CATMEDIA CEO Catherine Downey Will Attend 2019 Tuck-WBENC

It’s been an exciting year of awards and recognitions for Atlanta-based small business CATMEDIA, whose CEO Catherine Downey has been accepted in to the 2019 Tuck WBENC Strategic Growth Program. This is the second time Downey has been honored with attending this week-long program that brings together a select group of women executives to discuss the latest in strategic direction, financial strategy, digital technologies, partnering, acquisitions, and brand communication.

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“Most of my career, I thought I was just an anomaly as a successful female entrepreneur until I attended the Tuck-WBENC Executive Program. It was a life changing event to spend a week with 59 other women just like me!” – Catherine Downey

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The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) is the largest certifier of women-owned businesses in the U.S. and a leading advocate for women business owners and entrepreneurs.

“We believe diversity promotes innovation, opens doors, and creates partnerships that fuel the economy. That’s why we provide the most relied upon certification standard for women-owned businesses and the tools to help them succeed. Our mission is to fuel economic growth globally by identifying, certifying, and facilitating the development of women-owned businesses.”

For over the past 15 years, IBM has been committed to supporting the development and advancement of Women’s Business Enterprises through educational opportunities.

CATMEDIA is a marketing, training, and creative services company that prides itself on turning visions to motion. Since 1997, Downey, who was named by Atlanta Magazine as one of the Top 500 CEOs in 2019, has seen tremendous growth in her company. Her leadership, commitment, and strength serve as the foundation for CATMEDIA’s operational standards and practices. Her unique ability to understand the creative world enables CATMEDIA to offer superior solutions to match each client’s individual message.

CATMEDIA has been recognized for numerous awards the over the last decade in leadership, company growth, and best places to work for.

Not only has the company been named one of Atlanta’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For for four years in a row, but has twice been named to the Inc. 500 list of the fastest-growing private companies in America, as well as the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s top ten list of fastest-growing private companies.

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ABOUT US

CATMEDIA is an award-winning Inc. 500 company based in Atlanta, Georgia. Founded in 1997, the company specializes in advertising, creative services, media production, program management, training, and human resource management. As a Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB), CATMEDIA provides world-class customer service and innovative solutions to government and commercial clients. Current CATMEDIA clients include Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Office of Personnel Management (OPM), and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

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CATMEDIA a Triple Winner at the 40th Anniversary of the Telly Awards!

CATMEDIA announced today it’s DeKalb County Fire Rescue Recruitment: Answer Your Calling video has had a triple win at the 40th Annual Telly Awards. The video’s been named Best Online Commercial in Craft Editing, General Public Interest/Awareness, and Craft Directing.

This will be the fifth Telly Award for CATMEDIA. The Telly Awards honors excellence in video and television across all screens. Judged by leaders from video platforms, television, streaming networks, production companies. Including Vice, Vimeo, Hearst Digital Media, BuzzFeed, and A&E Networks.

FROM THE TELLY AWARDS

“CATMEDIA is pushing the boundaries for video and creativity at the time when the industry is rapidly changing,” said Sabrina Dridje, Managing Director of the Telly Awards. “This award is a tribute to the talent and vision of its creators and a celebration of the diversity of work being made today for all screens.”

PULLING IT TOGETHER

“We’re so honored to receive recognition from the jury for our work on this project. The DeKalb County Fire Rescue Telly Award Winner Silver and Bronzeis an outstanding and diverse fire department, that really offers so many opportunities for growth and development to its firefighters. Therefore, we wanted to create a video that conveyed that message,” says Brittany Hester, Director/Producer.  Today’s winner’s announcement caps a year-long celebration of the 40th Anniversary of The Telly Awards. Throughout 2018-2019. The Telly Awards celebrated four decades of honoring the video and television industry. Whether through its inaugural international screening series or its online video interviews with industry experts.

This year also saw the continued expansion of new categories further to the awards’ recent initiative to rebuild the honors for the multi-screen era. Consequently, new categories included serialized Branded Content and expanded Social Video categories. Last year, The Telly Awards attracted more than 12,000 entries from top video content producers. This includes Condé Nast, Netflix, Refinery29, RadicalMedia, T Brand Studio, and Ogilvy & Mather.

Winner – DeKalb County Fire Rescue Recruitment: Answer Your Calling Video, has been named Best Online Commercial for – Craft Editing, General Public Interest/Awareness, and Craft Directing

Here is the full list of the 40th Annual Telly Awards winners.

