Administrator Gets Tough With Kylie

The administrator for Carlos Fleischmann’s Creative Talent is looking good to follow up his three-month-old threat to take Kylie Minogue to court to get her to return the deposits for her canceled German shows.

Photo: AP Photo / Johannes Eisele, Pool
Echo Music Awards, Messe Berlin, Berlin, Germany

The Australian megastar pulled out of late October dates in Cologne, Munich, Berlin and Hamburg at a week’s notice, after show promoter Creative was forced to call in the administrator.

At the end of that month, administrator Thomas Kühn of rw konzept GmbH told Pollstar he was prepared to go to court to protect the interests of Creative’s creditors.

Alexander Schmidt, Kühn’s spokesman at rw konzept, said his company believes that no money should be paid to Minogue if she didn’t perform the dates. It’s believed that rw konzept was negotiating for German promoter Marek Lieberberg to take over the running of the shows. The administrator’s argument is that Creative, despite being in administration, was still fully functional and the shows could have taken place.

German insolvency laws state that administrators must do everything legally possible to claw back any money that can then be passed back to creditors. When Kylie pulled out, fewer than 12,000 tickets had been sold out of a total capacity of 68,000.