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News & Noteworthy (Week of July 19)

A lot goes on in our world each week — some news you may catch, and some may slip by your radar. Below are a few articles that caught our attention, and we didn’t want you to miss ’em! Audio Streaming Beats CDs in Germany: According to Billboard, "Audio streaming now represents nearly half of revenues and has replaced CDs as the largest sales segment on the German record market." Wolfgang Spahr reports: "From the late 1980s on, CDs enjoyed...

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#TBT: Who Wants to Be a Pontiac?

Happy #TBT! Here’s an oldie-but-goodie post from Jim: Who Wants to Be a Pontiac? [Editor’s Note: When Jim wrote this on February 20, 2009, Pontiac was still in business. GM discontinued manufacturing and marketing Pontiac on October 31, 2010. This post is a helpful reminder about the importance of branding.] Not many takers on that, I’m guessing. To put it the way The New York Times Business section did, Pontiac will “shrivel up” over the next couple of years. Here’s the key...

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#TBT: Audience, It’s What You’re There For

Happy #TBT! Here’s an oldie-but-goodie post from Jim: Audience, It’s What You’re There For. I had a really interesting lunch with Terry Teachout of the Wall Street Journal, and the conversation ranges, as always with a person with as big a brain as Terry’s, from topic to topic, but landing on the topic of the role of the audience in creating and managing programming. Somehow, it seems that some people, particularly in the arts, have this idea that the audience is irrelevant...

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#TBT: What Live Entertainment Can Learn From Chick-fil-A

Happy #TBT! Here’s an oldie-but-goodie post from Jim: What Live Entertainment Can Learn From Chick-fil-A. We've discussed the phenomenon of using a live event to promote a live event. Jim Royce [formerly of Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles] told us about a successful launch event they did to promote the onsale of Spamalot at the Ahmanson Theater. They took the wacky, silly theme of Monty Python, got a few of their people to dress up in costume and grabbed attention...

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Live Video Chat With Two Cirque du Soleil Performers — Ask Them Anything!

What started as a small group of street performers in Montreal has grown into the largest theatrical production in the world, with shows all across the globe. Now, with the latest Coffee With Goldstar chat you can get a glimpse inside the magical world of Cirque du Soleil. Goldstar will be talking live from under the Big Top Tent in Atlanta with two of their performers, hand balancer Andrii Bondarenko and singer Eirini Tornesaki, who will share what it's like to work...

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Selling Out With … Cirque du Soleil

What started with two street performers in Montreal has grown into a worldwide phenomenon with shows on every continent (except Antarctica). Cirque du Soleil is one of the leaders in live entertainment with their fantastic performers, musicians and overall experience. One area you might not realize they’re also leading in is pricing. Cirque du Soleil recently began optimizing their dynamic and flex pricing, with positive results. To learn more about the process we spoke with Éric Valley, Ticket Sales Director for...

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#TBT: Who Wants to Be a Live Entertainment Entrepreneur?

Happy #TBT. To celebrate, we’re sharing an oldie-but-goodie post from Jim: Who Wants to Be a Live Entertainment Entrepreneur? I realize that I throw this term around a lot, but I’ve never really bothered to explain what I mean by it. You probably have a template in your head for what an entrepreneur is. Typically, it’s one of two things: a guy or gal hanging out his or her shingle as a designer or freelance writer or attorney, trying to fashion a...

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#TBT: Leading the Culture

Happy #TBT. To celebrate, we’re sharing an oldie-but-goodie post from Jim: Leading the Culture. I used a phrase the other day that I think is very important to understand. I said that live entertainment had the chance to “lead the culture.” Greg Sandow uses the phrase “gravitational pull” to describe what happens when something is highly relevant in the world. People are naturally drawn to it, as though by gravity. If I ask you “what are people interested in these days?” your...

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#TBT: How Your Organization Can Be as Awesome as Cirque du Soleil

Happy #TBT. To celebrate, we’re sharing an oldie-but-goodie post from Jim: How Your Organization Can Be as Awesome as Cirque du Soleil. This morning [2009], I’m savoring the memories of the Santa Monica premiere of Cirque du Soleil: KOOZA. If you’ve never seen a Cirque show, this is a great one to start with: funny, silly, crowd-pleasing, fast-paced. Some of their work is a bit more serious, but this show just kicks out the jams and has fun with the...

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Next Stop for Cirque du Soleil: Broadway

Cirque du Soleil plans to open Paramour, the first Cirque creation for Broadway, in June 2016 at the Lyric Theater, reports Michael Paulson for The New York Times. “What is different about ‘Paramour,’ when compared to other Cirque spectacles that might appear in a tent or in Vegas, is that this is being created for Broadway, so it will be story driven,” Scott Zeiger, who oversees Cirque du Soleil’s new New York-based theatrical division, told Paulson. “It won’t contain the...

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