Pollstar Live! Opening Night Reception
The Beverly Hilton
Wednesday, February 5, 2020
9:30am – 9:45am
The Rule of Three: How C3’s Three Cs Changed the Way We Present Live Music
Thirteen years ago, Charlie Walker, Charles Attal and Charlie Jones joined forces in Austin, Texas, to create C3 Presents, and the live entertainment industry has never been the same since. The three Cs blew up the paradigm for presenting live events, taking risks and realizing massive success in the realms of urban festival production, creative talent buying, and groundbreaking brand partnerships, with forays into ticketing, artist management, technology and even politics. Among the highlights were the creation of the Austin City Limits Music Festival and the astounding resurrection of the Lollapalooza brand, first in Chicago and today with Lolla events in Argentina, Berlin, Brazil, Chile, Paris, and Stockholm. Following Live Nation’s 2014 acquisition of C3, then the largest indie promoter in the U.S., C3 maintains their entrepreneurial spirit in leading the charge for the world’s largest promoter’s festival portfolio. For the first time (and, presumably, last, given the announced departure of Jones from C3), the three Cs will discuss how they got here and where they’re going in what is guaranteed to be a free-wheeling, candid, and highly-entertaining session.
Moderator: Ray Waddell, President, Media & Conferences, Oak View Group
Charles Attal, Founder, C3 Presents
Charlie Jones, Founder, C3 Presents
Charlie Walker, Founder, C3 Presents
As a manager at L.A.-based artist management company, Sal&Co., Dina Sahim has quickly built a solid foundation in music management in her relatively short career. Sahim works with a wide array of urban’s top artists who have cemented their positions across the charts and on the concert stage, including French Montana, Harry Fraud, London On Da Track, Ben Billions, Bump J, and most recently, Hope Tala, who’s single “LoveStained” was named one of Rolling Stone’s top 10 songs of 2019. A native Angeleno, Sahim began her career in music at WME in 2011 and now seeks to empower fellow female leaders in the industry and even the playing field between men and women in music.
Dina Sahim, Artist Manager, SAL&CO
*Sponsored by: Spokane Arena*
Women + The Road 3
What’s it like out there for the women who are making the strategic decisions and own the artistic vision to move the live business forward. For the third year in a row, Pollstar Live provides a platform for the industry’s best talent, both executive and artistic.
Ali Harnell, President/Chief Strategy Officer of Women Nation, Live Nation
Sara Bollwinkel, Agent, Paradigm Agency
Kelly Clague, EMCO (confirming)
Jessica Koravos, Co-Chair, OVG International, President, Really Useful Group
Lesley Olenik, Vice President, Global Touring, Live Nation
11:15am – 12:00pm
The Millisecond News Cycle: PR Strategies in a Radically Transparent World
We are living in a world where fans’ thirst for information about artists has never been more rabid, and news—fake or otherwise—can break globally in a manner of seconds. Managers, agents, promoters, venues and other live entertainment stakeholders are faced with a situation where controlling media and shutting down stories is virtually impossible. Live, by its very nature, is unpredictable and “in the moment,” a good thing on the whole, but fraught with landmines and potential craziness. In the age of the “insta” hustle and “cancel culture,” the best PR professionals can hope for is to stay a beat ahead of the story and steer the narrative as much as possible. Here Pollstar Live 2020 assembles some of the most highly-respected PR professionals in live entertainment for a frank discussion on how to navigate this unprecedented and often tense landscape, anticipate potential issues, foster positive relationships with media, and make a run at taming the beast.
Andy Gensler, Executive Editor, Pollstar
Carrie Davis, Chief Communications Officer, Live Nation
Kristen Foster, President, Full Coverage Communications
Ebie McFarland, Owner/Publicist, Essential Broadcast Media LLC.
Jim Merlis, Big Hassle Media
John Vlautin, CEO, SpinLab Communications
So Much World, So Little Time
*International Track in association with Midem*
Touring the world is no longer considered tactic reserved for only a relative few superstar global artists, nor is it always considered a loss leader to build a following in hopes of future returns. Rather, the nature of contemporary content distribution and global music consumption has led to a scenario where artists can generate global demand out of the gate, and fan interest exists in territories that were once available to only a few acts. Today, many Western acts are legitimately capable of selling tickets in multiple territories around the world, so strategic touring often becomes more about prioritizing markets and maximizing the artists’ limited resource: time. Experts in the global touring game will lay out how to strategically approach the global marketplace, how to maximize time spent on international touring, which markets to invest in, and where are the safest bets to grow the career through live performance.
Moderator: Joey “Vendetta” Scoleri
John Lickrish, CEO, Flash Entertainment (Abu Dhabi)
Lanell Rumion, Agent, CAA
Neil Warnock, Global Head of Touring, UTA
Jackie Wilgar, SVP, Marketing, UK Europe and International Markets, Live Nation
Wilshire Gardens & Oasis Courtyard
International Networking Session
Canon Room, Executive Meeting Center
*Sponsored by: Semmel Concerts, Feld Entertainment*
Presentation: Back by Popular DEMAND! Can A Grand Data Experiment Transform the Live Events Industry?
