Oz pub firm Pollack closes

Shingle shutters exactly 20 years after opening due to economy

SYDNEY — Australia’s largest live entertainment publicity shingle, Bruce Pollack Publicity, will shutter Dec. 10, exactly 20 years after opening.

Managing director Bruce Pollack, an industry vet of 46 years, said that despite being busy the past few months, 2002 has “been a tough year for the industry.”

Rep for legit producers including IMG, the Jacobsen Entertainment Group and Intl. Concert Attractions, Pollack also publicized the Sydney Harbor Bridge Climb, the Sydney Turf Club and others.

“Arts has never been enough,” he said, despite recording one of his busiest nights ever Aug. 22 with the opening night of IMG’s “Cabaret” at Sydney’s 2,000-seat State Theater concurrently with opening night for the Jacobsen Group’s “The Man From Snowy River Arena Spectacular” at the 10,000-seat Sydney Entertainment Center.

However, “Aug. 24 was truly memorable,” according to Pollack. “We had Jacobsen’s ‘Long Way to the Top’ open at the Perth Entertainment Center for 10,000 people, ‘Cabaret’ playing to a full house, ‘Snowy’ playing to a full house and ‘Lady Salsa’ playing to full 900 at the Casino.

“One of the most exciting nights ever was the premiere of ‘The Boy From Oz,’ which I’d worked on from the beginning.” Tuner about the life of Peter Allen preemed March 1998 and grossed $33 million in 26 months. It is being reworked for a Broadway season staring Hugh Jackman.

Pollack is planning a long vacation and then some consultancy work. Closure of his agency will leave a gap in Australia’s biggest market where his only competitors are solo operators or Melbourne-based agencies.

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