BMG Rights Management has formed BMG Rights Nashville, a full service publishing company in partnership with producer Dann Huff and publishing executive Darrell Franklin.

The initial BMG Rights Nashville stable of writers includes Busbee, Jonathan Singleto, and Neil Thrasher, said Berlin-based BMG Rights Management. BMG Rights Nashville will provide full creative, administrative, marketing and synch support.

BMG Rights Management recently acquired Crosstown Songs and Cherry Lane Music Publishing.

Dann Huff was named Billboard magazine's country producer of the decade and the recipient of the 2010 Producer of the Year Award from the Academy of Country Music. Among artists he has produced are Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, Faith Hill, Martina McBride, LeAnn Rimes, Lonestar, Jewel, Julianne Hough, and Steel Magnolia. Prior to embarking on his producing career, Huff was a session guitarist in Los Angeles and Nashville.

Darrell Franklin, son of pedal steel guitarist Paul Franklin, has worked with Huff on producing projects and in the operation of the music publishing companies Diver Dann Music and Crosstown Songs Nashville.

"We are excited to be associated with creative individuals of the caliber of Dann Huff and Darrell Franklin," said BMG's COO Laurent Hubert in a statement. "We look forward to building a successful Nashville operation by acquiring significant catalogs and signing top songwriters; BMG Nashville will create a publishing environment that fosters and supports their endeavors."

"The chance for Darrell and me to work with music publishing executives like Hartwig Masuch, Laurent Hubert, and Deirdre O'Hara is a dream come true," said Huff in a statement. "It is an honor to be included as part of a truly international publishing company like BMG which offers our writers the opportunity to expand their success in Nashville and throughout the world."