About Us

After 30 years as “Neil Tanner, Inc”, we rebranded to “Tanner Teleprompting.”

Clients say they appreciate how engaged we are, and how we’re their “secret weapon.”

Because we’re your local team, we can react faster, with better teleprompters than companies who ship their fragile gear cross country.

We have done teleprompting for some very cool clients over the years. Check out our client list!

Neil Tanner is our President and Founder, so he’s responsible that you are extremely happy with your event.

Neil graduated CSU, Chico in video then studied in Canada for film and photo. He worked as a radio DJ, grip, audio tech, set builder, and art director, too. Neil volunteers as a guide for kids with disabilities so they can have fun outdoors.

As his clients grew, he trained his friends and family to serve with the same level of skill and care.

You could hire a cheaper crew to save money or buy your own gear and make your intern run it. But if there’s mistakes, what is your CEO’s time worth? We have the right crew and the right solutions, right now.

– Neil
Our Technical Manager, Albert Leung.

Albert Leung is our Technical Manager, in charge of maintaining the gear we all use, so your event runs smoothly. Talk to him about any gear questions, delivery, or prep days.

Albert comes to us from decades controlling the broadcast studio at Beyond Pix, aka San Francisco Media Group.

Bernadette Freeman-Anaya is a recent Alumna of UC Davis with a B.A. in Linguistics and Cognitive Science. She makes a great addition to the team with her experience in language, data analysis, formal writing, and psychology.

Based in Northern California and the Bay Area, Bernadette loves to travel and be out in nature. Eventually, she would love to combine elements of film and foreign language while improving inclusivity and diversity.

Charlie Kuttner

Charlie Kuttner left the high tech world to make movies. He’s worked every position in camera, lighting, and sound departments, as well as a rental house camera technician, production manager, studio manager, assistant director, editor, and post production supervisor. Someone on your crew has probably worked with him. Charlie’s attention to detail and quick edits on set have our teleprompting clients requesting his services again and again.

Teleprompter operator Colin McDonald for Tanner Teleprompting

Colin McDonald —also referred to as “McDiddy” — is a Kansas native who moved to the Bay Area in 2019. He began at ground zero, and worked his way up as a grip, camera assistant, and now teleprompter operator. He’s useful in any department on set and will make sure work is done confidently and with a smile. He’s teleprompted numerous events ranging from commercials to the corporate tech world, from Google to Guy Fieri. He’s a team player and is grateful to work with amazing people.

Jason LaBatt is a great prompter operator!!!

Jason LaBatt has held a number of production positions over the years and cites teleprompter operator as one of his favorites. Whether working in a corporate, commercial, or live event environment— with anyone from a staffer to the Cookie Monster to the First Lady— he brings a positive attitude and a calm demeanor to productions.  Jason volunteers video services for several non-profits including Meals on Wheels, American Red Cross and the SF SPCA.

Jim Thylin has been married for almost 30 years and is a proud father to three entrepreneurial & musical kids. He was in High Tech Sales and Real Estate before joining us in 2008, citing teleprompting as his favorite job.

Jim belongs to Local 134 and Local 16 with satisfied clients like HP, Facebook, Genentech, and the PAC 12 Network. He’s also worked with celebrities like Dr. Oz, Hilary Clinton, Nicole Kidman, as well as live events like Metallica’s 30th Anniversary concert and NFL’s Super Bowl 50.

Kelly Lawrence is our Operations Manager and will make sure your event runs great!

Kelly Lawrence, our amazing Operations Manager, aims to please – which is why you’ll find him full of questions! Originally from Cleveland, Kelly’s 40-year career as a line, field and executive video producer took him from New York to Seattle, and Los Angeles to San Francisco where he’s lived since 2003.  He loves a good bike ride and isn’t bad at hopscotch and shuffleboard. You may know him from years at Beyond Pix, aka San Francisco Media Group.

Martin Hyland has extensive experience both in front of and behind the camera. He studied acting with Lee Strasberg at the New School in New York, the American Conservatory Theater’s Professional Actor’s Training Program and Graduated from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. As an experienced actor, Martin can coach your talent to appear more relaxed, present, and engaged. He volunteers as a Big Brother with SCAN, and volunteers massage services in local hospitals and hospices.

Ralph Kelliher is the nicest cat you could ever have working on your team. He’s dapper, calm, and brilliant on all things teleprompting. He graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design and created illustrations for numerous books and magazines including Harper’s, Newsweek, and the Wall Street Journal before turning to prompting in 2003. His clients range from multinational corporations to local celebrities who request him time after time.

Samuel Goldhaber is a great crew member!

Samuel Goldhaber brings years of on set experience plus professional attitude and technical know-how to ensure the best product for your team and for your clients. Whether it is a challenging live event or a dynamic multi camera video project, Sam has the solution to fit the needs of your shoot. You can rest assured that you’ll get the best possible presenter performance – through Teleprompting.

Thom Tanner, robotics engineer, PresenterTek and teleprompter operator for Tanner Teleprompting

Thom Tanner lives in the mountains near Sacramento and works with clients like UC Davis and Warren Haynes. He’s been a mechanical engineer for 35 years, involved with DOD research and medical devices.  He enjoys rock climbing and mountain biking.  Thom volunteers with the Special Olympics as a licensed medic and has volunteered with Big Brothers, Big Sisters as well. Thom’s first major invention was the TeleStepper, used by Apple, NASA, the U.N., the White House, and others worldwide.

Zak Eby is the son of two local live-event legends. He’s put in a lot of hours with IATSE Local 16 and has a ton of experience in all areas of production. He’s awesome and will likely lend a skilled hand in other departments just because he sees the need.