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Mr. Ben Weeden

Wrong Ben Weeden?

Chief Operating Officer, House of...

Live Nation Entertainment
Local Address: Hollywood, California, United States
Live Nation Inc
9348 Civic Center Drive
Beverly Hills , California 90210
United States

Company Description: Live Nation, Inc. is a live music company. The Company owns, operates more than 155 venues, including House of Blues music venues and prestigious locations, such as...   more

Employment History

  • President and North America -
    Live Nation Inc
  • Chief Financial Officer
    Live Nation Inc
  • Chief Operating Officer
  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Chief Operating Officer
    Blues Entertainment
  • Chief Operating Officer
    North American Music Group
  • Chief Financial Officer
    North American Music Group
  • Director of European Business Development
    European Touring
  • Director of Touring, Europe
    Clear Channel Entertainment

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Board Member
    European Touring


  • degree , economics
    Harvard University
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Learn more about Ben ..., 2 April 2015 [cached]
Learn more about Ben Weeden
Watch Service'>Ben Weeden, the COO of Live Nation's House of Blues entertainment division, said Live Nation will book both national touring acts and local performers.
"The team that we have in Los Angeles that's putting together national tours, the New Daisy or the Palace will be part of those national tours," he said. "But then we'll have our local team that will be working with agents directly booking both local acts to Memphis but also 'one-of' shows with artists that we are not doing tours with."
There are similar strategies, notably at Lafayette's Music Room in Overton Square where promoters also have talked of plans to do shows built around an extra day in town for artists who play the Levitt Shell in nearby Overton Park. Weeden similarly talked of those playing FedExForum or Beale Street Music Festival.
Adelman and Weeden say the New Daisy will probably reopen first and likely in the summer.
That includes upgraded sound and light systems as well as upgraded dressing rooms that Weeden said are essential for bringing back the Memphis concert market. Local architecture firm archimania is overseeing the renovation.
The restored New Daisy will have capacity for more than 1,100, and will include VIP viewing boxes, balcony, newly designed bar areas and expanded restroom facilities. Following renovation, the Palace will hold up to 2,400 people.
"Once you can show the artists, agents and managers that you have upgraded the venue and you use a lot of the quarters that we have to start routing into here, it's a matter of getting back on the treadmill," Weeden said.
"Now he has fans who probably ..., 28 Aug 2014 [cached]
"Now he has fans who probably weren't born when he was playing Woodstock," says Ben Weeden, chief operating officer of House of Blues Entertainment.
"Now he has fans who probably weren't born when he was playing Woodstock," says Ben Weeden, chief operating officer of House of Blues Entertainment.
* Member Profile: Ben Weeden ..., 1 Feb 2013 [cached]
* Member Profile: Ben Weeden '98
Member Profile: Ben Weeden, '98
Ben Weeden '98 seems to have been born under a lucky star. His story is one of being in the right place at the right time, combined with the talent and skills to deliver on the opportunity.
After graduating Harvard in 1998 as an economics major, Ben was working in finance at Bear Stearns in New York. One of their clients was SFX Entertainment, which was rolling up many of the regional concert promoters, amphitheaters, theaters, and clubs in the US and was starting to do the same in Europe. "What SFX was doing seemed so much more fun.†Weeden went to work for SFX in Business Development, and after two months in the New York office, he was transferred to the London office, which at the time was a very small operation, consisting of only a couple promoters.
Weeden was given what most recent college graduates would call a dream assignment: travel around Europe and acquire the major promoters in each European territory. Most of these had festivals, not venues. Weeden headed up the deals to acquire promoters in Scandinavia, Belgium, Holland, Italy, and Spain; since then, the company has grown to every country in Europe. When the bubble burst and capital dried up in 2001/2002, SFX stopped doing a lot of their acquisitions. "Coincidentally, at the time, a gentleman from the US came over to run marketing for Europe, Michael Rapino, who ended up becoming the CEO of Live Nation/Ticketmaster, " explains Weeden.
Michael Rapino moved further up the chain in Europe, and took Weeden with him.
"I definitely look at Michael as a mentor, and you know, just right place and right time, hard work and luck.†When Rapino became CEO of the European division, Weeden helped him run the music business in Europe, and put together large arena tours throughout Europe with Britney Spears, Prince, and the like.
Weeden became the interim CFO of the concert division in North America in 2007, making sure that all the teams under the company’s auspices started to work together, coordinating budgets with promoters in the field.
In 2008, Weeden was made COO of Live Nation’s North American concert division. A year later, the company acquired Ticketmaster, and divided up their US business into different units: Ticketmaster, sponsorship, and the concert division. Concerts were further divided amongst amphitheater/ arena shows and theatre/ club shows.
Weeden became CEO of House Of Blues Entertainment, which encompasses the theater and club division of the company, overseeing 6,000 shows a year in over 40 venues, including 3 comedy clubs. "We had spent so much time dealing with the amphitheater and arenas, that the theatres and clubs never got the attention they deserved. It’s a high volume business. Weeden observes that he prefers dealing with the smaller shows. "I find that a lot of the content nowadays is more in the small and middle-sized venues, where all the artists are developing, rather than selling out Staples Center.â€
Weeden oversees a team comprised of 25 senior promoters for the 40 venues, in addition to show marketers, venue teams, and a "farm team,†comprised of kids right out of college. "We bring them up and teach them the ropes of the business,†says Weeden. These junior promoters help market, strike contracts, take calls, and create special event nights and recurring programs at the various venues to fill up potentially slower nights. "In terms of the day to day: Are we booking shows, are those shows selling tickets? Is the beer cold and are the tacos hot?â€
In LA, Weeden also oversees the national touring team, whose job is to buy national tours â€"â€""artists that we want to get behind and add additional marketing power to, and fill the void that the labels used to serve on the marketing side,†explains Weeden. "I’m going to use all the assets we have at Ticketmaster, Live Nation, and House of Blues, and help sell more tickets. We believe that we can add more value and get them more exposure… We have this marketing machine, with a database of over a hundred million people.†By demographically targeting fans of similar artists, Weeden believes that Live Nation offers a unique service. If you’re a developing touring artist, says Weeden, "We can help you start your career.†In terms of where the company is headed in the future, Weeden muses, "There are only so many Friday nights of the year that I can book shows.
I ask Weeden if anything at Harvard had prepared him for this life as a significant player in the music industry. "I majored in economics,†he replies, "but completely fell into this.†However, Harvard came through four years ago, when Weeden went to meet his Harvard roommate at Nick’s Martini Bar, and ended up meeting his wife there. "It worked out very well,†laughs Weeden. Indeed, the couple has a 22-month old daughter, and another girl on the way in May.
Ben Weeden may indeed have a knack for being in the right place at the right time.
Ben Weeden is one of the online judges for Harvard ROCKS 2013. Check out the finalists at the show and vote on Wed., Feb. 20th in LA!
"We mine data to sell more ..., 6 April 2015 [cached]
"We mine data to sell more tickets and get bands more exposure," says House of Blues COO Ben Weeden.
Live Nation | Investor Site - Corporate Governance - Management, 24 April 2010 [cached]
Ben Weeden Chief Operating Officer - North American Music
Biography Photo Ben Weeden Chief Operating Officer - North American Music
As Chief Operating Officer of North American Music at Live Nation, Mr. Weeden works alongside the company's internal board of governors to oversee all concert operations in North America including the company's venues and the 10,000 concerts produced annually by Live Nation.
Mr. Weeden has worked in the North American Music Group since 2005, most recently serving as Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining the North American team, Mr. Weeden served as Director of European Touring ... 
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