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.”
There was word late Monday from the broadcast television corner of the media universe that executives at ABC have asked for full seasons of two young shows, "Scandal" and "Neighbors." But there's no word yet on whether the big-budget "Nashville" will extend its run beyond the 13 episodes that have been ordered. What does it mean? The Hollywood Reporter is ominously semi-cryptic in saying the fate of the show remains unclear. But James Hibberd and Lynette Rice at Inside TV say the show has some more breathing room and should be in good shape if it keeps putting up ratings that start with a 2.
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The buzz around tonight's premiere of ABC's Nashville is now truly reaching manic proportions. That has gotten Blake Farmer some airtime on the Marketplace Morning Report, in which Butch Spyridon says it's the best marketing campaign he's never put together.
“There are billboards and posters and signs all over LA and New York that just say ‘Nashville,’” says Butch Spyridon, president of the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau. “I mean, I couldn’t buy it.”
Big Machine Records has teamed up with ABC to release songs from the network's much-awaited Nashville series, which premieres Oct. 10. At least one track will be released via iTunes per episode, and Big Machine boss Scott Borchetta says a full-fledged soundtrack album is likely to follow in early 2013.
Borchetta told Billboard.biz that when ABC visited Nashville in April with the pilot, at the beginning of the screening he was saying, "this is not our thing." Halfway through it became, "we could do this."
"We've been frustrated in the past trying to have a real partnership -- music was an afterthought and didn't come from the same creative starting point," Borchetta says. "We wanted to have an opportunity to work with something in the early stages to tie music into the psychological elements on the screen and make an emotional connection (with consumers). This was the right one to jump in on."
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