People on the Move: AEG Presents, Oak View Group, and more…

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

AEG Presents has appointed Nick Spampanato (pictured centre) as chief operating officer of venues after previously serving as senior vice-president of venue operations for the live music and events company.

Sampanato will be based in Los Angeles and will oversee the business and operations for AEG Presents’ 50 owned and operated clubs and theatres which range in capacity from 250 to 18,000.

“Nick is the best in the business,” said Brent Fedrizzi, AEG Presents president, North American regional offices.

“His track record speaks for itself. He’s got an institutional knowledge of venue management at every level, from clubs and theatres all the way up to arenas. Nick has a clear vision on how to effectively manage our critical portfolio of owned and operated venues, and how to propel the business forward. I’m delighted to see him step into this elevated role.”

Oak View Group has promoted Keegan McDonald (pictured left) to president of M&A and development where he will continue to report to chief operating officer Francesca Bodie.

“Through Keegan’s brilliant work, we have been able to secure crucial investments and agreements with significant partners across our owned and operated and service company portfolio,” Bodie said.

“We are excited to utilise Keegan’s instinct and expertise across more areas of our business as we continue to expand our reach and change the industry.”

ASM Global group director of arenas Tim Worton (pictured left) is stepping away from a 33-year career in the entertainment industry, with 25 of those for his current employer.

Worton is heading into education as a full-time student next year at Moore Theological College in Sydney for 12 months with the goal of working in a pastoral, chaplaincy, or ministry role.

“The company has given me amazing opportunities that I will always cherish,” Worton said.

“Harvey [Lister] has been incredibly supportive of my decision to go in this vastly different direction, allowing flexibility in my role and I am very grateful for his support and encouragement. Rod [Pilbeam] has been a great mentor to me over my 25 years with ASM Global and I am indebted to him for the important role he has played in my life.”

Anna Case is set to join the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre as its executive manager of sales.

ATC Management has secured a majority investment in Raw Power Management, which represents more than 60 artists, composers, and producers.

The two companies will merge in Los Angeles while Raw Power’s UK team, led by current chief executive Craig Jennings and commercial director Don Jenkins, is set to relocate to ATC Management’s London headquarters.

South Korean cinema technology company CJ 4DPLex has appointed longstanding CJ Entertainment and Media executive Joon Beom Sim as its new chief executive.

Sim most recently worked as head of CJ ENM’s music content division, but will now replace Jong Ryul Kim who had served in the role for six years.