Comcast, ESPN agree on SEC Network

ESPN and Comcast have come to terms that will have the former broadcast the SEC Network on the latter in time for football season:

ESPN and Comcast Cable have reached an agreement for carriage of the SEC Network, which will begin rolling out to fans and followers of the Southeastern Conference across Comcast markets at the start of the SEC college football season. Comcast subscribers will also have authenticated access to additional live events scheduled for the SEC Network's and Comcast's digital platforms - including the Xfinity TV Go app and website, WatchESPN and SECNetwork.com - with the ability to watch SEC Network live and on-demand content anytime, anywhere on their television, computer, tablet or mobile device. With the addition of Comcast, the SEC Network will be available to 46 million households nationwide.

"We are extremely pleased to have reached this agreement with ESPN to deliver the SEC Network to Xfinity TV customers on multiple platforms," said Matt Strauss, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Video Services, Comcast Cable. "Whether in the home or on the go, Xfinity TV customers will be able to watch their favorite Southeastern Conference teams in more ways than ever before."

Comcast is the nation's largest cable provider.

Jul 18, 2014 11:15 AM

Big Machine inks revenue sharing deal with big radio group

Big Machine Label Group has signed a licensing agreement with Cox Media Group to share revenues related to the playing of songs by its artist roster, which includes Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw and Brantley Gilbert. The deal spans both Cox's broadcast and digital platforms in the media company's 11 markets around the country.

“Big Machine understands that a forward move in the digital broadcasting space is a must to get ahead of the many opportunities that a digital dashboard and other digital initiatives are going to bring. We are thrilled to continue to elevate our partnership with this incredible company as the broadcasting sea change continues,” said Big Machine President and CEO Scott Borchetta.

Jun 12, 2014 11:43 AM

Nashville's top-rated radio station sells to Wisconsin company

Mix 92.9, JackFM part of nine-station deal
May 29, 2014 2:44 PM

$8M package to keep 'Nashville' here

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.

May 16, 2014 6:51 AM

ABC gives 'Nashville' third season

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."

May 12, 2014 7:12 AM

Nashville broadcaster to manage two Cleveland stations

Nashville broadcaster Dominic Mancuso has been named the new vice president and general manager of two Cleveland, Ohio, television stations owned by Raycom Media, reports Cleveland.com. Mancuso is the general manager at three Nashville stations owned by Sinclair Broadcasting — Fox affiliate WZTV, MyNet affiliate WUXP and CW affiliate WNAB. He is also the current chairman of the Tennessee Association of Broadcasters. In Cleveland, he will replace Bill Applegate, who is retiring as GM of WOIO and WUAB. 

"I've been doing as much research and learning as I can long-distance, but I really start learning the day I walk in the door," Mancuso said Tuesday during a telephone interview from his office in Nashville. "That's when I'll really dig in and get to know the people and the operation there. But Cleveland is Raycom's largest market, so it's a complete thrill and honor to be chosen to lead WOIO and WUAB."

May 7, 2014 1:45 PM

Why 'Nashville' will likely get third season

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.

Apr 14, 2014 12:25 PM

Broken Bow group inks revenue-sharing pact with Clear Channel

BBR Music Group has signed an agreement with Clear Channel to share in the revenues generated by songs broadcast or streamed on the media company's platforms. BBR, which comprises the Broken Bow and Stoney Creek labels and is home to Jason Aldean, Randy Houser and Thompson Square among others, joins a number of other label groups in inking such a deal.

“Radio plays a powerful — and unique — role in breaking country artists. Clear Channel's commitment to being a leader in exposing fans to the best new music is undeniable. They have taken a very proactive role in growing the format, while strengthening the health of both the Radio and Records industries,” said BBR Music Group EVP Jon Loba. “Forming closer ties with a partner who wants to 'grow the pie' for all parties involved, while ensuring that country fans can access our music on multiple platforms was a logical move for us.”

Mar 27, 2014 8:41 AM

Musicians union sues TV network over wages

The American Federation of Musicians is suing Spike TV and Jim Owens Entertainment for more than $1 million in unpaid wages, reports MusicRow.com. The musicians union says its members are owed that money for post-2012 airings on the Heartland TV network (essentially the relaunched TNN) of shows they recorded during the 1980s and 1990s. The AFM's Dave Pomeroy says his team filed its complaint after trying to negotiate a deal for more than a year.

Mar 14, 2014 12:11 PM

CRB/CRS extends executive director's term

Former Warner. Bros. executive will serve through 2019
Mar 10, 2014 12:11 PM