ABOUT CATMEDIA

CATMEDIA is an award-winning Inc. 500 company based in Atlanta, Georgia. Founded in 1997, the company specializes in advertising, creative services, media production, program management, training, and human resource management. As a Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB), CATMEDIA provides world-class customer service and innovative solutions to government and commercial clients. Current CATMEDIA clients include Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Office of Personnel Management (OPM), and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

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CATMEDIA Entertainment Announces June Release Date For Apocalypse Island

CATMEDIA Entertainment’s has announced that the official release date of their first full-length feature film, Apocalypse Island, will be on June 11, 2019. The film will be available on DVD or for digital rent and purchase. You can already pre-order the DVD on Amazon, Walmart, and Bestbuy now.

DISTRIBUTION

Since 2018, CATMEDIA has worked with Summer Hill Entertainment to facilitate distribution and announced early this year that an agreement was made with Wild Eye Releasing for the North American market (which includes the US and Canada).

WHAT IS THE MOVIE ABOUT?

Apocalypse Island is a drama surrounding a cult hidden away in the island marshes of the Deep South. It follows Cam, the Pastor’s son, as he seeks to save his sister’s life from a mysterious affliction. In the end, he discovers the true nature of the island he calls home, that of his father, and how unreliable the mind and memory truly are.

CASTING NIA PEEPLES

nia-peeples-apocalypse-islandMost noteworthy, the film stars Pretty Little Liars’ actress Nia Peeples as Claudia, one of the film’s most dynamic characters along with a riveting breakout performance by Dean Kostlich in the role of Pastor.

“After 30 years of primetime TV and films running the gamut in terms of budget, name value, and quality, it’s always refreshing to step into a company of filmmakers who are fresh and imaginative, and inspired rather than jilted. The experience of enthusiasm and “dream-making” can be intoxicating. It reminds me of my beginnings.” – Nia Peeples

WOMAN-PRODUCED

In addition to being the company’s first narrative feature film, Apocalypse Island is also a woman-produced film.

“Historically, the movie and production business has predominantly been a man’s world. The fact that a small woman-owned company has been able to finance, write, and produce a movie is phenomenal. Not just produce any movie, but produce and score a full-length feature film that we are proud of.”

When asked about the challenges of producing an independent film, Downey says, “Being completely independent limits you in terms of budget, but frees you in terms of how you tell your story.”

BEHIND THE STORY

William Warren, who co-wrote and directed Apocalypse Island, says the story was the culmination of two different ideas he had been working on for some time.

“Years ago I heard a story about scientists who had implanted memories into lab rats, and the idea stuck with me. Years passed and onescene-outside-apocalypse-island night I was watching TV and a promo came on for a show about a cult on an island. I thought—I can do something like that. So I opened up my laptop, and about 10 months later I had a very rough, very long play typed out. Little did I know that three months later I would be producing it as a movie.”

KEEPING IT LOCAL

As a testament to such a booming film industry in Georgia, Apocalypse Island employed mostly local crew and talent. As well as being shot on location within the surrounding Savannah and Atlanta metropolitan areas.

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DVD and digital sales begin on June 11, 2019. You can already pre-order your DVD copy on Amazon, Walmart, and Bestbuy.

ABOUT CATMEDIA

CATMEDIA is an award-winning Inc. 500 company based in Atlanta, Georgia. Founded in 1997, the company specializes in advertising, creative services, media production, program management, training, and human resource management. As a Women Owned Small Business (WOSB), CATMEDIA provides world-class customer service and innovative solutions to government and commercial clients. Current CATMEDIA clients include Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Office of Personnel Management (OPM), and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

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CATMEDIA Wins Atlanta’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work 2019

CATMEDIA has won Atlanta’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work for its fourth consecutive year!

About The Best and Brightest

The Best and Brightest Companies to Work For competition honors organizations that commit to creating an excellent workplace environment through their human resource practices and employee enrichment. CATMEDIA has been on the prestigious list since 2016 and has also been named one of the National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For.

Who wins?

Each nominee for Best and Brightest undergoes an evaluation based on categories such as communication, work-life balance, employee education, diversity, recognition, retention, and more. The nominated companies then receive an overall assessment report that summarizes how they stack up against the other participating organizations. The assessment displays scores in the three highest and lowest areas, providing each company with possible opportunities for improvement.

Honorable Mentions

Other notable Best and Brightest winners include Panasonic Automotive, T-Mobile and Turner. For more information on this year’s winners, click here.

The Best and Brightest celebration will take place on June 20, 2019, at the JW Marriott Atlanta Buckhead at 7:30 a.m., beginning with registration and networking, followed by the award ceremony at 11 a.m.

The CATMEDIA team takes great pride in this win and to be recognized for the fourth year in a row!

About CATMEDIA

CATMEDIA is an award-winning Inc. 500 company based in Atlanta, Georgia. Founded in 1997, the company specializes in advertising, creative services, media production, program management, training, and human resource management. As a Women Owned Small Business (WOSB), CATMEDIA provides world-class customer service and innovative solutions to government and commercial clients. Current CATMEDIA clients include Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Office of Personnel Management (OPM), and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

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