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#TBT: Because That’s Where the Money (and Value) Is

Editor's Note: This post was written by Jim in April of 2010. But it's still extremely relevant. Today, musical artists, TV shows and movies -- from the So You Think You Can Dance Live Tour to Game of Thrones -- continue to bring their product to the theatrical stage. And we've got some of those shows listed on Goldstar.Happy #TBT. To celebrate, we’re sharing an oldie-but-goodie post from Jim: Because That’s Where the Money (and Value) Is.You’ve probably heard of, or...

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#TBT: What Does It Mean, Halloween?

Happy #TBT. To celebrate, we’re sharing an oldie-but-goodie post from Jim: What Does It Mean, Halloween?Wisenheimer that I am, I posted to my Facebook profile the following thing over the weekend [November 2, 2010]: “In the midst of all this commercialism and partying, let’s not forget the true meaning of Halloween: the birth of Satan.”Which I mention because for a holiday for which there really is no “true meaning,” people sure do celebrate. I think in the past, it was a...

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#TBT: Write the CEO an Email, Get a Lawyer Letter

Happy #TBT. To celebrate, we’re sharing an oldie-but-goodie post from Jim: Write the CEO an Email, Get a Lawyer Letter.Wow. Here’s a tidbit from an incredible story:“ … Giorgio Galante found out today [that] sending AT&T’s CEO two emails in two weeks results in a phone call from AT&T’s Executive Response Team and a warning that further emails will result in a cease and desist letter.”Now, to be fair, we don’t know what was in Galante’s emails. They could have been...

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#TBT: How Dynamic Do You Want Your Pricing?

Happy #TBT. To celebrate, we’re sharing an oldie-but-goodie post from Jim: How Dynamic Do You Want It?I've just returned from the [2010] Broadway Spring Road Conference in NYC, where I had been invited to join the very first panel of the conference, which was about pricing.One simple word with so much complexity. A million ways to die, as Bond or a Bond-like character might have said. But I wasn’t alone on the stage, by any means. We had a great...

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#TBT: Two Ways of Looking at Premium Pricing

Happy #TBT. To celebrate, we’re sharing an oldie-but-goodie post from Jim: Two Ways of Looking at Premium Pricing.Would you pay $1,750 for a folding chair?Before you say “no,” imagine that it came with the ability to sit in it in the first row of a Bon Jovi concert. And you got a bunch of other cool Bon Jovi stuff.Still no?Well, sure, that’s what a sane person would say, but the point of selling such a package is that some people...

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#TBT: 3 Things the NFL Can Teach the Rest of the Live Entertainment Business

Happy #TBT. To celebrate, we’re sharing an oldie-but-goodie post from Jim: 3 Things the NFL Can Teach the Rest of the Live Business.The grizzly bear is about to crawl out of its winter hibernation chamber. All the creatures, great and small, in its domain must once again acknowledge its benevolent but certain rule.The National Football League is gearing up to get back in action.Many of my readers in the arts and theater world have eyes so glazed at this point...

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#TBT: Does Opera Need a New Audience?

Happy #TBT. To celebrate, we’re sharing an oldie-but-goodie post from Jim: Does Opera Need a New Audience?Anne Midgette of the Washington Post published an interesting piece [on June 27, 2010] about the future of American opera. Here’s a key tidbit:“American opera is at a crossroads. A production of a new work at a large house costs millions of dollars — hundreds of thousands in commissioning fees alone. It’s a lot to spend on something geared toward the tastes of a narrow...

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#TBT: The One Thing That Always Works for Live Entertainment

Happy #TBT. To celebrate, we’re sharing an oldie-but-goodie post from Jim: You Won’t Find the Future by Polishing the Past.As I've written before, it’s looking like a difficult summer for the folks who make money selling and performing concerts. Typical of the commentary is this piece in the New York Post, which I’ll excerpt a bit of below:“Some are blaming the low demand for tickets on the weak economy and prices that are simply too high for the public to...

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#TBT: There’s No Such Thing as the “Concert Business”

Happy #TBT. To celebrate, we’re sharing an oldie-but-goodie post from Jim: There’s No Such Thing as the “Concert Business.”Live Nation recently canceled about 200 shows (@ June 17, 2010). (Update: Apparently the number of cancellations is in dispute. Live Nation says it’s “comparable to past years” and others disagree. Just FYI.) This is big stuff, and it’s an indicator that concert tours are possibly in for a long, hot summer. (And by “hot” I mean they’ll be sweating, not that...

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#TBT: Online Comments Are as Bad as Hitler

Happy #TBT. To celebrate, we’re sharing an oldie-but-goodie post from Jim: Online Comments Are as Bad as Hitler.As a person who’s been in the internet biz for, well, most of the existence of the internet biz, I’ve always been a big fan of open systems of review and comment. In fact, here at Goldstar, we built the world’s first review system for live entertainment, and comments appear unedited and in real time.So for me, discussions of user comments and reviews...

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