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Live Week: Reviving Live! Set for June 14-17

Event combines VenuesNow Conference, Pollstar Live!, Production Live! VenuesNow and Pollstar on Thursday announced Live Week: Reviving Live!, which will combine the VenuesNow Conference, Pollstar Live! and Production Live!  Reviving Live! will mark a major step forward in the return of the global live entertainment industry with critical in-person meetings and events June 14-17 at The Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles. Key figures confirmed to participate in Live Week include Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino, Oak View Group CEO Tim Leiweke, Red Light Management founder Coran Capshaw, CAA Music Division Head Rob Light, NIVA/First Avenue Productions President/CEO Dayna Frank, Bandit Lites CEO Michael Strickland, Women Nation President Ali Harnell, TD Garden President Amy Latimer, Cleveland Cavaliers/Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse CEO Len Komoroski, entertainment attorney Berkeley Reinhold, and Roadies of Color United co-founders Bill Reeves, KC Jackson and Dave “5-1” Norman. “Our goal once again is to bring together the most powerful […]

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VN Conference: New York Club Heavyweights Discuss The Big Apple’s Live Market

Paradigm’s Carly James, Bowery Presents’ Josh Moore, Dayglo Ventures’ Peter Shapiro, and Live Nation’s Sean Striegel (from left) discuss New York’s club market with moderator Ray Waddell of Oak View Group. (Eric Renner Brown / Staff) While much of the VenuesNow Conference focused on arenas and stadiums and the aspects that govern them, such as infrastructure, concessions, and fan experience, one illuminating panel, “Clubs Of New York: The Competitive Landscape in a Microcosm,” thoroughly analyzed the smaller scale. The panel, which featured Live Nation senior vice president of booking Sean Striegel, Dayglo Ventures founder Peter Shapiro, Bowery Presents talent buyer Josh Moore, and Paradigm agent Carly James, and which was moderated by Ray Waddell, president of Oak View Group’s Media & Conferences division, told the story of America’s clubs and theaters market through the lens of the Big Apple’s robust live music scene. The governing theme of the panel was […]

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VN Conference: Capital Keeps Flowing for Projects

Larry Cyrlin, Peter Dorfman, Hannah Gordon and Jerry Parisi with moderator Alan Hoffman on the finance panel Tuesday at the VenuesNow Conference. While public funding continues to become less of a factor in facility development, bank lenders and institutional investors, familiar with the successful track record of sports and entertainment venues and buoyed by a good economy, are eager to do business. “As a bank, we’re in the business of taking risks,” said Peter Dorfman, managing director of the Sports & Entertainment Specialty Group at SunTrust and a panel member Tuesday for “Capital Ideas: Private Placement in Sports and Live Entertainment Venues” at the VenuesNow Conference in New York City. Sports stadiums and arenas with tenant teams provide a variety of revenue streams that can be pledged as assets toward the financing, including premium seating and suite income, seat licenses, sponsorships, concessions, merchandise and parking, said Jerry Parisi, managing director of […]

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VN Conference: The Escalation of Immersive Experiences

Nicole Feld, Melissa Hoffman and Sean Saadeh discussed immersive experiences on a panel at the VenuesNow Conference, on Sept. 11, in New York City. The term “immersive experiences” is often misunderstood, according to Nicole Feld, executive vice president and producer for Feld Entertainment, a company that has 50 years of experience with shows that incorporate the audience into the action. Feld spoke Wednesday, along with Melissa Hoffman, principal/studio leader for LAB at Rockwell, and Sean Saadeh, executive vice president of entertainment at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., on a panel moderated by David Touhey, president of Monumental Sports & Entertainment, at the VenuesNow Conference in New York City. “The definition of live entertainment is changing,” Feld said. “Immersive in the way we use it today is when we get the audience not only to participate but to actually be part of the show’s environment. What fans remember is not the […]

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VN Conference: Sports Venues Prep for Betting Spaces in Their Buildings

The panel on in-venue sports betting Tuesday at the VenuesNow Conference, moderated by Marcus DiNitto, managing editor of BetIndiana. A panel of insiders on the sports betting experience in-venue weighed in on the trend at the 2019 VenuesNow Conference in New York.  Scott Butera, president of interactive gaming for MGM Resorts International, said that the pace has been a little slow as teams, leagues and state governments work through the regulations for sports betting at arenas and stadiums but that there are signs of momentum for the activity. “It’s important to do it right,” Butera said. “The issue for us is trying to get states to adopt a model that we think makes sense and can maximize revenues for everyone involved, where you have a lower tax design, reasonable licensing fees and open competition to get in the market. Those are all very important things.” New Jersey has been at […]

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VN Conference: Fiserv, Wrigley Provide Case Studies In Entertainment District Panel

The panel for “City Planning and Entertainment Districts and the Venue Footprint in 2030.” (Eric Renner Brown / Staff) Few venue-related advancements in recent years have been more prominent than the strategically planned entertainment districts sprouting up around arenas and stadiums. Several leading minds in the sector — John Shreve (Populous), Peter Feigin (Milwaukee Bucks/Fiserv Forum), Eric Nordness (Hickory Street Capital), Kirk Safford (Lyft) and Dana Warg (313 Presents) — convened at the VenuesNow Conference on Tuesday to discuss the rapid growth of such districts, and what lays ahead for them. For one, not all entertainment districts are created equal, a contrast illustrated by Feigin and Nordness’ work with the areas surrounding Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee and Wrigley Field in Chicago, respectively. With Fiserv Forum, planners had 30 contiguous acres to work with; at Wrigley Field, Hickory Street Capital had only a small sliver of land next to the ballpark […]

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VN Conference: The Allure, Challenges of Esports

“Esports: Where Do We Go From Here?” Tyler Endres, CEO, Esports Arena Craig Levine, global chief strategy officer, ESL Todd Merry, chief marketing officer, Delaware North Brian Mirakian, director of brand activation and senior principal, Populous Moderated by Bob Jordan, CEO, 1337 Facilities, LLC/founder, Venue Road Tuesday’s esports panel at the VenuesNow Conference in many ways reflected the esports market itself: fluid, freewheeling and full of excitement, as a panel of highly energized and informed experts brought insights and perspective to what for many is an untapped and rapidly developing market with immense potential. Playing off the panel’s subtitle, moderator Jordan’s first questions succinctly asked, “Where exactly is here?” All agreed the market is bigger than ever. “It’s an overnight phenomena that took 20 plus years, but really this last three years has been accelerated,” Levine said. Evidence of this includes the number of venues now being designed or renovated […]

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