Live Nation inks deal to exclusively book two of Denver’s biggest indie venues

Live Nation, the largest concert promoter in the world, has entered into a long-term deal with Denver-based independent concert promoter Soda Jerk Presents to operate and book Summit Music Hall and Marquis Theater, the company announced on Tuesday. “We want to do great things with these venues,” said Eric Pirritt, president of Live Nation Colorado. “We’re not looking to change how they do things. We’re looking to enhance it.” The deal means Live Nation is now the exclusive promoter of three Denver venues. (It has owned Capitol Hill’s 3,700-person Fillmore Auditorium since 2007.) “There’s no doubt it’s a bittersweet moment,” said Soda Jerk Presents founder Mike Barsch, who’s owned and booked the Marquis and Summit since 2006 and 2010, respectively. “The timing was right for me.” Live Nation plans to renovate the venues, though Pirritt declined to provide details. “We want to go in there and take what I think is amazing guts and make both the two best places in Denver at their capacity,” he said. The promoter will also diversify the genres booked at the venues. Under Soda Jerk Presents, the venues hosted primarily punk, metal and alt-rock concerts. Live Nation owns about 100 venues in its club division alone, booking a wide range of acts. This month, the promoter has the Wood Brothers and Fetty Wap among others performing at its Irving Plaza club in New York City, which has a capacity similar to Summit Music Hall. Ticket prices will not increase as a result of the deal, Pirritt said. “The places are working really well. We’re not going to do anything stupid like that,” he said. Live Nation officially takes over the venues on Feb. 2 and will see out the current schedule of confirmed shows. Soda Jerk Presents will continue to promote concerts at Colorado Springs’ Black Sheep and Hodi’s Half Note in Fort Collins, Continue Reading

Discovery to Move Headquarters From Maryland to NYC in 2019

Cable channel owner will have a National Operations Headquarters in Knoxville after buying Scripps Tony Maglio, provided by Published 10:11 am, Tuesday, January 9, 2018 Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Discovery to Move Headquarters From Maryland to NYC in 2019 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Pack your bags, TLC employees: Discovery Communications will relocate its headquarters from Silver Springs, Maryland to New York City in 2019, the company said on Tuesday. Additionally, after its pending acquisition of Scripps officially goes through, Discovery will open a National Operations Headquarters in Knoxville, Tennessee — that’s where the Scripps campus is now. “The media industry is rapidly evolving, increasingly global, more consumer focused and more multi-platform and Discovery must evolve with it,” Discovery President and CEO David Zaslav said. “The decision to move our global headquarters from its founding home is one we do not make lightly. We remain unwavering in our support of the Maryland and Greater Washington, DC area and we thank the leadership of the State of Maryland, Montgomery County and, most importantly, our employees for their cooperation and understanding as we make this important next step for the long-term success of Discovery.” Discovery employees were informed of the coming changes this morning. They were also told that duplication of functions will be evaluated, and “Decisions on individual job status and relocation… will be made after the close of the Scripps acquisition.” Latest entertainment videos Now Playing: Now Playing Golden Globes 2018: Big Winners and Highlights FortuneTime Prince Harry & Meghan Markle's wedding set to boost UK economy Fox35Orlando Tessa Thompson Clarifies Lena Dunham Time’s Up Comment EWTime South Korean Moving Company Uses Platform to Make Moving Easier Storyful Princess Continue Reading

Ratings: ‘Bachelor,’ ‘Good Doctor’ Carry ABC on Night of ESPN’s National Championship Game

