Contributors

Jim McCarthy

CEO, Goldstar

Jim McCarthy is the co-founder and CEO of Goldstar (www.goldstar.com), a company that sells millions of live event tickets to millions of people on behalf of more than 5,000 venues and producers each year. An e-commerce veteran, Jim has spent his entire career in high-growth businesses and likes to share his 
knowledge and insight with others. He's the editor and main contributor to SellingOut.com a website for live entertainment and arts marketers. He's the curator and co-founder of TEDxBroadway the sold-out annual event dedicated to the question: "What's the Best Broadway Can Be?" He's spoken at conferences all over the world, including TED, SXSW, INTIX and more. His articles have been in Forbes, Fast Company and Business Insider. About Jim, Bob Lefsetz has said, "Jim McCarthy is smart, he'd win in any world, not only via his brain, but his hard work and dedication." He's the organizer of the Pasadena Entrepreneurs' MasterMind Meetup, which Pasadena Business Now noted, "Jim McCarthy, CEO of Goldstar, discussed his personal philosophy of business and leadership. His stories of humanity and giving brought tears to many eyes and motivated all to do more for more. It was clear to all why Jim's MasterMind groups have a many-month waiting list to learn from him and his vision and insight." Jim is also a very active member on the Board of Directors for Union Station Homeless Services as well as the Pasadena Playhouse. He studied English at Harvard University and received an MBA at UCLA Anderson School of Management. Jim recently earned his black belt in Northern Eagle Claw Kung Fu.

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News

Jim on Bloomberg Talking Live Events and Mobile

Earlier today, I spent some time chatting with Carol Massar from Bloomberg TV about the future of mobile and live entertainment.

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Experience

Fingers Crossed the Marvel Show is Done Right

Marvel Reveals Live-Action Stage Event to Launch 2014.As I said recently, good live family entertainment should work. This will be a big success IF the show honors its audience. I have no idea what this show will be like, but shows like this have gone a couple of different ways: Trade solely on the fact that they have familiar, popular properties (like superheroes that we all know and love) and then do the minimum to wrap something you can...

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Experience

Dodgers Show What Being Audience-Oriented Means

The Los Angeles Dodgers are in the playoffs, which means that everyone wants to be at the games. I went to a game during the series before this one, wherein they beat the Atlanta Braves, and it was crowded. But of course, that’s what you’d expect. These games are sold out and very popular.Except it wasn’t just a sell out. The car traffic was extreme, with waits in the parking lot that kept the stadium only partly full for...

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Pricing

Brainwaves Show What People REALLY Think of Prices

Is Your Coffee too Cheap? Using Brainwaves to Test Prices.This is an interesting read about a German scientist who is experimenting with the brainwaves of people who are looking at different prices for Starbucks coffee. The specifics are not as important here as an idea that I REALLY want you to understand:Price is one of the most powerful tools in a live entertainment marketer's toolkit, and it can't be a hostage of your ego or your "gut."The reason for this...

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News

Globetrotters Sold for Big Money, Showing Value of Family Entertainment

Trust me when I tell you that good family entertainment is almost a sure bet. It’s scarce, and parents are dying for you to provide it to them. It’s hard to keep young children entertained if you’re unwilling to sit them in front of a TV or hand them an iPad. But when someone designs good (or if I’m honest, even just decent) live entertainment for families and does a reasonable job marketing it, it sells.That’s why it doesn’t...

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Bright Ideas

Hubbard Street Dance Takes It to the Streets to Grow

I love this article. This is a dance company whose sense of mission makes them realize that they must reach more people, which means they must, ultimately, be audience-oriented.Jason Palmquist, the organization's Executive Director, reflects on a tagline from the late '90s for the organization (before his time there). The tagline said: "3 weeks only. You'll need the other 49 to catch your breath." Jason rejects that thinking, saying, "You'll have the other 49 weeks to forget about us...

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Advertising

Even Virtual Stuff Needs a “Cover”

In a way, a live event is a virtual good.There’s a bit of irony in that, too, because we associate “virtual” with our new, modern world, whereas live events are as ancient a “product” as humankind produces. It’s not hard to picture a particularly rakish Neanderthal smartass standing on a rock telling jokes as his two burly buddies stand at the opening to the cave collecting payment in the form of berries or a mammoth steak.A live event is...

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Bright Ideas

Make People Want to Talk About What You’re Doing

I agree with Lyn Gardner that Theatre Criticism is not in crisis.A headlong, destination-uncertain transition perhaps, but not crisis.How does this relate to selling out a venue? It’s great to have people commenting on what you do in as large a forum as possible. One major structural advantage for sports event marketers, for example, is that there are entire TV networks (ESPN being the leading one) who must talk about their product 24 hours a day on multiple venues....

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Brilliant

Look Out for “Government Shutdown: The Musical!”

Dirty Underwear, The Musical? Banksy Brings Broadway to Brooklyn.This is hysterical, and deserves to be a comment meme. Why not start right now in the comments right here? I'll go first: Government Shutdown: The Musical!

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Bright Ideas

Defining Originality: The How Rather Than the What

Half of Broadway's content is from other sources, according to this article. And you know what? I don't care! In fact, I think Jordan Roth of Jujamcyn Theaters nailed this topic forevermore in his TEDxBroadway 2012 talk, when he defined "originality" to mean more than just, "is there source material?" But on the invention inherent to the work. The "how" rather than just the "what," as he put it.Hey, Shakespeare cribbed Ovid, Plutarch and folk tales from all over Europe,...

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