VIA Productions Expands Memphis Presence – Acquires 1049 Productions

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VIA Productions has announced the acquisition of Memphis-based 1049 Productions, honoring a commitment to increase its presence in the Mid-South.

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VIA Productions has announced the acquisition of Memphis-based 1049 Productions, honoring a commitment to increase its presence in the Mid-South.

“We’re very excited to make this announcement. We’ve been fortunate to serve clients across the U.S. and Canada and we already enjoy relationships in New York, Los Angeles, and other major markets,” said John Haun, president of VIA Productions. “Nevertheless, the acquisition of 1049 Productions is a very clear message that VIA is committed to Memphis. We’re raising the bar for production in the Mid-South, and the addition of 1049 is a major advancement in our progression.“

1049 Productions founder, Director Chad Schaffler will be named executive producer for VIA and will act as head of production in his new position. As executive producer, Schaffler will oversee all aspects of production at VIA, including the company’s creative direction.

“I’m excited to join VIA and take part in fulfilling the vision to become a top production company in the industry,” says Schaffler. “I’m eager to begin and, as an artist, I’m excited about what we are going to accomplish creatively in this market and beyond.”

1049 Productions was founded in 2004 and has produced work for many well-known names in the Mid-South including Hampton Inns, International Paper, FedEx, First Tennessee, and Medtronic. 1049 produced the award-winning documentary “Memphis Heat” as well as the upcoming documentary feature, “The Invaders.”

“Our vision is not limited to becoming the best production company in Memphis,” says Haun. “We want to be the best in the industry. Chad Schaffler is an all-star. He’s a legit industry veteran with fresh ideas and global awareness. Most importantly, he aligns with our beliefs as they relate to serving clients. This is a fantastic fit.”

About Chad Schaffler
Chad Schaffler graduated from film school at Notre Dame in 1996 and began his career working as a production freelancer in Memphis. After working in all facets of production, as well as serving as an agency producer, Schaffler received a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work for Robert Zemeckis’ company, ImageMovers in Los Angeles. He spent three years in L.A. learning the film business while working on blockbusters such as Cast Away and The Polar Express. In 2004, Schaffler returned to Memphis and founded 1049 Productions.

About VIA
VIA Productions was originally founded as Flashlight Media Group by filmmakers for the purpose of creating original content. It has since expanded to a full-service video production company with an emphasis on client service. VIA leverages significant competitive advantages to produce projects better, faster, and less expensively, aligning with our vision to be the best production company in the industry. VIA’s mission is to do what we love, be the best at it, have a blast doing it and benefit others in the process. For more information, visit

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