RFD-TV parent leasing former GAC space

Dozens of jobs, including key people from Omaha, relocating to heart of Music Row

The holding company for RFD-TV and other media properties serving rural audiences has signed a deal to sublease the Music Row office space recently vacated by Scripps Networks subsidiary GAC.

Executives at Rural Media Group say they plan to move all of their television and radio production centers from Northstar Studios on Dickerson Pike to 49 Music Square West by the first quarter of next year. The company has bought GAC’s production equipment on the first two floors of the building and will move its corporate offices to the third floor.

Rural Media Group officials, who also run Rural TV, FamilyNet and SiriusXM station Rural Radio, say they plan to hire 64 people for roles in their TV and radio operations, digital production and marketing. Many of the key people now running the company from Omaha will move to Nashville in the coming months.

“This option came along at the perfect time for our company as we have been looking for the right place to consolidate our operations and expand production for original programming,” said Patrick Gottsch, founder of Rural Media Group. “We want to thank the good folks at Northstar Studios who were so supportive in helping build RFD-TV over the past 10 years here in Nashville. They are all the ultimate professionals, and we wish them well with the sale of their property on Dickerson Pike.”

Remodeling work at 49 Music Square West is set to start immediately. GAC in 2007 invested heavily in a 7,200-square-foot TV studio on the ground floor of the building, which once housed the Cartee Day recording studio.

“The new headquarters will allow for RMG to add to its existing, talented workforce while filling the many holes necessary for this company to reach its full potential,” said Rural Media HR Director Jon Finnegan. “We are looking forward to attracting the very best from the experienced media professionals not only in Tennessee, but from around the country.”