Milt Capps checks in with an update on Bruce Dobie's efforts to build his Eviesays event listing service. Now helping that endeavor is Forrest Shoaf, a veteran of the local finance scene and most recently CFO at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store. Shoaf has invested in Eviesays parent Dobie Media, which will soon launch a formal funding round.
The Country Music Association has beefed up its marketing and special events departments with the hiring of Karen Stump and Vilma Salinas. Stump (left in photo) has been named senior director of market research and comes from Scripps Networks Interactive. Salinas, who previously managed sales and marketing at downtown's Hard Rock Cafe, has been named senior manager of projects.
Two Nashville-area men have filed a class-action racial discrimination suit against the makers of the popular Bachelor and Bachelorette TV series. Noted Nashville civil rights attorney George Barrett is among those representing the men, who are both former college football players.
Of his audition to be on the show Claybrooks said, “I noticed that the guys in front of me — the white males in front of me — took maybe 45 minutes to an hour, but I went up it took me maybe 15, 20 minutes. They rushed me through. They made me do a 360-degree turn. Once I did that, my interview was over.”
The directors of Colorado-based New Frontier Media, a producer and distributor of adult entertainment, have brought on board Avondale Partners to help it evaluate its "strategic alternatives," although they say that doesn't mean they've decided to put up a for-sale sign. New Frontier (Ticker: NOOF), which posted a small loss on revenues of $31 million in the first nine months of its current fiscal year, recently received a buyout offer from its largest shareholder.
The Fairness In Ticketing Act gets a study committee, which may push it to next year:
The “Fairness in Ticketing Act,” filed by two East Tennessee Republicans, would require secondary ticket brokers to register with the state, post their refund policies and disclose a ticket’s face value to would-be buyers, among other provisions.
“This is aimed squarely at the bad actors who cut in line (to buy tickets) and drive up the price for everyone else,” said Rep. Ryan Haynes of Knoxville, the bill’s House sponsor. Sen. Mike Faulk of Kingsport filed the Senate version.
A statewide coalition of venues, sports teams, ticket sellers, promoters and performers is pushing for the changes, but critics say the group is acting in its own self-interest.
Ted Welch has weighed in on the recently filed state bill that would tighten ownership guidelines for concert and sporting event ticket buyers. The Fairness in Ticketing Act of 2012, he says, stands to hurt fans and venues alike.
This bill has a few provisions that would benefit fans, but its real impact will be to guarantee that Ticketmaster and its event-producing and sports team partners have all the power over ticket distribution, even AFTER we pay for our tickets. More than half of the sports and entertainment season ticket buyers are businesses and professional firms. How many more tickets would go to waste if those entities saw their freedom to distribute tickets taken away?