Curious that the press release (below) doesn’t explicitly say that Azoff is chairman of Live Nation Entertainment — the parent of Ticketmaster and the No. 1 owner of concert venues.
LOS ANGELES, Aug. 4, 2011 — Front Line Management and Syco Entertainment today announced a partnership which will see the future winning artist or group of the U.S. version of The X Factor managed by Front Line Management, the world’s leading artist management group.
Front Line, a division of Live Nation Entertainment, manages the careers of some of the world’s biggest-selling artists, including The Eagles, Miley Cyrus, Journey, New Kids on The Block, Christina Aguilera and Fleetwood Mac.
The X Factor is a new competition series that gives viewers the opportunity to help choose the next global superstar or breakout music group. Judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, L.A. Reid and Nicole Scherzinger travel the nation searching for undiscovered talent 12 years old or over – both solo artists and vocal groups – who are worthy of the largest prize in television history: a $5 million recording contract with Syco/Sony Music Entertainment. The X Factor launches on Fox on September 21st.
Front Line managers will be working closely with the show’s producers and judges throughout the competition and its live stages and Front Line will manage both the show’s winning solo artist or group and its finalists.
“I’m proud to be involved with Simon Cowell and X Factor,” said Irving Azoff, Chairman and CEO of the Front Line Management Group. “The Front Line team is excited to mentor this next generation of superstars.”
“I’m really happy to be working with Irving and his team,” said Simon Cowell. “It is really important that the contestants have world class representation, and Irving brings that.”
The X Factor is produced by Syco Television and FremantleMedia North America.