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Live Nation CEE hires promoter Máté Horváth

Live Nation CEE (Central and Eastern Europe) has hired Budapest-based promoter Máté Horváth.

Horváth will work alongside László Borsos, head promoter at Live Nation CEE, to grow the music business in the Hungarian market and other Eastern European countries.

“With his 15 years of experience as a promoter in Hungary, we believe his addition to our Budapest office is a great opportunity to extend Live Nation’s reach in club and hall shows, as well as talent booking, and to bring more exciting bands to the Eastern European fans,” says Borsos.

“We believe his addition to our Budapest office is a great opportunity to extend Live Nation’s reach in club and hall shows”

Horváth started his career in the live music industry as a DIY promoter under the brand New Beat. He eventually became the in-house promoter of iconic underground club Dürer Kert, as well as Budapest Park, the largest open-air music venue in Central Europe. In addition, Horváth booked several festivals in Hungary.

He has promoted big-ticket acts including Rise Against, Sum 41, Billy Idol, Iggy Pop, Alt-J, 5 Seconds of Summer, Deftones and My Chemical Romance, as well as burgeoning talents like Son Lux, Seafret, Whispering Sons, Little Big and Tommy Cash.

 


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New GM for Norwegian promoters’ association

Siri Haugan Holden has been named the new general manager of Norway’s promoters’ association, Norske Konsertarrangøre (NKA).

She joins the organisation from Balansekunst, an association of over 100 Norwegian art and cultural organisation working for an equal and diverse cultural life, where she was GM.

Haugan Holden will take up office on 1 January 2023, replacing Tone Østerdal who has held the top job since 2018.

“I am very happy for the trust and the opportunity to be involved in further developing Norske Kulturarrangøre’s industry-wide work together with the talented group of staff and board,” says Haugan Holden.

NKA has set a membership record this year, and today represents around 480 cultural organisers from all over Norway

“The long-term effects of the corona pandemic, in combination with large price increases and a troubled world situation, make this a demanding time for cultural organisers.

“In the face of changing framework conditions, it becomes important to hold on to the uniqueness and societal role of art and culture, and I look forward to being an active player for the members in the time to come. Tone Østerdal has made a formidable effort for both NKA and the cultural field during her term of office, so it is with awe that I take on the task.”

NKA chairman Trude Storheim adds: “We are very happy to have hired Siri Haugan Holden, and we look forward to working together for an expanded and stronger NKA in the future. Haugen Holden is highly skilled and her experience and background are perfect for further developing the organisation towards our vision of a sustainable organising field.”

NKA has set a membership record this year, and today represents around 480 cultural organisers from all over Norway.

 


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ASM Global names Dan Hoffend EVP, convention centres

ASM Global has appointed Dan Hoffend as executive vice-president of convention centres, as part of a plan to “dramatically expand” conventions and events initiatives.

The venue management giant currently oversees 98 international convention centres which host more than 160 million guests annually.

ASM president and CEO Ron Bension says: “This is a key area of growth for us not only in the US but in Asia, Europe and Australia.

“Dan’s extensive experience will provide far and away the most diverse and enriching opportunities the industry has ever seen ranging from new building opportunities to working with destination marketing organisations to refining even further ASM’s proprietary asset-based management system that maximizes the return from public venues.”

Hoffend is a former executive at Freeman, an award-winning leader in producing events for trade shows and corporations. At Freeman, Hoffend oversaw one of the industry’s largest network of experts in the space. Their success was realised by creating dynamic experiences that drove measurable results.

In 2021, Hoffend also co-authored the international best-selling book Who Gets It?! which outlines how to find, motivate and retain top talent.

“This is a key area of growth for us not only in the US but in Asia, Europe and Australia”

In his new role, he will lead ASM Global’s new innovative convention growth plan, serve as an industry spokesperson on behalf of ASM Global and design and implement long-term business strategies that enhance existing account relationships.

In addition, Hoffend will create opportunity for new account development and design new revenue streams to drive growth.

