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Filming in Tennessee

Television drama Nashville has been given a filming incentive of USD10 million to shoot on location in its namesake city in Tennessee.

Nashville got a filming incentive payment of USD8 million from state authorities, plus additional funding from municipal agencies and private companies.

The drama considered relocating for its third series, before negotiating a new filming incentive payment from state authorities.

Tennessee offers a 25% grant as a filming incentive for productions that spend at least USD200,000 locally. However, the state is not known as a filming hub and is eclipsed in the US by neighbouring Georgia and, until recently, North Carolina.

Georgia has become of America’s top production centres, with world-class studio facilities and a filming incentive that can easily stretch to 30% of eligible spending.

We can’t wait to be back on location for Season 4 [of Nashville] and we sincerely thank our partners at the state of Tennessee, city of Nashville and Ryman Hospitality for making it possible.

John Valentine, Vice President of Lionsgate


Tennessee has a temperate climate, with the Central Basin, the Gulf Coastal Plain and the Sequatchie Valley having the warmest temperatures. Nashville, in central Tennessee, and Knoxville further east, have winter lows of about 2C and summer highs of about 26C.

Temperatures further east are generally lower than elsewhere in the state as the elevation rises and the land becomes more mountainous. Winter and early spring sees the highest annual rainfall, while September and October are the driest months.

Annual snowfall is concentrated in the east and dissipates towards the west where the elevation is lower, but melts rapidly

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