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Emporium Presents, a Live Nation-owned US promoter, has hired two new talent buyers to expand its teams in Seattle and Denver
By Anna Grace on 02 Apr 2019
Live Nation-owned Emporium Presents has announced that it has added talent buyers Laura Vilches and Danny Cohen to its team.
US-based promoter Emporium Presents launched in 2016 as the result of a merger of Jason Zink’s Sherpa Concerts and Dan Steinberg’s Square Peg Concerts. Live Nation bought a 51% stake in the promoter in October 2018, in a flurry of independent US promoter acquisitions. Zink and Steinberg continue to direct the company.
With the addition of two new bookers, Emporium Presents hope to supplement support for current projects and expand the firm’s show production.
Vilches has worked as a booking manager for the Austin-based Paramount and State theatres. In Seattle, the booker has managed artist relations for major music festivals including BottleRock (40,000-cap.), Governors Ball (50,000-cap.), Lollapalooza (50,000-cap.) and ACL Festival (75,000-cap.).
“Vilches and Cohen each bring years of industry experience with them, and we are thrilled to add them both to them Emporium family”
Cohen joins from multi-purpose, indoor arena Nassau Coliseum (13,917-cap.), where he held the role of programming manager. He has worked as a booking and representative assistant at WME in Beverly Hills and as a talent buyer at United Concerts. Cohen also has experience in artist relations and site operations at several festivals, and in venue management at New York’s Forest Hills Stadium (14,000-cap.).
“Vilches and Cohen each bring years of industry experience with them, and we are thrilled to add them both to them Emporium Family,” says Steinberg.
Vilches joins the company’s Seattle office, whereas Cohen will be based in Denver. Emporium Presents produces over 400 shows annually across the United States and has a growing presence in Canada.
The company has promoted shows for acts including Dolly Parton, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert and Jason Mraz.