Blackbird Presents has hired industry veteran Joe Litvag as partner and president of Live Entertainment, the company announced today.
Blackbird is a leading creator and producer of concert tours, music festivals and music-driven filmed entertainment. In this newly created position, Litvag will oversee Blackbird’s full slate of live entertainment projects and will lead the development of new live event ventures for the company. Litvag will work closely with Blackbird Presents’ chief executive Keith Wortman, based at the company’s headquarters in New York City.
“Joe’s deep experience in creating, building and executing a range of business plans and projects in the live music industry is extraordinary. The respect and admiration he has across our industry makes him the ideal person to lead Blackbird Presents in our next phase of growth,” says Wortman in a statement. “I’m thrilled to welcome him to the team.”
Blackbird Presents is in the midst of producing this summer’s fourth annual Outlaw Music Festival Tour in partnership with Willie Nelson and features Phil Lesh & Friends, The Avett Brothers, Robert Plant, Bonnie Raitt, Luke Combs and more. The Company recently produced large scale broadcast events honoring Kenny Rogers and Merle Haggard that included Dolly Parton, Keith Richards, Kenny Chesney, George Strait, Lionel Richie, Chris Stapleton and more.
Litvag joins Blackbird Presents after most recently working as svp at AEG Presents for the last 15 years. There, he established and built the company’s Midwest live entertainment presence from the ground up by producing and promoting thousands of concerts throughout the region, by creating/co-creating and producing many successful large-scale festivals, developing and overseeing several iconic venue operations, and by instituting a vibrant private and corporate event production portfolio.
Prior to his time at AEG Presents, Joe spent 10 years at Contemporary Productions/SFX Entertainment/Clear Channel Entertainment where he rose to vp of concerts.
“After meeting Keith and the team at Blackbird Presents, I knew I’d found the right place to start the next chapter in my career,” Litvag said in a press release. “Their business is built on their exceptional personal relationships with artists, managers and agents, and it’s refreshing to see such a wonderfully simple yet unique approach to its rapidly expanding portfolio: Focus on iconic artists, put their music and legacy front-and-center, and celebrate them in a first-class way. I’m thrilled to join Keith to create many more incredible music moments for artists and their fans, to grow this incredibly talented team, and to watch Blackbird Presents flourish in the coming years.”