W. V. “Chap” Chappell – President
Chap started his career in the music industry fresh out of Oklahoma State. His first foray into talent management was with a little-known rock group called Van Halen. He quickly expanded his skills to include organizing, managing and overseeing multimillion dollar events. As Chap expanded his team in the music industry he founded his own touring and management company, which he named Phoenix Productions. Through the late 70’s and early 80’s, Chap grew Phoenix Productions into one of the major tour management companies in the Southeast. His roster of talent included such groups as 38. Special,The Fixx, Billy Idol, Molly Hatchet, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Heart, Thompson Twins, Adam Ant and The Romantics. Chap also gained recognition for promoting and producing large events like Spring Break in Daytona Beach with MTV and Bike Week concerts featuring Charlie Daniels, Marshall Tucker, Night Ranger, Blue Oyster Cult, Rick Derringer, Humble Pie, The Birds, and The Georgia Satellites.
Chap formed Chappell Entertainment Corp. and later, Chappell Films, LLC where he represented such talent as, Bubba Smith, James Hong, Iake Eissinmann, Frankko, Michael Winslow, Leslie Easterbrook, Marion Ramsey, Max-A-Million, Genitorturers, James Brown’s Band and several corporations including Hearns’ Entertainment and Sante Fe College Foundation. Chap has also worked very closely with such clients as Pat Morito (Karate Kid), Dennis Rodman and Angie Everheart. In 2011, Chappell Entertainment added Legendary Rocker, Jimmie VanZant, former two time World Heavyweight Champion, Pinklon Thomas, and the major southeast rock band Big Engine to its extensive management roster.
Chappell Films LLC has completed several major projects, including some that have aired on national television and are being sold worldwide. Projects include “Michael Winslow Comedy Sound Slap Down”, “Latinos Locos”, “Bike Week Exposed”,”Trail of Tears,” “Honeyboy”, “Forbidden Team” and “Cartoon Explosion”.
In 2012, Chappell Entertainment and its sister record label, CYA Records, released “Feels Like Freedom”-the last hit album from rocker Jimmie Van Zant. It was distributed nationally by Sony/RED and MRI with a corporate sponsorship from MoonPie. Chappell Films, LLC produced a music video for Jimmie Van Zant’s smash hit single off the album of the same name, ‘Feels Like Freedom’. The video can be viewed on such major sites as CMT.com, MTV.com, GAC.com, and Vh1.com.
Through the years, Chap Chappell has earned respect and trust in the entertainment business, from the management of clients, TV specials, film projects, and major corporate events. With his tight-knit staff of highly talented individuals, Chap has formed a solid working team to provide an array of professional services to all of his clients.
Tony Smothers – Publicist
Tony’s love of music, film and television began at an early age. Producing 8mm movie shorts—in which he was often one of the actors—playing drums and singing in high school all helped fuel his passion to be in the entertainment business. Visits to radio and television stations in those early years helped guide the part of his path that includes 23 years in broadcast television.
With both his right and left brain having a say in choosing his direction in college, Tony decided to study business with a focus on marketing at the University of North Carolina Charlotte. The right brain inspired his creative side in marketing while continuing to fuel his love of music, film and television. An average of the 3 nights out a week to see “live” music all through college still brings up great memories while talking with artists as a publicist with Chappell Entertainment. Then of course there was that pesky left brain there to focus on making business sense out of artistic opportunities.
A true collaborator, Tony takes a holistic approach to achieving marketing objectives. His career in broadcast television sales and business development, helped Tony hone his chops in strategy and content development of multi-media campaigns. As a consultant and as a marketing director himself, Tony saw a recurring need for the targeted use of creative and technical skill sets. He created his own marketing firm to provide clients with a reliable outsource resource. He loves assembling the right team to complete pieces of marketing puzzles.
Tony’s background includes extensive television and radio production with roles as creator and associate producer of a wide variety of broadcast television commercials and half-hour and one-hour television specials including live music. His Sales & Marketing career has included partnership and targeted event campaigns to build retail traffic along with special promotions and brand marketing for a wide variety of clients.
Derick Butler – Event Production
In his 30 years in the business, Butler has produced or worked on over 3000 shows at various levels. From Executive Producer to Utility. Butler’s experiences are vast in the music, TV and live event arena producing live concerts, talent acquistions, contract negotiations, sound staging and lighting manager, stagement and production coordinator.
Highlights: Emcee for 25 years running Daytona Beach Bike Week and Biketoberfest, Real Housewives of the OC, Who’s Hot Orlando, Who Rocks Sports, Vegas Live, BigD’s Rock The Cradle Toy Drive, Laughs For Cash, RoseBay Regatta, Disappearing Island and many, many more. Talent Buyer for BikeWeek and Biketober Fest for 25 years. Executive Producer for such concerts/acts as: Blue Oyster Cult, Jackyl, Five Finger Death Punch, Quiet Riot, Great White, George Lynch ( DIO ), Molly Hatchet, Jimmy Van Zant, BlackFoot, The Cult, 311, 24/7 spies, Marilyn Manson, Michael Allman, Swamp De Wamp, Artimus Pyle ( Lynyrd Skynyrd), Steven Adler ( Guns n’ Roses ), LA Guns, The Cure, The Fix, Agent Orange, Topp Dogg, Y-O, Janelle Monae, Ludacris and Common just to name a few.
Christine Rambo – Promotions
Christine received her education from California State University, Fullerton with a B.A. in Television, Radio, Film Communications and a minor in English.
Fresh out of college, she became a News Writer/Reporter and Talk Show host for KSAK/FM Radio from 1984-1986. During that time, she wrote, edited and reported news for radio broadcasts twice daily. She also developed, wrote, and hosted a weekly talk show entitled, “Let’s Talk Women”. Then from 1986- 1988, Christine was the Production Assistant for KDOC/TV. She assisted in all broadcast television, live remote programming and was additionally a script developer, writer, consultant, and post-production operator.
From 1988-1993, she was a Commercial Producer and Editor for United Artists Production Services. As a producer/editor, she wrote/produced/directed/edited commercial productions for broadcast television including variety, sports, music, and video productions. She was also involved in extensive script writing for commercials, news shows, PSA’s, station ID’s and promos. She worked with sales and traffic departments daily.
For 10 years beginning in 1993, Christine took her extensive experiences with Commercial TV and Radio and started her own company: Ramtech Industries, Inc. Ramtech Industries was an Arena Sound Systems and Interface Technology Manufacturer. Christine was the owner/Public Relations Writer and Operations Manager. She developed the company, company image, including writing its slogan and tag lines. She developed sales campaigns/promotions for U.S. and international markets and managed all company affairs/books. In terms of Public Relations, she wrote press releases, product announcements, and reviews for U.S. and international trade magazine publications.
Currently, along with her hard work for Chappell Entertainment, she has been a National Record Promoter and Production Director for Moses Media Inc. since 2003. Part of her job is to produce E-blast radio campaigns for major and independent artists going for ads or impacting airplay in seven music genres. She consults major and indie labels for record promotions in BDS/Mediabase, non-reporting, and college markets. As a record promoter for indie artists, she is responsible for weekly reports, tracking spins, interviews, drops, and track dates.