We round up the latest movements from the ticketing sector and associated industries…
Logitix has appointed Wendi Rohan Lebow to its newly created role of vice-president of Open Distribution.
Lebow was most recently vice-president of partnerships (North America) at TodayTix Group and was formerly chief venue officer at Goldstar Events.
In her new role, Lebow will oversee the Florida-headquartered group’s proprietary technology, Open Distribution. This service allows venues and live event companies to distribute, price, and sell their primary ticket inventory across the multiple integrated marketplaces that Logitix utilises.
Lebow will work with venues and live event companies across the performing arts, music, and sports.
“The demand and interest in our Open Distribution product from across the live event industry is skyrocketing daily, and the need for a top-tier executive to lead this area for us became clear,” said Logitix chief executive Stu Halberg. “We are fortunate to have Wendi join our leadership team. She is a well-respected ticketing professional who has helped thousands of brands sell millions of tickets throughout her career.”
Oak View Group has named industry veteran Jay Voelker as president of its new Crown Properties Collection (CPC) joint venture with Madison Square Garden Entertainment (MSGE) and Sphere Entertainment.
CPC will manage marquee partnerships with sports and entertainment brands and venues worldwide. In addition to being founding partners, MSGE and Sphere will also serve as CPC’s first clients.
Before joining OVG, Voelker served as senior vice president of business development for the PGA Tour where he oversaw the golf organisation’s global sponsorship business.
Voelker said: “Crown Properties Collection’s purpose is to provide unprecedented global representation for world-renowned sports and entertainment brands and venues, and there is no greater portfolio to begin with than the MSG family of companies’ world-class assets. I am honoured to join OVG, the leading full service live entertainment and hospitality company to represent CPC and create a new model for global partnerships in our industry.”
Damien Marchi has been promoted to the position of executive vice-president, corporate social responsibility at Vivendi.
The Paris-headquartered group, whose brands include See Tickets, said the appointment aligns with its strong commitments in environmental matters. It said reducing carbon footprint is a particular focus.
Marchi joined Vivendi in 2014 and has held a number of senior roles including senior-vice president, CSR development.
New revenue streams
Joe Matson has been appointed to lead Forward Associates’ newly formed Immersive Experience division.
The new venture will explore ways venues can monetise their digital fanbase. It will have a dual focus on improving the existing matchday experience, as well as the infinite possibilities of the digital fan – the remote fan who is looking for the matchday experience from the comfort of their home.
Matson previously oversaw branding, marketing and gaming projects with 20th Century Fox, and on the BBC show, Doctor Who.
Roy Westwood, founder of Forward Associates, said: “Venue owners currently generate income through ticket sales, broadcasting and commercial income, but the rise of the metaverse, VR and AR could offer significant new revenue streams.”
Brand experience agency Yellow Fish has appointed Jess Charles as its new head of live.
In her role, Charles will work closely with the Yellow Fish team to lead the delivery of all live events and ensure seamless delivery across all global activations as well as being part of the leadership team. Yellow Fish specialises in organising roadshows, promotions and conferences.
Charles said: “The industry has evolved so much over the last few years, the demand for creativity in events continues to push boundaries and I am looking forward to shaping and growing the live team for Yellow Fish alongside the senior leadership team.”
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