About Wortman Works
The leadership team at Wortman Works represents the best in the business with several decades worth of entertainment, publicity and event experience. What began as a music PR firm has evolved into a multi-faceted entertainment management, branding, consulting, PR and event powerhouse.
Jules Wortman, Owner/CEO
Jules Wortman serves as President and Owner of Wortman Works Media & Marketing based in Nashville, Tennessee. Wortman is a veteran public relations and marketing strategist who has developed a number of national campaigns for record labels, brands, developments, authors, music, sports entertainment, special events and many others.
She has led the PR and Artist Development departments at major record labels, including Warner Bros. Records, MCA and Atlantic Records, as well as a top professional wrestling organization seen in over 100 countries each week on various networks.
As an industry leader, Wortman has served on the board of the Country Music Association (CMA) and has been an active member of Leadership Music, Academy of Country Music, The CMA, and Greater Gallatin. She serves on the Boards of the T.J. Martell Foundation, Leadership Middle Tennessee, Gallatin Chamber of Commerce and Sumner Teen Center; and is a member of the 2010 Leadership Middle Tennessee class, the 2009 Leadership Sumner program and the 1995 Leadership Music class. She also served the Leadership Music class as a program and logistics chair in 1996, as well as having a lead role in the organization’s 10th Anniversary celebration in 2000.
Her clients include or have included lifestyle brands Salt Life and Redneck Riviera, Chevrolet, Country Music Television (CMT), Warner Bros. Records, SouthStar Developers, TNA Entertainment, Third Day, Red Light Management, Big Kenny,Big & Rich, Kid Rock, The GMA Dove Awards, The ACA Awards on Fox TV, Capitol Records, Sony Music, Time Life Music, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Blake Shelton, Deana Carter, Billy Ray Cyrus, The Charlie Daniels Band and many others.
Jules Wortman is a recognized expert in her field, often serving as an expert voice in the media, having been profiled on GAC, CNN and other outlets as an authority on the entertainment space and media relations.
Wortman is also an adjunct professor at Belmont University and an avid tennis player and kayaker. In her spare time, she enjoys writing, painting and interior design.
Lisa Chader, Principal
Lisa Chader is a veteran of television and corporate publicity with over 20+ years of experience. As a principal with Wortman Works Media & Marketing, Chader is responsible for client branding, communications and business development across multiple mediums.
Chader’s career in publicity includes various leadership roles at such companies as Viacom, MTV Networks, Time Warner and Turner Broadcasting, in Atlanta, Los Angeles and Nashville. In 2014, Chader left the corporate, 9-to-5 world and joined the independent PR and branding firm, NPG, as Executive Vice Present. This marked a seismic change in Chader’s professional career, as she embarked on her first entrepreneurial endeavor.
While at NPG, Chader worked with a wide variety of entertainment and hospitality clients including AT&T, BMI, City Winery Nashville, CMT, dick clark productions, NCAA Women’s Final Four, Wild West Comedy Festival, Zodiac Vodka and more.
Prior to joining NPG, Chader served as Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications for CMT in Nashville, a unit of Viacom’s MTV Networks. During her nine-year tenure, she was responsible for creating and executing all network and program publicity strategies for original series, live music events, benefit concerts, specials and corporate strategy across all CMT brands. She spearheaded publicity for the CMT Music Awards and all CMT concerts, in addition to working with other Viacom networks such as MTV on its annual Video Music Awards and Movie Awards.
Previously, Chader was Director of Corporate Communications for MTV Networks in Los Angeles, where she served as publicist on Comedy Central’s Emmy Award-winning series “South Park,” “Primetime Glick” with Martin Short, and Dave Chappelle’s infamous “Chappelle’s Show.” While at VH1, Chader helped launch the network’s ‘celeb-reality’ genre, including the re-launch of the popular series, “Surreal Life.” Her event experience includes the coordination and execution of red carpet events for Spike TV, as well as VH1’s and MTV’s live tapings and events.
She began her public relations career at TBS Superstation, working both in Los Angeles and Atlanta where she publicized documentaries, original movies and events. She also served as unit publicist on such music series as TBS’ “Live From the House of Blues,” “National Geographic EXPLORER,” “Dinner and a Movie” and more.
Chader is a native of Atlanta and a graduate of Florida State University. She is a graduate of the Betsy Magness Leadership Institute via Women in Cable and Telecommunications (WICT) and served as Marketing Director for the Southeastern Chapter of WICT. She is a past member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the Southern Foodways Alliance, the Academy of Country Music, and the Americana Music Association. She is currently a member of the Country Music Association and an alumnus of Leadership Music’s Class of 2009.
Elyse Wiser, Account Executive
A Nashville native, Elyse Wiser graduated summa cum laude from Auburn University with a B.A. in public relations then moved back to the Music City to start her career at Wortman Works. As an account executive, she oversees all aspects of account management, including tour publicity, content creation, media relations and event planning.