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The Venue’s Venue: Big rooms & big data

The Venue’s Venue: Big rooms & big data

Room 3 | 10:00 – 11:15 | Thursday

Chair: Brian Kabatznick, AEG Facilities (UK)

The Venue Summit 2017 kicks off with a focus on broad developments in the arena and stadia market. Along with the European Arenas Association (EAA) and the National Arenas Association (NAA) the session presents a wide range of industry data this year, and digs into qualitative trends from a European arena survey. The session will also look at how sport operates in these vital venues, and how it creates sustainability in comparison to music, comedy and family entertainment. Underperforming venues and solutions that can help drive content are also tabled for discussion, alongside coping with periods of downtime by diversifying programming.

Guest Speakers:
Jenny Blomqvist, Stockholm Globe (SE) 
Adrian Doyle, SSE Belfast (UK)
Anne-Marie Harwood, EAA (UK)
Brandon Lucas, Carbon House (US)
Victoria Matthews, Sema4 Consulting (UK)
Kai Müller, Barclaycard Arena (DE)

Chair's Biog | Brian Kabatznick

BK Photo 2017Brian has worked in the sports and entertainment business for 35 years. Since 2007, he has managed AEG's venue development in Europe, now expanded to over 20 facilities. In 2015, he was elected president of the European Arenas Association. Prior to AEG, Brian worked for Ticketmaster in a variety of roles including managing its Midwest regional office and its international expansion.  


Speaker's Biog | Brandon Lucas

Over the course of a 20+ year career, Brandon has learned the ins and outs of the entertainment industry, from selling tickets to producing and marketing events, including a long stint at SFX/Clear Channel Entertainment (Live Nation) and the NBA’s Charlotte team. He is currently VP at carbonhouse, the industry leader that provides website solutions to more than 250 venues across the globe. Over the years, Brandon has shared his professional knowledge and expertise. He regularly participates in industry discussions regarding marketing and technology at national meetings, including IAVM, ILMC, Pollstar Live, and the Event and Arena Marketing Conference. In this capacity at carbonhouse, he leads day-to-day operations as well as business development.

Speaker's Biog | Victoria Matthews

Victoria MatthewsVictoria's career has seen her achieve notable successes working in London, New York and Madrid for Madridfusión, Grupo Albión, Broadgate Consultants and Wolff Olins. Her 20 years' experience in business and communications, most recently as co- managing director for the European Arenas Association, have led her to understand the importance of customer motivation and to appreciate the critical role of customer care in delivering business success. Victoria set-up SEMA4 to help organisations in the leisure and entertainment sector deliver the best possible experience through targeted experiential monitoring.

Speaker's Biog | Kai Müller

Kai MullerKai has spent more than 20 years in the entertainment industry. He started his career in the music business having finished at university, in a 360-degree booking, management, label, publisher and merchandising agency. Goldrush Entertainment belonged at this time to the Bertelsmann Music Group and Kai was responsible for the booking department and the development of young, talented acts. After four years he moved to Hamburg to join the first extreme sports and music-sponsoring agency at the Titus Group (famous German skateboard brand) and was responsible for the sponsoring acquisition and fulfilment at major festivals like Rock am Ring or Hurricane Festival. Since the opening of the Barclaycard Arena in late 2002 he has been responsible for the programme and booking of northern Germany’s most popular and biggest multipurpose arena. At the beginning as a ‘hire only’ venue, Kai evolved the booking department and added several own-promoted events to the portfolio, and developed new formats such as screen / orchestra events, national family / kids shows, and currently, two e-sports events that will take place in 2017.