"Big Bang Theory" rerun brings CBS second place Tony Maglio, provided by Published 8:42 am, Tuesday, January 9, 2018 Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Ratings: ‘Bachelor,’ ‘Good Doctor’ Carry ABC on Night of ESPN’s National Championship Game 1 / 1 Back to Gallery ABC was Monday’s broadcast television champion thanks to “The Bachelor” and “The Good Doctor.” Give second-place CBS a bit of an assist there for airing reruns of “The Big Bang Theory” and “Young Sheldon.” NBC finished third in primetime last night, when there was big competition in the form of ABC sister channel ESPN’s National Championship college football game. Fox and The CW bowed out with repeats. ABC was first in ratings with a 1.5 rating/5 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 6.4 million, according to preliminary numbers. “The Bachelor” at 8 p.m. landed a 1.4/5 and 5.5 million viewers. “The Good Doctor” at 10 posted a 1.6/5 and 8.2 million viewers. Also Read: ABC's 'Deception': Here's the Actual Series Description Latest entertainment videos Now Playing: Now Playing Golden Globes 2018: Big Winners and Highlights FortuneTime Prince Harry & Meghan Markle's wedding set to boost UK economy Fox35Orlando Tessa Thompson Clarifies Lena Dunham Time’s Up Comment EWTime South Korean Moving Company Uses Platform to Make Moving Easier Storyful Princess Charlotte Is Off to Her First Day of Nursery School, and Kate Middleton Took Pictures InStyleTime Kendall Jenner Has the Best Advice for Anyone Struggling with Acne InStyleTime Molina feels 'terrible' for Hayek AP Doberman Hops Into Bathtub With Tiny Ducklings Storyful Kelly Clarkson Met Meryl Streep On The Golden Globes Red Carpet EWTime Golden Globe winners celebrate backstage AP CBS was Continue Reading

The 2017 Industry Focus Awards: Best Fact and MVP

The new year is here, and it's time to look back on some of the biggest and weirdest stories from 2017. For the first time ever, Industry Focus is hosting the Industry Focus Awards, where the hosts from all five shows come together to pitch their contenders for various categories. In this episode, find out who wins the title of Best Fact and Most Valuable Player. A full transcript follows the video. 10 stocks we like better than Wal-Mart When investing geniuses David and Tom Gardner have a stock tip, it can pay to listen. After all, the newsletter they have run for over a decade, the Motley Fool Stock Advisor, has tripled the market.* David and Tom just revealed what they believe are the ten best stocks for investors to buy right now... and Wal-Mart wasn't one of them! That's right -- they think these 10 stocks are even better buys. Click here to learn about these picks! *Stock Advisor returns as of December 4, 2017 The author(s) may have a position in any stocks mentioned. This video was recorded on Dec. 27, 2017. Kristine Harjes: Welcome to Industry Focus, the podcast that dives into a different sector of the stock market every day. This is Wednesday, Dec. 27th show, and we're continuing on with our 2017 Industry Focus Awards. If you didn't listen to yesterday's show, please go back and do that before continuing on with this one. I still have the whole gang around the table with me, so let's keep things rolling. Our next award on deck is something I'm going to call "the more you know", which is our Best Fact Award. Sarah Priestley: Do you want me to go first? Harjes: That's why I'm looking at you. Michael Douglass: Dylan, Vince, and I don't have facts so ... Priestley: That makes sense, to be honest. Dylan Lewis: Oh, shade! Douglass: Wow, OK! Priestley: So my "the more you know" nomination, I feel like I'm maybe shoehorning this in, but my best fact for this year going into next year is, in 2018, we could be looking at the largest initial public Continue Reading

The State’s Best winners named for 2015

The State’s Best is an unscientific sampling based on the subjective polling of The State’s readers. The results appear in a special advertising section. Winners are listed below. The State’s Best Entertainment Best Annual Community Event | South Carolina State Fair Best Art Gallery | Columbia Museum of Art Best Children’s Entertainment | Riverbanks Zoo Best Golf Course | Cobblestone Park Golf Club Best Live Music | Music Farm Best Museum | South Carolina State Museum Best Place for a Child’s Birthday Party | Frankie’s Fun Park Best Place to Take Out-of-Towners | Riverbanks Zoo Best Stage Theater | Trustus Theatre The State’s Best Food and Drink Best-All-Around Restaurant | Motor Supply Best Bakery | Tiffany’s Bakery & Eatery Related stories from The State in Columbia SC Best Bang for the Buck | Shealy’s BBQ Best Bar | The British Bulldog Pub Best Barbecue | Shealy’s BBQ Best Bartender | James Pickle, The British Bulldog Pub Best Beer List | World of Beer Best Biscuit | Cafe Strudel Best Breakfast | Lizard’s Thicket Best Brunch | Cafe Strudel Best Burger | Pawley’s Front Porch Best Burrito | El Burrito Best Business Lunch | DiPrato’s Best Candy Shop | Cromer’s Best Caterer | Southern Way Best Cheesesteak | Very’s Great Philly Food Best Chicken | Zesto of West Columbia Best Chinese Food | Miyo’s Best Coffee | Drip Best Deli | Groucho’s Deli Best Dessert | Nonnah’s Best Draft Beer | Craft and Draft Best Family Dining with Kids | Flight Deck Restaurant Best Fast Food | Rush’s Best Fine Dining | Blue Marlin Best First Date Restaurant | Al’s Upstairs Best Food Truck | 2 Fat 2 Fly Best French Food | Crepes & Croissants Best Greek Food | Zorba’s Best Happy Hour | Old Mill Brewpub Best Hot Dog | Sandy’s Famous Hot Dogs Best Ice Cream | Sandy’s Famous Hot Dogs Best Indian Food | Delhi Palace Best Italian Food | Alodia’s Continue Reading

