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AEG President and CEO Tim Leiweke Headlines Variety’s Sports Entertainment Summit, July 12 in Los Angeles

Variety is pleased to announce that AEG President and CEO Tim Leiweke will take part in the Opening Keynote Conversation at its Sports Entertainment Summit, presented in association with the Sports Video Group, July 12 in Los Angeles.

Additionally at the Summit, Leiweke will be honored with Variety’s inaugural Sports and Entertainment Leadership Award. The event will take place at the Loews Hollywood Hotel (formerly known as the Renaissance).

Under Leiweke’s guidance over the last 17 years, AEG has become one of the world’s top presenters of sports and entertainment across its varied venue, live event and professional sports franchise ownership interests. Leiweke oversees over 100 elite facilities worldwide, including L.A.’s STAPLES Center, home to four professional sports teams including the 2012 Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings, Lakers, Clippers and Sparks as well as such recurring events as the Annual Grammy Awards shows, and the ESPN X Games, while Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE is the home of such notable awards shows as the Emmys, Espys, People’s Choice and American Music Awards.

As owner of the L.A. Kings, AEG recently gave the city a momentous victory with the team winning the Stanley Cup for the first time in its 45-year franchise history.

AEG also owns Major League Soccer’s Los Angeles Galaxy, which plays at AEG’s Home Depot Center, a designated U.S. Olympic Training Site. AEG shares ownership with many other pro sports organizations, including MLS’ Houston Dynamo and two ice hockey teams in Europe. Leiweke also serves on the Los Angeles Lakers Board of Directors.

Currently, Leiweke is focused on overseeing the ongoing development of L.A. Live, the $2.5 billion sports, residential and entertainment district adjacent to STAPLES Center. The company continues to work towards the development of Farmers Field, a downtown stadium that would be the home of a NFL team.

Previously, Leiweke has served as president and CEO for U.S. Skiing as well as President of the Denver Nuggets.

Leiweke joins previously announced Variety Sports Entertainment Keynote speakers UFC President Dana White, President of the UFC and Pro Skateboarder and Entrepreneur Tony Hawk.

Variety’s Summit will also feature the session “The Crossroads of Olympic Marketing: A Look at London 2012 & Beyond – What Sponsors, Media and Fans Can Expect,” presented by Rob Prazmark, Founder & CEO, 21 Sports & Entertainment Marketing Group/Co-Creator of the The Olympic Partner (TOP) program & Former Consultant, IOC.

Additional speakers at the Summit include:

Steve Astephen, President, Action Sports and Olympics, Wasserman Media Group
Michelle Beadle, 2012 Olympics Correspondent, NBC Sports Group and Correspondent, Access Hollywood
Jason La Canfora, the NFL Insider on CBS’ THE NFL TODAY
Joe Coffaro, VP Engineering, Fox NE&O/Fox Sports Net
Charles Coplin, EVP, Content, NHL
Juan Delgado, Managing Director, North America, Perform
Trevor Doerksen, CEO/Founder, Mobovivo
Rick Fox, Actor & Former Lakers NBA Champion
Ken Fuchs, VP Yahoo! Media Network – Sports, Games & Entertainment
Shawn Green, MLB All-Star & Co-Founder, JockTalk
George Greenberg, EVP & GM, FUEL TV
Lou Greco, EVP Sales, iStreamPlanet
Ken Hershman, President, HBO Sports
Eien Hyett, Director of Post Production, Fox Networks Group
Jason Kint, SVP/GM, CBSSports.com
John Kosner, EVP & GM, ESPN Digital Media
Liz Kruger, Creator & Executive Producer, Necessary Roughness
Michael Luisi, President, WWE Studios
Burke Magnus, SVP, College Sports Programming, ESPN
Maura Mandt, ESPYs Executive Producer
Rachel McLish, Four-Time Ms. Olympia and Star, upcoming TLC series Tighter and Leaner to the Core
David Nathanson, EVP & GM, Fox Soccer
Clark Pierce, SVP, Digital Media, FOX Sports Media Group
David Rone, President, Time Warner Cable Sports
Claude Ruibal, Director & Global Sports Head, YouTube
Becky Sendrow, Agent, CAA
Eric Shanks, Co-President and COO, Fox Sports Media Group
Craig Shapiro, Creator & Executive Producer, Necessary Roughness
Andrew Siciliano, Host, NFL Sunday Ticket on DirecTV
Bill Simmons, Sports Columnist & Editor in Chief, Grantland
Tim Smith, Manager, Professional Video Products, Canon
Josh Snow, Director of Interactive Sports & Apps, DirecTV
Gary Stevenson, President, Pac-12 Enterprises
Picabo Street, U.S. Olympian
Zane Stoddard, Managing Director, Entertainment Marketing & Business Development, NASCAR
Eric Villain, President of Media and Technology, Ipsos MediaCT
Jon Weinbach, Producer for The Other Dream Team and Executive Producer for Mandalay Sports Media
Richard Whittington, SVP of Media & Entertainment, SAP
Rob Willox, Director of Marketing, Sony Electronics
Jonathan Wilner, Senior Director Business Product Management, Ooyala

The Summit is sponsored by Bexel, Grass Valley, Ipsos, NewTek, SOS Global Express, Mobovivo, Signiant, SAP and Ooyala. More details about the summit including registration, speaking, advertising and sponsorship opportunities can be found at www.variety.com/sportsentertainment.

About Variety

Variety is the leading publication for business entertainment news, recognized and respected throughout the world of show business. The Variety Group – Daily Variety, Daily Variety Gotham, Variety, Variety.com, LA 411, Variety 411 – are owned by Reed Business Information. RBI is a member of the Reed Elsevier Group plc (NYSE: RUK) (NYSE: ENL).

About SVG

The Sports Video Group was formed in 2006 to support the professional community that relies on video, audio, and broadband technologies to produce and distribute sports content. Leagues, owners, teams, players, broadcasters, webcasters, and consumer technology providers have joined the SVG to learn from each other, turn vision into reality, implement new innovations, while sharing experiences that will lead to advancements in the sports production/distribution process and the overall consumer sports experience.

Contacts:

Variety
Linda Buckley-Bruno
Publishing Director
323-617-9429
Linda.Buckley@Variety.com
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