All registrants will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination prior to gaining entry to the conference.

Production Live! is a one-day powerhouse summit taking on the most relevant topics around the challenges and opportunities facing the professionals who make the magic happen. Expect insightful and candid discussions from industry professionals on lighting, video, staging and stage management, sound technique, concert production, video, regulations, security, rehearsals, technological advancements, travel, tour management and accounting.

Production Live! is a one-day powerhouse summit taking on the most relevant topics around the challenges and opportunities facing the professionals who make the magic happen. Expect insightful and candid discussions from industry professionals on lighting, video, staging and stage management, sound technique, concert production, video, regulations, security, rehearsals, technological advancements, travel, tour management and accounting.

In June 2021, Pollstar Live! hosted the first live conference following the industry’s shut down from the COVID-19 global pandemic.  With a focus on reigniting our beloved business, along with careful consideration of safety and wellness, we were honored to host 1,000 industry executives for our 3-day in-person conference, coupled with a global live-stream of the event.


2021 Speakers Included:

Jake Berry Jake Berry Productions | Maria Brunner Insight Management | Shelly Cohen VStar Entertainment | Steve Drymalski Neil Young and Pearl Jam | Rebekah Foster Ujima Sound Productions Ltd. | Charlie Hernandez JustABunchOfRoadies | Marty Hom Fleetwood Mac, Shakira, Stevie Nicks, Beyoncé, Barbra Streisand, Van Halen, Lionel Richie | Lance K.C. Jackson R.O.C.U. | Laurie Jacoby BSE Global | Rutger Jansen Insomniac Events | Steve Lawler Live Nation | Ralph Marchetta Phoenix Suns Arena | David “5-1” Norman Tour Forensics | Bob O’Brien SOS Global Event Logistics | Bill Reeves R.O.C.U. | Stuart Ross Stuart Ross Management | Robin Shaw Upstaging, Inc. | Michael Strickland Bandit Lites | Debbie Taylor ACDC, U2, Black Sabbath, Guns ‘N Roses & The Rolling Stones | Kelly Weiss ICM Partners | Zito Zito Production Services


Verticals Represented

  • Stadiums/Arenas
  • Festivals
  • Legal
  • Technology
  • Branding/Sponsorship
  • Ticketing
  • Hospitality Services
  • Transportation
  • Venues
  • Promoter/Agent/Manager
  • Security
  • Sports
  • Finance
  • Concessions
  • Operational Support (Lighting, Staging, Production)

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Laurent Vaissié holds the position of CEO of LAcoustics, with supervision centered around Business operations and strategy worldwide.

Prior to his global CEO appointment in 2019, Laurent joined LAcoustics in 2011 to lead LAcoustics operations in North America, driving its growth by developing vertical fixed installation markets and introducing LISA technology to live music tours and residencies.

Before joining LAcoustics, Laurent worked on advanced laser technologies in various technical and business leadership positions for over a decade. Laurent holds a Ph.D. in Optics and Lasers from the University of Central Florida and is an alumnus of Ecole Centrale Marseille and UCLA’s executive program.

Laurent is based in Los Angeles, California, and is an avid music, motorcycle, and outdoor enthusiast.

Robin Shaw is one of the major influencers in the development of Upstaging, Inc., which provides stage lighting, video, set construction and trucking services to the live event and the touring industry.   Robin was one of the first women in the business of touring production and has been an innovator in the field for over 30 years. Her clients are truly the who’s who of the music business and live event production. She was also one of the founders of Los Angeles Women in Music, serves on the board of the Parnelli Awards, the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund.  She is also a member of the Women Presidents’ Organization.  Robin believes that her industry is one of the most interesting, capable and collaborative businesses in the world.  She says that the people she has met along the way have become some of her greatest friends.

Todd Dyer is Vice President of Sales for Venues, Music Tours & Live Events for CAPS, a Cast & Crew Company. As the senior leader in the Live Entertainment department, Todd serves top-level entertainment clients for the Employer of Record Payroll Services Company. He has nearly 30 years’ experience as both venue operator, managed services provider and business development executive within the sports, entertainment, convention, and special events industry. Todd’s clients and projects have included major music festivals and concerts, world class touring acts, conventions, sporting events, and major league sports teams – serving to recruit, train, and manage thousands of crew members at a time. These days, Todd supports the administrative side of crew productions for live events & festivals, venues and touring acts by ensuring an efficient, digital and secure environment is provided for staff onboarding, timekeeping, secure document storage, workers compensation insurance and medical coverage, all while providing employer of record payroll services to over a thousand clients in the industry.