News of the day from around the nation, Jan. 2

Chronicle News Services Published 3:27 pm, Tuesday, January 2, 2018 1 Senator retires: Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, the longest-serving Senate Republican, announced Tuesday he will retire at the end of the year, rebuffing the pleas of President Trump to seek an eighth term and paving the way for Mitt Romney to run for the seat. Hatch, 83, was under heavy pressure from Trump to seek re-election and block Romney, who has been sharply critical of the president. But Hatch, who emerged as one of the president’s most avid loyalists in the Senate, decided to retire after discussing the matter with his family over the holidays. Hatch defeated a Democrat 42 years ago this November, arguing that the incumbent had stayed in Washington too long, and became one of the country’s most prominent senators for a generation. 2 Airline fatalities: President Trump appears to be taking credit for zero commercial airline fatalities in 2017. Trump tweeted Tuesday that since taking office “I have been very strict on Commercial Aviation. Good news — it was just reported that there were Zero deaths in 2017, the best and safest year on record!” It is fact that there were no commercial airline fatalities in the world in 2017, but that’s due to far more than just U.S. influence. Airline deaths have been dropping in the U.S. and around the world for more than a decade. The last commercial airline fatalities in the U.S. happened in July 2013. Three passengers were killed when Asiana Airlines Flight 214 crashed while landing at San Francisco International Airport. 3 Moving west: Tracking statistics from the moving company United Van Lines indicate that Americans are still heading west, while parts of the Northeast and Midwest are losing people. The suburban St. Louis-based moving company on Tuesday released its 41st annual National Movers Study, which tracks customers’ state-to-state migration patterns. Three of the top four destination states Continue Reading

Madison firms Ideas That Evoke, DotCom Therapy gain national recognition

Two young Madison companies are among 360 named by Entrepreneur magazine as the “best entrepreneurial companies in America.” Ideas that Evoke, a marketing agency, and DotCom Therapy, a transplant to Madison that offers speech and language therapy online, are on the 2017 Entrepreneur360 list. Ideas that Evoke is No. 273 and DotCom Therapy is No. 332. Entrepreneur says it chose companies whose leaders “expertly balance impact, innovation, growth and leadership to grow their business.” DotCom Therapy offers speech and occupational therapy and mental health services via videoconferencing. Emily Purdom and Rachel Robinson were school-based speech therapists in Springfield, Missouri, and started the company two years ago after they were recruited to serve clients as far away as rural Alaska because of a lack of available speech therapists. Purdom and Robinson moved company headquarters to Madison earlier this year and have been attracting attention ever since. DotCom Therapy claimed twin wins at the entrepreneur-focused, eight-day Forward Fest in August, topping both the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce’s Pressure Chamber pitch competition and StartingBlock Madison’s Challenge Cup. The company also took first place in the information technology category of the Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest in June. As for the company’s latest recognition, Robinson said, “We were excited and thrilled to make this list. Entrepreneur is a publication we follow closely, and to be recognized as one of the top 360 small businesses is an absolute honor.” Companies can submit an application to be considered for the list. Robinson said DotCom Therapy has nearly 100 employees and has served clients in at least 18 states and three foreign countries. The company still has an office in Springfield, where several of its administrative staff members work, and recently closed the office space it received in University Research Continue Reading

