Instead of Luring Productions To Nashville, Film Council’s First Job Is Staffing Ones Already Here

Season two of ABC's "Nashville" is currently filming in Music City. State and Metro officials have both offered incentives to keep the show in Tennessee. Image: Mark Levine/ABC

Season two of ABC’s “Nashville” is currently filming in Music City. State and Metro officials have both offered incentives to keep the show in Tennessee. Image: Mark Levine/ABC

Thursday, Mayor Karl Dean announced a new effort to bring more film and television production to Nashville. City leaders are eager to build on the number of music videos made here, as well as the ABC drama Nashville.

Anastasia Brown works as a music supervisor in the film industry. She says it’s a great thing for the ABC show to shoot in Music City, but it creates big problems staffing other projects.

“Right now, when Nashville is in production, the music video directors have no crew left,” Brown says. “They have to bring in crew from Atlanta. So, we need to develop this crew so we have multiple layers and it’s not so thin and challenging for multiple film and TV productions.”

Mayor Dean announced Thursday the formation of a new council to promote Nashville as a production hub, which would also include online media and video games. One of its tasks will be to come up with ways to train more high school and college graduates to work on local productions.

The council is meant to compliment Tennessee’s film commission, which gives financial incentives for television shows and movies to shoot here.


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