In an era where celebrity talent and brands alike seek to find proven and committed purpose, Denise Melanson’s work provides a compass for meaningful social contributions. In her pioneering role for the company – and the industry – Denise consults with client teams and executives on philanthropic strategies and client social impact engagement. She’s a leading voice on parent company Wasserman’s DE&I Council and its Health & Wellness Committee. Through collaboration and thought leadership, she ensures that all of Wasserman Music’s strategies can deliver a positive impact on society through a variety of initiatives.

After 17 years as a music agent, Denise created the Social Impact Department at Paradigm Talent Agency – prior to Wasserman’s acquisition and integration of the team in 2021. As leader of the Social Impact department, she was responsible for developing, implementing, and overseeing all of Paradigm's philanthropic strategies with the goal of helping the agency and its represented artists to have a positive impact on society.

During her years leading the department, Denise established relationships with a variety of non- profit organizations around the globe. Denise bridged the gap between nonprofits and cause- related campaigns and agency and artists, co-creating impactful campaigns while empowering staff and clients to engage with their communities. Further, she and the team developed programs and strategies that built industry connections and inspired positive change. She has worked on national campaigns with Planned Parenthood, Red Nose Day, Everytown for Gun Safety, NRDC, and many more. She’s also partnered on local efforts with Urban Roots in Austin, HOLA in Los Angeles, The Bowery Mission in New York and beyond.

During Denise’s music agent tenure, she represented clients including Stormzy, A-Trak, Knife Party, Pendulum, Chase & Status and many more – securing top spots on festivals and worldwide tours.

In addition, Denise has also served as an advisor to Plus1, as well as Children in Conflict. In May 2019, Denise was selected to represent Austin as part of the United State of Women, a national organization tackling gender equity. Denise was also recognized by Headcount in 2020 for her contributions in helping to engage artists and register voters. She has also joined as an advisor to Propeller, an organization that connects cultural leaders to powerful campaigns that inspire activism and build moments of positive social change.

Denise is a proud resident of Austin, Texas where she and her dog George actively enjoy Austin’s fantastic park system.

Jamie Cheek, president and co-owner of FBMM, is a trusted adviser and financial manager to top recording artists and one of the most highly regarded business managers in the industry. With over two decades of experience in entertainment business management, Jamie is responsible for directly overseeing the firm’s staff of more than 140 employees and sets the vision for the company’s continued growth and excellence. He has been a co-owner of FBMM since 2006, but has been working as a business manager in the industry since 1997.

Jamie is well-respected in the music industry. He has been named the CMA Touring Awards Business Manager of the Year twice (2013 and 2016) and was a finalist for the 2018 award, which co-owner Julie Boos won. He was also recognized as one of Billboard’s Country Power Players, a member of Music Row’s InCharge list of professionals and named to Variety’s 2018 Business Managers Elite list. Jamie was most recently named to the Nashville Post 2019 In Charge list for his influential role in Nashville’s music industry.

He is a board member of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee and Riser Foundation.

FBMM manages business needs for clients across all genres of music. The firm is composed of award-winning professionals who provide counsel and strategic support to artists and their teams. Their services include tour and personal lifestyle budgeting, tax return preparation, royalty statement review and auditing, and more.

Cory founded Staff Pro in 1987 shortly after graduating from California State University, Long Beach. The same principals upon which Staff Pro was founded still apply today: attention to detail, a guest services security culture and providing excellent training to all staff levels. Cory’s vision and mission for Staff Pro has allowed Staff Pro to provide it professional security service to 100's of facilities and over a 1,000 events annually and is viewed as an industry leader.

Cory has over 40 years of successfully coordinating security and managing facilities and events. He is a member of many organizations, some of which include International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM), International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE), Stadium Managers Association (SMA), National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NC4S) and American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS). Cory has attended the NFL Annual Security Training Conference for many years. He sits on the private security advisory committee for NC4S.

After 9/11 Cory was on the IAVM Safety and Security Task Force where he helped to design the industry best practices to be utilized by NHL, NFL, MLS, NCAA and all types of facilities across the country.

