Alumnus Dugger and TNDV maintain rapid growth

Nic Dugger, an MTSU College of Media and Entertainment alumnus and three-time Emmy winner, and his Nashville-based TNDV mobile production company remain an industry force.

Dugger (B.S. '00) and TNDV, which stands for Tennessee Digital Video, were featured in Broadcast Engineering magazine's July 2011 print and digital editions in a story headlined "A small production company with big ideas.";

The story chronicles Dugger's almost nonstop success with a single 30-foot vehicle, despite a sluggish economy, and his efforts to expand his fleet with a second new mobile unit and a third with an MTSU twist.

His newest truck, called Aspiration, just hit the road. The 40-foot vehicle will be the first mobile production truck in the Southeast that can support live multicamera 3-D productions.

The Mass Comm Wall of Fame's youngest member already has his third truck—it's the 40-foot truck he trained on at MTSU and later used to teach other students. The University retired the truck this summer and replaced it with a new $1.4 million mobile-production lab for the Department of Electronic Media Communication.

"MTSU was the catalyst for my career,"; Dugger says. "The opportunities in the department with projects both on campus and off and the unparalleled attention I received from a very supportive faculty and staff was just a few of the standout memories I have of my time at MTSU.

"The doors that were opened by Dr. Mary Nichols for me and the day-to-day mentoring I received from staff member Marc Parrish were major influences on my career today.";

Read the complete Broadcast Engineering story at To learn more about Dugger's company, TNDV, click on the company logo above.

— by Randy Weiler (

LA DOLCE VITA—Mass-comm alumnus Nic Dugger strikes a pose while on location in Tuscany for his mobile production company, TNDV.

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