MEET THE TEAM
We've got it all: the Brains and the Brawn
Founder, CEO, Producer
Kara is the Founder, CEO, and Producer of US-based Meeting Street Productions located in North Carolina. Kara is a highly regarded film, television and digital media production and distribution executive. She is well-respected for her creative approach, wide-ranging resourcefulness and deep industry knowledge. She is known for tackling the most demanding media and entertainment challenges, procuring her the disruptive nickname of "Khaos Boss".
She has a rich 20-year history, working in a variety of positions, both above and below the line, in all areas of entertainment. Her passion and creativity stems from her infectious love of life. She desires to create a better life for future generations through her prolific and visionary storytelling created through the lens of the camera.
Kara has worked alongside some of the largest music promoters in the industry, including AEG and Live Nation. She has quickly become an irreplaceable asset to the large-scale music festivals she manages by her meticulous command of the production office and distinctive management style.
Andy Orgel is Chairman & CEO, QOL Media, Inc., an investment and management portfolio of media and entertainment brands within the quality of life sector. His expertise is in the start-up of innovative, disruptive, global media networks in the U.S. and Europe. Following various positions at CBS, Andy was a founding executive at MTV, Nickelodeon, The Movie Channel, A&E, Wisdom Media, The Box Music Network and US West Interactive Video Enterprises, which created the first 3 digital TV networks. Andy advises the emerging cannabis lifestyle network, WeedTV,The Great DisruptorsTV show and more. He has created and led university courses on the global media landscape, sustainability, social impact and career opportunities for millennials in communications. Andy was labeled by Success Magazine as “an MTV Mastermind” and “the man who made TV interactive.”
Director of Operations
Donna studied at Loyola University Chicago from 1994-1998 and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts with a Double Major in Communication (Radio/TV/Film) and Theatre (Directing & Stage Management). After college Donna utilized her stage management skills for ten years at an affiliate of the National Association of Realtors in Meeting and Trade Show Management before moving to AEG Presents. During her 12 years at AEG she advanced her knowledge on all things related to Festival and Concert Management. This included the popular World’s Loudest Month which included Carolina Rebellion in Concord, NC; Rock on the Range in Columbus, OH; and Rocklahoma in Pryor, OK. In her spare time she has volunteered with the St. Louis chapter of Autism Speaks and her local RWA (Romance Writers of America) chapter (MORWA). In MORWA she has served on the board of directors for two years as VP of Programming and followed that up with several volunteer coordinator positions, these years of service earned her the prestigious Crystal Rose award in 2018 for “above and beyond” service to her chapter. In what remains of her spare time she has completed three novels that are seeking publication and working to complete her fourth. In addition Donna is also the author of a children’s book that is awaiting publication. She has also completed one children’s book that is just waiting for the right artist to come along and illustrate. At home she has one large fluffy cat who believes he is king of the world but deigns to let her pet him anyway
Executive Financial Producer
Katheryn Swann is the Owner/CEO of Oma Shanti Inc., an Executive Production and Film Development company out of Chicago and Cary, NC. She began as a consultant to Executive Producers and an expert in Investor Relations, concentrating mostly on the corporate side of sales until her switch to feature films in 2009. In 2013, she created Oma Shanti Inc. to create the best packages to sell and distribute projects, as well as content that focuses on her passions: saving the coral reefs and socially relevant content that brings stories to the world that need to be told. In the past year, OSI joined forces with Meeting Street Productions for both investor relations and film and television development. She is also on the Board of Directors of a start-up platform for education and emotional intelligence learning, on the Board of a new Oklahoma studio, and has volunteered as a mentor and court advocate for social activism in gender inequality or domestic violence cases throughout her 20-plus year business career.
Barbie is the Production Manager for Meeting Street Productions. She is known for delicately providing the calm among the chaos. Her attention to detail, strict adherence to project budgets and protocols and dedication to the safety and well-being of employees and crew, Barbie ensures the professionalism that is Meeting Street Productions. Barbie's film career began when she signed on as one of the financial Executive Producers for the feature film, Union Bound. While filming, she discovered she could use her financial acumen and decades of management to provide the necessary balance between the business and creative sides of filmmaking.
Barbie has worked diligently to advance her expertise in management and "All Things Production". She has also worked in the production and accounting offices on several of the country's largest music festivals alongside promoters such as AEG and Live Nation.
Jack Eagen is a Storyteller, by any media necessary. Starting young he has been editing for twenty years. He has directed two indy feature films, produced and edited dozens of corporate videos, music videos, product ads, feature films, pilots, and more. He received a Bachelors in Print Media and minored in Film. After graduating he spent 9 years in Asheville, NC running a small production company and working in special FX. In 2014 he moved to Raleigh NC as the senior editor and studio manager for Uptone Pictures. While there he was also the manager of the headquarters for a global distributor. He moved into more of a freelance position in early 2018 as an editor, producer, and creator.
Camera + Tech
Bradford Burton is a young visionary who is dedicated to creating and distributing art in the form of videography. Brad had his start at the Art Institute of Atlanta, studying video production, among other disciplines. During college, he interned for Pea Production as a personal assistant to the producer Airma Jones, transporting set props for music videos. His work experience post college lies with TBA, a Raleigh based stage hand company. For over a decade, Brad worked as an independent contractor with Live Nation. His responsibilities at Live Nation included changing sets, down rigging, equipment loading, camera operation and team management. Along with Brad’s extensive experience, his charming and easy-going personality makes him an honored team member at Meeting Street Productions.
Live Event Producers
Mikaela is a connoisseur of music and art who recently started as an event coordinator for MSP. At a young age, Mikaela attended NCT-North Carolina Theater- studying live theater, vocal lessons, dance, and the harp. Her love for music, art, and theater introduced her to numerous artists, musicians, and actors. Mikaela continued her art education by pursuing an associates in arts and playing in local bands. All of the exposure to the art scene, along with her affable nature, made her the perfect candidate for promoting and hiring talent for events.