LOS ANGELES (CelebrityAccess) SMG has reportedly decided it will opt out of the next VenuesNow conference.
The rumor-slash-fact, first reported by Amplify magazine.
OVG recently bought Pollstar and VenuesToday, changing the latter’s name to VenuesNow and holding a conference in its name last summer.
The request comes on the heels of AEG removing itself from last year’s Pollstar event, which could by many be considered the “first” year of the OVG event.
As to why, currently the only suggestion is that OVG has been in a battle to gain facility management of Los Angeles’s Greek Theatre. The city’s Parks & Rec department recently gave a glowing endorsement to renew SMG’s contract for managing the facility. However, OVG’s Tim Leiweke told Amplify’s Dave Brooks that the fight isn’t over (the city council was expected to give the final decision yesterday). An anonymous OVG source offered up to Amplify that it would provide the LA city council “shocking” photos of how the Greek was mismanaged by SMG. Whether that had anything to do with SMG’s decision to exit the next Pollstar conference is pure speculation, yet both things happened on the same day. Brooks had no comment.
EDIT: This article originally reported that SMG was removing itself from the Pollstar Live! conference. That information is incorrect and we apologize for inaccurate – that is, false – reporting.