AEG Appoint Lee Zeidman as Staples Center President

July 23, 2014

AEG, the owners and developers ofthe Staples Center, have promoted Lee Zeidman to the newly created position as president of the Los Angeles arena.

Additionally, Zeidman will simultaneously be elevated to president, Nokia Theatre L.A. Live, as well as president, L.A. Live, the downtown sports and entertainment district where the venues are located.

Hired in 1998 as Staples Center’s first full-time employee, Zeidman will continue to oversee all aspects of operations and business development of each of the venues including event operations and production, guest services, booking, box office, event security, event staffing, guest relations facility presentation, food and beverage services, marketing and communications. Staples is one of the busiest, highest-grossing arenas in the world, annually ranking among the top buildings of its size in the world in the annual Billboard Boxscore charts. Last year, Staples Center took in $80 million from concerts and non-sports events, fourth in the world among large arenas.

In addition to overseeing relationships with anchor tenants the Los Angeles Kings, Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Sparks franchises, Zeidman leads AEG’s overall event partnership associations with organizations such as the Recording Academy, ESPN, the NBA, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS), Dick Clark Productions and 19 Entertainment, among others who regularly partner with the venues to create and produce annual and special events.

As part of his expanded, multi-venue role, Zeidman will continue to work on behalf of AEG to partner with producers, promoters, Leagues, agencies and other entities to develop and create new programming and events for venues both within L.A. Live and AEG’s network of facilities worldwide.

Named to AEG’s Senior Management Committee in 2013, Zeidman serves as a member of the Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Commission’s Advisory Board, and has been selected to serve as trustee for the International Association of Venue Managers Foundation.

“There is not a single individual in our industry who is better qualified than Lee Zeidman to manage our key flagship Los Angeles venues and the L.A. Live sports and entertainment district,” said Dan Beckerman, president and CEO, AEG, in a statement. “Staples Center, Nokia Theatre and L.A. Live are at the heart of AEG’s core business, and their success under Lee’s leadership has fueled the growth of AEG throughout the world.

“In addition to guiding the day to day activities of every aspect of these facilities, Lee will continue to play a significant role in the creation of new content for our venues. As a member of our executive management committee, Lee’s experience, expertise and valuable voice will help to ‎guide the overall strategic direction of the company,” Beckerman adds.

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