In 2013 Cory attended a work shop hosted by Command, Control, and Interoperability Center for Advanced Data Analysis (CCICADA) a part of homeland security to document best practices in counter terrorism and security for stadiums. Additionally, he has been published in various magazines and trade publications, representing the security, audience management, and event staffing industries.

Cory is a licensed security manager in California, Nevada and Washington.

Michael P. Downing brings 35 years of experience to Prevent Advisors. Most recently he served as the Deputy Chief, Los Angeles Police Department and Commanding Officer, Counter-Terrorism and Special Operations Bureau where he led five operational divisions: Major Crimes, Emergency Services Divisions, Metropolitan Division, Air Support Division, and Emergency Operations Division. These divisions include the Anti-Terrorism Intelligence Section, Criminal Investigative Section, Organized Crime, Surveillance Section, Hazardous Devices Section, LAX Bomb K-9 Section, Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT), Mounted Unit, Dive Teams, Emergency Preparedness and Response.

He has worked with the New Scotland Yard's Metropolitan Police Counter-Terrorism Command SO 15. Deputy Chief Downing has testified before Congressional sub-committeeÕs relative to intelligence, homeland security, information sharing, and prison radicalization. In April 2010, Chief Downing served as a member of the Department of Homeland Security Advisory Council working group on developing a national strategy for countering violent extremism.

In October 2009, Deputy Chief Downing was appointed as the Interim Police Chief for the Los Angeles Police Department.

Deputy Chief Downing is an active member of the Leadership in Counter-Terrorism (LinCT) Alumni Association, working with alumni from the FBIÕs LinCT Program to develop a global enterprise of networked counter-terrorism practitioners from the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Deputy Chief Downing has also worked with the Department of Justice and State Department, traveling throughout South America, Africa, Turkey, Poland, India, and Kenya to transition large national police organizations into democratic civilian policing models and overlay counter-terrorism enterprises on top of cities. His work in counter-terrorism has taken him to Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Germany, Kenya, India, France, Afghanistan, and Iraq; all to examine smart practices and build a network of practitioners.

Deputy Chief Downing attended the University of Southern California where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration in 1982 and completed POST Command College in 1997, the FBIÕs Leadership in Counter-Terrorism (LinCT) in 2008, the Post Naval Graduate Executive Program in 2009, and the Senior Management Institute for Police at Boston (SMIP PERF) in 2012.

Award-winning playwright, actor, producer & educator, Fanshen Cox recently completed touring her one-woman show: One Drop of Love. One Drop travels near and far, in the past and present to explore the intersections of race, class and gender in pursuit of truth, justice and love. The show is produced by Cox, Ben Affleck, and Matt Damon.

Fanshen has been featured in the New York Times and on NPR and has published OpEds on Shondaland, Blavity and the Washington Post’s The Lily. She is a Producer and Development Executive at Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s Pearl Street Films. She has appeared in Days of Our Lives, The Young and the Restless, and Argo. She co-directed the nonprofit Mixed Roots Stories.

She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cape Verde, West Africa, and has designed curricula for and taught English as a Second Language to students from all over the world. She has been honored with the Peace Corps’ Franklin H. Williams Award, Peace Corps Fellows and Hollywood Foreign Press Association scholarships, an ‘Exemplar of Humanity Centered Media’ award by Media Done Responsibly and Outstanding Alumni Award from Cal State LA Department of Television, Film, and Media Studies and Teachers College, Columbia University. She holds a BA in Spanish and Education, an MA in TESOL, and a Master of Fine Arts in Television, Film and Theatre from Cal State LA College of Arts and Letters. While attending Cal State LA, Fanshen was the recipient of the Charon D’Aiello and David Sandoval Scholarship and Alumni Association Scholarship.

Her play, One Drop of Love, was awarded Best Non-Fiction Script by the United Solo Theatre Festival, and the film version won Best Documentary Film at the Roxbury International Film Festival and is an official selection of the San Francisco Black Film Festival and the Black International Film Festival.

