served as the executive producer at Greenlight Star Productions, LLC Atlanta, Los Angeles, New York, Charlotte: T.V./Film production company from 2007-2011. In 2008 James produced as well as Executive produced the full-length low budget feature film, titled "Jury Of Our Peers".

In 2011 JB founded My Portal TV, a television and online portal featuring the worlds top independent and mainstream International programs in every genre airing on Dish Network.

In 2013 JB Founded Just Smart Technology Systems, Inc, JSTS, INC.  A technology solutions company focused on streaming content, and outsourcing IT contracts and services procured from government, private, commercial and international clients.

This is a short list of Charities and Philanthropic organizations that J.B proudly supports. The Silas and Helen T. Brown Children's Foundation, Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club, Unicef, YWCA/YMCA, Foundation for the Carolinas, Mental Health Association of the Central Carolinas, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Atlanta Children’s Shelter, NAACP, UNCF, and many more.

Amy Gardner
Project Manager

Amy has 20+ years experience as a corporate professional and entrepreneur in diverse business ownership including a full service Insurance firm & QA firm.  Her expertise encompasses Project Management, Risk Management, Sales, and QA in various industries.  She is PMP and CIC certified.

Len Gibson
Film Finance, Production & Distribution

Len has over 15 years of experience as a producer and director in the film and video industry. Len’s primary area of focus is assisting with film & television financing and production. Len started out as an intern for Spike Lee’s 40 Acres & A Mule and since then worked for networks such as MTV, A&E and more. Len’s diverse background includes receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in English Media from High Point University, a MBA with a concentration in Marketing from the University of Phoenix and 8 years in Army National Guard. Len is also a nationally acclaimed and highly sought after speaker and instructor for independent filmmakers around the world. His expertise has successfully taught independent filmmakers all aspects of development from screenwriting through the finance, production and distribution process. An abbreviated list of Len’s projects:

• “I Wanna Be A VJ”- Production Manager- MTV
• “Kings of Kings”-Producer- E-One
• “Jury of Our Peers” – Consulting Producer- Maverick Entertainment
• “Blackstage”- Producer/Writer (TV & Web Series)- Dish Network/My Portal TV
• “Anatomy of Love”- Producer (Feature Film)- Maverick Entertainment
• Cornerstore, 2010: Producer
• “Don’t Be Stupid,” 2011: Producer/Writer
• “Coming Correct,”- Producer- Lions Gate

In addition, Len oversees and executes the artistic vision of the Peachtree Village International Film Festival. Len oversees every aspect of the production of festival events such as: Gala presentations, film screenings, panel discussions, ticketing and box office solutions, hospitality and venue operations and sponsor benefits related to event, as well as film and gala productions. Len leverages his industry knowledge at various festivals and screening events to acquire films for annual festivals and ongoing screening series. Len is also the new Programming Director of 2 new broadcast television companies Rumble TV and American Horror Classics. Both of these exciting networks are acquisitions of Pleasant Media Holdings where Len was instrumental in securing financing for as well.

 

DJ Falk
Producer

Dale's years of experience include working with some of entertainment's top brands, entertainers, creative studios, record labels and a variety of clients to deliver impactful content strategy for every project.

A strong passion for live entertainment and sharing those experiences has led Dale to create the entertainment production company, Network Frequency, LLC and their website NETFREQ.tv which currently produces for clients like SunTrust, Live Nation and more.

Dale has helped design, program, and produce content for over 10 years. From live music and entertainment to corporate events and destination projects, Dale's diversity of experience brings a creative insight into the production process.

ADVISORY COUNCIL

iShindler - Marty and Roberta

Marty Shindler

Marty’s unique combination of experience in professional service firms, coupled with hands-on executive management positions, form the knowledge base from which he is able to provide sound advice to companies on business matters.

With a strong sense of the direction in which the industry segments are heading and the challenges and rewards that lie ahead, he is a respected authority who is effective in advising companies of what they need to do to be competitive in the rapidly changing entertainment and entertainment technology marketplace.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
Since early 1996, Shindler has provided management and business expertise to a wide range of companies, from previs and development through to production and post production and onto sophisticated next generation distribution technologies.

After an engagement in the entertainment division of Coopers & Lybrand (now PriceWaterhouseCoopers) to analyze the business practices of Lucasfilm/Industrial Light & Magic, resulting in a broad report of recommendations to improve the business practices of the company without compromising its creative and technical expertise, Marty was recruited by ILM to become Director of Finance, to implement these recommendations.

Marty was later recruited by Kodak’s Cinesite to be VP Sales & Marketing for this start-up digital studio. It was during this time, as digital technologies were coming onstream, and many artists and other entrepreneurs who lacked business skills were establishing their own companies, that Marty recognized a market opportunity and established iShindler to meet that need.

John C. Joseph
Executive Producer / Director John C. Joseph

After winning the Academy Award for Documentary Short Subject while a student at UCLA film school, John began his professional life directing & editing music videos and commercials for clients such as Porsche, Toyota, Apple, and Kaiser Permanente. John went on to work in episodic TV doing pilots and series for FOX, CBS, ABC, NBC, and working on the long running series Unsolved Mysteries. With the explosion of documentaries and reality programming on Cable TV, John has Produced and Directed over 100 hours of television for almost every cable outlet from A&E to The Science Channel.
For the last 3 years John has been an Executive Producer at The Weather Channel for original programming. In 2015 he was the E.P. on “Dead of Winter” a feature documentary that screened at both the Savannah and Boston film festivals. In 2016 John launched an internal production unit at The Weather Channel, which now produces all the network’s original longform content.

Roberta Shindler

Shortly after Marty launched iShindler, Roberta Shindler became involved in the Company. Her unique combination of hands-on management work, coupled with strong educational credentials, make her a valued member of the team.

Her analytical skills, coupled with her writing abilities, complemented Marty’s industry and market focus, providing clients with a well-rounded approach to their businesses.

Prior to her involvement, Roberta worked in banking and securities brokerage, as well as executive search.

Roberta’s educational credentials include a Bachelor’s Degree from Brandeis University and a Master’s Degree from the Sloan School of Management at MIT.