Eric Gardner, Oak View Group
Jeffery Azoff, Full Stop Management
Nick Turner, Google
Parag Vaish, Google
A Conversation With Scott Stapp
Scott Stapp owns one of the most remarkable stories in rock n’ roll history, a story of spectacular rise, an equally spectacular fall and, ultimately, redemption. The solo artist, songwriter, and voice of Creed—once one of the biggest rock bands in the world–is very much back in the game, with powerful new music and steadfast resolve in rebuilding his life and career. Following Creed’s stunning success through the early 2000s, the subsequent critical backlash, and daily battles with the illnesses of addiction and depression (and all the personal and professional fallout entailed), Stapp hit bottom. Today, more than five years sober, he is supporting his best-received solo album to date, The Space Between The Shadows. In what’s sure to be a riveting discussion, Stapp will sit for an exclusive Q&A with OVG’s Ray Waddell to reflect on his personal and professional evolution, his sense of purpose in sharing the silver lining of his survival, his commitment to the art and craft of live performance, and how he hopes to help other artists avoid making the same mistakes he made.
Rainmaker II: NextGen
As Uber’s former Global Head of Music and Entertainment, Zach Zimmerman spent the better part of five years helping the tech company forge first-of-its-kind partnerships with marquee artists like Billie Eilish, Khalid, Ed Sheeran, John Mayer, Lil Nas X and many others. He also brokered the company’s largest commercial partnerships in the entertainment industry, including a worldwide deal with mega-promoters like Live Nation. Now, Zach will take his tech-unicorn honed skills and apply them to artist management with his new venture ZTZ Entertainment. In this candid Q&A with Paradigm’s Zoë King, Zach will talk about how ZTZ clients David Dann, Chloe Gilligan and Rocket Pengwin will benefit from the firm’s innovative approach to the marketing and funding of developing talent.
Zach Zimmerman, Founder/CEO, ZTZ Entertainment (Prev. Uber)
Zoë Sonquist King, SVP Brand Partnerships & Development, Paradigm
Pollstar Data Cloud: The Next Gen Tool For Live Data Management
The advent of the Age of Information allowed promoters, talent buyers, agents and venues to support the gut instinct that had sustained them through the birth of the industry with hard data to support critical strategic planning. Consider the concert industry data game revolutionized. With the launch of Pollstar Data Cloud, Pollstar subscribers and industry pros have the opportunity to tap into the box-office data on 60,000 artists to slice, dice, compare, provide context, manage, filter, and otherwise use to address their personal touring solution for any artist or artists. This informative panel will discuss how savvy professionals use data to inform touring strategy, lay out the basics of what Pollstar Data Cloud is, and unveil what it can mean to your planning and execution of live events.
Moderator: Jon Guynn, Oak View Group Media & Conferences
Jake Balbes, Live Nation
Ken Fermaglich, UTA
Eric Gardner, Oak View Group
Nick Turner, Google
Parag Vaish, Google
The Cultural Technological and Biological Impact on the Concerts of the Future
Who will be touring 10 years from now, how will it be presented, how much are tickets, and how will they be delivered? All of these factors—culture, technology, and biology—will have an impact on the live experience in 2030. Today, live is enjoying a cultural tailwind as consumers—especially young consumers—value experience over “stuff.” Will that trend prevail? Tech will no doubt impact the concert experience with the advent of AR/VR as well as sound and visuals, not to mention ticketing and the entire transactional dynamic. Finally, biology will dictate that some artists will eventually fall out of the touring marketplace. Who will replace them and what is the future of artist discovery and development? We’ll examine the future of live from all angles as experts weigh in.
Moderator: Dan Berkowitz, CEO & Founder, CID Entertainment
Eddie Clemens, Head of Tour Marketing, UTA
Mike Einziger, Co-Founder, Mixhalo
Ben Samuels, President & General Manager, MelodyVR
Kelly Strickland, SVP, US Concerts, Live Nation
Bill Werde, Director, Bandier Program, Syracuse University
International Festivals: Balancing Emerging Markets vs. Mature Mainstays
*International Track in association with Midem*
For many years, the global festival marketplace was carved in stone, offering a consistent and productive global opportunity for agents to strategize international festival plays for clients well in advance, with few surprises and few risks. In the past decade, the international festival landscape has shifted dramatically, not only in terms of the evolution of mature festivals, but also with new events in established markets, and the development of emerging markets eager to jump into the festival business. Today, agents, managers, and event producers are faced with myriad choices and a more complicated scenario as they seek to strategically map global touring and maximize each festival play. Promoters, producers and agents from the global festival scene will provide an update on the world of global music festivals.
Laurie Kirby, Esq., Co-founder, FestForums
John Giddings, Managing Director, Solo Music Agency
Leca Guimarães, International Festival Director, C3 Presents
Rob Kelso, Creativeman, LA/ Summer Sonic
Peter Noble, Director, Bluesfest Group of Companies
Fra Soler, Promoter, Primavera Sound
Closing Keynote Panel: A Conversation with Nicki Minaj & Irving Azoff
The Queen of Hip-Hop meets the King of Managers in an exclusive keynote conversation which promises to be wildly engaging. Nicki Minaj is one of the most powerful, successful, outspoken and disruptive rap artists and businesswomen in the industry; while Irving Azoff, Chairman and CEO of The Azoff Company, doesn’t share any of those qualities.