The Ticketmaster-Live Nation merger was expected to change the touring industry as we know it, but what actually has changed? This panel discusses the effects of the merger on venue owners, bookers and bands. If approached effectively this merger could benefit the little guys out there. Then again, they might be crushed by the larger giant. There might even be ways for a mutually beneficial system out there in which large and small players can coexist. Come see if that is even possible.
ANDREW DRESKIN is the founder and CEO of Ticketfly, the fastest growing ticketing and social marketing company. He is a founder of the Virgin Mobile Festival. Andrew was the founder, president and CEO of TicketWeb, the first company to sell event tickets online. Prior to founding TicketWeb, Andrew was the general manager of Beserkley Records. Until its acquisition by Knitting Factory Entertainment, Andrew was the largest outside shareholder in the Big Easy Concert House chain of venues. Andrew serves on numerous Boards of Directors including Headcount, a non-profit voter registration organization.
Trailblazing entrepreneur and nightlife visionary, MITCHELL FRANK is one of Los Angeles’ most creative and influential executives. At the forefront of the city’s nightclub and music scene for more than 15 years, Frank is now bringing the innovative ideas, passion and leadership that have made him an unprecedented success as a concert and event producer, music promoter and record company executive to his role as one of the city’s leading restaurateurs.
DAVID VIECELLI (Boche Billions) founded leading independent booking agency The Billions Corporation in Chicago in 1989. Relying upon the American stereotype of Canadians as polite and neighborly for cover, Viecelli aggressively built a minuscule company into a tiny one over the course of two decades.
Andrew is a veteran booker with independent promoter Jam Productions. He works with many of the company's most important accounts with a family of talented co-workers. 20 years in, Andrew provides a unique and expert perspective on the substantial changes in the world of music and ticketing.
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