NASHVILLE (press release)—The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development and the Tennessee Film, Entertainment and Music Commission (TFEMC) confirmed that the ABC series “Nashville” had traveled to Memphis for its winter finale episode.
“As the birthplace of the blues, the starting point of soul, and the home of the king of rock ‘n’ roll, Memphis has made an indelible mark on the very history of music itself,” Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty said. “I can think of no better pairing than the city of Memphis with the musically driven ‘Nashville’ series. This storyline offered a unique convergence of many of the great entertainment assets that Tennessee offers.”
The episode showed the beautiful Memphis skyline and filming was done on legendary Beale Street and at the iconic Peabody Hotel, including an appearance by the hotel’s most famous residents, the Peabody Ducks.
“I look for any excuse to get myself to Memphis and this was a perfect opportunity,” Executive Producer Callie Khouri said. “We had a fantastic time and we to showed our ‘Nashville’ fans what a wonderful treasure of a city Memphis is, too.”
“Film and television production in Memphis means talent and tourism for West Tennessee. Nashville, the series and the city, knows the value of this venue, and we welcome the opportunity,” said Tennessee Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, sponsor of 2012 changes in the film fund incentive that created an additional $2 million in recurring annual funding.
Among the more than 50 international markets where “Nashville” is aired include the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Germany, Italy, Australia, Russia, Mexico, Scandinavia, Canada, Latin America, Israel and numerous markets throughout Asia.
On average Nashville draws 7.7 million viewers each week. This season, the series ranks among ABC’s top five biggest gainers in TV, DVR and On Demand playback.
“The filming in our City was another great opportunity to have our unique musical history and assets showcased on an international level,” Memphis Mayor AC Wharton said.
“I have always known what a wonderful place Memphis is to live and work, and I am pleased my community was showcased on an international stage,” Writer/Director (“Hustle & Flow,” “Blake Snake Moan”) and TFEMC Commission Member Craig Brewer said. “With ‘Nashville’ airing in more than 50 countries around the world, this helped viewers better understand why Memphis is so special with all the history and tradition that are rooted here.”