全球演唱會產業貿易媒體Pollstar的總部遷至洛杉磯並大幅裁員

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  • 全球演唱會產業貿易媒體Pollstar的總部遷至洛杉磯並大幅裁員

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    ◎Oak View集團宣布將Pollstar的總部遷至該集團的洛杉磯辦事處,而創始人Gary Bongiovanni將於6月底離職。根據CelebrityAccess報導,確定會大幅的裁員並且已經知道了一些人的名字,而裁員至少會影響到圖表、執行人員和訂閱銷售部門。

    ◎Pollstar是全球演唱會產業的貿易媒體,其編輯部門將在洛杉磯運作(其實自11月以來就已是如此),業務部門將保持不變,但大部分的業務銷售已轉移到母集團OVG的業務部門,據說廣告銷售的工作人員將會只剩下一個人。Billboard Boxscore的前經理Bob Allen加入了OVG的媒體與會議部門。預計還會有工作人員將加入Pollstar的倫敦辦事處。剛剛被董事會任命為Pollstar執行長的Gary Smith將繼續擔任「行政顧問職位」,他已經簽署了一份會在Pollstar多工作數年的合約。

    ◎OVG的聲明表示「這些變化......將需要人員的轉換和重組。Pollstar的編輯、技術和票房工作人員,後兩者分別由技術長Dan Martin和票房經理Brad Rodgers領導,將大致維持不變,Pollstar在倫敦的營運也是一樣」。員工大約有50人。

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    Oak View Group has announced it is moving the headquarters of Pollstar to OVG's Los Angeles office, and that founder Gary Bongiovanni will be leaving at the end of June. CelebrityAccess has learned that layoffs are plentiful ("just about everyone" according to a source) and has learned the names of some of the individuals but will not report them – however the layoffs affect at least the graphics department, executive staff and subscription sales.

    Pollstar's editorial will be run out of Los Angeles (but that has been the case since November) and the sales operations will remain the same (but much of the sales had already shifted to OVG's sales department, especially regarding the Pollstar Live! conference) Word is that only one person was left on from the ad sales staff. As had been anticipated, Bob Allen, former manager of Billboard Boxscore, has joined OVG's Media & Conferences division (how this affects the traditional Pollstar boxoffice department run by Brad Rogers – spelled "Rodgers" in OVG's press release – and Chad Ivie is not yet known). Jon Guynn has also joined OVG as VP of operations (and was in on the exit interviews).

    Staff is also expected to be added to Pollstar's London office and, apparently whatever the New York office is (OVG has just announced that it has an office in New York).

    Gary Smith, who just recently was named CEO of Pollstar by its board of directors, will remain on in an "executive advisory capacity." Smith has had a contract to work at Pollstar for several more years. Bongiovanni, however, who began the company about 35 years ago literally on his kitchen table, will move on to retirement.

    The OVG statement says, "These changes ... will necessitate staffing transitions and reorganization. Pollstar's editorial, technology, and box office staff, the latter two led by CTO Dan Martin and Box Office Manager Brad Rodgers (sic), respectively, will remain largely unaffected, as will Pollstar's London operation." The staff was about 50.

    It's hard to say what will happen with the office, filled with hundreds of concert posters submitted for Pollstar's annual poster contest, if so many people are not going into it tomorrow. Neither of "the Garys" were in the office May 31, CelebrityAccess has learned.

    Last summer, Oak View Group CEO Tim Leiweke came to the Fresno office to talk to the staff.

    "First and foremost we're buying the company," he told the staff. "Second, because I know this is the No. 1 question I'd have if I were you: We're not moving the company. The company will stay in Fresno. You will all continue to work at this company and we will continue to grow the company."

    Joe Reinartz, the author of this news report is the former news editor of Pollstar.

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