Hoffend will work closely with longtime ASM executive Bob McClintock who is shifting roles at ASM Global to focus on the significant planned operational enhancements in the division.

“I look forward to working with Bob and ASM Global’s unparalleled convention centre leadership team in leveraging ASM Global’s industry-leading innovations to drive content and deliver exceptional experiences for organisers, attendees, corporations and municipal partners throughout North America and worldwide,” says Hoffend.

“I’m also eager to help continue ASM Global’s efforts to strengthen our communities in which we do business via our sustainability efforts and other ASM Global Acts philanthropic programs.

“ASM Global’s growth potential is unlimited. We’re the world’s largest and best event platform on earth, which enables us to deliver unparalleled participant engagement moments for clients in environments that no one else can deliver.”

 


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Theo Quiblier moves to Swiss-French promoter Takk

Swiss-French concert promoter and artist booking company Takk has announced that Theo Quiblier will be joining the team from the beginning of September.

Quiblier joins the Grimisuat-based company from Two Gentleman, where he has spent the last five years – most recently as the company’s head of concerts and touring.

He will bring with him a roster that includes The National, Faber, The War on Drugs, Mitski, Fontaines D.C., Polo & Pan, Wet Leg, Shygirl, Caroline Polachek, Self Esteem, Gabriels and Black Country New Road.

Founded in 2009, Takk has worked with the likes of Muse, Radiohead, Arctic Monkeys, Nick Cave, Florence and the Machine, IDLES, Queens of the Stone Age, The Lumineers, Sam Smith, Sigur Ros, Amy Macdonald and Paolo Nutini.

The company, which was recently profiled in IQ‘s Swiss Market Report, says it will continue to work with Two Gentleman on specific projects and artists.

“Our team will certainly benefit from Theo’s passion and dedication”

“We are convinced that Theo shares the same values, and we have always looked at his achievements with respectful consideration,” says Takk founder Sebastien Vuignier. “We are thrilled that our team can now grow in the best manner, and will certainly benefit from Theo’s passion and dedication.

“As a new team member, Theo will bring his own style and energy, and we are determined to offer him an opportunity to grow with his own acts, being under the same roof as the many exciting acts I’ve been working with for years now.”

Quiblier adds: “I am so thrilled to join a vibrant team like Takk. Everyone across the industry knows how much I always admired Seb’s work ethic, passion and indie spirit. Everything he has accomplished ever since establishing Takk in 2009 has always been nothing but inspirational to me and he has been instrumental in my early career success.

“Getting the chance to team up with a leading player in live like Takk and strengthen our activities together that will benefit all our partners across the board is an opportunity I could not miss. I am so much looking forward to embracing this new challenge and to everything that’s ahead.”

Quiblier has previously held roles at music venue La Parenthèse, as well as festivals Montreux Jazz and Antigel. Last year, he was nominated for The New Bosses 2021, IQ’s annual celebration of the brightest young talent in the live business today.

As well as appearing on last year’s ILMC panel, Meet the New Bosses, Quiblier penned a comment piece about embracing failure for IQ, which can be read here.

 


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AGF names Jamal Chalabi head of A Greener Tour

A Greener Festival (AGF) has appointed touring and production veteran Jamal Chalabi as head of A Greener Tour.

Chalabi will join the UK-based sustainability nonprofit to help more tours meet and exceed their sustainability ambitions.

As tour and production manager at UK-based company Backlash Productions, Chalabi has worked with artists such as DJ Shadow, Pendulum, Bring Me The Horizon, Massive Attack, and James Bay, gaining three decades of experience in the sector.

He is also a sustainability facilitator for the UK’s Tour Production Group (TPG) and a trustee of live event industry charity Ecolibrium.

Chalabi has worked with artists such as DJ Shadow, Pendulum, Bring Me The Horizon, Massive Attack, and James Bay

Chalabi previously collaborated with AGF on a six-date UK arena run by Bring Me The Horizon (BMTH), helping the band to reduce their tour emissions by 38%.

AGF joined the tour to provide advice and consultancy, to implement and report on proposed mitigation actions, and to produce the Greener Tour Report and CO2 Analysis.

