New promoter launches in Germany

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A new live entertainment company has been launched in Germany by promoter Ralf Kokemüller and Dieter Semmelmann. 

Limelight Live Entertainment will utilise expertise from Semmelmann, the managing director of Semmel Concerts, with Kokemüller in the role of managing partner.

Kokemüller previously served more than 25 years as chief executive of BB Promotion, which went on to become BB Group. He first joined the business in 1995 and worked closely with founder Michael Brenner.

Based in Mannheim, Germany, the promoter will aim to “bring together the industry experience of one of Germany’s most notable producers of musicals and live shows, the innovative strength of a young, hungry team, and the stability, know-how and infrastructure of one of Europe’s biggest and most highly regarded promoters of concerts, tours and live shows”.

“As a promoter of first-class musicals and live shows who is looking to become a market leader over the coming years, I’m delighted to have found a strong partner in the shape of Dieter and Semmel Concerts Entertainment who already play a significant role in this genre and share my philosophy,” said Kokemüller.

“Working together will enable us to achieve plenty of synergies and build a large portfolio over the coming years. Our passion for putting on first-class stage shows, enthralling our audiences and working together is our motivation.”

Semmelmann added: “I’m really looking forward to working with Ralf. We’ve known each other for decades and I know that he’s got lots of fantastic ideas up his sleeve for great shows for our European tour business. And it’ll be all the better being able to make them a reality together with Ralf and his new team.”