Film, Entertainment & Music

ABC’s “Nashville” to Feature the City of Memphis in Winter Finale Airing on Wednesday, December 10

Tuesday, December 09, 2014 | 01:08 pm

Episode to Highlight Iconic Memphis Locales, Include Memphis-Centric Storyline

NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development and the Tennessee Film, Entertainment and Music Commission (TFEMC) announced today the ABC series “Nashville” has traveled to Memphis for its winter finale episode airing Wednesday, December 10 at 10 p.m. ET / 9 p.m. CT.

"Last Best Summer Ever" Begins Filming in Tennessee

Thursday, September 11, 2014 | 12:30 pm

NASHVILLE—The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development announced today that it has approved a $156,500 grant for “Last Best Summer Ever” to film in Middle Tennessee. The movie begins filming in Franklin on Friday, September 12 and will continue to film in and around the Franklin area until October 3. During production, the movie is employing approximately 30 Tennessee crewmembers and more than half of its 22-member cast is local.

“Tennessee provides the perfect backdrop for the film industry, both with our unique cultural and geographical landscape and through our efforts to support creative collaborations like this throughout the state,” Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty said. “Our state has a rich history of fostering a one-of-a-kind environment in both the film and music industries, and I am pleased Middle Tennessee will be highlighted in this production. I also appreciate the jobs being created for local actors and production professionals.”

Railroad Safety Class Being Offered in Nashville for Film and Entertainment Industry Workers

Monday, September 08, 2014 | 09:00 am

Class Open to All Individuals, Including Local 492, Local 600 Members & All Non-Union Production Crew

NASHVILLE—The Tennessee Film, Entertainment & Music Commission (TFEMC), in partnership with IATSE Local 492 and IATSE Local 600, will present “Railroad Safety Awareness for Film and Entertainment Industry Workers” on Saturday, September 27 and Sunday, September 28 in Nashville. The Nashville class is open to all individuals, especially Tennessee residents working in the film and entertainment industry who wish to learn more about railroad safety on the set of a production.

“Tennessee prides itself on fostering the type of creative environment that encourages film production, but more importantly, we are focused on ensuring the safety of all individuals involved in these productions across our state,” Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty said. “I encourage those involved in the film and entertainment industry to take advantage of this opportunity.”

Tennessee Film, Entertainment and Music Commission Launches New Website

Tuesday, September 02, 2014 | 12:39 pm

TNentertainment.com Offers Comprehensive Resource for All Things Entertainment

NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Film, Entertainment and Music Commission (TFEMC) announced today the launch of its new website, TNentertainment.com.  The site offers immediate access to essential information regarding Tennessee’s thriving entertainment industry and a host of free resources for anyone interested in learning more about entertainment and doing business in Tennessee. 

"My Many Sons" Movie Begins Filming in Tennessee

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 | 09:00 am
Coach Don Meyer with Lipscomb University basketball players.
Coach Don Meyer with Lipscomb University basketball players.

NASHVILLE—The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development announced today that it has approved a $175,000 grant for “My Many Sons” to film in Music City. The movie is based on Don Meyer’s career as a successful head basketball coach, including his years coaching the Lipscomb University men’s team from 1975-1999, and the many lives he influenced along the way. Throughout the next three weeks of filming in Nashville, Lipscomb University students will gain hands on experience as interns on set and be cast as extras in the movie.

“Tennessee’s rich history as a center of creative excellence in the film and music industries makes Nashville the perfect location choice for ‘My Many Sons’,” Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty said. “Lipscomb University is an great asset to our community and our state and I am pleased Don Meyer’s leadership and contribution over the years at such a respected institution will be highlighted in this film. ‘My Many Sons’ decision to film here, offer Lipscomb University students valuable behind-the-scenes learning opportunities and hire local actors, is a testament to the kind of creative and collaborative environment our department works to support and highlight around our state.”

Governor Haslam, Commissioner Hagerty Announce New Commission Members for Tennessee Film, Entertainment & Music Commission

Thursday, October 10, 2013 | 03:38 pm

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty today announced four new appointments to the Tennessee Film, Entertainment & Music Commission.  Joining the commission are Sony/ATV Music Publishing Nashville President and CEO Troy Tomlinson, who will also serve as chairman, Songwriter John Bettis, Jupiter Entertainment CEO Stephen Land, and Director/Producer, Owner of TackleBox Films and FORWARD Post Production Shaun Silva.  The TFEMC represents entertainment industries across the state in music, film and television.
 
“I want to thank these talented industry professionals for their service and the invaluable insights they bring to the TFEMC,” Haslam said.  “Tennessee has a rich musical heritage and unique entertainment assets, and I look forward to working with the new commission members as we continue to cultivate a business environment that helps the industry thrive.”
 
“Promoting and assisting Tennessee’s dynamic entertainment industry is one of our foremost goals in economic development,” Hagerty said.  “The TFEMC is instrumental in helping us grow this business sector that is filled with a depth and breadth of industry talent and infrastructure unlike any other.  I congratulate the newest members of the commission on their appointment and thank our current members for their continued leadership and service.”

Ray Liotta, Ashley Judd, Seth Green, Joe Pantoliano Lead Cast of “The Identical” Filming in Nashville

Wednesday, October 03, 2012 | 09:33 am

Nashville, TN, October 3 –  Cameras are rolling on an independent feature film this week in Music City.  “The Identical” is a retro music driven drama written by Howie Klausner, writer of “Space Cowboys.” 

            Liotta (Field of Dreams, Goodfellas), Judd (Double Jeopardy, Dolphin Tale) Green (The Italian Job, Without a Paddle) and Pantoliano (The Matrix, The Fugitive) have all signed on to the project.  Producers believe the film's unique story attracted them to the movie.  

Nashville To Host "The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!!"

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 | 03:25 pm
Photo: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic.com
Photo: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic.com

GRAMMY season to officially kick off with nominations special at Bridgestone Arena airing live on CBS Dec. 5

"The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music's Biggest Night" will take place in Nashville, Tenn., at the Bridgestone Arena and will air live on CBS Dec. 5 at 10 p.m. ET/PT and 9 p.m. CT. This will mark the first time the special — which officially kicks off GRAMMY season by revealing nominations in several categories while featuring unique performances from past GRAMMY winners and/or nominees — has taken place outside of Los Angeles.

Mike Curb to Keynote at 59th Annual Governor's Conference on Economic and Community Development

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 | 01:01 pm
Mike Curb
Mike Curb

Curb Records Founder to Address Commissioner’s Luncheon on Oct. 18, 2012

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development announced today that Mike Curb, founder and chairman of Curb Records, will keynote the Commissioner’s Luncheon on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012 at the 59th Annual Governor’s Conference on Economic and Community Development. Hundreds of state and local officials, business leaders and economic developers will convene at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel for the event held Oct. 18-19.