The resulting report is intended as a resource for other touring productions to use as another step on the road towards A Greener Tour.

Chalabi has also helped Massive Attack tackle tour emissions while building a model for low-carbon future tours and supported James Bay to travel the 2,000 miles of his UK tour by EV.

 


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Goodlive taps FKP Scorpio Norway’s Kedist Bezabih

Germany’s Goodlive has recruited Kedist Bezabih to lead the international rap and R&B booking department.

Bezabih will join Goodlive Artists, the touring division of the company, effective immediately.

In her new role, she will take over the artistic curation of Goodlive’s splash! festival – one of Europe’s biggest hip hop and reggae events – and oversee tour bookings for international artists that fall within the genre.

Bezabih previously worked for FKP Scorpio Norway, and was recognised as part of The New Bosses 2020, IQ’s annual celebration of the brightest young talent in the live business.

“I look forward to continuing to strengthen the Goodlive Artists portfolio”

She says of her new role: “I am very excited to join Goodlive Artists and to lead the international rap and RnB booking department. When I first met the team, I immediately felt that it fits well together. I admire the company’s values, which align very well with my own. I have great respect for what Goodlive has built over the years and I look forward to continuing to strengthen the Goodlive Artists portfolio.”

Lea Francesevic and Ali Jaafar have also joined Goodlive, both of whom are tasked with booking German-speaking acts for splash! festival.

At the beginning of the year, Goodlive announced a strategic partnership with the London-based company Live Base. Led by Amer Nawaz and Patrick Alcide, Live Base will “curatorially support” Kedist Bezabih’s team with international bookings.

Alongside splash!, Goodlive’s portfolio of festivals includes Heroes, Superbloom, Melt, Full Force, Feel and Artlake.

Goodlive Artists expects around 1,000 concerts in Germany, Austria and Switzerland in 2023.

 


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Toby Leighton-Pope named MD of TEG Europe

Live music veteran Toby Leighton-Pope has been appointed managing director of the newly formed TEG Europe.

Leighton-Pope will oversee the operation, strategic direction and rapid expansion of the UK-based arm of Australia’s live entertainment powerhouse.

He was previously co-CEO of AEG Presents UK from 2016 to December 2021 and spent the prior 16 years at Live Nation, latterly as senior vice president music.

Leighton-Pope has worked with the likes of The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Arcade Fire, Michael Buble and Katy Perry.

He is also responsible for launching the Hard Rock Calling Festival in Hyde Park, for which he booked artists including Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon and The Who.

“Toby’s outstanding record in the live entertainment industry speaks for itself”

TEG CEO Geoff Jones welcomed Leighton-Pope to the global TEG Family, saying: “Toby’s outstanding record in the live entertainment industry speaks for itself. His ideas, connections, and infectious enthusiasm make him the perfect choice to lead the further expansion of TEG’s successful integrated model into the vibrant UK and European markets.”

Leighton-Pope adds: “I am thrilled to join TEG as managing director of TEG Europe. In the past decade, Geoff and his team have built TEG from Australia’s leading ticketing company, Ticketek, into an increasingly global and leading player in live entertainment, ticketing, venue, digital and data.

“I am thrilled to be working with the talented and passionate TEG Europe Team including Richard Buck [the former CEO of TEG MJR] who is taking on a vital role for us as head of European touring and middle east partnerships.

“We have a huge opportunity to grow our business and build on TEG’s enduring track record of touring success in concerts, sport, festivals, theatre, musicals, exhibitions, family entertainment, comedy, and e-sports, and Ticketek’s 40+ years’ experience ticketing major international events and partnering with the world’s premier venues.”

Formed last month, TEG Europe consolidates TEG’s UK-based operations into a single entity, comprising TEG Live Europe, TEG Venues, Propaganda, Ticketek and Ovation.

TEG Live Europe includes the former TEG MJR touring business, which has worked with artists including Snoop Dogg, Sia, Hans Zimmer, 50 Cent, Tom Jones, and Culture Club.

