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.
TO TRANSFORM GEORGIA INTO A GLOBAL CENTER FOR
INNOVATION IN MEDIA THROUGH EDUCATION, WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT
AND CONTENT PRODUCTION
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.
Rob Burke is the Managing Partner of Matchbook Media Group. In addition to co-founding MMG, Rob is the founder and Managing Principal of Sobo, an IT Support and Advisory firm headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. He has over 12 years of experience in all facets of launching and operating a successful business, as well as a Masters in Business Administration from Georgia State University.
Rob is proud to call Midtown Atlanta his home, and participates in many initiatives in the area, including the Midtown Alliance, a group focused on the growth and advancement of Midtown, as well as various initiatives related to mentoring students at his Alma Mater, Georgia State University. His hobbies include running and biking the BeltLine, attending acting classes, and helping others achieve personal and professional success.
Abhi is a successful entrepreneur with experience building several technology startups from the ground up including Cirracore, a Cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service hosting company which has acquired privately in March 2017; Neutrino Media Group, an advertising agency focused on digital media, programmatic advertising, and branded entertainment with clients and partners including Google, AOL, Yahoo, New York Times, Hearst, and Univision; and Axelerant, a content management strategy and design software company working with online publishers to craft their presence and story with clients including Red Hat, Hasbro, NFL, NBC, and International Olympics Committee. Passionate about the Film and Entertainment industry in Georgia, Abhi brings his strategic and operational expertise across technology and business operations to MMG from start-up to growth to scaling the success.
Harry Vasavada is a seasoned finance and operations executive with years of comprehensive experience in multi-location, multi-state and international environments serving the entertainment industry. His accolades include being named CFO of a top 100 fastest growing dotcom by Forbes Magazine. His expertise lies in P&L management, raising debt/equity capital, deal structuring and building profitable media businesses. Furthermore, he has earned a reputation as a strategic thinker whose versatility and business savvy have enabled him to successfully provide both production and distribution of over 2500 hours of television programming, documentaries, animation, 30 feature films and more than 10,000 DVD titles encompassing both domestic and international markets. His tenure also includes a pre-IPO media dotcom platform as well as an iconic record label.
Before locating to Atlanta, Harry was Interim CFO of a Dallas based Anime distributor, which under his direction, was engaged in the development, production, revitalization and distribution of Anime content and merchandising for the traditional and digital space. Within a year he secured a $10 million line of credit that facilitated the company’s bold international expansion. Additionally, he spearheaded a multi-million dollars film fund for the production of Christian movies solely marketed directly to faith-based organizations using alternative distribution means. His illustrious career history includes providing financial leadership to both publicly traded and privately held entertainment companies namely, Matchbook Media Group, Funimation, Group 1200, Lightworks Enterprises, Dick Clark Productions, GRB Entertainment, Reelplay.com, IRS Media, Twentieth Century Fox, Film Roman, Live Entertainment and Atlantic Entertainment.
Harry earned a BS and MS in accounting from India, before receiving his MBA (finance) in Louisiana, after finishing graduate work at the University of Wisconsin, Riverfalls
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.
iShindler - Marty and Roberta
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.
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.
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.