Publishing industry veteran Joey Amato plans to launch next March UNITE, a magazine for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in Middle Tennessee. Amato runs OUTreach Public Relations and has been associate publisher at OMG Magazine and South Florida Gay News. He plans to expand UNITE's reach to Knoxville by the end of 2013.
"Over the past year, I have been approached by many members of the LGBT community asking me if and when I was going to publish a magazine." Amato said. "After attending a rally for equality in downtown Nashville, and hearing people speak so passionately about the fight for LGBT equality in Tennessee, I thought it was my duty as a Nashville citizen to publish UNITE."
The board of Rural Media, the parent company of RFD-TV, has picked Randy Bernard to be the company's new CEO. Until recently, Bernard was the CEO of the IndyCar Series and, before that, led Professional Bull Riding. He will be based in Omaha but also oversee RFD's big studio operations on Dickerson Pike.
Nashville-based Flying Island Entertainment has unveiled its Classic Country Media Services. Designed to support so-called heritage artists and the classic country radio format, the service creates audio and digital content that can promote tour dates, music and/or books. It then distributes that content to more than 100 stations and syndicated radio programs.
Sarah Skates and musicrow.com have the story here.
After enduring a few weeks of anxious waiting amid will-they-or-won't-they industry chatter, the producers of ABC's 'Nashville' series have been told the network will air another nine episodes of the show. The soap opera has received decent ratings and Entertainment Weekly's James Hibberd says ABC is quick to point out its pull with high-income households. It also doesn't hurt that the show's music also adds another revenue stream to the mix.
Nashville Business Journal Executive Editor Lance Williams has resigned to become business editor at The Tennessean. Williams will replace Randy McClain, who left recently departed 1100 Broadway to work at The Republic in Columbus, Ind.
An old-school journalist type, Williams was named NBJ editor in 2008. He previously served as editor of the Austin Business Journal and, prior to that, worked as a reporter and editor with the Cincinnati Business Courier.
“Lance is an award-winning journalist who brings experience and knowledge of the Nashville market to this key position in our news operation,” Maria De Varenne, Tennessean executive editor and vice president/news, is quoted as saying on the daily's story regarding the hire.
The NBJ has no word as to a replacement. See NBJ article here.
The MusicRow December 2012/January 2013 issue will be called the “Digital Toolbox” — with the reformatted magazine to serve as a music industry guide to all things digital. This will include the digital tools directory, resources and services, and exclusive interviews with the industry’s digital experts. The issue was formerly known as the “Rewind Issue."
Sarah Skates and MusicRow.com have the details here.
Media industry veteran Steve Sabato has left his executive vice president post at Cell Journalist to be director of news and digital content at WWSB, the ABC affiliate in Sarasota, Fla. Sabato had joined Cell Journalist, which has developed a social media platform, in 2007 after being shuffled out of the news director slot at WKRN News 2.
"Steve is a highly regarded news executive with an impressive track record in broadcast news and digital media," said Benninghoff. "Steve has a history of building strong news brands and is an authority and innovator on multi-platform content strategy. I am very pleased that he will now put his impressive skills to work for our great station."
Franklin-based classical music label Naxos has struck a deal with Clear Channel to take over the programming of the Classica station on the broadcasting giant's iHeartRadio platform. Naxos' distribution division has a catalog of more than 30,000 albums.
“We are enormously impressed with Naxos’s digital distribution, which makes them an ideal partner for Clear Channel as we continue to change the industry in bold and innovative ways,” said Bob Pittman, Chief Executive Officer of Clear Channel. “Mozart, Brahms, Beethoven, Bach, Chopin, Haydn—these composers wrote the original power chords, and their work is as vital today as when it was first written. Our agreement with Naxos further demonstrates that the market-based business model we unveiled this past summer makes sense for labels, artists, broadcasters, and fans.”
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