About Top Pup Media
Whether it’s to promote a product, launch a new service, or grow brand awareness, Top Pup Media helps organizations create compelling visual productions. Our full-service, production company produces quality visuals that reach target audiences using the latest media tools and platforms. From marketing spots to corporate video productions, Top Pup Media has established itself as leader in visual communications.
Quality production, with the end in mind.
We create corporate productions that effectively communicate key messages within organizations, tradeshow and marketing productions that grow brand awareness, and interactive media that provides powerful communication tools to educate, train and market products and services. We have successfully produced award-winning films and television shows, giving us keen insight and experience to narrative storytelling.
Storytelling is at the core of what we do
Guided by our passion for creativity and quality, we begin each visual story with the end in mind. Our Creative Teams assist in developing the most effective message, and in identifying the perfect communication platform for your project.
Starting with a series of discovery questions, we ensure that each production accurately and effectively captures your story so that you can reach your intended audience in the most efficient way.
We understand how the corporate world works
We know the corporate world because we come from the corporate world.
After decades of working for Fortune 500 companies, our leadership team understands budget constraints, tight deadlines and marketing requirements. We are masters at identifying opportunities and resolving problems within the corporate environment. With a strong balance of technical knowledge and experience, creativity and management skills, our team will capture the business objectives of your organization to provide the most effective marketing tools needed to reach your audience.
We give each client our full attention
We are not a large ad agency with lots of overhead and a new project manager every month. We are a small group of dedicated experts who work with a limited number of clients, providing hyper-focused detail to every project.
You are always just a phone call away from our Producers. We understand the dynamic nature of corporate productions; so, no matter what your need, we will always respond quickly and proficiently.
Russ Pond – Owner/Producer
With his background in technology and marketing, Russ experienced immediate success with telecom giants like Uniden and Nokia. His pragmatic and creative perspective regarding today’s business landscape created a variety of opportunities in the area of new business development and marketing communications.
His 16 years of experience working for Fortune 500 companies helped him gain invaluable experience and business insight in the medium of visual marketing. In 1998, he launched Top Pup Media, a Dallas-based video production company. His knowledge of technology and product marketing helped build his clientele of tech companies such as AT&T, Nokia, Chase, MasterCard, BP, Progressive Insurance, American Express and FedEx.
As a hobby, Russ continues to produce narrative content including two features films, a reality TV show and a variety of other production. Russ is married with one son.
Daniel Millican – Partner/Producer
Daniel has worked in corporate communications for over twenty years. And more recently, Daniel has written and directed five feature films, starring actors Lou Diamond Phillips, Adam Baldwin, Mimi Rogers and many others. The movies have been distributed in the theaters and in home video by companies Sony Pictures, Screen Media Ventures, First Look Media and Curb Entertainment.
While making movies is enjoyable, Daniel finds it just as rewarding to bring that high level level of story-telling to his corporate clients. And his track record of awards and satisfied clients is a testimony to that passion.
Daniel grew up in Austin and received his degree in Communications from the University of Texas at Arlington and now makes his home in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. From there, Daniel went to work in broadcasting and video/film production, in both small and large venues, successfully managing a production company. He has won over 30 international awards for his writing, directing, editing and producing of films, television, music videos, commercials and corporate films.
Kara Rainer – Production Manager
Kara Rainer grew up in the azalea district of the Rose city, Tyler, Texas. Growing up with a father as a professional singer, Kara studied classical piano and voice, focusing on singing for many years until stage acting caught her attention.
She graduated from the University of North Texas with a degree in Radio, Television and Film. Her background includes commercial and film acting, voiceover, video production, screenwriting, and On Air talent for radio and television.
Whether performing in front of the camera or seeing the vision behind the scenes, this is her passion.
Morgan Winberg – Editor
Morgan Winberg grew up in Arlington, Texas and attended the University of North Texas in Denton, where she majored in television and film. The daughter of a video producer, Morgan was exposed at an early age to shooting and editing , and was making homemade videos as early as elementary school. As a violinist in high school orchestra, Morgan began to help shoot and edit multi-camera performance videos for the booster club and continued to do so for the next six years.
After graduating from UNT in 2011 with a Bachelor’s Degree, Morgan joined the crew of a documentary project that was being filmed in Fort Worth by the producer of the feature film TWILIGHT. She then worked at a local production company as a documentary editor.
Morgan is an avid film fan and works continually to polish her editing skills and expand her knowledge.