Tag: April 2021

Why One Team Thinks It’s Worth the Wait

CHECKERS PAST: The Charlotte Checkers salute their fans before COVID-19 halted play. The Checkers chose not to play the 2020-21 American Hockey League season.  As the state of North Carolina slowly reopens public assembly venues with fans in the stands, Tera Black remains confident that the Charlotte Checkers made the correct decision to skip the 2020-21 American Hockey League season altogether. “We’re getting through this season and getting players on the ice (through other channels),” said Black, the Checkers’ chief operating officer and alternate governor. “The biggest responsibility of the AHL is developing NHL prospects. People are jumping through hoops to get that done and it’s working.” In Charlotte, the majority of the team’s fan base agreed with the Checkers’ decision to sit out the season, she said. They were one of three AHL teams to cancel the season. The other two were the Milwaukee Admirals and Springfield (Massachusetts) Thunderbirds. […]

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INTIX Quarterly: Lyte at the End of the Tunnel

Lyte CEO Ant Taylor Ticketer’s CEO sees company coming out of the shutdown strong Last April, Lyte founder and CEO Ant Taylor and Lawrence Peryer, then the company’s chief revenue officer and now its chief strategy officer, told VenuesNow sister publication Pollstar that the ticketing platform had been on a steady growth trajectory. At the time, Lyte had just secured $15 million in Series A funding from the likes of Bernie Cahill and Activist Artist Management.  Earlier this year, the company announced it had secured another $33 million in Series B financing, with some high-profile investors like Quincy Jones on board. Around the same time, Lyte announced its first partnership with a talent agency, Mint Talent Group, whose client roster includes 30 artists — including Taj Mahal, Angel Haze, The Soul Rebels, Helmet, Carla Morrison, Shemekia Copeland, Mersiv, Neal Francis, Trevor Hall, Jaimoe and others — that would implement Lyte’s […]

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INTIX Quarterly: Reentry Plan

C’MON BACK: North Texas is telling potential football ticket buyers that it had 25% to 30% capacity at Apogee Stadium last season and will be ready for more in the fall.  College football marketers working to bring fans back for next season Reassuring guests wary of returning to events like college football games in a post-pandemic environment is a continuing challenge that can only be met by communication, a panelist at Paciolan’s Pacnet ’21 virtual conference said. “For us, it’s just been all about transparency,” Matt Carabajal, senior associate athletic director for ticket sales and operations for the University of North Texas, said during a panel discussion, “Ticketing: Pricing & Packaging (Renewals, Packages and Singles),” at the event in late February. “So, I think those conversations are better had usually one on one than trying to mass communicate it.” Be transparent “about what you’re doing in your stadium,” Carabajal advised. […]

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Letter From Maureen: We Will Tell the Stories

Maureen Andersen President and CEO, INTIX Time passes. And just like that, we have cleared the one-year shutdown milestone.  When you reflect on the past year with the associated loss, pain, horror, shock, strife, uncertainty and illness, it is a miracle that not only are we still standing but we are here to tell the tales. Like all seminal events and times this moment in time and history, for the live entertainment professional, will mark us forever.  Eventually these times will become part of our storytelling canon. We will share our tales of where we were when it happened, what happened to us, what we had to do to keep the ‘live’ alive during the dark times, where we were during the long intermission, how many social distancing seating configurations we had, what our seating pods were, if we were employed or if we had to rebuild a career.  This […]

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Management: April 2021

Becci Thomson (from left), Katie Musham and Sara Tomkins join Co-op Live in Manchester, England. Management AlphaTheta Music Americas brand Pioneer DJ hired Chad Bscherer as Midwest district sales manager and Daniel Yount as ecommerce coordinator and promoted JeanPierre Rivas to digital marketing strategist and Ryan Roth to brand marketing strategist. Outback Presents named veteran concert promoter Danny Eaton senior vice president. Oak View Group named Ann Jackson chief people and culture officer. Jackson was Charter Communications’ vice president of human resources and before that served at Madison Square Garden for 16 years in a variety of senior human resources roles. Live Nation Concerts promoted Amanda Moore to lead the residency business for Live Nation Las Vegas. In her expanded role, Moore will be overseeing booking, marketing and business operations for the company’s multimillion-dollar residency business in the Vegas market. Centerplate’s Paul Pettas has seen his role expanded to public […]

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Q1: The Biggest Act on the Planet

THE SKY’S THE LIMIT: Six60 played Sky Stadium in Wellington, New Zealand, on Feb. 13. (Courtesy Six60) New Zealand’s Six60 just played six stadium concerts, and they’re ready for more On a warm Wellington, New Zealand, summer evening Feb. 13, rock band Six60’s lead singer, Matiu Walters, stood before a sellout crowd of 32,000 at Sky Stadium and yelled, “Haere Mai (‘welcome’ in the indigenous Maori language), Wellington! Welcome to the biggest show on earth!” The fans chanted back, “This is forever, yeah!” from the chorus of the band’s early hit “Forever.” Walters was not in any way being hyperbolic.  Thanks to New Zealand’s successful response to COVID-19 and the country’s subsequent easing of social distancing and restrictions on mass gatherings, no other act in the world has played to an audience that size in 2021, or for most of 2020 to boot. Six60 just wrapped a six-date run in […]

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