Sony/ATV Music Publishing Nashville President and CEO Troy Tomlinson was named chairman of the Tennessee Film, Entertainment & Music Commission by Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty.
Mike Curb, founder of Curb Records, will step down from chairing the commission and serve as Chairman Emeritus.
The TFEMC represents entertainment industries across the state in music, film and television.
"As a native Tennessean, I know first-hand about the incredible culture that our state offers - from Knoxville to Nashville to Memphis,” Tomlinson said in a statement. “It is an honor for me to help others learn what I've always known; that is, Tennessee is both an entertainment hub and a wonderful place to live and work."
“Tennessee has a rich musical heritage and unique entertainment assets, said Governor Haslam said in a statement, “and I look forward to working with the new commission members as we continue to cultivate a business environment that helps the industry thrive.”
As President and CEO Sony/ATV Nashville, Tomlinson has overseen the songwriting careers of artists such as Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Blake Shelton, Rascal Flatts and Brooks & Dunn among others .Tomlinson is also responsible for stewarding seminal catalogs by Hank Williams, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Buck Owens, Hank Cochran, Roy Acuff and the Everly Brothers. He also oversees the careers of such hit writres as Bill Anderson, Bobby Braddock, Bob DiPiero, Tom Douglas, Casey Beathard and Tony Martin.
Others named to the board include: Songwriter John Bettis, Jupiter Entertainment CEO Stephen Land, and Director/Producer, Owner of TackleBox Films and FORWARD Post Production Shaun Silva.