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 nearly 350 million downloads to date, creating a blueprint for additional groundbreaking content like the critically acclaimed “Atlanta Monster,” the award-winning “To Live and Die in LA,” “Culpable,” and “Radio Rental,” accounting for 5 back-to-back #1 podcasts.
CEO & 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.
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.
Supervising Sound Editor
Cooper Skinner is an award winning sound designer and composer. He has had the pleasure of working with companies such as Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, Adult Swim, Hulu, Coca-Cola, Samsung, Dropbox, Audible Inc, FX, Trivago, TBS, Mike’s Hard and many more. He graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design with his B.F.A and M.F.A. in sound design.
Devin is an award winning mix engineer with more than 20 years of audio experience working with multi-platinum recording artists like Jeezy, Gucci Mane, Killer Mike, and Drake. Recently Devin worked on several Tenderfoot TV projects including Whistleblower and To Live and Die in LA season 2.
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.
Anne studied event management at the University of Florida. The Miami Beach native has 10 years of experience in entertainment. She started producing concerts for Live Nation in South Florida, eventually managing venues in Atlanta. She was introduced to the Tenderfoot TV during the “Up and Vanished” Live Tour and has since joined the team as Payne’s Executive Assistant.
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 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.
Jaime has been an “Up and Vanished” fan since day one. She earned her Bachelor of Sociology from Kennesaw State University in 2013 and completed Forensic Interview training in 2014. While earning her Master of Social Work from Valdosta State University in 2018, she discovered a love for research and fact finding.
Tracy Leeds Kaplan
Operations & Partnerships
Tracy has 20 years of experience in content creation, distribution, and monetization across video and podcasting. In previous roles at WGBH, CBSi, Twitter, TuneIn, and Patreon, she has worked with content creators of all sizes and now brings her experience to Tenderfoot TV. Zooming in from San Francisco, Tracy is also the creator of The Ten News, a news podcast for kids ages 8 to 12.