 


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NIVA names first COO Cody Cowan

The US’s National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) has appointed Cody Cowan to the newly created position of chief operating officer.

As COO, Cowan will oversee the day-to-day operations of the grassroots music venues alliance, working closely with NIVA’s executive director, board members, department heads, staff, and committee chairs.

He will be tasked with identifying opportunities for growth while cultivating a workplace that is diverse, equitable and inclusive, according to a release. In addition, Cowan will work closely with the National Independent Venue Foundation.

“As NIVA continues its evolution from successfully ensuring the independent music, comedy, promoter and festival industry will survive, we’re now focused on how we thrive,” says Rev. Moose, executive director and co-founder of NIVA.

“We’re incredibly fortunate that Cody, a seasoned music industry veteran with a history of success working in the civic, hospitality, service, and live events industries, is joining NIVA in this newly created leadership position of COO. He’s a leader and vocal advocate for preserving the cultural identity of his hometown of Austin and we know he will bring this passion, commitment and energy to NIVA.”

“As NIVA continues its evolution, we’re now focused on how we thrive”

Cowan joins NIVA from Austin’s Red River Cultural District, where he held the position of executive director. He has been working in Austin’s music industry since 1997, including at two of the most iconic clubs in the city – Emos and Mohawk.

Cowan later co-founded the Red River Cultural District in 2016, as the nonprofit’s executive director with areas of focus including economic development, grassroots organising, live music policy, and innovation for the live music and cultural tourism economy.

“It’s truly an honour and a privilege to be invited to join NIVA’s hard-working, talented team and to also continue to be able to serve our independent music and comedy community’s mission in creating a thriving and sustainable ecosystem,” says Cowan.

“Music and comedy are not only the soundtrack for our day-to-day but also our inner lives – they comfort us in difficult times; energise us in diverse and incomparable ways; and help us to find deeper human connection and purpose in an ever complicated world. I’m grateful for this amazing opportunity to continue to serve our music and comedy community and look forward to what we may all build together at NIVA.”.

Formed at the onset of the Covid-19 shutdown, NIVA represents independent music and comedy venues, promoters and festivals across the country. NIVA created and led the #SaveOurStages campaign, resulting in landmark legislation establishing the US$16 billion Shuttered Venue Operators grant.

 


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AEG promotes Kate Sheets to newly formed position

AEG Global Partnerships has promoted Kate Sheets to the newly formed position of senior vice president, strategy and business affairs.

Sheets joins the Global Partnerships team having most recently served as VP, legal counsel for AEG. Acting as an internal agency for AEG, Global Partnerships oversees worldwide sales and activation for over 130 world-class platforms across five continents and numerous other assets, including venues, sports franchises, events, tours, festivals and digital content among other AEG holdings.

Sheets will continue to work out of AEG’s Los Angeles office and will report to Nick Baker and Russell Silvers, co-chief operating officers of AEG Global Partnerships.

AEG says that, in the new and expanded role, Sheets will lead efforts to identify, cultivate and refine key partnerships and strategic initiatives, ensuring that they contribute to the overall growth targets and key priorities of AEG Global Partnerships.

Working closely with business leaders within Global Partnerships and across the global AEG enterprise, she will be responsible for providing strategic counsel and insight into all major revenue growth initiatives for the division and she will also help set the vision and strategy for the optimisation of partner campaigns and content.

Having structured and negotiated multi-asset sponsorship agreements on a local and global scale in her previous roles at AEG, she will be integrally involved in helping grow and advance the global deal-making strategies, new business opportunities and annual revenues generated by GP.

“A gifted dealmaker and business strategist, she has been instrumental in helping us bring our strategic vision to life”

“Kate has been an invaluable asset to our company having provided strategic insight and legal counsel across virtually every facet of AEG’s global business, including having led legal negotiations on behalf of our Global Partnerships division for some of the largest revenue-generating assets within our company’s portfolio,” says Nick Baker, COO of AEG Global Partnerships.

