ATLANTA, August 11, 2015 – Cumulus announces the launch of NASH TV Films, a new addition to the NASH Country music and lifestyle brand that will produce and distribute original feature-length films, with the debut of Walk Tall: The Journey of Sugarland’s Kristian Bush.
The original one-hour documentary film will air over the first two weekends of September across more than 80 markets, reaching 53% of the country, with TV stations nation-wide including New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, Atlanta, Seattle, Indianapolis, and Nashville, through the established platforms of Sinclair Broadcast Group, the largest television broadcaster in the country, and other broadcasters.
Walk Tall chronicles the life and career of Country superstar Kristian Bush of the Grammy award winning act Sugarland. The Executive Producers of Walk Tall are Cumulus executives John Dickey, Executive Vice President of Content and Programming, and Stokes Nielson, Director of Video Content, Strategy & Production. Nielson is also the director of the film.
"Walk Tall represents NASH's expansion of original content into long-form films and documentaries, giving our audience incredible one-of-a-kind access into the lives and legacies of their favorite artists,” said Dickey, Executive Vice President of Content and Programming for Cumulus. “We are partnering with Sinclair Broadcast Group for the first of a powerful line of films that capture the heart and spirit of Country music as seen through the eyes of fans and the artists."
“This is the story of my life and my career over the past twenty years – from my mother passing away to my divorce to the tragedy in Indiana – and the bands and the songs that came from those experiences,” said Bush, a singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist. “I'm excited to be here at the start of this promising partnership, experiencing firsthand the way Cumulus and Sinclair are dreaming up the future of how stories will be told in the music business and helping artists like me share music with more people than ever.”
“We are excited for the upcoming airing of this moving story as our first national television special in the country music entertainment genre,” said Steve Pruett, Co-Chief Operating Officer of Sinclair Television Group. “We anticipate that the popularity of country music combined with the scale of our television platform, along with Cumulus’ platform, and cross promoted with radio, TV and station websites, will drive a significant audience experience. Cumulus has proven to be a great partner and we look forward to broadcasting this line of country music films with them.”
"NASH TV Films are made to inspire and entertain," added Nielson. "Not only for the 100+ million die-hard Country fans that are our base, but also for a global audience that has an insatiable appetite for powerful stories and real artistry. The amazing journey of Kristian Bush fits that bill perfectly."
NASH is the only multiplatform Country music and lifestyle brand in the U.S. In addition to Country radio stations, the NASH brand includes NASH Country Weekly magazine, live concerts/events, online content, television programming and now original feature-length films. Country radio programs originate from Cumulus Media’s NASH campus in Nashville, the nation’s only multimedia facility devoted solely to producing and distributing content based on the Country music lifestyle.
To view the trailer and see a specific list of airdates and times for Walk Tall, visit: www.nashtv.com.
Cumulus Media, Inc. launched the NASH entertainment brand based on the Country music lifestyle in January 2013 with the flagship NASH FM 94.7 in New York City. In addition to Country radio stations, the NASH brand includes a NASH magazine, concerts/events, online content and television programming. Country radio programs originate from Cumulus Media’s NASH campus in Nashville, the nation’s only multimedia facility devoted solely to producing and distributing content based on the Country music lifestyle, including radio programming, TV/videos, magazines and events. For more information on NASH TV, visit: www.nashtv.com or contact Stokes Nielson at: email@example.com.
About Cumulus Media, Inc. (NASDAQ: CMLS)
Cumulus Media Inc. (CMLS) combines high-quality local programming with iconic, nationally syndicated media, sports and entertainment brands in order to deliver premium choices for listeners, provide substantial reach for advertisers and create opportunities for shareholders. As the largest pure-play radio broadcaster in the United States, Cumulus provides exclusive content that is fully distributed through approximately 460 owned-and-operated stations in 90 U.S. media markets (including eight of the top 10), approximately 8,500 broadcast radio affiliates and numerous digital channels. Cumulus is well-positioned in the widening digital audio space through a significant stake in the Rdio digital music service, featuring over 30 million songs on-demand in addition to custom playlists and exclusive curated channels. Cumulus is also the leading provider of Country music and lifestyle content through its NASH brand, which serves Country fans through radio programming, NASH Country Weekly magazine, concerts, licensed products and television/video. For more information, visit www.cumulus.com.
About Kristian Bush
GRAMMY-winning recording artist Kristian Bush has been leaving his mark on music for more than two decades. The singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist started his career with folk-rock duo Billy Pilgrim in the early ‘90s; in 2004, he exploded onto the country music scene with Sugarland, surpassing sales of over 22 million albums worldwide, achieving five No. 1 singles and winning numerous awards, including GRAMMYs, AMAs, ACMs, CMT Music Awards and CMAs. Bush made his solo debut with catchy Top 20 hit “Trailer Hitch” and his follow-up single “Light Me Up” has already been spotlighted as a favorite track on APPLE MUSIC by PEOPLE, ETONLINE and BILLBOARD.COM. Both songs are featured on his critically acclaimed album SOUTHERN GRAVITY, which COUNTRY WEEKLY named the “feel-good album of the year.” To date, Bush has garnered six BMI Awards for his songwriting, and in 2011 he founded the music publishing company and songwriting collective Songs of the Architect. Recent collaborations