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A&E begins production on country series “Big Smo”

A&E Network is planning to get a little bit country with upcoming series Big Smo (working title, pictured), which features the titular "hick-hop" artist as he works to kick-start his music career.
March 3, 2014

A&E Network is planning to get a little bit country with upcoming series Big Smo (working title, pictured), which features the titular “hick-hop” artist as he works to kick-start his music career.

The 10 x 30-minute series will follow Big Smo (born John Smith) as he gears up to debut his first major-label album Kuntry Livin’ while balancing his duties as a son, partner and father. The artist – who just signed with Warner Bros. Records – is popular for his blend of┬ácountry, Southern rock and hip-hop.┬áThe series will show him on tour with his band, as well as home on his farm in Unionville, Tennessee.

Production has now begun on the show, the U.S. cable network said.

Big Smo is produced by Brownstone Entertainment. The company’s executive producers are Drew Brown and Bob Gillan, with Nicco Ardin serving as co-executive producer. A&E Network EPs include Drew Tappon, Dave Mace and Nicole Reed.

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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