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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 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.

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.

Cooper Skinner

Cooper Skinner

Sound Designer

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.

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.”

ERIC QUINTANA

ERIC QUINTANA

Producer

Eric is an Atlanta native and Georgia State University graduate. He has spent the last 10 years working in sports and news talk radio, as well as hosting and producing an Atlanta United podcast for the last five years. He serves as a podcast editor and producer and is currently working on unscripted projects “Up and Vanished Season 3,” “Radio Rental,” and other upcoming scripted projects.

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.

Anne Rusten

Anne Rusten

Executive Assistant

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 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.

Jaime Albright

Jaime Albright

Associate Producer

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

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.

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.”

Eric Quintana

Eric Quintana

Producer

Eric is an Atlanta native and Georgia State University graduate. He has spent the last 10 years working in sports and news talk radio, as well as hosting and producing an Atlanta United podcast for the last five years. He serves as a podcast editor and producer and is currently working on unscripted projects “Up and Vanished Season 3,” “Radio Rental,” and other upcoming scripted projcets.

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.

Jaime Albright

Jaime Albright

Associate Producer

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.  

Anne Rusten

Anne Rusten

Executive Assistant

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.

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.

Cooper Skinner

Cooper Skinner

Sound Designer

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.

Tracy Leeds Kaplan

Tracy Leeds Kaplan

Operations and 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.

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.

Eric Quintana

Eric Quintana

Producer

Eric is an Atlanta native and Georgia State University graduate. He has spent the last 10 years working in sports and news talk radio, as well as hosting and producing an Atlanta United podcast for the last five years. He serves as a podcast editor and producer and is currently working on unscripted projects “Up and Vanished Season 3,” “Radio Rental,” and other upcoming scripted 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.

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.

Jaime Albright

Jaime Albright

Associate Producer

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.  

Cooper Skinner

Cooper Skinner

Sound Designer

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.

Anne Rusten

Anne Rusten

Executive Assistant

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.

Tracy Leeds Kaplan

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.

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