Irving Azoff is a name that has become synonymous with the entertainment industry. From his earliest days when Mr. Azoff began promoting and booking bands during his University of Illinois college years to his success as an agent, personal manager, concert promoter, movie producer, independent record label owner, merchandiser, music publisher, and record company CEO, he has always put his unique stamp on his accomplishments.
Mr. Azoff holds both title of Chief Executive Officer of Ticketmaster Entertainment, world's leading live entertainment ticketing and marketing company, and Chairman and CEO of the Front Line Management Group, the worldâ€™s largest music management firm.
In addition to his day to day responsibilities at Ticketmaster, he is the personal manager of the legendary Eagles, who he has managed since 1974, Christina Aguilera, Neil Diamond, Van Halen, and Steely Dan. Front Line Management owns interests in, or wholly owns, thirteen other management companies.
Prior to Front Line Management, Azoff founded the Azoff Entertainment Company in 1990, a joint venture with Time Warner. In 2001, Time Warner acquired Mr. Azoffâ€™s interest in the Azoff Entertainment Company.
In 1983, Azoff was named chairman and CEO of the MCA Music Entertainment Group. In just six years, his leadership revitalized the slumping company into an industry powerhouse, setting sales and earning records, while diversifying the division into concert promotion, amphitheater operations, and merchandising.
Azoff established his reputation within the music industry when he created Front Line Management in 1974. Under Azoff's tutelage, the personal management firm became the industry's most successful; guiding the careers of such artists as the Eagles, Steely Dan, and Jimmy Buffett. During the Front Line years, he also founded Full Moon Records, which served as home to the soundtracks for Azoff-produced motion pictures including Urban Cowboy and Fast Times At Ridgemont High and to such artists as Chicago and Dan Fogelberg.
Azoff is recognized for his considerable work on behalf of charitable causes. Through his unique position in the entertainment world, he brings together the music, film and television communities, helping to raise funding for a variety of organizations. Azoff serves as an advisory board member of The Walden Woods Project. He has been honored by both the T.J. Martell Foundation and by the City of Hope -- receiving their prestigious "Humanitarian Of The Year" Award and "Spirit Of Life" Award, respectively.
Irving Azoff was named the Advertising Age 2008 â€œMarketer of the Year,â€ and the 2008 recipient of Pollstar magazineâ€™s â€œ Personal Manager of the Year Award,â€ marking his second consecutive win of that award.
Irving Azoff and his wife, Shelli, reside in Beverly Hills, California, and have four children.
- 10/29/09 -techcrunch.com