VenuesNow Conference Brings Second Annual Event To Beverly Hilton, June 19-20

Focusing on venue-centric content, the second annual VenuesNow Conference takes place June 19-20 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., after last year’s successful inaugural event.

“Last year we succeeded in our goal to host a conference unlike any in our industry, focusing on innovation and positive disruption in the venue space through premier content, technology, security, branding and sponsorships, fan engagement, and the presentation of sports and live entertainment,” said Tim Leiweke, CEO, Oak View Group, which organizes the event. “The speakers and presenters at VenuesNow will once again be an elite group of thought leaders and visionaries across this dynamic industry. This year we look forward to taking deep dives into some of the most exciting and innovative projects and companies across our industry, with the stakeholders and rainmakers behind them.” 
Content at the conference will reflect that of the relaunched VenuesNow magazine, also owned by Oak View Group, focusing on sports, entertainment events, technology, event safety, concessions, ticketing, operations, and programming. 
Speakers and sessions for this year’s conference are forthcoming. Last year’s included live entertainment mainstays such as Red Light Management’s Coran Capshaw and Ticketmaster’s Jared Smith. 
VenuesNow Conference 2018 will focus on major projects around the world, with case studies, keynotes and Q&As. 
The conference also includes several networking opportunities including breakout sessions, lunches and cocktail receptions. 
OVG, parent company of Pollstar, is also behind the Pollstar Live! Conference & Awards, which enjoyed record attendance at its most recent edition Feb. 6-8 in Los Angeles. 
“As we continue to realize the synergies and opportunities for our Media & Conferences division and what the industry needs and expects from our publications and events, we will see Pollstar and VenuesNow each focus more intently on their core value propositions, specifically content for Pollstar and venues and venue-related issues for VenuesNow,” said Ray Waddell, president of Oak View Group’s Media & Conferences division. “While these two sectors are inexorably linked, each have their own challenges and opportunities, and we will continue to give the venues and venue partners content and information unavailable elsewhere.” 
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