Rick Rekedal
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (September 8, 2017) – The Nashville Association of Talent Directors is proud to present the first installment of NATD Speaker Series featuring Rick Rekedal on Thursday, September 21 at ASCAP. All are invited to join together for this free after-work event which will include light hors d’oeuvres and beverages. Due to very limited seating, RSVPs will be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis to

“We are excited to debut the NATD Speaker Series with Rick Rekedal, a leader in the film industry. Rick enthralls his listeners while speaking about marketing and reaching a younger generation through various out-of-the-box ideas,” said NATD board member, Chaz Corzine, “we look forward to planning various Speaker Sessions throughout the year for our membership to attend.”

In 2016, Rick Rekedal completed over 20 years with DreamWorks Animation as Chief Creative of franchise development and the global franchise director of the hit movie Trolls. Winner of two Annie Awards, two Kids Choice Awards and Toy of the Year, Rick began his career in the toy business before moving into family entertainment at DreamWorks Animation, with posts as head of licensing, interactive and online production before shifting into franchise development. A frequent speaker and lecturer, Rick serves on advisory boards for the Wedgwood Circle, the MWS Group and Belmont University’s film school. His book “One Small Step” is available through Amazon and local booksellers. Rick lives in Pasadena with his wife Vicki of 23 years, their three daughters, and their schnoodle-dog Winston.

Rekedal’s past properties include: Trolls, How To Train Your Dragon, Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, Spirit, Bee Movie, Shark Tale, The Prince of Egypt, Gladiator, Saving Private Ryan, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Men in Black, and The Lost World: Jurassic Park.

About NATD
The Nashville Association of Talent Directors (NATD) was founded in 1958 and professionally represents, directs, and promotes the entertainment industry through its members. Today those members generate over $300 million annually for Nashville-based artists. The organization not only serves as a forum for idea exchange among its members, it also serves as a vehicle for other facets of the industry to share information vital to the overall growth of the Nashville music and entertainment industry. NATD members foster camaraderie among “friendly competitors” which seems to be unique to the close-knit Nashville music and entertainment community. As part of its philanthropic program NATD provides scholarship funds for students showing exemplary performances in academics, civic duties, and personal goals. For more information, please visit

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