“A gifted dealmaker and business strategist, she has been instrumental in helping us bring our strategic vision for key partnerships to life and we know that her leadership, integrity, and work ethic combined with her ability to successfully navigate our multi-faceted global business landscape will make her a priceless addition to our Global Partnerships team.”

Sheets joined AEG in 2016 as a member of the AEG Legal Department, where she started as legal counsel and was later promoted to VP, legal counsel. Over the last six years, she has been responsible for advising AEG’s executive management on key business and legal matters, as well as handling a wide range of general corporate and contractual issues, most of which were centred around supporting the day-to-day operations of one of the many stadiums, arenas and entertainment complexes or professional sports franchises that AEG owns or manages.

She has also worked extensively with the Global Partnerships team helping secure lucrative deals for AEG owned franchises (Los Angeles Kings and Los Angeles Galaxy), events (Nike 3on3 Basketball Tournament, All-Star Chef Classic) and arenas (Crypto.com Arena, L.A. LIVE, Dignity Health Sports Park), including multi-million-dollar founding partnerships and naming rights arrangements with major brands.

Most recently she led all legal negotiations for the record-breaking 20-year Crypto.com Arena naming rights agreement which Global Partnerships brokered on behalf of AEG. The landmark deal is worth over $700 million making it the single largest naming rights agreement in the history of the sports industry to date.

“Kate has demonstrated excellence and leadership in every project and initiative she’s overseen since joining AEG six years ago,” says Russell Silvers, COO, AEG Global Partnerships. “She has consistently applied her legal expertise and strategic insight to drive innovation as well as new business opportunities for the company and we are thrilled to have her expand both her role and impact on Global Partnerships with this new position.”

Prior to joining AEG, Sheets spent close to three years as an associate at Proskauer Rose LLP in Los Angeles. While there, she focused on large-scale mergers and acquisitions and securities matters for public and private companies. Sheets began her legal career at Foley & Lardner LLP in Los Angeles as a member of the firm’s Transactional & Securities and Sports Industry Teams.

“AEG Global Partnerships has continually proven itself as an industry leader. I look forward to working with the rest of our team to drive growth through innovative and purposeful partnerships that both deliver value to our clients and meet their strategic goals,” says Sheets.

 


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TEG names Luke Bould chief commercial officer

Sydney-based live entertainment group TEG has appointed Luke Bould as chief commercial officer.

According to a release, Bould will be responsible for all of TEG’s commercial activity across the group, working with all the company’s businesses to identify and drive growth opportunities globally. He will also oversee TEG’s communications and corporate affairs function.

Bould will operate from TEG’s Sydney office reporting to TEG CEO Geoff Jones. His 25 years’ experience in sport and entertainment comprises senior commercial roles at Cricket Australia, as well as COO and CMO titles at Football Australia.

The seasoned professional is also an experienced non-executive director and has a background in music and filmed entertainment with Polygram in the UK.

More recently he founded Sydney-based management consultancy firm Alacria, where he remains a director.

“Luke has strong track record of delivering commercial growth, digital innovation and creative deals in sport, events, and music”

TEG CEO Geoff Jones comments: “We are excited to welcome Luke in this vital role as we continue to demonstrate the power of the live experience to connect brands with consumers and generate ROI. Luke is a highly experienced executive with a strong track record of delivering commercial growth, digital innovation and creative deals in sport, events, and music. He is a great addition to our senior leadership team.”

Bould adds: “I am delighted to join TEG, a great Australian success story that has become one of the world’s top integrated live entertainment businesses. It is an exciting time for TEG, with enormous growth opportunities, so I am looking forward to leading the commercial development of the business.”

Concert promotion, ticketing and technology firm TEG operates out of seven countries worldwide with offices in Australia, New Zealand, south-east Asia and the UK.

The group includes TEG Live, TEG Sport, TEG Experiences, TEG Dainty, SXSW Sydney, TEG MJR, TEG Van Egmond, Laneway Festival, TEG Rockefeller, Handsome Tours, Qudos Bank Arena, Ticketek, Softix, TicketCharge, TicketWorld, Ticketek Singapore and Ovation.

 


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