George Flanigen's first taste of the film industry began at age fifteen. His early experiences as a production assistant on feature films for Warner Brothers, 20th Century Fox, and Paramount Pictures gave George a positive exposure to the industry and became the platform for his film pursuits.
Flanigen received his business degree from The University of Memphis, with concentration in Film and Television. After graduating from college, George took a job with Viacom Cablevision. While at Viacom, Flanigen worked on projects for ESPN, Lorimar Productions, Turner Broadcasting Systems, and MTV.
In 1985, Robert Deaton and George J. Flanigen, IV joined their creative strengths and formed Deaton Flanigen Productions, Inc. This was their initial step in developing a full-service T.V. and film production company. Within a few years, Deaton Flanigen was producing national commercials, nationally exposed music videos, and internationally distributed concert videos.
Clients of Deaton Flanigen Productions include NBC, the Walt Disney Company, ABC Television, Carsey Werner Mandabach, Buena Vista Television, Telepictures, Warner Brothers, Sony Music, Universal Music, CBS, and the Los Angeles Lakers. Deaton Flanigen Productions was also instrumental in the creation of ABC Sports Monday Night Football "Are You Ready For Some Football?!" open with the incorporation of Hank Williams Jr. These Monday Night Football opens earned Deaton Flanigen Productions two National Emmy Awards.
Some recent projects of Deaton Flanigen Productions include music videos for Kid Rock, Carrie Underwood, Hank Williams Jr., Martina McBride, Big & Rich, and Rascal Flatts. They also produced ABC Television Specials "Kenny Chesney: Somewhere In The Sun," and "CMA Music Festival: Country's Night To Rock." Deaton Flanigen Productions also Directed and Produced a promotional piece for "That 70's Show," which included the recreation of a live KISS concert and featured KISS performing "Rock And Roll All Nite."
Over the past years, Deaton Flanigen Productions, Inc. has compiled an impressive list of national and regional awards. Some of these major awards include The Clio, National Emmy Awards, CMA Video of the Year, CMT Video Directors of the Year, Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals from the International Film and Television Festival of New York, and the Grand Award at the Houston International Film Festival. Deaton Flanigen Productions has also been honored four times with GRAMMY Award nominations for Best Short Form Music Video.
Flanigen serves Chair of the Board of Trustees for the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, and is a former National Trustee and Nashville Chapter President for the Academy as well. He is currently on the Board for the Crescendo Music Community Fund, and the Curb School of Music Business Advisory Board. Flanigen also serves on many philanthropic boards including MusiCares and the GRAMMY Foundation. In 1994, Flanigen was honored as The University of Memphis's Outstanding Young Alumni for his accomplishments in the film industry. He is also a graduate of Leadership Music and a member of the Country Music Association.
George enjoys riding motorcycles and collecting cars while not on location. He participates in the annual "Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America" that raises money for Victory Junction, a camp for chronically ill children.