Scripps Networks executives say their GAC property will get a new look Tuesday, when it also will revert to using its full Great American Country name. The brand overhaul — the network's new logo is at left — is being handled in conjunction with Los Angeles-based Big Block Design Group. GAC executives say the rebranding is part of a broader overhaul that includes a deeper push into lifestyle programming.
Knoxville-based Scripps Networks has named a new president of its operating division, which contains The Food Network and HGTV as well as downtown-based Great American Country. Burton Jablin is taking over the top spot from John Lansing, who is taking an early retirement from Scripps after tripling its cable business to $2.3 billion in revenues over nine years.
A group of aspiring local country music artists will soon have a bunch of A&E cameras trailing their quest to hit it big. The television network has commissioned eight, hour-long episodes for its new show Crazy Hearts: Nashville. There's no word yet on when we'll get to watch it.
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.