Thirteen Skulls Entertainment (TSE) is a full service global entertainment company offering a complete line of entertainment solutions for content creators.

A focused approach allows entertainers, writers and content creators to benefit from a community of seasoned professionals with a likeminded approach to consumer engagement and commerce.

The world is noisy and it is important to create compelling, unique and varied content. TSE provides creators with the necessary tools to nurture creative experiences including artist development, content creation, production and monetization of publishing assets, live events and merchandising for both audio and video content.

Focused on compelling music with a mainstream appeal, TSE has offices in New York City, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Nashville. The enterprise provides end-to-end solutions for content creation, branding and monetization. Members of the TSE Family enjoy a full-service experience defined by creativity, authenticity and an uncompromising commitment to artistry.

Thirteen Skulls Entertainment (TSE) never defines the creative process, we enhance it.

“Thirteen Skulls Entertainment defines the creative process with one word …AUTHENTICITY.” – Ron A. Spaulding, Founder and CEO
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Ron A. Spaulding is a senior executive who specializes in music and entertainment brand development, content marketing strategies, P&L management, business operations and driving dramatic turnarounds for entertainment companies. What makes Ron unique is his blend of entrepreneurial enthusiasm and large company sophistication.

His executive journey began as a noted leader within Priority Records organization where he built a strong reputation in the urban entertainment community for his integrity, results-based initiatives and creative vision. An authentic leader and strategist with an inspiring track record, Ron has played a lead role in both major and independent labels, as well as major and independent distribution divisions at the largest music companies in the world including; Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, Capitol Music Group, Elektra Entertainment Group, Warner/Elektra/Atlantic Corporation and Fontana Distribution.

Mr. Spaulding has been recognized with many awards including numerous RIAA certified Gold (500k+ sales) and Platinum (1m+ sales) albums and #1 Billboard charting releases, as well as Universal Music Group’s “Executive Star Performer” and NARIP’s “Best in the Biz Award”. He serves as an Advisory Board Member for both national charities and for profit companies. Outside of his professional life, Ron enjoys outdoor activities, is an avid golfer, fitness enthusiast and motorcycle aficionado. Ron’s passions include public speaking, serving underprivileged youth, and mentoring young adults to define and realize their true potential in the universe.

“It’s all about passion… do what you love and love what you do…that ain’t work, that is success.”
– Ron A. Spaulding


Co Founder/President

What is baseball legend Frank Thomas doing in the entertainment industry? He would argue that he has always been in it. In 1992, Frank established Big Hurt Enterprises, a sports marketing and entertainment company that helped him secure many national advertising campaigns, appearances on all the premiere late-night and daytime talk shows, and even a role in the film Mr. Baseball.

In 1996, Frank’s passion for music led him to establish his own independent record label, Un-D-Nyable Entertainment. He discovered many talented R&B and Hip Hop artists and was hands on in all aspects of the company. In 2007, Frank started W2W Records, focusing on discovering and developing Pop and Hip Hop artists. W2W Records led Frank to Ron Spaulding, then head of Fontana Distribution, where they engaged in their first business deal together. Frank and Ron forged a lifelong friendship, which has created many business dealings, including Thirteen Skulls Entertainment.

Upon retiring from baseball in 2010, Frank’s sole focus has shifted to his entertainment dealings and serving as an analyst for Fox Sports’ MLB regular season, postseason and World Series coverage. Frank brings a unique perspective to the music and entertainment world with unparalleled contacts, passion and a love for the game of music.

“There are many roads to success, those that drive down multiple roads are the ones that reach unparalleled amounts of fulfillment. Words I live by: Hard work, dedication and willingness to be a little uncomfortable.”
– Frank Thomas

Tony “X”


Tony “X” Franklin’s career began as a street promoter for Rap-A-Lot Records. Hailing from the Cleveland, Ohio and a proud graduate of Bowling Green State University Franklin migrated to Houston, TX in search of his opportunity to gain entrance into the music industry. He quickly rose and established NuBlud Management – a promotions/marketing firm that developed market positioning via retail programs. Over the years NuBlud’s client list has included Rap-A -Lot Records, Suave House, Cash Money Records, Priority, Records, Elektra, TVT/, Jive, Sucka Free, Rain Forest Films & Artisan Pictures and a host of independent labels and movie houses.

With the success of NuBlud, Franklin forged a relationship between Swisha House and Asylum Records (a division of Warner Music Group). He was then named Director of Lifestyles at Asylum while working regional radio mix shows for the company. While at Asylum, Franklin was instrumental in delivering two platinum artists Mike Jones and Paul Wall (1M+ sales) and two gold artists Bun B and Pimp C (500k+ sales).
With this ongoing success new responsibilities and opportunities came to Franklin and he took full advantage by hanging Asylum plaques for several more acts, as well as, being recognized as the Executive of the Year by Ohio Hip Hop Awards on four separate occasions.

Today, Franklin serves as a key executive at Thirteen Skulls Entertainment where he oversees day-to-day operations. He is responsible for A&R, marketing, promotions, contracts, and overall company operations.

“Thirteen Skulls Entertainment is creating an entertainment conglomerate. There is no element we cannot influence through our mission. At Thirteen Skulls we always seek out excellent talent to engage with.”
– Tony “X” Franklin