Fanshen is also a co-author of the Inclusion Rider which was announced at the 2018 Oscar awards by Frances McDormand and the co-creator and co-host of the Webby nominated podcast Sista Brunch - highlighting Black womxn thriving in entertainment and media. Fanshen facilitates workshops and delivers keynotes on using narrative in empathy-building, exploring historical context, and how the construction of race affects our closest relationships. In spring of 2020, she delivered the University’s Academic Senate's Distinguished Lecture on Engagement, Service, and the Public Good. During the engaging presentation, she shared stories from her life and career about race, truth, justice and love.

Kalpana Kotagal is highly acclaimed civil rights and employment litigator at Cohen Milstein. She is also the co-author of the Inclusion Rider – a novel contract clause designed to improve hiring practices and workforce diversity, referenced by Oscar-winning actress Frances McDormand in her 2018 Best Actress acceptance speech. Originally created for Hollywood, the Inclusion Rider has been adopted by the Recorder Academy for its production of the 2022 GRAMMY Awards and other industry leaders.

Ms. Kotagal represents women and other disenfranchised people in high-profile class action litigation, involving pay and promotion discrimination, access-to-healthcare, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Family Medical Leave Act.

Ms. Kotagal is also a leading voice in the national conversation on diversity, equity, and inclusion. She speaks to a wide-range of audiences, including the American Constitution Society, Democratic Attorneys General Association, TEDxLinz, and was a featured legal commentator in “This Changes Everything: An Examination of Sexism in Hollywood,” a documentary co-produced by the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media. A Harvard Law School Wasserstein Public Interest Fellow, she has also had the honor of mentoring law students in public interest law and delivering the commencement speech to the graduating classes of the University of Pennsylvania Law School and the University of California, Irvine School of Law. A prolific writer, Ms. Kotagal’s Op-Eds have appeared in The Washington Post, The Hill, Variety, among others.

Ms. Kotagal is on board of directors and advisory boards of several not-for-profit civil rights organizations, including Public Justice, A Better Balance, American Constitution Society Task Force on #MeToo in the Legal Profession, and she is the Co-Chair of University of Pennsylvania’s Law School Alumni Advisory Board on Inclusion and Engagement.

Ms. Kotagal is the recipient of numerous industry awards, including being named to the Lawdragon 500, Law360’s “Employment – MVP,” recognizing the top five most influential employment lawyers in the United States, The National Law Journal’s “Elite Women of the Plaintiffs Bar,” and receiving Chambers Women in Law: USA’s “Outstanding Contribution to the Community in Advancing Diversity” Award, as well as “The Work & Family Legal Center’s Distinguished Public Service Award” from A Better Balance.

Jim’s nearly four-decade journey in leadership and project management roles inside the live entertainment and music touring industry has had him working alongside artists as diverse as Linkin Park, Enrique Iglesias, Back Street Boys, the Bolshoi Ballet, Phil Collins, and most recently helping to lead the delivery of entertainment mega-projects inside Saudi Arabia including delivering the first-ever international music festival in the Kingdom in 2018.

Co-founder and President of the Event Safety Alliance, board member Behind the Scenes Charity, keynote speaker/presenter in matters relating to event safety, the events production career path, and mental health in live events, Jim tirelessly and passionately advocates for the health and sustainability of the industry at large.

Since being invited to join the touring family of the Legendary Roots Crew back in 1999, Tina hasn’t looked back, amassing a client list that has included some of music’s hottest acts including Chris Rock, Lil Wayne, Queen Latifah, Jill Scott, Maxwell, Nicki Minaj, Solange, Ella Mai and Anderson Paak just to name a few. A quick look at some of the most successful tours in the past six years would reveal that Farris was at the helm of many of them. The force that is Tina Farris managed the highest grossing tour in the history of Hip Hop, Lil’ Wayne’s AMERICA’S MOST WANTED TOUR. The following year, she hit the road with The Black Eyed Peas, guiding the group through 15 countries, 76 cities and 99 sold out shows before 1.3 million attendees, grossing more than $86 million dollars along the way. She rejoined Lil’ Wayne when he and Nicki Minaj headed out on the I AM STILL MUSIC TOUR – then broke from Wayne to build Nicki Minaj’s solo touring career. Following this success, she used her masterful skills to guide the elusive D’Angelo during his critically-acclaimed comeback run in Europe and the United States. In 2018 she led the Chris Rock Total Black Out tour selling 500,000 tickets worldwide. She is also a producer of Queensfest, ESPN Live Nation Women's, Global Citizen South Africa, and The Roots’ annual GRAMMY Jam (which has amassed a cult-following.) This is a night of who’s who clamoring for a single show ticket and has been heralded as the must-attend event during Grammy week! From Steve Lacy to Solange…Tina leaves no talent untouched. There is none other like Farris. Dave Chappelle’s “Artist Whisperer” is a tour de force and was recently, rightly chosen…as one of Pollstar's Top Tour Managers of 2019. “I build performances. That’s what I do.”

