New Commission Members Announced For Tennessee Film, Entertainment And Music Commission

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty Thursday 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,” Governor 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,” Commissioner 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.” 

New commission members include the following: 

Troy Tomlinson
Chairman of the TFEMC
President and CEO Sony/ATV Music Publishing Nashville
Mr. Tomlinson has overseen the songwriting careers of artists such as Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Blake Shelton, Rascal Flatts, Brooks & Dunn, Alabama and many more.  He guides the careers of hit songwriters Bill Anderson, Bobby Braddock, Bob DiPiero, Tom Douglas, Casey Beathard and Tony Martin to name a few.  Tomlinson is also responsible for stewarding the massive song catalogs of Hank Williams, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Buck Owens, Hank Cochran, Roy Acuff and the Everly Brothers. 

John Bettis
Award-Winning Songwriter
Mr. Bettis has written songs recorded by some of the most well-known and celebrated artists in the music industry including Michael Jackson, George Strait, Celine Dion, Madonna, Diana Ross, Whitney Houston, The Carpenters, Conway Twitty, Barbara Mandrell, Ronnie Milsap, Dionne Warwick, America, Jennifer Warnes and scores of others.  He has been nominated for an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, three Grammys and three Emmys.  Bettis received Emmys for “One Moment in Time,” the theme for the 1988 Olympics, and for “Where There Is Hope” in 2003. 


Stephen Land
CEO of Jupiter Entertainment
Mr. Land is among America’s most prolific television creators/producers with a career spanning over two decades.  He has developed and executive produced series and specials for virtually every major media company.  With offices in New York, Los Angeles and Knoxville, Tenn., Jupiter Entertainment is actively engaged in developing and producing a broad mix of award-winning programs for a host of cable television groups.  Among their highly rated series are “Sons of Guns” (Discovery), “Snapped” (Oxygen), “Wild West Alaska” (Animal Planet), “Homicide Hunter” (ID), Biography (A&E), “Welcome to Myrtle Manor” (TLC) and “Modern Marvels” (History).


Shaun Silva
Director/Producer, Owner of TackleBox Films and FORWARD Post Production
With a portfolio ranging from documentary films, TV, national spots and award winning music videos, Mr. Silva is consistently recognized for his artistic vision, creative branding and most of all, his story-telling sensibilities.  His credits include national commercials for Doritos, GEICO and Weber Grills along with videos for artists such as Lady Antebellum, Carrie Underwood, Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Rascal Flatts and 3 Doors Down to name a few. Silva is also responsible for the critically acclaimed documentary “Boys of Fall,” which enjoyed two years of regular programming on ESPN and ABC networks and led to more sports documentaries including “The Color Orange” and “The Irrelevant Giant.”


The new commission members will serve alongside current members Craig Brewer, director and screenwriter; Rod Essig, agent and partner, Creative Artists Agency; Jay Frank, owner and CEO, DigSin; Susan Packard, co-founder of Scripps Networks Interactive and former chief operating officer of HGTV; and David Porter, songwriter and producer.  Mike Curb, founder of Curb Records, will step down from chairing the commission and serve as Chairman Emeritus.

Nighfall Features Chattanooga Artist Ryan Oyer This Week

Chattanooga will celebrate its own Ryan Oyer as headliner of Nightfall this Friday, as  winner of the “Road to Nightfall” competition.  The Ryan Oyer Band has been eight years in the making. Mr. Oyer has long been a part of the local open mic scene, where he has performed regularly with other local musicians. The band formed from that core group. Over the past few years, ... (click for more)

Luken Signs Multi-Network Affiliation Deal With WSWF

Luken Communications announced a multi-network affiliation agreement with WSWF on Tuesday.  Serving the Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne market (DMA 18), WSWF is owned and operated by Specialty Broadcasting Corporation. WSWF is scheduled to launch Luken’s Rev’n and The Family Channel (FAM) on Wednesday. Rev’n and FAM will be available to Orlando, Fl. viewers over-the-air on ... (click for more)

City Council Members Call For Definition Of Gender Expression; Public Comments

A potential non-discrimination ordinance for same-sex city employees continued as a point of contention in a city council meeting on Tuesday as some called for further definitions about “gender expression and identity,” and posed questions about how the ordinance may limit the freedom of religious residents or affect individual privacy in public restrooms. The ordinance ... (click for more)

Prosecutors Take New Charge Against Doggart To Knoxville Grand Jury

Federal prosecutors on Tuesday obtained an indictment from a federal Grand Jury in Knoxville on a new charge against a Signal Mountain man charged with making threats against a Muslim settlement in New York. The case will remain in Chattanooga, however. RoVanita Gupta, the head of the Civil Rights Division, and Bill Killian, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District ... (click for more)

Why Chattanooga Should Stop Granting Apartment Complex PILOTs - And Response

A new report indicates why Chattanooga and Hamilton County officials do not need to extend PILOTs to apartment complex developers. Demand is high, therefore developers will continue to build to meet the demand without PILOTs. What is truly needed in the Chattanooga metroplex is low-income affordable housing. “Homeownership Drops to Lowest Level in Decades” ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Gun Control? Accuracy!

When President Barack Obama responded to the tragic killing of nine people who were worshiping at their beloved Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C., last month, he immediately blamed the gun, saying, “We don't have all the facts, but we do know that once again, innocent people were killed in part because someone who wanted to inflict harm had no trouble getting their hand on ... (click for more)