Former mayoral candidate and business partner buy Nashville Scene and Nashville Post

The company owned by Nashville entrepreneur and former mayoral candidate Bill Freeman and his longtime business partner Jimmy Webb has acquired the Nashville Scene, the Nashville Post and Nfocus from holding company SouthComm, according to an article in the Scene.

Terms of the acquisition by Freeman Webb, which does the majority of its business in residential real estate, are not being disclosed. The purchase was completed Friday and adds about 35 people to the company’s ranks of more than 450. The publications’ leadership team, with publisher Amy Mularski and CFO Todd Patton at the helm, will stay in place, as will the editors of the Scene, the Post and Nfocus.

“Jimmy Webb and I are thrilled to purchase the Post, the Nashville Scene and Nfocus, which are all publications that we’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading over the years,” says Freeman. “It is important to us and to the Nashville community to maintain local ownership of these vital publications. We look forward to ensuring a steady future of excellent media coverage under our ownership.”

“Freeman Webb Company delivers service and value by empowering and recognizing the importance of our many talented employees,” says Webb. “Although the addition of media publications is a new enterprise for our company, we will be successful by preserving that same sense of family whether it is in our apartment communities or the newsroom.”

Freeman said he and his team will not look to overhaul the publications’ editorial directions. The Scene will still focus on the city’s government, music, food and arts, while the Post will continue to deliver business, political and sports news and commentary, and Nfocus will provide social, lifestyle and philanthropic coverage.

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