What’s next? Tina has pivoted into a full time digital production since the onset of Covid-19. Roots digital Picnic, Black Star Live! and Planet Afropunk are just a few of the events she’s produced in 2020.

Michael T. Strickland grew up in Kingsport, Tennessee where at age 12 Michael started what would become his lifelong passion, Bandit Lites. Michael moved the firm to Knoxville to attend the University of Tennessee and University of Tennessee Law School, while serving as Kenny Rogers Production Manager.

Through the many years’ artists such as Garth Brooks, The Monkees, Alice Cooper, WWE, Lord of The Dance, Brooks and Dunn, Chris Young, Rascal Flatts, Jimmy Buffett, ZZ Top, Van Halen, Alan Jackson, Pink, Carrie Underwood, Queen, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Neil Young, Jason Aldean, REM, Widespread Panic, Aerosmith, Kenny Rogers, Alabama, Barry Manilow, The Judds, and hundreds of others have worked with Michael and Bandit for all their lighting needs.

In 1999 CNN USA Today named Michael as Entrepreneur of the Year. Over the years Bandit Lites has won 26 Lighting Company of the Year Awards. Strickland was named Distinguished Alumni from The University of Tennessee College of Business. The University also bestowed on Strickland the Presidents Service Award, Alumni Council Service Award, The Development Council Service Award, and many others. Strickland is in the East Tennessee Business Hall of Fame, The Nashville Business Hall of Fame and was awarded the Parnelli Visionary Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2020 Pollstar Magazine named Strickland as an Impact 50 Award winner as one of the top 50 most impactful people in live entertainment.

Bandit Lites now has offices globally in Knoxville, Nashville, Charlotte, San Francisco, London, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. Bandit has over 300 full time employees and 200 part time employees.

The 53-year-old Bandit Lites continues to grow in 2021. The company philosophy of Humanomics has propelled Bandit Lites to the forefront of the industry as taking care of people has insured the highest quality service in the world. Michael is the founder and Chairman of the Board. The people at Bandit Lites are what make the firm the global leader it is.

Lance “K.C.” Jackson is the Production Stage Manager for the Legendary R&B group Earth, Wind And Fire. Lance is also one of the Co Founders of the Roadies Of Color United Social Network and Professional Association. Lance’s Career spans over 40 years in the Entertainment Services and Live Concert Touring Industries.

Lance has over those years learned to wear many hats to stay active in the game everything from FOH Engineer, Monitor Engineer, Electronics Tech, Audio Tech, Truck driver, Guitar Tech, Keyboard Tech, Stage Manager, Production Manager and Tour Manager.

Lance has been privileged since that first tour to have toured every single year since then on some of the Hottest Tours and with Main stream A List Gold and Platinum Artist. The Gap Band, Larry Graham, Rick James, Cameo, Marvin Gaye, Jeffery Osborne, Luther Vandross, Patti LaBelle and Justin Bieber to just to name a few

Lance Thanks this Industry and the many folks who shared their knowledge and stage craft with him to help him development his various skill sets and for molding a lot of his character and professional ethics which he now shares through Roadies Of Color United.

Justin Carbone is Executive Vice President of Live Performance Touring for Rock-it Global, an international freight organization specializing in Live Event logistics. With over 20 years experience in the industry Justin has been the lead freight agent on worldwide tours for artists such as Shakira, Katy Perry, Keith Urban, Fleetwood Mac, Beyonce and more. After learning the basics of freight transportation from his family-based business in Connecticut, he entered the world on concert logistics in 2002 and moved to Sound Moves in 2006, opening the New Jersey office. In 2020 he moved to Los Angeles to assist with the launch of Rock-it Global combining the Rock-it Cargo, Sound Moves, CargoLive, Waiver and Airworks brands.

He currently resides in Redondo Beach CA with his wife and three children.