Anticipation mounts as intrepid scholars enter the final weeks before the premiere live event and festival convention XLIVE 2016 descends upon the luminous landscape of Las Vegas this Dec. 5-7. Just ahead, the masterminds behind the esteemed conference & expo are rolling out even more exciting announcements leading with the addition of Keynote Speaker CEO of Oak View Group Tim Leiweke as well as Artist & Frye Co-Founder Ja Rule and Activision Blizzard Senior Vice President Mike Sepso, who will join the long roster of prominent speakers slated for the event.
Accompanying the already impressive program of keynote speakers as a welcome addition is Tim Leiweke, current CEO of Oak View Group and Former CEO of AEG. The live events venture mogul brings with him one of the most impressive resumes in sports and entertainment to the XLIVE forum. Be sure to catch Tim Leiweke on Dec. 6, 10:50-11:20 a.m.
Speaking on two panels throughout the course of XLIVE, Grammy nominated rap artist Ja Rule will enlighten attendees of the “All About the Benjamins” and “State of the Artists” panels. Here, Ja Rule will join music industry titans to debate how festivals and fans are being impacted by the new financial realities of talent booking and share how festivals have positively impacted the careers of the artists they manage and work with. Ja Rule will also provide insight into how emerging artists can use festivals as a springboard in their own success. Conference attendees can join Ja Rule for “All About the Benjamins” on Dec. 5, from 5:45 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and/or “State of the Artists” which takes place Dec. 6 at 4 p.m.
XLIVE is also excited to announce that Mike Sepso, SVP at Activision Blizzard, as a featured speaker joining the XLIVE eSports track. Sepso will discuss how Activision Blizzard’s recently unveiled Overwatch League will bring a professional sports dynamic to the eSports industry complete with teams associated by city and live streamed competitions taking place in arenas around the world watched by millions of fans. Sepso is slated to present on Dec. 7, 11-11:30 a.m.
As the world’s premiere festival industry conference and expo, XLIVE 2016 will provide invaluable learning and inevitable networking for those looking for an insightful introduction or to evolve within the booming industry. Engaging emerging innovators for this year’s festivities, XLIVE is welcoming both young entrepreneurs from across the nation and enterprising startups to the platform. Cultivating young talent, XLIVE’s new Young Festival Entrepreneur Program aims to afford inductees of the program opportunities to learn, meet with and network with seasoned industry executives. Selected from a vast pool of youthful aspirants, the eleven young professionals recognized in the 2016 program are:
- Lyle Maxson, CEO, The 2Courtiers Inc.
- Sean Kupchella, Health & Service Team Manager, Insomniac Events
- Melissa Selinger, Director, DeeplyMoved Productions
- Topher McDaniel, Executive Director/Partner, Boogaloo Music Festival
- Evelina Bershadsky, Owner/CEO/Founder, Ninjalina Productions
- Kenneth Gray, Managing Partner, Draft 2 Craft
- John Davidson, Installation Artist, Noise Revolt
- Rebecca Tsui, Junior Marketing Assistant, Vendini
- Gianna Mascaro, Social Media, Consequence of Sound
- Cheyenne Havens, Public Relations Manager & Artists Liason, EPIC Productions
- Addie Olsen, Festival Director, Marketing & Administrative Director, Winter Circle Productions
Be sure to catch these participants receive accolades 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 6.
XLIVE 2016 will offer a taste of every facet of live event execution imaginable, from throwing a successful festival to debating the impact of social media on culinary culture. The XLIVE Startup Showcase will host trailblazers of live event production in the 24,000 square foot exhibit hall, where select companies will showcase products and services. Select startups slated to exhibit at XLIVE 2016 include: the world’s premier Lost & Found software and services provider, Crowdfind; Switchboard, a company that connects producers, brands and developers to a worldwide network; tech company Robin which will demonstrate how they give consumers the ability to reserve concert tickets for their favorite artists at the push of a button — plus many other incredible demonstrations.
With over 140 speakers, the insight and learning possibilities featured at XLIVE 2016 are endless! Full event agenda here. To register for XLIVE 2016 visit the XLIVE website and be sure to stay up to date on the latest news via the XLIVE Facebook page.