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.
Fox Sports Tennessee and SportSouth have agreed to a long-term contract with the Nashville Predators that will televise a minimum of 75 Nashville Predators regular-season games beginning with the 2013-14 season. Financial terms aren't being released for the deal, which covers more than 4 million households in Tennessee, Kentucky and northern parts of Alabama and Mississippi.
“To have a partner that recognizes the strength of the Predators brand and the importance of broadcasting in Nashville and across the southeast is tremendous,” Nashville Predators Executive Vice President Chris Parker said. “FOX Sports Tennessee and SportSouth are premier networks and this extension further solidifies the future of the Predators franchise. Following in the footsteps of other recently-signed early extensions with existing partners, like Bridgestone Americas, this deal is a great indicator of our commitment to providing our fans – who tuned in at an all-time high last season – with a first-class experience when it comes to their team.”
Ratings for Nashville Predators telecasts on FOX Sports Tennessee and SportSouth increased 40 percent from the 2010-11 season to the 2011-12 season. The team’s 5.2 rating on SportSouth for Game Five of the 2012 Western Conference Quarterfinals against Detroit was the highest TV rating for a playoff game in franchise history, reaching 53,000 households. Keeping consistent with last year’s success, the Predators are averaging a 1.7 rating through the first several games of the season.
The release also promised expanded programming options and a new "semi-permanent" broadcast location at Bridgestone Arena.
Add another big name to Taylor Swift’s endorsement portfolio. Walt Disney Co. execs have tapped the singer to be part of their Disney Parks advertising campaign. MusicRow.com has more info on that as well as Swift’s growing marketing involvement with shoe maker Keds.
Online video production house StudioNow is a stand-alone entity again after spending three years under the wings of AOL. Even though the company about doubled its sales each year inside the AOL fold, original investor Claritas Capital is back as majority owner, with AOL retaining a stake.
John Chadwick of Claritas described it as a “forward looking move by AOL.” He continued, noting that it was an opportunity for AOL to stay involved while letting the management team build a high-growth business, which can be difficult when part of a larger organization.
The honchos at Cumulus Media hinted at it yesterday when they returned country radio to New York. This morning, they released a lot more detail about their plans to launch NASH, a country lifestyle brand that will comprise radio and television programming, a monthly magazine, a website, social media and concerts. Nashville venues look set to play a prominent role in the radio components of the brand's rollout while the magazine will be published by the same Modern Luxury team that puts out other lifestyle titles.
"Country is more than just music -- it's a lifestyle that is rich with content and marketing opportunities because Country is mass appeal and very much underserved in all forms of media,” said Cumulus CEO Lew Dickey. “Cumulus is committed to serving this significant lifestyle segment that stretches from coast-to-coast by creating a full complement of content on the radio, in print, online and on TV."
Cumulus Media is making a big splash in the New York media scene today with the launch of 94.7 Nash FM, which is already being billed as "The World's Biggest Country Station" and the cornerstone of a national brand for the Atlanta-based broadcaster. What that latter thought will mean down the road — it looks like other media formats could be involved — isn't yet clear. In the meantime, here's the station's website.
Forbes magazine has named Nashvillian Max Goldberg (pictured) — he of Catbird Seat, Paradise Park and Patterson House fame with brother Benjamin — to its 30 Under 30 list for the Food and Wine category.
In addition, the list includes James Peisker, co-founder of Porter Road Butcher in East Nashville, which opened its doors about a year ago.
Check out the full list here.
The Nashville native is slowly transforming his hometown into a dining destination with the multi-award winning chef's tasting room, The Catbird Seat, and a kitschy honky-tonk on Broadway called Paradise Park. He and co-owner Benjamin Goldberg currently own five businesses with a combined revenue of $10 million.
Trained at Hyde Park's Culinary Institute of America, Peisker discovered his love for butchering as a sous chef at Niche in St. Louis. Before opening Porter Road, he did a stage at Chicago's The Butcher and Larder to further his education in whole animal butchering.
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