People: NITO, Wellington Regional Stadium Trust and more…

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We round up the latest movements from the ticketing sector and associated industries…

Sphere Entertainment Co.’s chief financial officer Gautam Ranji, who held the position for Madison Square Garden’s $2.3bn ($1.9bn/€2.1bn) Las Vegas Sphere venue, has quit the role after just 11 months.  

The move was revealed in a securities filing last week, and comes ahead of Sphere Entertainment Co.’s quarterly earnings call. Greg Brunner, the company’s senior vice president, controller and principal accounting officer, has assumed the responsibilities of principal financial officer on an interim basis.

The National Independent Talent Organisation, a live music trade group for indie booking agencies and management companies in the US, has named its new board and officers for 2023-24. 

For the 2023-24 term, TKA’s Jack Randall (pictured right) will act as president, replacing the outgoing Frank Riley, while Magnus Media’s Michel Vega will hold the role of vice-president. Matt Yasecko from Arrival Artists will take on the position of secretary while Partisan Arts’ Tom Chauncey will become treasurer. 

“I’m truly honoured to have been elected as the President of NITO by my colleagues and peers, many of whom are fellow NITO co-founders,” said incoming NITO president, Randall. 

Additionally, re-elected members to the NITO board include Scott Sokol from Pinnacle Entertainment, Sound Talent Group’s Dave Shapiro and TKO’s Steve Schenck. They will be joined by newly elected members Adam Bauer of Madison House, Rainmaker’s Chris Harris, Force Media Management’s Randy Nichols, Nelly Neben of Axis Artist Management and Distance Management’s Sean Patrick Rhorer.  

Meanwhile, a number of existing board members are about to serve their second year of a two-year term including Ground Control’s Eric Dimenstein, Wayne Forte of Entourage, This is Management’s Jon Grau, Skyline’s Bruce Houghton, New Frontier’s Paul Lohr, Fielding Logan of Q Prime, Mongrel’s Brad Madison and Madison House’s Mark Lourie. 

Elsewhere, The Wellington Regional Stadium Trust has appointed Warrick Dent (pictured left) as chief executive, replacing the outgoing Shane Harmon who is set to leave at the end of the year after a decade at the helm. 

Dent is currently the general manager of events and experiences at WellingtonNZ, overseeing the management of Venues Wellington which manages TSB Arena, St James Theatre, Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington Opera House and Shed 6, and the city’s investment in and the deliver of major events. 

London-based music company All Things Considered (ATC) Group has appointed Emma Stoker as an executive director to the board.

ATC encompasses multiple divisions including booking agency ATC Live, ATC Management, ATC Services, ATC Experience and live-streaming platform, Driift. 

Stoker has previously held the role of director of business affairs since 2016. 

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