Canada seizes chance to skim talent from disaffected U.S. tech companies

President Trump’s imminent executive order that would place restrictions on the H-1B visa program is Silicon Valley's loss, but could be Canada's gain.Sunil Sharma is convinced so.His company, Extreme Venture Partners, next week plans to announce a new fund that will  help up to five start-up founders and their families move to Toronto and Waterloo, Canada, and invest $100,000 in each if they are accepted to the VC's accelerator."Tech start-ups are a worldwide phenomenon and not limited to Silicon Valley," says Sharma, who said the companies would be headquartered in Canada but maintain operations in their country of origin. "This was an issue before the current restrictive travel ban and imminent H-1B plan."Across the country, in western Canada, a group of co-founders have formed a company, called True North, to help American companies quickly create subsidiaries in Canada and shift workers to a new business complex in Vancouver. They're offering $6,000 in round trip expenses to U.S. companies to make their case.Another organization, Go North Canada, urges natives to return home and extols the virtues of Canada as a tech destination..The USA's northern neighbor — home to tech companies Rogers Wireless, IMAX, Hootsuite and Shopify — is making its strongest pitch yet for tech talent at a time when American companies recoil at Trump's first actions in office. Executives, companies and VCs are dangling money, gleaming new facilities, broadband access for all, and promises of economic stability and free health care — the latest moves by a region that for years has harbored dreams of skimming talent.What a difference a presidential election makes. For years, Canada could not compete with Silicon Valley on salary or facilities. If one wanted to make it in tech, they trekked to California, where the vast majority of career opportunities awaited.But with Trump's initial punitive actions, and more to Continue Reading

Angie’s List to be acquired by HomeAdvisor parent company IAC

More than 20 years after pioneering the online user review business, Angie's List has acknowledged a painful truth: People prefer finding their home service providers on another (free) website.Angie's List on Monday agreed to be acquired by IAC, the parent company of rival HomeAdvisor, for more than $500 million. The deal comes about a year and a half after Angie's List rejected a $512 million offer from IAC.The deal, expected to close in the fourth quarter, is the end of an era for Indianapolis' best-known technology company. The new publicly traded company will be called ANGI Homeservices Inc. and will be headquartered in Golden, Colo. HomeAdvisor CEO Chris Terrill will lead the company.The arrangement raises questions about the future of Angie's List's massive footprint in Indianapolis, as well as how many employees will remain with the combined company. IAC expects to cut $50 million to $75 million a year in costs by the end of 2018.“There will be cuts,” said Ken Copley, an analyst and portfolio manager with Iowa-based Capital Executive LLC, who follows Angie's List. “You don’t make an acquisition like that and keep everything intact.”Deep cuts could be a crushing blow for Indianapolis, particularly the Washington Street corridor east of Downtown, which has been undergoing a slow-moving revitalization.Angie's List owns 25 east-side buildings and several other properties generally bounded by Ohio Street to the north, Highland Avenue to the east, East Washington Street to the south and Pine Street to the west. Angie's List has employed up to 1,800 employees in the city, although it announced a round of 150 layoffs late last year.Although the company's future in Indianapolis is uncertain, Copley said IAC's decision to keep the Angie’s List name could be considered reassuring.“That’s a positive,” Copley said. “They’re recognizing the brand power of Continue Reading

Sprint and T-Mobile end merger talks, jointly agree to ‘move forward’ on their own

Mobile companies Sprint and T-Mobile have officially ended merger plans, announcing jointly Saturday that both "companies were unable to find mutually agreeable terms" for a deal.The two mobile companies have been dancing around a possible merger for years. But Sprint stock stumbled Monday after a news report that its parent company, the Japanese conglomerate SoftBank, called off talks with T-Mobile about the possible merger.That news was confirmed Saturday with a statement posted on the T-Mobile website.“The prospect of combining with Sprint has been compelling for a variety of reasons, including the potential to create significant benefits for consumers and value for shareholders," John Legere, president and CEO of T-Mobile US said in the statement. "However, we have been clear all along that a deal with anyone will have to result in superior long-term value for T-Mobile’s shareholders." Marcelo Claure, Sprint President and CEO added in the statement: “While we couldn’t reach an agreement to combine our companies, we certainly recognize the benefits of scale through a potential combination. However, we have agreed that it is best to move forward on our own." More: Sprint stock dives 11% over report T-Mobile merger is off T-Mobile (70 million subscribers) and Sprint (54 million subscribers) are the nation's third- and fourth-largest wireless carriers, respectively. The merger would have create a bigger competitor to industry leaders AT&T, which has 135.7 million and Verizon, with 114.5 million.In 2014, the nation's No. 3 and No. 4 wireless providers considered joining forces but eventually called off merger talks because it was believed the U.S. regulatory hurdles under the Obama administration were too steep.In December, SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son met at Trump Tower with then-President-elect Donald Trump, rekindling speculation that SoftBank would renew Continue Reading