Re-Branding The Nation
Live Nation continues its restructuring in the post-Clear Channel era with staffing changes, and the closing of some offices and renaming of others to reflect the new brand.
Gone are heritage names including Belkin Productions, Cellar Door, Pace Concerts, and Ritual Presents, with more changes expected.
Pollstar has confirmed the departure of Joel Peresman, former GM of
Offices closed include those in Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, Virginia Beach, Kansas City, Cincinnati, Birmingham and Minneapolis.
Live Nation Cleveland will take over Ritual’s Cincinnati operations, including booking of
Ritual’s Detroit office becomes Live Nation Detroit, and continues to oversee booking at the
Birmingham’s Verizon Wireless Center will be booked from Live Nation Houston.
While there had been some industry speculation that Live Nation would close its Houston office with the corporate move to Los Angeles, that’s not the case. A recent announcement has Beckye Levin joining its booking staff as executive VP, where she will oversee markets in Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana.
Taki Pappas, previously responsible for booking Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma and clubs in the Houston market, moves to Los Angeles as VP of touring. Christian Larson will take on the role of booking the Houston clubs.
While it appears most offices either have been or soon will be re-branded with the Live Nation moniker, its global touring division under Arthur Fogel will continue to be known as The Next Adventure.
– Deborah Speer