Film, Entertainment & Music

"My Many Sons" Movie Begins Filming in Tennessee

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 | 10:00 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 | 04:38 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 | 10:33 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 | 04:25 pm
Photo: Jeff Kravitz/
Photo: Jeff Kravitz/

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 | 02:01 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.

ABC's 'Nashville' filming brings stars and money to Music City

Friday, August 10, 2012 | 04:17 pm
Photo by Brooke Stevens
Photo by Brooke Stevens

Nashville Business Journal by Jamie McGee, Staff Writer

Date: Tuesday, August 7, 2012, 1:49pm CDT - Last Modified: Tuesday, August 7, 2012, 2:05pm CDT

Filming for "Nashville" is now underway at the Music Row Roundabout.

Anyone who drove through the Music Row Roundabout Monday noticed that the "Nashville" series has begun filming. Local filmmakers and entertainment leaders are confident that the show's economic boost will extend well beyond the actors’ paychecks.

ECD Approves Grant for "Nashville" Production

Wednesday, June 20, 2012 | 02:35 pm
Courtesy of ABC and Lionsgate
Courtesy of ABC and Lionsgate

New ABC Fall Show Begins Pre-Production, Projected to Hire More Than 350 Tennesseans

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (ECD) announced today that it has approved a grant of up to $7.5 million for the “Nashville” television show that will film in Music City and premier on ABC this fall. The reimbursable grant will be based on the production’s actual qualified expenditures made in Tennessee. Qualified expenditures are those incurred in the state for goods or services purchased from a Tennessee vendor or paid to a Tennessee resident in connection with the production.

"42" Begins Production in Chattanooga

Wednesday, June 06, 2012 | 11:46 am

NASHVILLE - Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty visited the set of "42" in Chattanooga on Friday, May 25. The feature film is based on the story of baseball great Jackie Robinson and is written and directed by Academy Award® winner Brian Helgeland. The film stars Chadwick Boseman as Robinson, the heroic African American who was the first man to break the color line in the big leagues and whose uniform number, "42," is the only one to be retired by Major League Baseball. Harrison Ford stars as Dodgers General Manager Branch Rickey, the MLB executive who first signed Robinson to the minors in 1945 before bringing him up to the majors two years later.