To advance the next generation of children's entertainment brands that kids love and parents appreciate. We believe storytelling is an immensely valuable tool to equip families for meaningful conversations and learning experiences. More than ever before, in our present context, we believe this work is a strategic and urgent imperative for today’s families.
Started in 2008 by former VeggieTales executives, Brentwood Studios partners with producers and content owners to develop new ideas, and manage brands that kids love and parents appreciate. Leveraging experience, creative, and strategic thinking, Brentwood Studios works with our partners to create new products, and advance licensing, strategic alliances, distribution, sales, and marketing. Brentwood is led by Bob Starnes, Brock Starnes and Dan Lynch who joined the team in 2016. Dan most recently served as Publisher and Founder at B&H Kids, a division of Lifeway and prior as VP/Publisher for TommyNelson. Brentwood Studios is based in Franklin, Tennessee.
Meet the Team
Bob Starnes, Partner
Bob Starnes career began in retail at Target, where he served as the youngest operations executive in their history. Building on his time at Target, Bob went on to open a chain of children’s retail stores which won the Playthings Magazine award for “Best Up and Coming Toy Retailers of the 90’s” (FAO Schwarz was the co-winner). Bob went on to oversee stores for Lemstone Christian Bookstores and then served as VP of Licensing and Publishing at Big Idea VeggieTales before opening Brentwood Studios with Terry Pefanis and Brock Starnes.
Brock Starnes, Partner
Brock Starnes began his career by leading VeggieTale live events and tours including major partnerships with some of the world’s largest music festivals. Brock has advised and produced content for leading children’s educational brands, has launched businesses, and holds a Masters degree from Victoria University in Wellington New Zealand where he researched the roles of key relationships amongst technology startups. Brock’s work extends beyond advising C-Suite and children’s brands and into the creative process where he has produced animated shorts for business and startup associations. For the past 8 years he has served Brentwood Studios as Partner where he operates as COO and Sr. Advisor to clients, primarily in children's entertainment.
Dan Lynch, Partner
Dan Lynch is a seasoned publishing and entertainment media executive with a 30+ year proven track record of successes in the fields of product development, team building, marketing, social networking, and on-budget project management. Dan served for over 20 years in kids and teen publishing on the Tommy Nelson (VP Marketing/Branding and Executive Producer) and B&H Kids (Publisher, Executive Producer) teams. Dan also worked as a VP of Marketing in the Christian music industry with labels including Benson and Word Records. Some of the brands Dan has managed and built include Max Lucado’s Hermie and Friends, Sheila Walsh’s Gigi God’s Little Princess, Bibleman, Read and Share Bible Stories, Big Picture Interactive Bible, Teen to Teen.