After some gnashing of the teeth, it appears Nashville will continue to be filmed in Nashville thanks to an $8 million incentive package that includes $500,000 from Ryman Hospitality Properties. Chris Bundgaard at News2 has a breakdown of the numbers, which amount to two-thirds of what the ABC series received during its first two seasons.
After much apparent number-crunching, executives at ABC late last week decided to grant 'Nashville' a third season on the network. The Lionsgate/ABC Studios show will get a full 22-episode run but the big question now is whether those episodes will actually be filmed in Nashville. Nellie Andreeva at Deadline says the producers are holding out for state incentives "at a proper level."
StubHub said Wednesday morning it will begin producing a series of concerts that will include Nashville on its calendar. The five-show series will feature still-to-be-announced "emerging acts" and take place in venues with a capacity of 300 to 600 people.
Cummins Station-based Average Joes Entertainment has bought a 50 percent stake in the Mega Truck Series, a mud racing show that launched its third season this past weekend. The owners of the series, which will also run in South Carolina, Virginia, Louisiana and Georgia this year, expect to grow their schedule to 10 races in 2015.
Shannon Houchins, CEO/Average Joes Entertainment, commented, “We have always shared a common lifestyle fan base. This deal allows us to maximize the overall fan experience with a combination of big truck races and music as well as create bigger and better on-site marketing opportunities for our sponsors.”
Warner Music Group division Word Entertainment is partnering with Curb Entertainment to distribute a group of its faith-based films around the world. Among the destinations for the collaboration is this year's Cannes Film Festival.
The Music City Eats Festival launched last year by members of Kings of Leon and others has changed its name to Music City Food + Wine Festival — the backers say "our style has not changed" — and will again take place at Public Square Park. Dana Kopp Franklin has details over at Bites, including word that tickets will go on sale in four weeks.
Executives at ABC will next month unveil their fall lineup of shows. At MusicRow, Jessica Nicholson has done a nice job summing up why fans shouldn't fret about Nashville being renewed for a third season. Among the positive signals are the application of the TV network's marketing muscle behind a broadcast special and the apparent success of a concert tour featuring songs from the show.
The backers of the Margaritaville chain of restaurants/bars have agreed to sell the 10-unit concept and two LandShark Bar and Grill locations across the United States to International Meal Co., a Brazilian company that has been a franchisee of the brands. The company's new owners plan to expand the brand in Latin America and in airports, among other locations. Nation's Restaurant News has more on the deal.
A month after bidding adieu to her publicist of seven years, Taylor Swift is teaming up with a Warner Music Nashville executive for public relations. MusicRow reports that Tree Paine will leave Warner at the end of May to launch Premium PR, which will have Swift as its first client. Paine has more than two decades of experience and has been with Warner since 2007, when she joined after spending five years at the Academy of Country Music. She was promoted to her current post just last year.
The hiring of Paine comes after Swift and Paula Erickson, who began representing the singer after her first album began to climb the charts, parted ways last month amid talk that Swift wanted to bring PR in-house.