Category: Industry Events

Showlight Takes a Long-Term View

Representatives of the lighting industry were scheduled to meet in France in May 2021. (Getty Images) Citing recovery time for industry, conference looks to 2022 Nomadic lighting conference Showlight announced its 2021 edition won’t take place because of the uncertainty surrounding the lifting of government-imposed restrictions resulting from the threat of COVID-19. The next edition of the quadrennial event would have taken place May 22-25 in Fontainebleau, France. Even if the restrictions are lifted soon and would technically allow for an event such as Showlight, which attracts 400 professionals from the lighting industries, to go ahead, organizers anticipate companies and individuals across the industry will require a recovery period in the coming months. VenuesNow reached out to Julie Harper, PR and marketing consultant for Showlight, to inquire more about this decision, which runs counter to what many in the industry have been doing: waiting until the last moment, until there […]

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Video: Digital Sessions With Brad Mayne

IAVM leader describes how his group is lobbying Congress on behalf of members Brad Mayne stays busy these days coordinating conference calls with legislators to seek federal aid for public assembly venues and working with task forces to support his 7,100 constituents as they navigate the long, dark tunnel of COVID-19 to reopen their facilities. Mayne, president and CEO of the International Association of Venue Managers, spent one hour last week with VenuesNow discussing the shutdown of live events; its affect on IAVM members among the hundreds of arenas, stadiums, convention centers and amphitheaters; and where things are headed for the industry as a whole. “We’re doing a lot of lobbying with the House and Senate,” Mayne said. “We’ve hosted well over 30 phone calls with folks such as Marco Rubio, Bob Menendez and Mitch McConnell. We’ve applied for two things: an extension for that (stimulus) money as well as […]

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Venue Managers Share Virus Preparations

SIGN OF THE TIMES: A Miami Heat fan looks over a coronavirus poster outside the restroom before an NBA game at AmericanAirlines Arena on Wednesday. The league announced last night that it was suspending its season because of the COVID-19 threat. (Getty Images) All say they’re fielding calls asking about cancellations, postponements As the novel coronavirus pandemic continues its spread across the U.S., venue managers who gathered in Los Angeles this week for a regional industry association meeting said calls are pouring in from organizers and promoters seeking to cancel or postpone events or inquire about both. During a town hall-style discussion at the International Association of Venue Managers Region 7 Conference at the Los Angeles Convention Center, some attendees said they were miffed that government officials in some jurisdictions have moved to prohibit large gatherings with little or no consultation with facilities severely affected by such decisions. Several who […]

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Pacnet ’20: Looking Past 40

Cole Gahagan, president of content, multimedia sales and enterprise solutions for Learfield IMG College, speaks as part of the Pacnet ’20 opening keynote. (All photos courtesy Paciolan) With a milestone to mark, Paciolan keeps its conference pointed toward the future of ticketing Ticketing and marketing company Paciolan turns 40 this year, but it’s interested in more than celebrating. Surviving four decades in the ticketing world is certainly no small feat, and for the company’s annual Pacnet conference Feb. 9-12 in Newport Beach, Calif., it did allow itself some time to mark the occasion with its clients and vendors. Eighties-themed events ruled the evening after the first full day of sessions at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel and Spa, and the totally ’80s dance hits from cover band Knyght Ryder fueled the Pacfest Party. But when it got down to business, the conference was about looking forward and not back, appropriate […]

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Pacnet ’20: As Real As It Gets

Josh Earl of NextVR, Jorge Angarita of The Walt Disney Co., Jeff Rubin of Sidearm Sports, Monal Chokshi of Lyft and moderator E.J. Liao of Paciolan. (Courtesy Paciolan) Role of augmented and virtual reality, connectivity increases in live sports and entertainment When it comes to “delighting” consumers of live sports and entertainment, augmented and even virtual reality can play an important role and connectivity at venues is an element of increasing importance, a panel of experts told attendees at Paciolan’s Pacnet ’20 conference in Newport Beach, Calif., in early February. Jeff Rubin, founder and CEO of Sidearm Sports, a Learfield IMG College company (like Paciolan) whose software powers the websites, apps, stat integration, live audio, video streaming and e-commerce platforms of more than 1,000 college athletics departments, said the company put AR to use for 36 hours in New Orleans during the College Football Playoff. During a panel discussion on […]

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Pacnet ’20: Data Does It All

DATA DUMP: Kip Levin, FanDuel; Adam Landsman, Clear;  Parker Duffey, Tailgate Guys; Mike Lorenc, Google; and moderator Christian Lewis. (Courtesy Paciolan) How companies are using behavioral information to elevate the fan experience Technological innovation continues to alter the way companies in the live event space interact with consumers and partners, allowing for enhanced experiences that are often based on behavioral data, some in a panel of industry leaders said. In the case of Clear, which uses biometrics to move customers more quickly into sporting events, through airports, at Hertz rental car locations (and soon medical offices), maintaining consumers’ trust is of utmost importance, but there is a way of using captured data in a way that benefits both them and sports teams and venues, said the company’s vice president of product development, Adam Landsman.  Fans who get into venues more quickly are more likely to spend more on concessions and merchandise, […]

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