Event listing company eviesays announced yesterday that it has landed a new contract in Virginia, where The Free Lance-Star Publishing Co. will use the local venture's search engine for event and entertainment listings and online event and entertainment calendars.
The eviesays platform will allow users to export their favorite listings to their personal calendar software, e-mail listings to friends, and get directions from Google Maps to events. Visitors to the site will also be able to submit their own listings via an on-line submissions form to the website.
“The executives at Free Lance-Star Publishing appreciate how important this calendar technology is to local audiences,” said Bruce Dobie, President and CEO of Dobie Media Inc., parent company of eviesays. “Everyone wants to know what’s going on around them. The eviesays calendar provides users with the who, what, when, and where of local events.”
The calendar also allows both the newspaper and website to sell premier sponsorship opportunities to local advertisers that will appear immediately beneath the calendar and on numerous search result pages.
Nashville-based RFD-TV is rolling out some new shows to go with the New Year. Launching on Jan. 1, American Mountain Theater, which features a band of West Virginia musical and variety show performers, and three-year-old show "Virginia Dreams Center Stage" will make themselves at home in half-hour slots on RFD.
City National Bank has opened an entertainment industry office in Atlanta and tapped Music Row-based Holly Bell to oversee the staff there. Bell, an alum of Wells Fargo and Fifth Third among others, opened a Music Row outpost for Los Angeles-based City National this summer.
Mixed martial arts juggernaut Ultimate Fighting Championship will make its second appearance in downtown Nashville early next year in what could be its first appearance on the FX cable channel. The organization's previous visit to town drew more than 10,000 people.
Downtown-based TNA Entertainment has hooked up with Ohio Valley Wrestling to develop its next generation of stars. The two companies have inked a deal, effective immediately, to have Louisville-based OVW — which has in the past been affiliated with wrestling titan WWE — school TNA athletes.
As part of Bridgestone Arena's ongoing efforts to put a Nashville spin on the big building's interior, the arena has inked a "multi-year" deal with Yazoo Brewing and Lipman Brothers to bring more craft beer to Fifth and Broadway.
Predators/Bridgestone Arena Senior Vice President Chris Junghans said it's a response to fan feedback.
"We survey our fans quite a bit and we study the trends in and around the marketplace," he said. "Our fans wanted more craft beer. Our mission was to fill that void."
Yazoo — which already is available at select stands on the first floor and club level, but in bottles only — will take the lead, with numerous sale points for its Dos Perros and Pale Ale labels, with the potential for a seasonal addition. Lipman is in to bring Gerst (which is brewed by Yazoo) and Hap & Harry's, a proprietary brand.
Additionally, the bar outside Section 118 will be re-branded as a Yazoo bar with "significant signage," Junghans said.
Yazoo et. al will be available on draft in time for the CMA Awards next week. The bar will be ready at a later date, which will be marked by the usual grand opening hoopla.