The Brentwood-based owners of a 1926 steamboat that sank near Pittsburgh in February of 2010 are suing the companies that had been its caretakers. Bonita Properties says the three entities didn't use the proper cables to secure the Becky Thatcher — check out her history here — which led to her demise. Bonita's leaders had planned to restore the boat and convert it back to a restaurant.
A unit of Gibson Guitar has kicked off a program that will support the arts in Nashville by establishing residencies for both established and up-and-coming artists. The first artist chosen is James Willis, who will remain the program's chair after he wraps up his time.
“This program is dear to our heart and it wonderfully combines our love of music and art,” says Henry Juszkiewicz, Chairman and CEO of Gibson Guitar. “We believe that having artists here will promote a great symbiotic relationship—and that they will inspire us and, hopefully, we will have the same impact on them.”
Dobie Media's eviesays event calendar platform has landed Cablevision's News 12 Networks as a client.
The agreement means that the News 12 Network stations, clustered in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, will adopt the eviesays calendar technology at their websites. The calendars, which will be privately branded to have the look and feel of the News 12 Network stations, will enable visitors to find, browse, and interact with the hundreds of thousands of event listings nationwide residing at the eviesays.com website.
Hunter Atkins, the chairman and former CEO of The Bank of Nashville, and Film House CEO Curt Hahn have kicked off a 40-stop tour to open their film, "Deadline," which was half-funded by Atkins. The nine-week event is being sponsored by Captain D's, which has ties to both gentlemen: Atkins is a franchisee with more than 10 restaurants in three states and Hahn worked on some of the chain's earliest advertisements.
"I told Curt the rules. I didn’t want to be a minority investor. I wanted to put a lot of skin in the game to force myself to take a very active role in the movie," he said.
"Deadline" is the new movie directed by Hahn. Inspired by a true story, the movie stars Steve Talley and Oscar nominee, Eric Roberts, as reporters investigating the murder of an African American youth in rural Alabama that has gone uninvestigated, unsolved and unpunished for almost twenty years. Additionally, Executive Producer Atkins also played a small role as a car mechanic named Ray.
Locally based restaurant chain Dick's Last Resort has contracted with PlayNetwork to develop a range of media products for its 11 restaurants — the newest of which opens this month in Panama City Beach, Fla. PlayNetwork has produced various forms of content — including a series of cartoons featuring the chain's namesake pictured here — for in-house network Dick's TV and set up social media element and custom music programs. Sixteen-year-old PlayNetwork is based in Redmond, Wash., and has worked with brands ranging from Under Armour and Starbucks to Eddie Bauer.
The television production arm of London Broadcasting, the holding company run by former Gaylord CEO Terry London, is calling on Tammy Genovese's Music City Sports & Entertainment group to market London's properties to the sports world. LBK Entertainment produces a television series about singers/songwriters that airs here Saturdays on CW. Said London:
“As our 41 Entertainment production company continues to expand ‘Troubadour, TX’ and BE Music provides an environment where artists of all types can achieve their full potential, Tammy and Dave are uniquely gifted and ready to help us meet the challenges of the fast-changing sponsorship landscape with their experience and creativity.”
ABC executives have given the go-ahead for a pilot of the soap opera Nashville, which will center on the careers of two stars of Music City. Expect to see plenty of the Grand Ole Opry in the show, which is being written by the woman who authored Thelma & Louise. Among its executive producers is Steve Buchanan, the GM of the Opry. The longtime Gaylord Entertainment executive — and one of our 2011 In Charge listmakers — has helped produce numerous television specials at the Opry.