Lava Studios – Scott Rehling, Producer

In the early 1990’s Scott was the co-founder of one of Austin’s first digital recording studios, Alternate Audio. Known for its innovative original music compositions and digital recording/editing capabilities, high profile clients turned to Alternate Audio for video game audio, audio for corporate film and video and original audio production for Television and radio commercials. Scott has engineered, performed, produced and composed original music for video game projects such as Road Rash and The Cartoon History of the Universe, corporate film/video for the likes of Dell, Motorola, Apple Computer, and the University of Nebraska, and national television and radio commercials for Zima, Chevrolet and Levi’s.

Like his partners in Lava Studios, Scott has also been performing in bands and recording albums for many years. In 1996, he founded the band Dysfunkshun Junkshun, which has won top funk band honors several times over the years at the Austin Music Awards and has consistently been one of the top drawing live bands in the region. As a keyboard player and recording artist, Scott has performed, recorded, and/or shared the stage with artists such as The Neville Brothers, Run DMC, Ton Loc, Brian Setzer, KC and The Sunshine Band, The Outfield, and The Knack.

Scott has Bachelor of Business Management from the University of Nebraska.

Julie Weinberg – Executive Vice President Production

In 1995 Julie Weinberg emerged from The University of Hartford with a B.A. in Mass Communications with a Public Relations emphasis, and a minor in English with a Writing emphasis.  Over the course of the next 5 years she went on to receive a film certification from New York University, and became a certified herbalist from the School of Natural Healing.

At 22 Julie began her career in New York City working for an independent record label as a publicist and booking agent for several national bands.  After a year, a larger Providence based company scooped her up.  She quickly went on to become a manager, publicist, and booking agent for several local acts.  It was during this time where Julie became interested in the world of film and television.  After being part of the production of several music videos, Julie returned to New York City where she began freelancing as a production assistant/assistant producer on feature films, music videos, and series television.  She worked with VH1, MTV, and several independent film production companies.

In 1998 she became part of the launch of The Newport International Film Festival, where she expanded her skill set as a producer into the world of event production.  In a short period of time Julie became the producer of the festival and spent 5 years working with every aspect of the organization from filmmaker hospitality to building and maintaining sponsorship relations, as well as spearheading her own project; Five Days Till Sunday  – a short film shot in conjunction with the festival where an entire production crew was challenged to write, cast, shoot, edit, and screen a film in five days.

Over the years, Julie continued producing events in clubs, social venues, and community meeting spaces – always with a focus on merging entertainment and conscious living.   She worked diligently to build a bridge between these two worlds, and in 1999 she actualized her love for health/wellness and conscious community by creating Herbalicious – a natural products store and wellness center in Providence.  Herbalicious became a Mecca for new thought and breakthrough healing.

After working for Showtime Networks on the Brotherhood pilot, in 2004 Julie relocated to Ashland, Oregon to become a part of the growing conscious media movement occurring on the west coast.  She was hired by the Spiritual Cinema Circle to develop, program, and direct the first annual Spiritual Cinema Circles’ Festival At Sea – a film festival that took place on a cruise ship while sailing around the Caribbean.

In 2005 she returned to Showtime for the first season of Brotherhood where she became the assistant to the Executive Producer and Creator of the show.  When the season completed, she retreated back to Ashland,  making a decision to focus on developing her own projects.

Over the years, Julie has solely dedicated her time to developing, writing, producing, and directing transformational/breakthrough media.  Some of her highlights were her role as producer on James Twyman’s film The Moses Code, and working with Gaiam as the Director of Operations in their Cinema Networks division.

In 2008, Julie founded Contemplate Films – an independent film production company focused on transformational and breakthrough media.  The company is currently developing a feature documentary titled Resonate – a film about the power of sound and it’s healing capabilities.

In addition to Contemplate Films, Julie is also a founding member and sits on the advisory board of Qianli Wellness – a nutritional products and wellness company.  She is currently looking to bring her years of experience as a producer and her expertise in the health/wellness/conscious living world into projects committed to creating cultural and planetary change.

Tara McCarthy, Vice President, Director of Global Consulting, Bird Bonette Staudermann, Inc. Westport, CT – Production Advisor
Tara is a senior production executive whose impressive credentials include a mastery of international film and television production, and a comprehensive knowledge of the commercial production industry.

Following graduation from George Washington University, where she was President of Phi Beta Kappa, McCarthy joined FilmFair’s New York operation as an assistant to the executive producer. She then moved to Los Angeles where she worked as a freelance crew member in various film departments. After two years, FilmFair asked her to return to New York to reestablish and manage a new FilmFair office.

Once FilmFair New York was profitable, McCarthy set off on her own to found Opus, a company that thrived on producing complicated commercials within tight budgets. Working with some of the industry’s highest profile directors and producers, Opus focused on international corporate campaigns, special effects and fashion/beauty advertising. Tara partnered Opus with London-based MGMM, then the world’s largest and most prestigious music video production company, to share directors and worldwide production resources. This experience enhanced McCarthy’s already strong proficiency in contract negotiations and international advertising production.

These skills attracted the interest of Harmony Holdings, the only publicly traded commercial production holding company in the US. McCarthy was hired as COO to set up an international division and to staff and supervise the operations of five wholly owned subsidiaries. While at Harmony, McCarthy designed and implemented organizational and management systems to increase economies of scale, initiated several overseas production relationships to promote revenue growth, and completed negotiations to acquire a music video production company.

With BBS since 1995, Tara is a sought-after consultant and a special resource for international production. She’s now branching out into Web consulting and is honing her deal making skills for use in celebrity talent negotiations.

Tara McCarthy lives in Larchmont, New York with her two dogs .

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