Pollstar Moving From Fresno to Oak View Group's HQ; Co-Founder to Retire

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Pollstar, the live entertainment industry trade platform, announced on Thursday it will move its headquarters from Fresno, Calif. to the Los Angeles home of parent company Oak View Group.

Among Pollstar's properties include a weekly magazine, website, various directories and a database of box office stats spanning the live industry, as well conferences and awards.

The relocation from Fresno, Pollstar's home since launching in 1981, to OVG's Westwood offices will necessitate some reorganization of staff, the company acknowledged. Pollstar's sales, operations and editorial departments will be led out of L.A., with additional personnel expected to join OVG in the company's London and NYC offices. Pollstar's technology and box office staff will remain largely unaffected.

As previously reported, Pollstar co-founder and editor-in-chief Gary Bongiovani will retire in June, while co-founder Gary Smith will remain in an "executive advisory capacity."

"When Gary and I founded this publication, we set out to revolutionize the quality of data available to those who make their living in the live entertainment industry, and we accomplished that goal," said Smith. "I couldn't be more excited to be a part of the next era in the history of Pollstar, building on that legacy with the team at OVG."

OVG, which owns the trade magazine VenuesNow, also announced two hires in its Media & Conferences division: Jon Guynn as vp of operations and Bob Allen, longtime manager of Billboard Boxscore, as box office liaison.