Faces + Places

Christianne Weiss

Day After Day Productions has named veteran agent Christianne Weiss as SVP and head of touring as part of a round of several executive appointments and hires. Alan Rogozin was appointed as DADP general manager. Aidan Flynn, Jordan Dempsey, and Marcus Greenstein have been promoted to agent positions and will be based in Los Angeles. CEO and founder Seth Shomes has also announced that Erin Patterson has been upped to DADP’s director of marketing, along with hiring five new coordinators: Olivia Bentley, Marisa Flores, Jordan Golenberg, Andrea Parrish, and Justin Scott-Young.

Annika Oksanen

Live Nation Finland has appointed Annika Oksanen as head of the company’s booking agency for domestic artists, effective Jan. 1, 2024. Oksanen has been working for Live Nation Finland as an agent and promoter since 2017. Other milestones in a career that began at former Helsinki nightclub Nosturi include stints at various Finnish festivals; ticketing company Tiketti; as well as personal assistant for Cat Power. She was named Agent of the Year by Music & Media in 2021, and has been honored with the Top 20 under 30 award in 2018, handed out by the Nordic network of music export agencies, Nomex. (Teemo Heljo photo)

Paul Smyth

Wembley Stadium has promoted Paul Smyth to the role of stadium general manager, as Liam Boylan, the stadium’s director of nine years, leaves the iconic building. Smyth moves up from his previous position as head of event operations. He will be responsible for overseeing the overall delivery of events at the stadium, in addition to managing day-to-day operations.

JYP Live Nation

Korean-based K-pop giant JYP Entertainment has entered a multi-year global strategic partnership with Live Nation in which Live Nation will produce tours JYP’s entire roster, which includes TWICE, Stray Kids, ITZY, Xdinary Heroes (XH), NMIXX as well as up-and-coming talent. The partnership formalizes and expands an existing relationship. as the companies have already promoted and produced tours together during the past several years.

Edinburgh, Scotland

AEG Europe seeks planning approval for an 8,500-capacity arena in the Scottish capital of Edinburgh. Developer Parabola has already agreed to sell the site, located in Edinburgh Park, to AEG. The site offers “unrivaled public transport and motorway access, including two tram stops within an easy walk, two mainline stations, plentiful bus connections and excellent motorway links.” If planning approval is granted, it would mark a “much-needed” addition to Edinburgh, attracting “world-class live music and entertainment,” and “further cementing [the city’s] reputation as a destination for culture and global tourism.” (Rendering courtesty AEG Europe)

Taylor Freeman

Nashville-based concert promoter Outback Presents has promoted Taylor Freeman to senior booking manager, focusing primarily on comedy talent. Freeman has been with Outback Presents for four years, where he began as show coordinator and was later named booking manager. He is primarily focused on comedy, where Outback has a strong presence, including tours with comics such as Leanne Morgan, Taylor Tomlinson, Heather McMahan and Dusty Slay. Freeman began his career at WME’s music department, and his experience includes various regional and national concert promoters, according to the announcement.