Date: Dec. 14, 2005
CCE RENAMES LIVE ENTERTAINMENT SPIN-OFF
Clear Channel Entertainment has renamed the company's live entertainment arm spin-off, which has had a working title of Spinco, Live Nation. Live Nation is scheduled to spin off on Dec. 21, at which time a full brand overview will be available, according to Clear Channel. It will go public on the New York Stock Exchange under the stock symbol LYV.
Contact: Clear Channel headquarters, (210) 822-2828
PANDA EXPRESS LICENSES ARAMARK TO USE CONCEPT
Aramark has partnered with Panda Restaurant Group to make Panda Express brand and menu choices available to Aramark customers across the United States. This Master Licensing Agreement is the first of its kind for Panda Restaurants, whose 800 locations are usually subleased or operated as company locations only. Diane Coyne, senior director of Franchise Brands and Strategic Alliances, Aramark Innovative Dining Solutions, stated in a release: “Depending on the configuration, the venue and the availability of off-site storage, Panda Express restaurants can be adapted to easily fit the very different client spaces and locations in which Aramark operates.”
Contact: Doug Warner, Aramark Corp., (215) 238-3316
CROW TO CONTINUE VIP TICKET CHARITY EFFORT
Sheryl Crow raised $50,000 for UNICEF during a string of dates in October, and plans to use the services of VIP ticket packaging company I Love All Access for another slate of four theater dates in January. The David Campbell String Section will once again support Crow at the Fox Theater, Detroit, Jan. 26; Riverside Theater Milwaukee, Jan. 27; Auditorium Theater, Chicago, Jan. 28; and Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, Jan. 29. VIP packages include premium seating, an opportunity to attend the sound-check, pre-show parties and gifts. Crow will again donate 100 percent of those proceeds to the George Harrison Fund for UNICEF.
Contact: Corey Gresen, Interscope Records, (310) 865-4539
CHARLOTTE BOBCATS RETAIN TEAM SERVICES TO SELL NAMING RIGHTS
The Charlotte Bobcats signed Team Services LLC, as its exclusive sales agency to market the naming rights to its new downtown arena. Team Services co-founders, Fred Fried and E.J. Narcise, will manage the project. Among a long track record of notable successes, Fried and Narcise have sold ground-breaking rights packages for the Houston Texans (Reliant Park), University of Maryland (Comcast Center) and the Baltimore Ravens (M&T Bank Stadium). The team of Fried and Narcise also secured the Carolina Panthers first naming right partnership, entitling in 1996 the new Charlotte football home of the Panthers as Ericsson Stadium. Charlotte Bobcats Arena is located in the heart of Uptown Charlotte and is home to the Charlotte Bobcats (NBA), the Charlotte Sting (WNBA) and minor league hockey's Charlotte Checkers (ECHL). The arena will host 150 events this year. Team Services, LLC, based in Bethesda, Md., is a division of Learfield Communications.
Contact: Team Services, (301) 634-3175