Two tidbits from those behind the scenes in Nashville's creative industry: First, NorthStar Studios has launched VenueStage, an interactive platform that will let artists and others stream live events to a wide audience. President Grant Barbre says his team can handle the production of the event from ticketing through to merchandise sales.
Meanwhile, advertising agency Good People Creative has hooked up with local documentary film makers Nashville Non Fiction to offer a range of video services to its client base. Among their first combined products is a film on the launch of Jackalope Brewing.
The cliffhanger ending to the first season of Nashville on ABC leaves an important question up in the air. In this week's issue of the Scene, Adam Gold writes that the shooting location for Season 2 is up in the air — and that the drama does not just involve the incentives local and state officials could pony up. Sources say one of the show's stars prefers California and that the day-to-day operations could stand to improve.
If the show does indeed return to Music City for Season 2, line producer Loucas George and production supervisor Don Bensko won't be returning with it. While sources on the show's side say that's in part due to Lionsgate's unhappiness with spendthrift shoots and episodes cutting close to deadline, others say that wasn't the fault of George, Bensko or the crew. They argue that delayed scripts, slow turnaround on the show's music, and the fact that Lionsgate generally has little experience producing a network series led to a rigorous series of 16-hour days and unforeseen expenses — such as hemorrhaging a fortune in overtime pay.
In this week's Scene, Adam Gold takes a good look at the complicated and at-times-contentious relationship between Music Row's content creators and the online marketers of Google and its YouTube unit. The sold-out Google for Creators confab earlier this month provided another opportunity to further close what was once a chasm. The long-term goal for its main backer is to get some Google boots on the ground.
"Google proper will never put an office here," says FLO founder Mark Montgomery. "YouTube, however, would."
Montgomery refers in particular to YouTube's new Creators Spaces enterprise. In the video-sharing site's quest to become in essence a boundless cable TV package, it has started funding satellite Creators Spaces in cities like New York, Tokyo and L.A. "And we want the next one here," Montgomery says.
Live events marketing firm TBA Global is suing young Tennessee-based competitor LEO Events over an alleged breach of non-solicitation agreements and trade secret snatching.
According to the suit filed in U.S. District Court of Middle Tennessee, several employees left TBA Global last summer to join LEO Events, the creation of the merger of Memphis-based Destination King and Quiddity Entertainment out of Chattanooga. TBA Global, which runs an office in Cool Springs, contends that the executives leading LEO violated agreements about hiring former colleagues and seeking customer business.
The lawsuit — view it in full here — claims that LEO Events specifically poached employees Kevin Underwood, David Kenyon and Amy Manzanares from TBA Global. The trio had been in charge of accounts like Walmart, IBM, State Farm and Bank of America.
TBA Global is asking the court for a preliminary and permanent injunction against LEO to prevent its people from soliciting former clients. The lawsuit also asks for treble and punitive damages and attorney's fees.