MATTEL AND MILLS ENTERTAINMENT LAUNCH AMERICAN GIRL LIVE
Mattel, Inc., owner of doll maker American Girl, and Mills Entertainment have joined forces to bring the beloved toys to the stage. American Girl Live will be a musical production based on the stories of the American Girl characters. The nation-wide tour will kick off this fall and showcase the characters on daring adventures with all new original music. “Over the past 30 years, American Girl’s beloved characters have become role models—inspiring millions of girls to think about their own character and how they want to make their mark on the world. We know girls and their families and friends will love seeing these incredible stories come to life in an exciting, new stage production that offers an unwavering belief in the positive power of girlhood,” said Katy Dickson, President of American Girl in a release.
SMG NAMES MARK WALLACE AS GM OF SANTANDER ARENA AND PAC
Mark Wallace has been hired to manage Santander Arena and Performing Arts Center in Reading, Pennsylvania. Both facilities are managed by SMG. He replaces David Farrar, who left in February to work at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky on behalf of OVG. Wallace has served as VP for Corporate Sales and Sponsorships for the past four years for the Santander Arena and the Reading Royals Hockey Team. Prior to this position, Wallace was the General Manager of the Reading Royals for four years, including the team’s ECHL Kelly Cup Championship season of 2012-2013.
DOWNTOWN MUSIC PUBLISHING ACQUIRES A PORTION OF MAJOR BOB
Downtown Music Publishing has announced a deal to acquire a portion of song catalogs of renowned publisher and artist development company, Major Bob Music. Downtown has acquired over 2000 copyrights including hits such as “I Like The Sound Of That” and “Fast Cars and Freedom” by Rascal Flatts, “Crash & Burn” and “Marry Me” by Thomas Rhett. The deal also includes songs from Reba McEntire, LeAnn Rimes, Jason Aldean, and Lady Antebellum. The deal specifically excludes the Garth Brooks catalog and any songs recorded by Garth Brooks.