Pollstar & VenuesNow Win Folio Eddie and Ozzie Awards


Pollstar and VenuesNow have each won a prestigious 2023 Folio Eddie and Ozzie Award.

Pollstar won a Ozzie Award for “Featured Design, B2B” for its 2022 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame special issue from Oct. 24, 2022. The issue was designed by Art Director Pat Lewis and featured an award-winning cover story on Dolly Parton by Holly Gleason (the story earlier this year also won a Southern California Journalism Award in the “Entertainment News (Magazine)” category with Gleason also taking home Entertainment Journalist of the Year honors).

Sister publication VenuesNow received Folio Eddie award in the “News Coverage, Digital Print Video, General: for its Moody Center Special Issue from May 2022, which covered the opening of Austin’s Moody Center and was written by James Zoltak and designed by Kevin Robie.

Both publications, which are owned by Oak View Group, are helmed by Media & Conferences President, Ray Waddell, and Editorial Director, Andy Gensler.

“I’d like to congratulate our hard-working teams at VenuesNow and Pollstar for their exemplary product and commitment to excellence in both editorial and design,” Waddell said. “This recognition is emblematic of our ongoing efforts to continually elevate both publications in serving the facilities and live entertainment industries, across all platforms, in terms of not only quality, but also reach and impact.”

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The two publications also won awards in 2019, when Pollstar took home the Ozzie for its 2018 Year End Special Edition issue designed by Art Director Pat Lewis. Pollstar‘s August 2018 “Warped Tour Is A Wrap: 1995-2018″ also received an honorable mention for the Eddie Award for Magazine Section, B2B Publication, cover story written by Sarah Pittman. VenuesNow received an honorable mention for the Ozzie Award for Redesign, B2B Publication, which was designed by Art Director Andrew Horton and project directed by Bill Werde with Rob Knapp leading the editorial team.

“I couldn’t be more proud of our best-in-class editorial and design teams,” said executive editor Andy Gensler. “Immense credit is due Pollstar’s Managing Editor Sarah Pittman and Art Director Pat Lewis and VenuesNow‘s Managing Editor Ryan Borba and Kevin Robie as well as our entire editorial and design teams—publishing is a team sport and it takes a group of interdependent professionals to make these publications as award-winning as they continue to be.”