About

Founded in 2016 by Atlanta director and independent filmmaker, Payne Lindsey, and music industry veteran, Donald Albright, Tenderfoot launched onto the podcasting scene with the award winning true crime podcast, “Up and Vanished.” The viral sensation became an international news story after influencing 2 arrests in a decade-old cold case. Tenderfoot’s flagship show has received over 330 million downloads to date, creating a blueprint for additional groundbreaking content like the critically acclaimed “Atlanta Monster,” “To Live and Die in LA,” “Culpable,” and “Sworn,” accounting for 5 back-to-back #1 podcasts.

Our team

Donald Albright

Donald Albright

President & Co-Founder

Donald is an entrepreneur and co-founder of Tenderfoot TV. Originally from California, he has spent the last 20 years working in Atlanta’s music industry, with a focus on marketing, management and A&R. In 2016, he partnered with Payne to launch Tenderfoot TV and has since helped to shape the company’s business model and growth strategy.

Mike Rooney

Mike Rooney

Producer/Editor

Μike is a Full Sail University graduate with a major in Film. The Orlando native has worked as a freelance videographer, camera operator, and production manager for commercials, documentaries and music videos, including producing original content for Spotify. He serves as a podcast editor/producer, as well as a producer for Tenderfoot’s TV/film projects.

Mason Lindsey

Mason Lindsey

Associate Producer

Mason experienced the “Up and Vanished” phenomenon from the beginning, first as Payne’s younger brother assisting in the investigation, then as Tenderfoot’s first employee. He works as an associate producer on all Tenderfoot shows, all while balancing classes for his bachelor’s degree in business.

Payne Lindsey

Payne Lindsey

CEO & Co-Founder

Payne is a director, and award-winning documentary filmmaker. The Atlanta area native founded Tenderfoot TV in 2016, co-creating and hosting the company’s flagship show “Up and Vanished,” which spawned Tenderfoot’s first television series by the same name.  Payne would also host the critically acclaimed “Atlanta Monster” and the anthology series “Radio Rental.”

Christina Dana

Christina Dana

Producer

Christina attended Rice University in Houston, TX and moved to Atlanta shortly after graduation. She was a writer and producer for CNN Newsource before joining Tenderfoot to work as a producer on “Up and Vanished Season 2”, and “Monster: The Zodiac Killer.” She currently serves as lead producer on “Sworn.”

MAVS

MAVS

Music Producer/Artist

MAKEUP AND VANITY SET is an American electronic musician who has been creating dark, expansive electronic music for the past two decades. His unique sound provided the score to the critically acclaimed “Atlanta Monster.” MAVS work continued on several Tenderfoot projects as the company’s signature sound, with more original scores and soundtracks to come.

Meredith Stedman

Meredith Stedman

Creative Producer

Meredith is a New Orleans native whose love for storytelling lead her to work on a variety of film projects after graduating from Emory University in Atlanta. She started her journey with Tenderfoot TV as an avid “Up and Vanished” listener, and joined the team to write, co-host and produce on several hit shows like “Atlanta Monster” and “Up and Vanished Season 2.”

Matthew Pusti

Matthew Pusti

Producer

Matthew is a Nashville native with a 20 plus year background in music production, working as a composer, writer and sound designer on independent albums, shorts and feature films, including the upcoming Godizila vs Kong (Legendary). As a producer for Tenderfoot, he oversees sound design and music production.

Donald Albright

Donald Albright

President & Co-Founder

Donald is an entrepreneur and co-founder of Tenderfoot TV. Originally from California, he has spent the last 20 years working in Atlanta’s music industry, with a focus on marketing, management and A&R. In 2016, he partnered with Payne to launch Tenderfoot TV and has since helped to shape the company’s business model and growth strategy.

Meredith Stedman

Meredith Stedman

Creative Producer

Meredith is a New Orleans native whose love for storytelling lead her to work on a variety of film projects after graduating from Emory University in Atlanta. She started her journey with Tenderfoot TV as an avid “Up and Vanished” listener, and joined the team to write, co-host and produce on several hit shows like “Atlanta Monster” and “Up and Vanished Season 2.”

Christina Dana

Christina Dana

Producer

Christina attended Rice University in Houston, TX and moved to Atlanta shortly after graduation. She was a writer and producer for CNN Newsource before joining Tenderfoot to work as a producer on “Up and Vanished Season 2”, and “Monster: The Zodiac Killer. She currently serves as lead producer on “Sworn.”

