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Eventim Live Asia makes two senior appointments

Eventim Live Asia, a new arm of CTS Eventim’s European promoter alliance, has appointed Samantha Tzovolos as managing director for Singapore, and Mike Galt as senior vice-president of touring for Asia.

Tzovolos will be based in Singapore – where the company is headquartered – and will report to CEO Jason Miller.

Alongside her role at Eventim Live Asia, Tzovolos will continue to run TEM, an independent live entertainment company based out of Jakarta, Indonesia.

Over the past decade, as CEO of TEM, Tzovolos has produced many of Indonesia’s biggest shows, including Sting, Michael Buble, Ariana Grande and the Chainsmokers.

She has also produced top events in Singapore and elsewhere in Asia, including Justin Bieber, Foo Fighters and others.

“I’m excited to bring my extensive network and track record of success in emerging markets to Singapore and to Eventim Live Asia,” says Tzovolos. “Singapore and South East Asia represent some of the biggest and most dynamic opportunities for the future of touring. Jason Miller and CTS Eventim share a powerful vision for these markets.”

“Jason Miller and CTS Eventim share a powerful vision for [Singapore and South East Asia]”

Mike Galt will continue to be based in London, and also report to Miller. He has more than two decades of live entertainment experience. Most recently, he was VP of talent and touring for Live Nation, focused on international and emerging markets.

Galt produced tours for Mumford and Sons, Troye Sivan, Guns N Roses, The Japanese House, The Weeknd and others. He also booked talent for Abu Dhabi’s Formula 1 post-race concerts, along with expanding the touring footprint in and around the Middle East while based in the United Arab Emirates.

“I’m thrilled to get to work on behalf of Eventim Live Asia, leveraging my substantial experience in building tours in emerging markets,” says Galt. “It’s important that artists and talent representation have more options when it comes to touring Asia and other regions in the years to come.”

Miller adds: “These two appointments reflect Eventim Live Asia’s commitment to providing touring artists with the absolute strongest experience and deepest relationships in Asia. ELA is thrilled to welcome Samantha and Mike to the team. They will provide enormous, unmatchable value to artists looking to tour the region.”

Klaus-Peter Schulenberg, CEO of CTS Eventim, says: “Eventim Live Asia is a central component of our international expansion strategy, alongside our activities in North America. We are very pleased to have gained two top professionals in Samantha and Mike. In the future, they will support Jason Miller with all their strength and expertise in bringing top international artists for CTS Eventim to the promising Asian market.”

Eventim Live Asia was launched last summer, with a focus on China, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam and Malaysia.

 


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CTS launches Singapore-based Eventim Live Asia

Leading international promoter and ticket agency CTS Eventim has announced the launch of Eventim Live Asia, an expansion of its European promoter alliance Eventim Live with a focus on China, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam and Malaysia.

The new company, headquartered in Singapore, is led by CEO Jason Miller, who, as senior vice-president of international and emerging markets for Live Nation, led that company’s touring activity across its Asia and the Middle East offices until he stepped down last year.

In addition to Eventim Live Asia, Eventim Live, formed in early 2019, includes 36 promoters in 15 countries, the most recent addition being Matt Schwarz’s DreamHaus in Germany. The launch of Eventim Live Asia, a joint venture with Miller, follows a similar tie-up with promoter Michael Cohl in North America, first announced last year.

“Following on from our joint venture with Michael Cohl in the US market, the launch of Eventim Live Asia marks another key milestone in achieving our strategic objective of offering tours and ticketing around the world,” says Klaus-Peter Schulenberg, CEO of Bremen-based CTS Eventim. “This is a further sign that, as announced, CTS Eventim will emerge from the coronavirus crisis with renewed strength.”

 

Frithjof Pils, managing director of Eventim Live, says: “We’re delighted to welcome Jason Miller to the team. He has extensive experience in our industry in Asia at the highest level and has an excellent network of contacts. He will enable Eventim Live Asia to bring amazing concerts by leading international artists to fans in this major world region. We also want to intensify our work with local artists going forward.”

With Live Nation, Miller produced 80% of the highest-grossing Asian tours for western artists in the past decade, including Bruno Mars, Coldplay, Madonna, Maroon 5 and U2. Prior to joining LN Nation, Miller was an agent at CAA, where he worked with high-profile clients including Beyoncé, Jimmy Fallon, Kanye West and Stevie Wonder.

“The pandemic has created unprecedented global demand for live music and shared experience. With Asia representing over half of the world’s population and its fastest-growing middle class, there is no better time or place to be launching an event promotion company,” says Miller.

“Eventim Live’s tremendous resources, vision, experience, and respect across the live event industry make it the perfect joint venture partner.”

 


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Live Nation SVP International steps down

Jason Miller, senior vice president of international and emerging markets at Live Nation, has announced that he is leaving the live entertainment giant after over seven years.

Miller held his most recent role at Live Nation since 2016, after previously serving as senior vice president of the company’s operations in Asia.  

Prior to joining Live Nation, he operated a concert consultancy and spent more than a decade as an agent at CAA.

“I am humbled by the record-breaking tours this team executed”

In a social media post, replicated by Celebrity Access, the live industry veteran wrote that he had “officially moved on” from his role at Live Nation.

“I am incredibly proud of the team I built at Live Nation. I am humbled by the record-breaking tours this team executed (U2, Coldplay, Madonna, Bruno Mars, Guns & Roses, etc, etc),” reads the post.

“I am grateful for all the career changing experiences I’ve had at Live Nation over the last 7+ years.”

Miller adds that he is unsure “where my next adventure will lead, but I am excited for what the future holds.”

 


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Bowery Presents alum Makes joins Live Nation NY

Anthony Makes, formerly lead promoter at AEG-owned Bowery Presents, has joined Live Nation’s US Concerts division, as the company expands its team in New York.

Makes, who had been with Bowery for more than a decade, has been named president of New York, while longtime Live Nation booker Jason Miller becomes executive vice-president, New York. The team report to Alan Ostfield, Live Nation’s president of US Concerts for the north Atlantic region.

“Anthony brings significant industry experience from his 25-year career in music,” Ostfield comments. “With their combined knowledge of New York and strong relationships within the industry, Anthony and Jason will be unstoppable as we continue working to expand our annual concert events and venue platform.”

AEG finalised its acquisition of a stake in New York promoter/venue operator the Bowery Presents in January, less than a month after Live Nation formed a joint venture of its own, Mercury East Presents, with Bowery co-founder Michael Swier, adding famed venues the Bowery Ballroom (575-cap.) and Mercury Lounge (250-cap.) to its stable of New York properties.

The New York live music market – the world’s busiest – is hotly contested between the two companies: both Live Nation and AEG promote major festivals – Governors Ball and Panorama, respectively – on Randalls Island, while Madison Square Garden is central to the ongoing ‘booking war’ between AEG and Live Nation-aligned Azoff MSG Entertainment.

Live Nation produced or promoted from than 2,700 events in the New York region in 2017, with a combined audience of nearly six million.

 


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