Zappin Zealot

Zealot Networks takes shopping spree to Nashville

Danny Zappin's media firm buys three companies in the country music capital and opens up a local office there, headed by his brother.
May 28, 2015

The shopping spree continues for “digital-first” media company Zealot Networks. On Thursday, it announced it has acquired a trio of Nashville companies – Southern Made, Kingmgmt and Gotee Records. All three are 100% acquisitions, and each will continue to operate under their own names.

Other recent Zealot acquisitions include commercial and music video production company Lord Danger and marketing agencies Threshold InteractiveNeighbor Agency and Idea Farmer.

Zealot also revealed it is opening a Nashville office headed by John Zappin, brother of Zealot president and CEO Danny Zappin, one of the founders of Maker Studios. John Zappin will oversee creative strategies, content development and new business opportunities for the company in the region.

From 2011 to 2014, John Zappin oversaw the music initiatives at Maker Studios. He has also had a career as a Christian rap artist under the name John Reuben, recording six albums for new Zealot acquisition Gotee (a label founded by Joey Elwood and Grammy-winning artist and producer Toby Mac). Its current roster includes artists such as Relient K, Jamie Grace and Capital Kings.

Kingmgmt is a boutique artist management company headed by Jay King. Its clients include southern rock artist Rhett Canipe and Johnnyswim, a husband and wife folk pop duo consisting of Abner Ramirez and Amanda Sudano, the daughter of the late disco queen Donna Summer.

Headquartered in Nashville’s Salemtown neighborhood, Southern Made is a social media engagement agency with clients in healthcare, faith, music, food & lifestyle, consumer goods and publishing. It was launched in March by tech entrepreneurs Chris McIntyre, Matt Mueller, Christopher Parks, Adam Small and Jack Whitis.

“Beyond music, Nashville is a great creative and technology epicenter so we’re excited to establish a presence in this burgeoning community and be a part of its expanding growth,” said Danny Zappin in a statement.

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