Nashville is proving a powerful draw to digital medias companies in 2015.
On the heels of a decision by Zealot Networks to move into the country-music capital, ONErpm has announced its intentions to do the same.
ONErpm is a multi-platform network and digital music distributor with its roots in Latin America, namely Brazil and Argentina. The network has been in expansion mode since arriving in the North American market earlier this year, opening an office in Mexico, a new studio, ONErpm Studios (pictured), in Brooklyn, NY, and, now, company headquarters in Nashville.
Network execs have been vocal in their intent to grow the network’s talent database in the U.S. Emmanuel Zunz, company CEO, said an in earlier interview with StreamDaily, the push is on to add 10,000 high-quality creators and musicians to the network, with an eye on breaking one billion monthly views by the end of the year.
It currently has 1,300 YouTube channels, generating an estimated 700 million monthly views, and more than 22,000 musicians and video creators, from little known artists to established artists.
Zunz said the network’s focus remains on music, with plans to produce more original video content to highlight that expertise. One of its most-popular series to date is called Spotlight, featuring various artists sharing details of their life on the road and how they create their music.
Zunz and Jarrod Cooper, the network’s VP of strategy and development, will both be based in the new Nashville location.
There been no word yet from the company on talent signings, but Zunz said the Nashville scene is promising.
“It’s amazing to me that everywhere you go you are surrounded by music, songwriters, and musicians,” he said in an statement.
In May, digital-first media company Zealot announced its expansion into Nashville following the acquisition of three local companies, Southern Made, KingMgmt and Gotee Records.
Zealot also revealed it would open a Nashville office headed by John Zappin, brother of Zealot president and CEO Danny Zappin, one of the founders of Maker Studios.
A week later, the network confirmed it had acquired Northside Media Group, a Brooklyn-based firm that specializes in large-scale live events, digital publishing and traditional print properties.