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'Head Shop' online - CA feature story

The made-in-Memphis web series "Head Shop," by Shock Collar Studio, which was assisted by the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission, went online on Aug. 15. Read John Beifuss's story here in The Commercial Appeal.



iTunes meets Memphis Music: Everybody wins!

The Memphis Music Foundation has launched "Memphis Music: Past and Present." It's happening now during Elvis Week 2013 and Memphis is the first city to have a spotlight on iTunes. Go to

Here's the CA's story.



Sunday, Aug. 4: 'Adam Richman's Fandemonium' on the Barbecue Contest

ADAM RICHMAN'S FANDEMONIUM features the Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest on an episode showing Sunday, Aug. 4 at 8 p.m. on the Travel Channel.

The project was assisted by the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission when the production team was here in May at Tom Lee Park.

The show puts Adam Richman on a mission "to find the craziest super fans, culinary creations and cultural experiences at the wildest fan gatherings across the nation. In each episode, Adam immerses himself into an event that has a legendary base of obsessed, passionate superfans."

Find out more here.



Tennessee Film Incentives for All of Tennessee

From Jimmie Tashie, Chairman of the Board of the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission:

As the current issue of The Memphis Flyer reports, there has been a grossly inequitable distribution of state funds meant to incentivize filming across the state. The majority of the funding has gone to projects in Middle Tennessee …Nashville. Both East Tennessee and West Tennessee have been almost totally left out of the picture. As chairman of the board of the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission, I would like to update you on "the story behind the story."

Encouraged by both our mayors and our film commission's executive board, Memphis/Shelby County Film Commissioner Linn Sitler and Memphis-based filmmaker Craig Brewer have been diligent, vocal, and aggressive in the past months in their behind-the-scenes efforts to convince Governor Haslam's Department of Economic and Community Development that HBO/Cinemax's TV pilot for "Quarry" and its first season—wanting to base in Memphis -- should be offered at least the same "deal" as the "Nashville" pilot and first season were offered to base in Nashville.

Ms. Sayle's unbiased and in-depth coverage revealed to the readers of The Memphis Flyer the inequity in not only the treatment of "Quarry," but also the historically inequitable distribution of incentive funds across the state. As Ms. Sayle's story shows, since 2006, when legislators from across the state, Sitler, Tennessee industry activist Andy van Roon, and then-Memphis City lobbyist Reina Reddish led the charge to create the Visual Content Act of 2006, the majority of the incentive funds have gone to Nashville and Middle Tennessee.

In light of this, the current Administration's refusal to make a "deal" with "Quarry" for Memphis seems even more inequitable. Ms. Sayle's documentation of the inequity in The Memphis Flyer will make the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission's leaders' work much easier in convincing both Governor Haslam's administration and the entire General Assembly of the need for film incentive reform.

The entire state needs to benefit from these funds and if the fund is too small for equity, then we must work together to increase it. We need and look forward to your support.

Jimmy Tashie

Chairman of the Board

The Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission

Here is the link to the Memphis Flyer story. 



'Head Shop' goes online Aug. 15

Shock Collar Studio is launching its web series HEAD SHOP on Aug. 15.

Written and directed by Giri Swamy and produced by Melissa Azzi, the show was shot in 2012 in locations around Memphis, featuring an entirely Memphis-based cast. It is a client of the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission.

The show follows the life of Will (Shaun Green), the owner of a head shop in Memphis who gets mixed up in the illegal drug trade when his business begins cutting in on street profits.

Shock Collar will celebrate the online premiere with a VIP event on Aug. 15 at VINI on Broad Avenue.

Viewers can see the first two hour-long episodes of the show for free on YouTube and Vimeo beginning Aug. 15. The three remaining episodes in the series will cost $2 per episode, or $5 for all three.

For more info, go here.


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