Weller Development Company Launches Entertainment Division
Experiential marketing and production company to activate Port Covington
Baltimore, Md. (April 24, 2018) – Weller Development Company today announced the launch of Weller Entertainment LLC, an experiential marketing and production company. Weller Entertainment will be charged with developing an impactful community presence that engages Baltimore’s large and diverse audience, drawing people to Port Covington from throughout the City and the region.
Weller Entertainment will activate and manage community-driven programming. From panel discussions to outdoor concerts featuring in-demand musical acts, Weller Entertainment aims to create genuine experiences and connect people throughout Baltimore. One hundred percent of the net proceeds from all 2018-19 events will directly benefit charitable partners throughout the City.
“We believe that the success of Port Covington over the next 20 years must be shared by our neighbors across Baltimore City and Maryland,” said Marc Weller, Founding Partner of Weller Development Company. “We have just begun to bring Port Covington to life with the development’s first properties in City Garage, Sagamore Spirit Distillery and Rye Street Tavern. As the project continues to gain momentum, we are thrilled to announce we have added Weller Entertainment to activate the property and attract people from across the region through meaningful experiences.”
Weller Entertainment will be led by Chip Watkins, a Baltimore native with experience creating programming in and around the region. His work includes productions for organizations including Red Bull Amaphiko, Believe in Music, Baltimore City Health Department, and nationally with the Cordish Cos. A longtime local arts professional, Watkins has served on the boards of directors for Believe in Music and Section1, and worked with a number of other local organizations to deliver programming.
Weller Entertainment’s first event was held this past winter when it organized the Holiday Bazaar, a seasonal experience that drew thousands of people and more than 40 local artisans and crafters to City Garage. In 2018, Weller Entertainment began hosting a series of “Deep Dive” networking events (deepdivebaltimore.com) that aim to provide a space and platform for conversation among professionals in different industries. The first two Deep Dive events provided memorable experiences for Baltimore’s music industry and women in business.
The company has also organized events including Luminate Baltimore, at The Maryland Science Center on April 21st during Light City (luminatebaltimore.com), and a free, day-long concert headlined by reggae royalty The Original Wailers for the Maryland SPCA’s ‘Festival for the Animals,’ a fundraising event on May 5 (festivalfortheanimals.org) taking place in Port Covington.
Future events will benefit a diverse group of organizations in wellness, arts, technology and more, aiming to provide opportunities for everyone from “the rockstar on the stage, to the upstart in the seats,” said Watkins, Managing Director of Weller Entertainment.
“Port Covington will have a significant impact on all of Baltimore,” Weller said. “That doesn’t start in the future, it starts now. Weller Entertainment will be a major step towards defining how people view Port Covington and creating an inclusive and dynamic environment.”
To learn more about Weller Entertainment, visit www.wellerentertainmentcorp.com.
About Weller Development Company
Weller Development is a privately-owned real estate development firm led by Marc Weller, a senior real estate executive with over 20 years of experience developing and building residential, commercial, and mixed-use real estate projects. Offering a unique and powerful range of expertise for all phases of development, Weller Development is the lead developer of Port Covington, a 235-acre mixed-use redevelopment project in Baltimore City that is one of the largest urban renewal efforts in the United States. For more information, visit www.wellerdevelopment.com.