Faces + Places
Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp. promoted 25-year entertainment veteran Jessica Tuttle to executive vice president, productions, the company announced Jan. 8. Tuttle served as senior vice president, productions from 2019, and has overseen critical strategy and business operations for the Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes, presented by QVC, that helped drive significant growth. With the promotion, Tuttle will continue to lead MSG Entertainment’s productions business – which includes the Christmas Spectacular, the Radio City Rockettes, and venue tours at both Madison Square Garden and Radio City Music Hall.
ASM Global has named industry veteran Jason Rio senior vice president of live entertainment and content development, to lead expansion of its live event programming and seek new opportunities to develop live entertainment product for the world’s largest venue portfolio. Rio will lead ASM’s live content development, which includes strategy, event booking, new product inventory for ASM venues. He brings concert promoter experience ranging from his time at Live Nation where he was president of Live Nation Houston and VP of Live Nation Chicago, to his most recent assignment as VP of Music for the Ambassador Theatre Group. Before that, Rio was an artist manager for over 20 years where he represented major artists such as The Fray, Liz Phair, Michelle Branch, Motion City Soundtrack, Jack’s Mannequin and Mat Kearney. Rio also served as President Barack Obama’s America’s talent surrogate director, during Obama’s re-election campaign in 2012 and his subsequent inauguration in 2013.
Jeff Young, who has most recently served as vice president of operations for The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion has been promoted to chief operating officer of the venue. In the position, Young oversee daily operations of the organization, driving growth and focusing on sustainability at the venue. Young has built his career at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion since its 1990 opening, holding positions from assistant facility manager to operations manager and vice president of operations. Previously, it was announced longtime president and CEO Jerry MacDoland will be stepping down from his post in 2024.
Seneca Gaming Corporation announced that Monique Sebastian has joined the company as executive director of entertainment. Sebastian will oversee the live entertainment schedule for Seneca Gaming Corporation, including artist bookings and performances in the Seneca Niagara Event Center and the Bear’s Den Showroom at Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino, and the Seneca Allegany Event Center at Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino, along with outdoor performances at both resorts. In addition, Sebastian will enhance the properties’ entertainment offerings through new experiences and events.
Outback Presents has promoted Jenny Reid to vice president of ticketing at the Nashville-based independent concert promoter. Reid will oversee all ticketing operations, focusing on country and comedy events. Reid and her ticketing team have managed tours around North America for country artists and comedians including Alabama, Nate Bargatze, Bert Kreischer, Taylor Tomlinson, Shane Gillis, Leanne Morgan, John Crist and more. Before joining Outback, Reid worked as ticketing manager for New Orleans-based festival and concert promoter Huka Entertainment and later transitioned into the tech side of the business, working in client operations at Ticketfly and onto Eventbrite with the acquisition.
The National Independent Talent Organization has hired its first managing director, Nathaniel Marro, whose background includes as an agent at Entourage Talent and with Tedeschi Trucks Band’s management team. As NITO managing director, Marro will work to expand the organization and its position as the premier advocate for independent talent and the managers and agents who serve them, according to the announcement. Marro has already been acting as head of NITO’s Ticketing Taskforce, working toward stopping unfair and predatory ticketing. NITO is working alongside the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) and the Fix The Tix Coalition as well as on its own to ensure that the voices of artists and their millions of fans are heard. Other ongoing NITO priorities include performance VISA fees and their reciprocal effect, affordable business and liability insurance for touring artists, and other efforts to help independent artists and live music companies thrive in competitive and challenging times, the announcement says.