Who are We?
Harmony Channel is a small, independently owned company located in historic Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. The region was home to the Native American tribe, the Leni Lenape, and to the noted American family of painters: Andrew, N.C., and Jamie Wyeth. The spirit of this honored past is reflected in the culture of Harmony Channel.
The spirit of this honored past is reflected in the culture of Harmony Channel.
Harmony Channel was founded by visionary engineer and entrepreneur Ed Lantz with the help of his wife Laura, and co-founder John Schran. Our dedicated team continues to work hard to promote our artists and sustain the business through licensing and DVD sales.
The Harmony Channel Team
Edward J. Lantz, President and CEO
Ed Lantz is an engineer, manager, musician, inventor, and serial entrepreneur. His first computer was an Altair 8800 which he assembled himself. After 7 years with Harris Corporation leading scientists and engineers in the development of advanced photonic signal processing systems, he left his aerospace engineering position to join the Astronaut Memorial Planetarium in Cocoa, Florida. Here Ed gained experience in laser lightshow programming, immersive visualization, and event production while leading a small team of engineers and technicians in the development of advanced laser, digital video and optical projection systems. His position culminated with the opening of a new 21.3m dome theater, the most advanced in the world and largest in the state at that time. In 1996 he joined Spitz, Inc. as Product Development Manager where he pioneered fulldome immersive displays, developing Spitz’s Immersive Visualization Environment and themed entertainment products including the ImmersaVision® video format, the ElectricSky® theater, and the SciDome™ educational planetarium system. He led the design, development and installation of numerous multimillion dollar theaters including the planetarium at the Library of Alexandria in Alexandria, Egypt and Domo Digital at Papalote Children’s Museum in Mexico City.
Ed continues to provide immersive theater consulting services through Visual Bandwidth, Inc. in addition to leading Harmony Channel. He holds two US patents, has published numerous articles, and has chaired several ACM SIGGRAPH panels and courses. He co-founded the Fulldome Standards Summit in Valencia, Spain, chairs the International Planetarium Society’s Committee on Fulldome Video. His passion is the development and distribution of transformative, mood-elevating programming for all digital platforms from immersive theaters to mobile video. Ed received his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Electrical Engineering from Tennessee Tech, and was ordained as an interfaith minister in 2000 through Pebble Hill Church. Ed's most recent project is Vortex Immersion Media, based in Las Vegas, NV with partner Matt Fannon www.vorteximmersion.com.
He led the design, development and installation of numerous multimillion dollar theaters including the planetarium at the Library of Alexandria in Alexandria, Egypt and Domo Digital at Papalote Children’s Museum in Mexico City.
Laura Vattilana, VP Finance
Laura Vattilana has over 20 years experience in the combined fields of corporate administration and accounting, including Systems Administrator for Weingartner Enterprises, Accounting Manager at Madison Construction Company, and Controller for Bridgeview, Inc. She holds a degree in Accounting from Immaculata University. In addition to her accounting talents, Laura is an active environmentalist.
Kate McCallum, VP Programming
Kate McCallum has served as a producer, a creative executive, and has been actively employed in the mainstream film and television industry for over 25 years. She is also a trained musician, photographer, and writer. Kate holds a B.S. degree in Communications and Music from Western Michigan University and an M.A. in Consciousness Studies from the University of Philosophical Research. Her production and development experience includes music videos, MOWs, half-hour comedy and hour-long dramatic primetime series produced by both Paramount and NBC Universal Studios, as well as writing and developing feature films. Ms. McCallum is a member of The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, created and writes a column called “The Great Idea” for scr(i)pt magazine, and is the co-founder of the Center for Conscious Creativity.