DEE JOHNSON, executive producer
Prior to "Nasvhille," Dee Johnson was executive producer and showrunner of the series "Boss." She began her writing career on "I'll Fly Away" and continued to rise in the ranks, writing for such acclaimed series as "Melrose Place," "Homicide: Life on the Streets," "The Profiler," "Any Day Now" and "Southland."
In addition to pursuing her own development slate, Johnson has also served as executive producer on "Commander in Chief," the Emmy Award-winning series "ER" and "The Good Wife."
CALLIE KHOURI, creator and executive producer
Callie Khouri galvanized women and sparked nationwide debate in 1991 with the hit movie "Thelma and Louise," her screenwriting debut, which was nominated for six Academy Awards. She received the Oscar, the Golden Globe, the Writers Guild of America Award and a PEN Literary Award for Best Original Screenplay. "Thelma and Louise" took home the London Film Critics Circle Award for Film of the Year, and was nominated for Best Original Screenplay by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Her second picture, released in August 1995, was "Something to Talk About," starring Julia Roberts, Dennis Quaid and Robert Duvall. Her directorial debut was "Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood," starring Sandra Bullock and Ashley Judd, which she also adapted for the screen. In 2006 Khouri collaborated with legendary television producer Steven Bochco and wrote and directed the television drama, "Hollis and Rae." She has directed her second feature film, entitled "Mad Money," starring Diane Keaton, Katie Holmes and Queen Latifah.
STEPHEN G. BUCHANAN, executive producer
Steve Buchanan is the president of the Grand Ole Opry Group which is comprised of the iconic Grand Ole Opry, the historic Ryman Auditorium, legendary WSM-AM radio station and Gaylord Program Services, Inc. Buchanan has led the Group since 1998 and throughout his career has been responsible for the development and production of musical productions, albums and television specials and series. Buchanan directed an $8.5 million renovation of the Ryman Auditorium utilizing the venue to executive-produce such noted musical productions as "Always by Patsy Cline" and "Lost Highway - The Music and Legend of Hank Williams," and was the co-creator and executive producer of "Sam's Place - Music for the Spirit." He also developed and executive produced the musicals, "Bye Bye Love - The Everly Brothers Musical" and "Stand By Your Man - The Tammy Wynette Story." Buchanan produced the Grammy-nominated Bill Monroe album "Live at the Opry" and Monroe's "Cryin' Holy Unto the Lord." He also produced numerous television specials, including CBS' "Grand Ole Opry's 75th: A Celebration" and the A&E special "Grand Ole Opry: 75 Years in the Making." During the Opry's 80th Anniversary celebration, Buchanan was responsible for the show's monumental return to Carnegie Hall in November 2005 as well as the associated GAC-TV special and the Sony Music DVD release. In 2009, Buchanan helped organize, and served as executive producer of another GAC-TV Special "Country at the White House". He also executive produced "Grand Ole Opry Live" for CMT-TV and GAC-TV from 1999 until 2011, and GAC-TV's "Noteworthy at the Opry" in 2012.
Buchanan received the 2012 Outstanding Service Award from Vanderbilt's Owen Graduate School of Management, and the Academy of Country Music honored him with the 2014 Jim Reeves International Award
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