Live Nation Names Ned Collett Executive Vice President of Venue Operations

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–April 26, 2006–Live Nation (NYSE:LYV), a leading live content and venue management company, has announced the appointment of Ned Collett to the position of Executive Vice President of North American Venues. In this newly created position, Mr. Collett will liaise with Live Nation’s seven regional Senior Vice Presidents to oversee operations in the 110 venues Live Nation owns or operates in North America.

A concert and venue industry veteran, Mr. Collett most recently served as Executive Producer/Vice President of Fox Theatre Business Operations in Detroit, running or programming such storied venues as The Fox Theatre, the Joe Louis Arena, the Cobo Arena and Comerica Park, to name a few. He was also the General Manager of National Car Rental Center in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, a venue operated by SMG. He eventually rose to the position of Regional Vice President of Sports and Entertainment at the company. Mr. Collett also spent ten years at the University of North Carolina in a variety of positions at the Dean E. Smith Center. He began his career in 1980 in concert production, working in various capacities as a rigger, sight coordinator, accountant and unit manager.

“Ned brings with him a wealth of management skills that will be of great value to the terrific team we already have in place,” said Live Nation President Global Venues and Sponsorship, Bruce Eskowitz. “We continue to focus our efforts on enhancing the fan experience at all of our venues and Ned’s arrival at Live Nation will help us reach that goal.”

“I’m thrilled to be joining Live Nation and am looking forward to working with the talented group of executives Bruce has assembled here at the company,” said Mr. Collett.

About Live Nation

Live Nation is a leading live content and venue management company focused on creating superior experiences for artists, performers, corporations and fans. Live Nation owns, operates or has booking rights for 150 venues worldwide and promoted or produced over 28,500 events in 2005. Live Nation is headquartered in Los Angeles, California. Live Nation is listed on The New York Stock Exchange, trading under the symbol “LYV”. For more information regarding Live Nation and its businesses, please visit the company’s web site at

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