'Nashville' will keep filming in Music City as Dean plans to offer incentives

Friday, June 21, 2013 at 6:08pm

After ABC confirmed earlier today that its primetime drama Nashville will continue filming in Music City next season, Mayor Karl Dean’s office has confirmed that Metro plans to pay the show for the privilege.

Dean spokeswoman Janel Lacy told The City Paper in an emailed statement Friday afternoon that the mayor’s office is not prepared to reveal the details yet but that an announcement will come soon.

“Mayor Dean is thrilled that the show will continue to film in Nashville,” Lacy said. “It’s seen by millions of viewers and serves as advertising for the city that you simply can’t buy — it generates real economic value.

“To help make it feasible for the show to continue to film here, the city is planning to participate in incentives for the second season. We’re not prepared to share the details just yet, but we plan to have an announcement in the near future,” Janel said.

The state budget also includes funds designated for incentives to keep the show from leaving Nashville.

8 Comments on this post:

By: pswindle on 6/21/13 at 7:38

OF COURSE HE DID1 Where is the money coming from. How does it benefit Nashville if we pay them to film here?

By: bfra on 6/23/13 at 1:49

King Karl is the one being benefited by the chance of getting his chubby mug or 1 of his over the top moneyed ego shrines on TV. Taxpayers are just the ones on the hook for the money to pay for his whims.

By: Xqqsme on 6/23/13 at 4:21

...But the attached link from USA Today estimates the impact @ 40 million.


By: govskeptic on 6/24/13 at 5:17

We spend lots of dollars for less, so until we know the extent of what the Mayor
has offered it premature for praise or criticism. These shows if done well can be
a great stimulus for a city, and most cities and states do contribute to production.

By: global_citizen on 6/24/13 at 7:15

Based on what I've read about the cost of production and how much the production company was able to recoup in regional incentives last season, versus a lower amount for the second season, my guess would be that Metro Nashville has agreed to bridge the difference. That amount, if I recall the rough numbers, would work out to about $3.5 to $4 million.

That's not a bad investment considering it gives Nashville nearly a year long running advertisement on prime time network TV.

By: NewYorker1 on 6/24/13 at 7:56

Mayor Dean sure does have an open check book these days. Mayor, would you please pay off my mortgage?

By: Badbob on 6/24/13 at 9:06

If small businesses can't pay for the give away, hey, you can just raise our property taxes again. Nothing is too much for the ego of our Mayor!

By: yucchhii on 6/24/13 at 1:52

I still don't see anything being done for the homeless. Y'all wanna bitch and moan about the homeless being everywhere, well? They're not going anywhere till something can be set up for them. If you keep sweeping dirt under the carpet time after time, what happens to the dirt? NOTHING, it makes the carpet lumpier and lumpier till you have to DO SOMETHING CONSTRUCTIVE!! The DISHONORABLE MAYOR KARL "DINK" doesn't care that the carpet is getting lumpier and lumpier. Soon you'll have another hill in Nashville. The $$$ he spends for things we DON'T need could be well spent to take care of the homeless...as with the federal government spending BILLIONS on.....MEANINGLESS things instead of taking care of the homeless also....Gee, why does this country have so many HILLS?