Interesting reports from Bloomberg and Financial Times about more possible changes for Elvis Presley Enterprises which has changed hands a few times in recent years from the Presley Estate to CKX to Apollo to Core Media, which actually is a part of Apollo. Now there are new reports that Core is looking for a buyer for that part of its business which had been a block that included the Muhammad Ali naming rights and American Idol franchise as well as other entertainment businesses.
Here is the link to the Bloomberg story that comes out just as Graceland again prepares for the annual August crowds that come to mark the anniversary of the entertainer’s death in 1977.
Here is the Financial Times story as well.
Justin Timberlake has been announced as a headliner for the iTunes festival, the annual music series that will be held in September in London.
Fans who want to watch, in addition to those attending in person, can stream it on Apple products like the iPad, iPhone and Apple TV.
More information is here: http://www.itunes.com/festival
Tenn. State Sen. Jim Kyle has filed a bill that would create a Memphis Grizzlies specialty license plate, his office announced today. If approved, the plate would support the Memphis Grizzlies Charitable Foundation, which supports youth sports and mentoring programs in Shelby County.
To get it done, Kyle’s office needs to hear from fans and anyone who’d want a plate. Creating a specialty plate requires legislative approval, as well as 1,000 preorders. Anyone interested in preordering a plate can email Sen. Kyle’s legislative office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Tennessee Titans and Nashville Predators already have similar plates.
YouTube personality “Kid President” was at Fuel Cafe in Memphis this week.
(According to the café’s Twitter account, he enjoyed a bison burger that he said “was awesomer than my pretty face!”) From Fuel Cafe’s Facebook page –
Contractors are tearing away the plywood that has covered hundreds of windows at the old Chisca Hotel., letting the old hotel feel the sun for the first time in decades,
For the first time in years, streams of light are now seeping into the recesses of the eight-story hotel.
Contractors have been busy removing the plywood that covered the windows at the hotel at Main Street and Fr. M. L. King Jr, Ave.
“Right now we are trying to get the plywood out of the windows to get it to where there is light in there,” said carpenter Jose Reyes. “There’s a lot of plywood here.”
Reyes estimated that the building contained at least 600 windows – those looking outside the building and interior windows .
Work is actually happening at the Chicsca after years of false starts and delays.
The Carlisle Corp., Terry Lynch, Gary Prosterman and Karl Schledwitz are the ownership group behind the r$20 million-plus renovation.