LOS ANGELES (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Adam Friedman, CEO of Nederlander Concerts has announced that after a 5-year tenure, he's departing the company with his last day set for Jan. 21st.
According to Billboard, Friedman characterized his departure as "very amicable" and noting that he felt he had achieved his goals with the company.
During his tenure, Friedman led Nederlander's expansion into other key California markets including San Jose, San Diego and Sacramento, securing exclusive rights to several iconic mid-size venues including the San Jose Civic Auditorium (soon to re-open after a City funded $10 Million renovation), RIMAC Arena at UC San Diego, and soon the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium which will undergo a City funded $25 Million renovation.
With over 20 years of experience in the live entertainment industry, Friedman started as a transactional attorney at Rudnick & Wolfe (now DLA Piper) in Chicago. He moved to the business side of the industry when joining MCA Concerts, a wholly owned subsidiary of Universal Studios (later becoming Universal Concerts which was sold to House of Blues Entertainment in 1999), which he helped grow into the number one concert promotion firm and venue operator in the 1990s. Adam managed House of Blues Concerts before he joined Nederlander in 2006.
"I have enjoyed working with the Nederlanders and the wonderfully talented people at Nederlander Concerts in developing and executing a strategy which has been successful throughout major transformations of the industry and a challenging economy," said Friedman in a statement. "The Nederlanders are not only industry icons, but also quality folks who I look forward to continued collaborations with as I explore other opportunities in this exciting time of change." – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers