Disney will not be D.C. neighbor to Gaylord

Walt Disney officials said Friday they will not move forward with plans to build a 500-room resort in the Maryland mixed-use development that also houses a Gaylord Entertainment hotel and convention center. The House of Mouse spent $11 million on land in the National Harbor project two and a half years ago and would have boosted the national cachet of the development had it followed through with construction. Gaylord's property there has been hamstrung by Beltway uncertainty this year: Revenues were off 11 percent to $170 million through the first nine months of 2011.

Nov 28, 2011 10:22 AM

Channel 4 signs up for Katie Couric show

WSMV Channel 4 and its parent company Meredith have signed on to broadcast Katie Couric's one-hour talk show when it launches next September. Couric left CBS this past spring after almost five years anchoring the CBS Evening News.

Nov 15, 2011 1:16 PM

CMA, ABC stick together through '21

The Country Music Association and Walt Disney's ABC network have renewed the broadcast partnership they've had since 2006. The companies' new deal runs all the way through 2021 and covers the CMA Awards, CMA Country Christmas and other annual shows.

Nov 9, 2011 1:24 PM

Disney veteran to lead Thomas Nelson live-events unit

Thomas Nelson has recruited the former Walt Disney executive who helped grow the Disney On Ice and Disney Live franchises. Carol Nygren will lead Thomas Nelson Live Events, which is based out of the Dallas area and runs the Revolve and Women of Faith series of events.

“Carol brings Thomas Nelson a proven record in leadership, along with a valuable understanding of the live events industry,” states Thomas Nelson’s President and CEO, Mark Schoenwald. “Carol is the perfect fit for our Live Events division and we welcome her to Thomas Nelson.”

Aug 8, 2011 7:22 AM

Nissan, Disney and the minivan

Nissan is kicking off a new ad campaign for its 2011 Quest minivan with television and online media spots that focus on what the minivan is really all about — hauling kids and a bunch of stuff. The campaign also includes a partnership with a Disney animated film "Mars Needs Moms," which opens in March. From Marketing Daily:
The deal includes a sweepstakes where consumers can win a new Quest or Disney prize packages. Other elements include co-branded Internet banners, inclusion of "Mars Needs Moms" in Nissan's iAd, co-branded Disney Web page and Radio Disney voiceover spots. The television spot, set to the '60s hit "Mama Said" shows an Asian woman carrying a 20-foot-high mountain of groceries, toys, and merchandise for her kids. With no hands free, she touches the automatic door of the Quest with her foot, loses her balance and throws everything into the air, opening the rear storage just in time so that all of the stuff falls into the capacious cargo area. Her kids climb into the mid-row area and she sits next to her dog, adjusting the vehicle's climate control system to mediate her pet's bad breath. The company says the spot will run online and on national and cable broadcast networks throughout February.
Feb 2, 2011 12:33 PM

Big Machine lands Rascal Flatts

The other shoe has dropped. When Disney announced in April it was shutting down its Lyric Street label, the House of Mouse said it would transition superstars Rascal Flatts to another section of its music empire. The band declined and this morning said it is teaming up with Big Machine Records, which is run by Nashville Post's CEO of the Year Scott Borchetta.
Jul 29, 2010 1:36 PM

State roundup: Tobacco giant to build in Clarksville

Also: Electric-car maker scouts region, Oak Ridge lands supercomputer hub, Disney bringing jobs to Memphis, and more... [From our print edition featured in Monday's City Paper]
Jun 6, 2010 9:02 AM

Disney to shut down local label

Disney has decided to close the book on 13-year-old Lyric Street Records, which is based on Demonbreun Street overlooking The Gulch. The move appears to be part of a broader TV-oriented shift at the House of Mouse.
"Given the changing nature of the music business and the more streamlined priorities of the [Disney] Studios, we need to find alternative ways to create and market new artists and their music to consumers," said Bob Cavallo, chairman of Disney Music Group.
There's more info at MusicRow.
Apr 14, 2010 2:41 PM

Thanks for clearing that up

A day after the news hit that Rockhouse Partners will co-operate the Tennessee State Fair this year, the company issued a news release announcing the hiring of Chrysty Fortner and the launch of its division focused on festivals and fairs. Of course, several of the news outlets mentioned Fortner in their coverage Tuesday, identifying her as director of festivals and fairs, knocking the wind out of the presser. But in case you didn't catch it: Fortner was previously director of marketing and sponsorships for the Tennessee State Fair, after roles with the Nashville Speedway, NASCAR and the Walt Disney Co. She'll oversee sponsorship and sales activation for Rockhouse's live event clients.
Mar 11, 2010 10:01 AM

Lyric Street spikes sister label

After barely a year in business, Carolwood Records has shut its doors. The label, launched as a way to build a "consistent product flow," will move its artists and several key execs to sister company Lyric Street. Well, 'move' might be too strong a word; the Disney-owned labels share office space at 12th and Demonbreun.
Nov 3, 2009 1:10 PM