Vice President Development / Executive Producer
Thom Oliphant comes to Taillight after spending most of the last decade as a busy network and cable series Executive Producer and Showrunner.
In a past life, Thom was a successful music video and commercial Director. In eight years, he directed or produced over 250 music videos and was named Video Director of the Year by the Country Music Association in 1999. He was widely recognized for his work with the Dixie Chicks when he was honored with the CMA’s Video of the Year for their smash hit "Wide Open Spaces," a video that also earned him the same award from Billboard Magazine. That year alone he directed more than 35 music videos, 15 of which went to No. 1 on CMT and VH1.
Since launching his career in 1995, the Nashville native has worked with a diverse group of artists including BB-King, Keith Urban, Faith Hill, Dolly Parton, Shania Twain, Tim McGraw, Rascall Flatts and many more. He has worked with comedian Jeff Foxworthy and mainstream pop chart-toppers Brian McKnight, Amy Grant, Tracy Chapman, and the Tony Award-winning Duncan Sheik, whose Barely Breathing clip, directed by Thom, climbed to the number seven position on the VH-1 Top 100 Videos of All-Time. Thom has also lensed over 50 commercial campaigns while working closely with highly regarded agencies such as Young & Rubicam, Leo Burnett USA, DNB&B of Detroit and Saatchi and Saatchi X.
Since 2001, Oliphant has completed three feature length documentary films – Alive at Brushy Mountain (a unique journey into the lives, the truly American music and the very souls of the lifers at Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary in East Tennessee), This Moment in Country (which examines country music beyond the United States to the remote legion of fans in England, Scotland, Australia and Japan) and Superstar (featuring country superstar Tim McGraw).
Currently, Oliphant serves as Vice President of Development and Executive Producer for Taillight's Branded Content Division creating and implementing campaigns for clients including Coca-Cola, Walmart, Kingsford and many more.
Email: Thom at Taillight.tv.