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

HarperCollins adds VP of Spanish international sales

Veteran industry official to be based in Christian publisher's Nashville office
Mar 26, 2014 1:38 PM

In Charge '14: Media & Publishing

Mar 2, 2014 1:43 PM

Cumulus building reach of new Nash brand

Cumulus Media is taking a number of steps to build out the platform for the Nash country music brand it launched last year. It is partnering with Country Weekly to insert a 16-page section in that magazine — word has it that will be followed by the purchase of a 50 percent stake in the pub — and eyeing big expansions into television, satellite radio and the concert business.

Feb 18, 2014 9:54 AM

Jumpstart group leads PandoDaily investment round

A group of investors affiliated with Jumpstart Foundry has taken the lead on a $1.2 million fundraising round for PandoDaily, the Silicon Valley news and event company. Sarah Lacy, the editor of the two-year-old site pictured here, says Jumpstart's role in bringing together the "unconventional group of investors" stemmed from her involvement with the Southland conference, which debuted last June.

$1.2 million is more than we initially set out to raise, and we are still wrapping up a few last conversations, so the final total may tick up to $1.5 million before it’s all done (I’ll update this post and our disclosure page if that happens). We were lucky to raise that money at a healthy valuation, which I won’t disclose, because no entrepreneur ever does if she can help it. The new investment brings our total raised to date to $4.2 million.

HT: Southern Alpha

Feb 18, 2014 7:02 AM

New GM named for WSM

Four-decade industry veteran to take over later this month
Feb 10, 2014 2:52 PM

Franklin media company partners with NY publisher

Cool Springs media company CML Entertainment has partnered with Morgan James Publishing out of New York to launch a book imprint that plans to unveil nine titles this fall. Although CML has its roots in the Christian entertainment business, this collaboration will focus on projects "cultivating and nurturing strong character through true-life examples of courage and honor."

Jan 6, 2014 6:46 AM

Cumulus brings back former programming exec to run Nashville group

Cook also will direct programming for WSM, WKDF
Jan 3, 2014 6:51 AM

Conte-temps: A safety, a newsman and a case of social-media mistaken identity

Last night, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers found receiver (and Tennessee native) Randall Cobb for a late 48-yard touchdown strike that sent Green Bay into the playoffs at the expense of their opponent and bitter rival Chicago Bears.

Analysts and fans alike pointed the finger of blame squarely at Bears safety Chris Conte:

"This is one Bears fans will remember," Dungy said as he illustrated the play. "This is an all-out blitz. You see everybody coming. John Kuhn is going to do a great job coming over and picking this up. But there are two defenders to cover two inside receivers and they don't get the job done. ... But look at Chris Conte, Rodney."

Dungy's partner, Harrison, picked up the point.

"He just flat-out blows the coverage," Harrison said. "Everyone else is playing man-to-man coverage, and he lets his wide receiver go straight down the field."

Emotions run high in games like this — a rival, a playoff spot on the line — and in 2013, when passions get heated, people log into social media to hurl their obscenity-laden frustrations at the object of blame.
 
Fortunately for the Bears' Conte, his obvious Twitter handle — @chrisconte — is taken, by name's-the-same WTVF reporter Chris Conte.
 
And, lo, did the accusations fly in Conte's mentions — a cavalcade of death threats, suggestions of self-harm, and all out, well, meanness.
 
To his credit, the Nashville Conte took it in stride, gently reminding folks he had nothing to do with the Bears' playoff fortunes and in the ensuing 14 or 15 hours, the vitriol turned to humor.
 
Lessons learned here:
 
1) Don't be a jerk on Twitter
 
2) And if you must be a jerk, make sure your attitude is aimed properly
Dec 30, 2013 12:34 PM