Television station operator Young Broadcasting, which owns WKRN News2 and is run by that station's former GM Deb McDermott, has promoted Bob Peterson to vice president of station operations and relocated him to Nashville. Peterson had been Young's VP of business development and GM of its station in Richmond, Va.
Time Warner Cable and Meredith Corp., the parent of WSMV Channel 4, appear to be closing in on a retransmission agreement that will keep Meredith stations on Time Warner's service in three markets. The two sides had been far apart earlier in the week.
Time Warner Cable customers will not be able to watch Channel 4 starting at midnight tonight unless the telecommunications company and WSMV parent Meredith Corp. strike a deal on retransmission rights. The parties still sound like they are far apart, with Time Warner saying Meredith is asking for a 200 percent rate hike.
The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development has approved a $7.5 million grant to the producers of the "Nashville" television show that ABC will begin airing this fall. ECD officials said the reimbursable grant will be based on the actual qualified expenditures made in Tennessee to local vendor or residents. Making the show, which is being produced by ABC, Lionsgate and Gaylord Entertainment, is expected to employ more than 350 crew members.
"We are taking a new approach to one of Tennessee’s strongest and most unique businesses, the entertainment industry," Commissioner Bill Hagerty, Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, said. "Gov. Bill Haslam has made a concerted effort to fold the film and music sectors into our department and make them a part of the state’s regular economic goals and initiatives."
Derby Jones' CMD Publishing, parent company of the Williamson Herald, has snapped up Southern Exposure magazine, which was founded 10 years ago by Brandy Blanton. Blanton put the publication on hiatus after she was elected to the Franklin Board of Mayor and Alderman.
In making the purchase announcement, Jones also announced the return of the sixth annual Sizzle Awards in partnership with FranklinIs.com. Plans are underway to launch interactive voting as Williamson County residents choose their best of in a variety of categories.
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