Mason Lindsey

Mason Lindsey

Associate Producer

Mason experienced the “Up and Vanished” phenomenon from the beginning, first as Payne’s younger brother assisting in the investigation, then as Tenderfoot’s first employee. He works as an associate producer on all Tenderfoot shows, all while balancing classes for his bachelor’s degree in business.

Payne Lindsey

Payne Lindsey

CEO & Co-Founder

Payne is a director, and award-winning documentary filmmaker. The Atlanta area native founded Tenderfoot TV in 2016, co-creating and hosting the company’s flagship show “Up and Vanished,” which spawned Tenderfoot’s first television series by the same name.  Payne would also host the critically acclaimed “Atlanta Monster” and the anthology series “Radio Rental.”

Mike Rooney

Mike Rooney

Producer/Editor

Μike is a Full Sail University graduate with a major in Film. The Orlando native has worked as a freelance videographer, camera operator, and production manager for commercials, documentaries and music videos, including producing original content for Spotify. He serves as a podcast editor/producer, and well as a producer for Tenderfoot’s TV/film projects.

Matthew Pusti

Matthew Pusti

Producer

Matthew is a Nashville native with a 20 plus year background in music production, working as a composer, writer and sound designer on independent albums, shorts and feature films, including the upcoming Godizilla vs Kong (Legendary). As a producer for Tenderfoot, he oversees sound design and music production.

MAVS

MAVS

Music Producer/Artist

MAKEUP AND VANITY SET is an American electronic musician who has been creating dark, expansive electronic music for the past two decades. His unique sound provided the score to the critically acclaimed “Atlanta Monster.” MAVS work continued on several Tenderfoot projects as the company’s signature sound, with more original scores and soundtracks to come.

Donald Albright

Donald Albright

President & Co-Founder

Donald is an entrepreneur and co-founder of Tenderfoot TV. Originally from California, he has spent the last 20 years working in Atlanta’s music industry, with a focus on marketing, management and A&R. In 2016, he partnered with Payne to launch Tenderfoot TV and has since helped to shape the company’s business model and growth strategy.

Payne Lindsey

Payne Lindsey

CEO & Co-Founder

Payne is a director, and award-winning documentary filmmaker. The Atlanta area native founded Tenderfoot TV in 2016, co-creating and hosting the company’s flagship show “Up and Vanished,” which spawned Tenderfoot’s first television series by the same name.  Payne would also host the critically acclaimed “Atlanta Monster” and the anthology series “Radio Rental.”

Meredith Stedman

Meredith Stedman

Creative Producer

Meredith is a New Orleans native whose love for storytelling lead her to work on a variety of film projects after graduating from Emory University in Atlanta. She started her journey with Tenderfoot TV as an avid “Up and Vanished” listener, and joined the team to write, co-host and produce on several hit shows like “Atlanta Monster” and “Up and Vanished Season 2.”

Mike Rooney

Mike Rooney

Producer/Editor

Μike is a Full Sail University graduate with a major in Film. The Orlando native has worked as a freelance videographer, camera operator, and production manager for commercials, documentaries and music videos, including producing original content for Spotify. He serves as a podcast editor/producer, and well as a producer for Tenderfoot’s TV/film projects.

Christina Dana

Christina Dana

Producer

Christina attended Rice University in Houston, TX and moved to Atlanta shortly after graduation. She was a writer and producer for CNN Newsource before joining Tenderfoot to work as a producer on “Up and Vanished Season 2”, and “Monster: The Zodiac Killer. She currently serves as lead producer on “Sworn.”

Matthew Pusti

Matthew Pusti

Producer

Matthew is a Nashville native with a 20 plus year background in music production, working as a composer, writer and sound designer on independent albums, shorts and feature films, including the upcoming Godizilla vs Kong (Legendary). As a producer for Tenderfoot, he oversees sound design and music production.

Mason Lindsey

Mason Lindsey

Associate Producer

Mason experienced the “Up and Vanished” phenomenon from the beginning, first as Payne’s younger brother assisting in the investigation, then as Tenderfoot’s first employee. He works as an associate producer on all Tenderfoot shows, all while balancing classes for his bachelor’s degree in business.

MAVS

MAVS

Music Producer/Artist

MAKEUP AND VANITY SET is an American electronic musician who has been creating dark, expansive electronic music for the past two decades. His unique sound provided the score to the critically acclaimed “Atlanta Monster.” MAVS work continued on several Tenderfoot projects as the company’s signature sound, with more original scores and soundtracks to come.

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