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Irving Azoff & Tim Leiweke’s Oak View Group Launches UK-Based International Arm

Tim Leiweke and Irving Azoff's Oak View Group is targeting growth in the U.K., Europe, Asia and the Middle East with the launch of its first international office, based in London.

Jessica Koravos, president of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Group and former MD of AEG Live, will serve as co-chair of OVG International alongside Leiweke in a non-executive capacity.

Sam Piccione III — former chief commercial officer at Formula E Holdings and svp sales at AEG Europe — takes up the role of president, while Mark Donnelly has been appointed COO. Joining them in the senior management team is Brian Kabatznick (evp business development and facilities), Marc-Elie Robert (svp commercial), Martha Rolle (legal counsel) and Gary Hutchinson (stadium consultant).  

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The launch of OVG International was announced today (Mar. 6) at the International Live Music Conference (ILMC) in London by Leiweke, who said that the company will explore arena and stadium development and partnership opportunities outside the U.S., specifically targeting Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. The company says it is already in "advanced discussions" on a number of projects but would not confirm specifics.

"Our aim is to create a new generation of state-of-the-art entertainment facilities," said Leiweke, who founded the LA-headquartered business in 2015 alongside Azoff. He promised an "elite class" of venues "in terms of fan experience, artist experience and technology [that] will provide an unparalleled platform for the activation of global brands."

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"The live events market has grown significantly in the United States since Oak View Group launched three years ago, and we see a huge opportunity to drive similar growth internationally by creating world-class experiences in world-class arenas," added Leiweke in a statement.

He also confirmed that the company was looking to extend its so-far exclusively U.S. and Canada-based Arena and Stadium Alliance, promoting collaboration and sponsorship opportunities between venues, "to like-minded venues outside North America."