Jay Marciano
Lester Cohen
United States



COO / Chairman & CEO, AEG Presents

Shuttered last year by the pandemic, AEG led the way among all live entertainment players when, under the leadership of Marciano and CEO Dan Beckerman, the company brought staff back to work in the spring. The first focus was to vet AEG’s public health procedures to ensure shows could open safely. That process led to the announcement in August that AEG Presents would be the first operator to require proof of COVID vaccination for both concertgoers and staff at its owned and operated venues and festivals. This actually managed to be a year of expansion for the company, as it opened four new facilities: the Theatre at Resorts World and Theatre at Virgin Hotels in Las Vegas, the Eastern in Atlanta and Ovation in the greater Cincinnati area.


  • Universal Music Group
  • AEG Presents
  • MSG Entertainment


  • Colorado State University (CO, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2020 Variety500 Honoree
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AEG Ends Block-Booking Policy Connecting L.A.’s Staples Center and London’s O2 Arena

AEG Ends Block-Booking Policy Connecting L.A.’s Staples Center and London’s O2 Arena

After several years of fierce battle, AEG Presents is ending the “block-booking” policy whereby artists who perform at the company’s O2 Arena in London would be bound to play its Staples Center in Los Angeles instead of the Forum, the main competing venue in the city.While claims conflict, AEG says it began the policy due to a similar one by competitor Azoff-MSG Entertainment connecting the Forum with New York’s Madison Square Garden. Azoff-MSG recently denied that such a policy was...


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