Jim Green has jumped ship as head of
Beaver Productions President Don Fox, who has booked shows in the nearby
“Let me say that we’ve had great discussions with Don Fox and certainly look forward to doing business with Don and Beaver in this facility,” Zito said. “I’ve known them over the years and I’m glad the past is the past.”
FedExForum has realigned its operations somewhat, providing an opening for a new booking manager.
“In the past, [booking] had been kind of independent of arena operations. After looking at the organizational structure, it made sense to put it under arena operations,” Zito said. “So we created this new position of booking director that reports to me.
“We had a couple of very qualified candidates. But when it came down to it, Jim’s familiarity with Memphis is such that we decided to go with him.”
FedExForum, home court of the Memphis Grizzlies NBA team, opened last September to great fanfare but has not booked a large number of concerts. However, it does have
Though Beaver Productions has promoted some shows at FedExForum, the company has opted to take others — notably
Zito hopes that situation can change, and clearly believes Green is the man who can help make that happen.
“With the resources that the Grizzlies bring to the table, which is something new to Memphis, through group sales and in-house marketing and advertising capabilities and so on, it just makes it really one-stop shopping,” Zito said.
“That’s the beauty we want to extend to the promoters who use this building. That’s where we are headed. Certainly, the past is the past and we want to do more events here. That’s our goal.”
— Deborah Speer