Joe Litvag Joins Blackbird Presents As Partner and President of Live Entertainment
We are excited to announce the addition of industry veteran Joe Litvag as a Partner and the President of Live Entertainment.
In this newly created position, Joe will oversee Blackbird’s full slate of live entertainment projects and will lead the development of new live event ventures for the company. Specifically, he will focus on expanding and diversifying major concert events, music festivals & tours, and music-driven content projects. Joe will work closely with Blackbird Presents’ CEO Keith Wortman, based at the company’s headquarters in New York City.
“Joe’s deep experience in creating, building and executing a range of business plans and projects in the live music industry is extraordinary. The respect and admiration he has across our industry makes him the ideal person to lead Blackbird Presents in our next phase of growth,” says Blackbird Presents’ CEO Keith Wortman. “I’m thrilled to welcome him to the team.”
Blackbird Presents is in the midst of producing this summer’s 4th annual Outlaw Music Festival Tour in partnership with Willie Nelson. The Festival features artists including Willie Nelson, Phil Lesh & Friends, The Avett Brothers, Robert Plant, Bonnie Raitt, Luke Combs and many more. The Company recently produced large scale broadcast events honoring Kenny Rogers and Merle Haggard that included Dolly Parton, Keith Richards, Kenny Chesney, George Strait, Lionel Richie, Chris Stapleton, and many more.
Litvag joins Blackbird Presents after most recently working as Senior Vice President at AEG Presents for the last fifteen years. There, he established and built the company’s Midwest live entertainment presence from the ground up by producing and promoting thousands of concerts throughout the region, by creating/co-creating and producing many successful large-scale festivals, by developing and overseeing several iconic venue operations, and by instituting a vibrant private and corporate event production portfolio. Prior to his time at AEG Presents, Joe spent ten years at Contemporary Productions/SFX Entertainment/Clear Channel Entertainment where he rose to Vice President of Concerts.
“After meeting Keith and the team at Blackbird Presents, I knew I’d found the right place to start the next chapter in my career,” