Tony Gates and his Executive Producing partner extraordinaire, (and renowned, Dallas-based artist) Tom Hoitsma, make up the tandem known as Texas Productions. In his role as Show Runner, Tony has Produced, Directed, Shot and Edited over 200 episodes of the nationally syndicated, music performance & documentary series The Texas Music Scene hosted by 9-time Grammy Winner Ray Benson of Asleep at The Wheel. The series highlights the best in Americana, Alt-Country and Roots Music.
Gates jumped right into his career in 1999 after graduating from the University of North Texas as a 4-year letter winning Defensive Back for the Mean Green, and armed with a degree in Radio, Television & Film. He now carries an impressive track list of "Greatest Hits" with over 17 years of experience in Directing, Producing, Editing, Writing and Field Camera Operating for television, music videos, and promotional video projects.
Tony’s work has garnered a number of Addy's, Lone Star Emmy Nominations, and 20+ National Telly Awards in categories ranging from Editing & Cinematography to Use of Graphics & Music Entertainment Program Series. His press accolades include write-ups in The Fort Worth Star Telegram, NOW Magazine and The MusicFest Magazine.
In 2007, he co-created and served as the primary Show Runner, Field Director and Editor of GEAR with Cameron Smith.The 14-episode single season aired on MOJO HD (In Demand Networks) as well as distribution on several domestic and international airlines as a part of their In-flight programming.
He Produced, Directed and Edited a full-length concert film Aaron Watson LIVE: Deep in the Heart of Texas, and a handful music videos for artists like Cody Canada & The Departed, Micky & The Motorcars and Breelan Angel. His passion for providing visual branding to a musician's art expanded into perfecting the craft of the Video EPK - a documentary style, short form promotional video piece. He edited over 90 of these music video electronic press kits in the Jazz arena for artists like Joe Sample, Al Jarreau, David Sanborn and Chris Botti while serving as an Editor and Co-Producer on the syndicated series Smooth Jazz TV with Cameron Smith.Relying on a tireless work-ethic, and a renaissance, "Jack of All Trades" approach, Gates is credited with the full, script-to-screen production of seven dramatic accident recreations & narrative short films used for the purposes of demonstrative evidence in civil litigation and mediation.
He served as the creative lead and Director on promotional pieces for Bacardi Rum, Rhino Records, Shout Factory, General Motors, and The Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau among others. On top of that, Tony has produced and edited programming for ESPN, Scripps Networks, CMT, GAC, BET, PBS and MOJO HD. On the corporate side, Tony has fully turn-keyed countless projects for a list of household name brands that include Sony, Chevrolet, Microsoft, Warner Brothers, Sleep Experts, Vuretgo Pogo Sticks, United Airlines, ExxonMobil, Jack Daniels, Bacardi, Crown Royal, Deep Eddy Vodka, Whataburger, and H-E-B.
Tony and his post production office are based in his hometown of Mansfield, Texas where he makes his home with wife Kourtney and his children Kaden, Kennedy and Landon.