AEG Lands Ehrlich

Anschutz Entertainment Group has acquired Ken Ehrlich Productions and formed a new joint venture called AEG Ehrlich Ventures LLC, AEG Live President/CEO Randy Phillips announced November 1st. AEG Live will oversee the joint venture.

If the name Ken Ehrlich doesn’t immediately ring a bell, think “Grammy Awards,” “MTV Video Music Awards” and “Emmy Awards.” Ehrlich has produced all three for years, not to mention dozens of single artist specials for broadcast and cable networks, including shows with Elton John, Celine Dion, Eric Clapton, Faith Hill, Shania Twain, Aretha Franklin and many others.

Ehrlich’s long history and expertise in producing televised music industry events will come in handy for AEG Live when it opens the Nokia Theatre Los Angeles next year adjacent to the AEG-owned Staples Center, which has already served as a Grammys host.

With the acquisition, AEG Live will now operate a collection of the industry’s most respected developers of live productions including Bounce Event Marketing and AEG Live Special Events.

“Having worked with Ken for many years, I have marveled at his immense creativity and the respect and admiration he receives from artists as well as their representatives and major media executives,” Phillips said.

With the combination of some of the top venues in Los Angeles and more than 25 years of producing event and non-traditional television programming, the teaming of AEG and Ehrlich will be noticeable in the years to come.

“With less than one year before the opening of the 7,200-seat Nokia Theatre Los Angeles, Ken’s credibility and experience will give us the ability to not only bring every existing award show and production to the theatre but the wherewithal to create signature entertainment productions and events that this city and our industry are desperately in need of,” AEG President/CEO Tim Leiweke said.

“When it comes to producing the types of events the Nokia Theatre Los Angeles will be known as the home of, there is not a more perfect person we could have added to our organization than Ken.”