In a major restructuring of its music division, Clear Channel Entertainment will resurrect some of the most well-known promoter names in concert history, Billboard.biz has learned. Also part of the re
In a major restructuring of its music division, Clear Channel Entertainment will resurrect some of the most well-known promoter names in concert history, Billboard.biz has learned. Also part of the revamp is a significant staff reduction.
Going forward, CCE in the U.S. will be divided into units in 11 regional markets, operating in most cases under the names of companies that the promotion giant acquired in late 1990s industry consolidation.
The companies and their respective presidents are Avalon Attractions in Southern California (Brian Murphy); Bill Graham Presents in San Francisco (Lee Smith); Electric Factory Concerts in Philadelphia (Larry Magid); Delsener Presents in New York (Jim Glancy); Evening Star Productions in Phoenix (Danny Zelisko); Pace Concerts in Houston (Bob Roux); Cellar Door Concerts in Columbia, S.C. (Wilson Howard); Cellar Door North in Detroit (Rick Franks); Tea Party in Boston (Don Law); Belkin Productions in Cleveland (Michael Belkin) and a to-be-determined division in Chicago (Mark Campana).
Each of the local presidents will report to CCE COO Charlie Walker, who reports to global president of CCE Music Michael Rapino.
“We’ve been discussing this internally for over a year,” says CCE chairman/CEO Brian Becker of the reorganization. “We have great history and great personnel, and those two factors are reflected by some of the classic names in music. We think we have some great brand equity in [these names].”
As part of the restructuring, almost 100 people will lose their jobs, Becker says. Among the cuts are CFO Charlie Mierswa, VP of corporate communications Jean Gonsoulin, festival producer Jim Lewi and VP of artist relations Angie Diehl. Dominic Roncace is exiting as COO but may stay with the company in another role, Becker says. The status of former co-CEO Dave Lucas in Indianapolis is still being determined.
“We believe that by making some of the changes we’ve made ... we’re going to become much more efficient, and we also think it’s important to be nimble, flexible and creative,” says Becker. “A lot of people are going to be leaving our organization that we’re going to be sorry to see go, but we think it’s the best thing for the company, and ultimately for them in terms of future growth.”
CCE will also separate its concert-promotion and venue-operation functions. “We will have two distinct business units,” says Rapino. “One will be the live division, under Charlie Walker. Under the other business unit are our amphitheaters and theaters, and Patrick Leahy has been promoted to COO of that division.”
CCE’s touring division, headed by president Arthur Fogel, is unaffected by the reorganization, as is the Canadian operation under executive VP Shane Bourbonnais.