Live Nation Welcomes Lesley Olenik as VP of Touring


Live Nation Welcomes Lesley Olenik as VP of Touring

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LOS ANGELES, Sept. 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ – Today, Live Nation Entertainment announced the hire of Lesley Olenik as a VP of Touring for its US Concerts division. Based in Los Angeles, Olenik will report to Omar Al-Joulani, SVP of Touring. She joins Live Nation as a veteran of the live music industry, having spent nearly a decade handling many different aspects of concert promoting for Goldenvoice and AEG Concerts.

“With a deep knowledge of the industry and an innate ability to connect with artists, Lesley is the perfect addition to help lead our touring group as we continue to meet the growing demand for concerts,” said Al-Joulani. “We’re extremely happy she decided to make the jump to Live Nation and can’t wait to see what she accomplishes as part of the world’s leading live entertainment team.”

Live Nation recently reported Q2 earnings which revealed that additional shows and increased fan attendance helped drive one of the Concerts group’s strongest quarters to date, growing revenue for the division by 34%. Given the strong performance of shows to date and the pipeline for the rest of the year, Live Nation expects to promote close to 28,000 events in 2017, up from 26,000 last year.

Olenik most recently served as Senior Vice President of Talent Buying for Goldenvoice, where she booked and produced concerts throughout Southern California, including highlights such as Adele’s eight-show run at The STAPLES Center, four performances by Flume at Shrine Expo Hall, and two editions of Radiohead at Shrine Auditorium. She regularly handled concerts at all these venues as well as Microsoft Theater, The Greek Theatre, and The Theatre at The Ace Hotel. Olenik also helped drive festivals at Goldenvoice. She was instrumental in launching Tyler, The Creator’s Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival in 2011, and helped grow the fest from a single-day event for 2,500 attendees in The STAPLES Center parking lot to a full-fledged festival taking over all 160-acre Exposition Park. Olenik also curated talent, oversaw marketing strategies and managed production expenses for festivals including Festival Supreme, The L.A. Bluegrass Situation, Fool’s Gold Day Off and Low End Theory. Earlier in her career, Olenik held posts as the Director of Talent Buying for Nederlander Concerts, and Talent Buyer for Viejas Entertainment. She has been recognized at the Annual Pollstar Awards as the “Night Club Talent Buyer of the Year” (2012 and 2014), and named to Billboard’s “40 Under 40” list (2016).

Olenik received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan.

About Live Nation Entertainment
Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE: LYV) is the world’s leading live entertainment company comprised of global market leaders: Ticketmaster, Live Nation Concerts, and Live Nation Media & Sponsorship. For additional information, visit


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The Prime Minister announces changes in the senior ranks of the Public Service

The Prime Minister announces changes in the senior ranks of the Public Service

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OTTAWA, Sept. 22, 2017 /CNW/ - The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced the following changes in the senior ranks of the Public Service:

Jody Thomas, currently Senior Associate Deputy Minister of National Defence, becomes Deputy Minister of National Defence, effective October 23, 2017.

Bill Matthews, currently Comptroller General of Canada, becomes Senior Associate Deputy Minister of National Defence, effective October 23, 2017.

Gordon Venner, currently Assistant Deputy Minister (Policy), National Defence, becomes Associate Deputy Minister of National Defence, effective October 23, 2017.

Roch Huppé, currently Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Commissioner, Canada Revenue Agency, becomes Comptroller General of Canada, effective October 23, 2017.

The Prime Minister took the opportunity to congratulate John Forster, Deputy Minister of National Defence, and Gavin Liddy, Senior Advisor to the Privy Council Office, on the occasion of their retirements from the Public Service, following distinguished careers marked by dedication and excellence in serving Canadians.

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CreativeDrive Opens Asia Operations

CreativeDrive Opens Asia Operations

Cloke to Lead from Singapore as Regional Managing Director

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NEW YORK, Sept. 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Having recently entered the Latin American market, independent content producer CreativeDrive, a Bertram Capital portfolio company, is now expanding its global and Asian footprint with the formation of CreativeDrive Asia.

The expansion follows CreativeDrive’s 2016 alliance with Shenzhen, China-based W. Studio.

Dean Cloke, veteran of DDB and Ogilvy, will lead the new Asian operations and has been appointed Regional Managing Director of Asia, effective immediately.

In this newly created role, Cloke will establish, grow and provide leadership across CreativeDrive’s Asian operations in the Singapore Hub of Mapletree Business City. Reporting directly to CEO Myles Peacock, Cloke will be responsible for day-to-day operations and forging deep relationships within the region.

Peacock noted, “In this very important and growing region, Dean brings a depth and breadth of experience to the table, ranging from global account management to operations to business development. As we build our new model, we are continuously seeking out top talent who will grow our content creation capabilities and ease of service and efficiencies. By combining the right people with our new, smarter platform, we are closing the gap between content creation and consumption in today’s fast changing media landscape. Dean will be a great leader and liaison to our team and clients as we continue to evolve our unique content creation model globally.”

Cloke has been working in Asia for the past two decades with various network agencies, most recently as Group Managing Director and Partner for DDB Group Indonesia, winning Campaign Asia’s Indonesian Creative Agency of the Year in 2014. 

Cloke said, “I am an entrepreneur at heart even when working for large companies as my experience attests. I like the CreativeDrive model. It’s a challenger brand, something the industry has not seen at scale. This new model drives savings, sales and satisfies our clients’ need for relevant content over and over again.”

Before his Group MD and partner role with DDB, Cloke was Regional VP and Managing Director for Ogilvy RedWorks in Singapore, where he successfully grew the agency from 40 to over 100 staff, tripling its revenue with new business wins such as Prudential, Resorts World Sentosa, Tiffany & Co. and Singapore Traffic Police, among others.

About CreativeDrive
CreativeDrive is an independent, global content creation and production solution with one of the largest studio networks in the world and a dedicated team of accomplished makers, creators and doers. CreativeDrive combines technology and talent to offer unmatched insights to clients while its proprietary platform and built-in end-to-end technology guarantee transparency and efficiency. Recognized as one of the first business models to actively challenge the status quo by consistently producing high-quality content with unparalleled speed and scale in any language, topic or format, CreativeDrive supports a community of over 1,000 dedicated, skilled creators producing innovative, brand building content that can be scaled, repurposed and used across channels, ensuring content is fully utilized for the benefit of our clients’ business growth and their customers. The CreativeDrive network includes over 100 studios in the U.S., Latin America, Asia and Europe.

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CreativeDrive Asia is located at Mapletree Business City, 20, Pasir Panjang Road, #03-22/24, Singapore 117439

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