Tag: Video

Video: Steve Mattson, Tom Conroy and Rob Johnson

Three executives from Climate Pledge Arena sat down Tuesday with VenuesNow to talk about how the Seattle venue is pointed toward the milestone of becoming the first carbon neutral arena, powered 100% by renewable electricity. General Manger Steve Mattson; Tom Conroy, vice president of operations; and Rob Johnson, vice president of sustainability and transportation, spoke to Senior Editor Don Muret about the many pieces of the puzzle required to create a net zero carbon facility. The arena took on its name June 25 when it was announced that Seattle-based online retail giant Amazon had bought the naming rights, tying them to an agreement it signed in 2019 with activist group Global Optimism to push for corporate America to achieve net zero carbon by 2040. Separately, Amazon announced The Climate Pledge Fund, a $2 billion venture capital fund it has launched to invest in clean energy. “What an amazing opportunity for […]

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VIDEO: One-on One with Kamilah Forbes

Apollo Theater Executive Producer Kamilah Forbes Kamilah Forbes is the Executive Producer of the ‘World Famous’ Apollo and an award-winning director and producer inspired by and committed to the development of works by, for and about the Hip-Hop generation. She co-founded the Hip-Hop Theater Festival and worked on What’s Going On—the 40th anniversary celebration of Marvin Gaye’s seminal conversation with America (with John Legend as Marvin Gaye, Sharon Jones as Tammy Terrell); One Mic—a month­long multi­disciplinary celebration of Hip­Hop Worldwide; and Nas’ 20 Year Anniversary of Illmatic—a celebration of the classic hip­-hop album with 96 players from the National Symphony Orchestra. More recently, she co-produced an adaptation of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ National Book Award winner “Between The World and Me” with music by Jason Moran featuring actors Angela Bassett and Joe Morton and musicians Ledisi, Black Thought, Common, TI and  Killer Mike.

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Video: Digital Sessions With Rob Matwick

Texas Rangers exec talks about Globe Life Field coming to life Globe Life Field, the Texas Rangers’ new $1.2 billion stadium, is starting to see some activity. Players are working out at the venue and about one-third of the front-office staff gathered there over the past week, according to Rob Matwick, the team’s executive vice president of business operations. In the newest installment of VenuesNow Digital Sessions, Matwick discussed the situation with the new ballpark and potential adjustments post-COVID-19 at the 40,500-seat facility. The state of Texas classified construction as essential work, since the stay-at-home orders were put in place in March, and other restrictions have been lifted, resulting in the Rangers slowly ramping their operation back up in Arlington. “Last week, we started batting practice on the field with a couple guys at a time,” Matwick said. “They’re allowed now to come in — if they live in the area — and use the weight room. […]

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Video: One-on-One Sessions With Dayna Frank

Dayna Frank, president and CEO of First Avenue Productions and board president of the new National Independent Venue Association, connected with Pollstar on Tuesday for the latest installment of the Pollstar Live! One-On-One Sessions. In the wide-ranging interview, Frank discussed leading NIVA’s advocacy efforts during the coronavirus crisis, the unique challenges independent venues face, and what a post-coronavirus future might look like for the live industry. “It was such a moment of solidarity,” Frank said of NIVA’s formation in March. “It was just so comforting to hear what other people were doing and that we weren’t just alone in Minneapolis going through this.” During the coronavirus crisis, Frank has worked to educate lawmakers and fight for additional relief for the venues that provide critical economic benefits to their local communities. “Our industry, we need a lot of help,” she said. “We’re entirely shut down. Our revenue is down 99%. You […]

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Video: Digital Sessions With Jonathan O’Neil Cole and Chris Lamberth

Architects Jonathan O’Neil Cole of Pendulum Studio and Chris Lamberth of Tvsdesign Architecture & Design sat down with VenuesNow Senior Editor Don Muret to discuss the design of venues and how the traditional development of arenas, stadiums and convention centers will adjust over time.

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Video: Digital Sessions With Brad Mayne

IAVM leader describes how his group is lobbying Congress on behalf of members Brad Mayne stays busy these days coordinating conference calls with legislators to seek federal aid for public assembly venues and working with task forces to support his 7,100 constituents as they navigate the long, dark tunnel of COVID-19 to reopen their facilities. Mayne, president and CEO of the International Association of Venue Managers, spent one hour last week with VenuesNow discussing the shutdown of live events; its affect on IAVM members among the hundreds of arenas, stadiums, convention centers and amphitheaters; and where things are headed for the industry as a whole. “We’re doing a lot of lobbying with the House and Senate,” Mayne said. “We’ve hosted well over 30 phone calls with folks such as Marco Rubio, Bob Menendez and Mitch McConnell. We’ve applied for two things: an extension for that (stimulus) money as well as […]

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Video: Digital Sessions With Alex Hodges, Nederlander Concerts

Architects Jonathan O’Neil Cole of Pendulum Studio and Chris Lamberth of Tvsdesign Architecture & Design sat down with VenuesNow Senior Editor Don Muret to discuss the design of venues and how the traditional development of arenas, stadiums and convention centers will adjust over time.

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Video: One-on-One Sessions With Peter Shapiro

He talks Earth Day, Brooklyn Bowl, coronavirus in new interview Dayglo Presents founder Peter Shapiro connected with Pollstar on Wednesday as part of the new Pollstar Live! One-on-One video series powered by prism.fm. In the wide-ranging conversation, Shapiro, who owns and operates the Brooklyn Bowl nightclubs and the Capitol Theatre, founded Virginia festival Lockn’ and serves as chairman of voter engagement non-profit, discussed his many enterprises and drew on his vast experience in the live business to speculate about how the industry might emerge from the coronavirus crisis. The discussion took place on the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, and Shapiro reminisced about his deep ties to the environmental movement – the cover of this week’s Pollstar, which features Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne in a bubble in front of the U.S. Capitol, was photographed at a Shapiro-organized 2009 concert – and his new multimedia project “Sing! For The Lorax.” […]

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Video: Digital Sessions With Mike Plutino

Consultant gives insight on venue food service post-virus Mike Plutino, founder and CEO of Food Service Matters, has more than 35 years of experience in food service and hospitality. He spent 12 years working in the hotel industry before joining Levy as a regional vice president. After a 13-year run with the Chicago-based concessionaire, Plutino formed his own company in Atlanta in 2013. His clients include the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, home of the NFL’s New Orleans Saints, which is undergoing a $450 million renovation.

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The Show Must Go On: Video Town Hall

Industry leaders tackle COVID-19 crisis amid many unknowns Featuring Jake Berry, Jake Berry Productions; Stuart Ross, Red Light Management; Dayna Frank, First Avenue Productions; Alex Hodges, Nederlander Concerts; Adam Kornfeld, Artist Group International; Mike Downing, Prevent Advisors; Jim Digby, Event Safety Alliance; Antony Bonavita, Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse; Doug Rountree, Pioneer Coach; and more. Moderator and organizer Patrick Whalen of Backstage Productions began “The Show Must Go On,” a live entertainment town hall meeting, by saying the panel of industry leaders would not be able to answer many of the pressing medical questions or when live music would start back up, but those topics clearly weighed heavily on everyone’s minds. “First of all, I wish I had a crystal ball. That’s the great unknown,” said tour production mainstay Jake Berry, echoing what has been the case from the start of COVID-19 effectively shutting down the concert business for the immediate future. […]

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