Festival Best Practices: Industry Insiders Share
Thursday, March 19
3:30PM - 4:30PM
Austin Convention Center
Austin Convention Center
Festival experts will share their best practices and insights on what works for them when it comes to hiring talent, event production, marketing, technology, sponsorship, building a loyal fan base, and generating more revenue.
As the CEO of Flavorus, Todd Sims is a pioneer in the online ticketing industry and has developed one of the most reliable and robust ticketing platforms in the world. After starting his own web de...Show the rest
As the CEO of Flavorus, Todd Sims is a pioneer in the online ticketing industry and has developed one of the most reliable and robust ticketing platforms in the world. After starting his own web design firm while in high school, he quickly catapulted his career to Internet guru status when he launched Flavours in 1999. For the past fifteen years he has been passionate about creating a company and culture where his team is inspired to lead the way in technology, service, and marketing innovation. His company has successfully supported over 5000 event producers and venues including Electric Daisy Carnival, Vans Warped Tour, Mysteryland, Pacha, Electric Zoo, Hard, Avalon, and many others.
With a serious passion for adventure, Todd likes to go hiking, skiing, sailing, biking, canyoning, scuba diving, and motor-cross. He can also solve a Rubik’s Cube in under five minutes.Hide the rest
Rock In Rio
Luis Justo is CEO of Rock in Rio, one of the biggest music festivals in the world. For its particular approach with brands, media and sponsors through an 1-year communication platform before every ...Show the rest
Luis Justo is CEO of Rock in Rio, one of the biggest music festivals in the world. For its particular approach with brands, media and sponsors through an 1-year communication platform before every event, Rock in Rio is compared to the "World Cup of Music". In 2015 the festival celebrates its 30th anniversary and in its past 14 editions hosted in Rio, Lisbon and Madrid, Rock in Rio had an attendance over 7,5 million people, more than 12 million followers in the social networks and broadcasts impacting more than 1 billion people. Now Rock in Rio is preparing his debut in United States in a 4-day event on May 2015 in a special venue in Las Vegas Strip that is being build to host the event. Luis Justo is an Engineering with master degree in Business Administration and previously had worked in Fleming Asset Management, Pricewaterhouse Coopers and was CEO of Osklen - a successful multinational Brazilian fashion brand.Hide the rest
Disco Donnie Presents
James "Disco Donnie" Estopinal, Jr. is DDP's founder. Considered one of the godfathers of US electronic dance music, Disco Donnie has grown over the past 20 years to become one of the leading dance...Show the rest
James "Disco Donnie" Estopinal, Jr. is DDP's founder. Considered one of the godfathers of US electronic dance music, Disco Donnie has grown over the past 20 years to become one of the leading dance music promoters in the world. From his early days in the 1990s New Orleans dance scene, Disco Donnie coupled eccentricity with ingenuity to create elaborately themed parties that charmed patrons, garnered an international following, and unwittingly became a catalyst for a national debate over the First Amendment right to expression.
From 2008-2012, Donnie partnered with Pasquale Rotella, CEO of Insomniac Events, setting their sights on strategically developing the Insomniac brand throughout the US. The pair ushered the EDC brand to core Disco markets such as Orlando, Dallas and even Donnie's current home island of Puerto Rico. The partnership produced hundreds of club shows and festivals annually in nearly 100 markets throughout the US, helping make Insomniac a worldwide brand.
In 2012, DDP shifted its focus to the genesis and development of SFX Entertainment with CEO Robert F. X. Sillerman, a media entrepreneur with a vision to invest nearly a billion dollars in electronic dance music in order to bring the world's leading promoters under one roof. The current SFX portfolio includes Disco Donnie Presents, Life in Color, ID&T (Tomorrowland, Sensation, TomorrowWorld), Beatport.com, Electric Zoo, Stereosonic, and more.Hide the rest