TEG has its sights set on expansion across the U.K. and Europe, led by seasoned concerts professional Toby Leighton-Pope.
The former AEG Presents and Live Nation executive is named managing director of TEG Europe, the recently-announced U.K.-based structure which is active across live entertainment, ticketing, venue, digital and data.
In this new role, Leighton-Pope will have duties for the operation, strategic direction and “rapid expansion” of TEG Europe, gathering Ticketek, TEG Live Europe (including the former TEG MJR touring business); TEG Venues (including interests in 10 venues); the Propaganda indie club brand; and Ovation, TEG’s data science and analytics business.
Prior to joining TEG, Leighton-Pope served as co-CEO of AEG Presents U.K. from 2016 to December 2021, and in several positions during a 15-year run with Live Nation, latterly as senior VP music.
Leighton-Pope has promoted tours of some of the world’s biggest acts, including Bruce Springsteen, Michael Bublé, Jack Johnson and Arcade Fire. Last year, he was named in Billboard’s 2021 International Power Players list, and in 2016 was nominated as international promoter of the year at the Pollstar Awards.
The incoming exec’s “outstanding record in the live entertainment industry speaks for itself,” says TEG CEO Geoff Jones in a statement. “His ideas, connections, and infectious enthusiasm make him the perfect choice to lead the further expansion of TEG’s successful integrated model into the vibrant U.K. and European markets.”
Adds Leighton-Pope: “We have a huge opportunity to grow our business and build on TEG’s enduring track record of touring success in concerts, sport, festivals, theatre, musicals, exhibitions, family entertainment, comedy, and e-sports, and Ticketek’s 40+ years’ experience ticketing major international events and partnering with the world’s premier venues.”
Headquartered in Sydney, Australia, TEG operates worldwide out of seven country offices and includes TEG Live, TEG Sport, TEG Experiences, TEG Dainty, TEG Europe, SXSW Sydney, TEG Van Egmond, Laneway Festival, TEG Rockefeller, Handsome Tours, Qudos Bank Arena, Ticketek and Ovation.
U.S. investment company Silver Lake acquired TEG in 2019 in a deal said to be worth upwards of $1 billion.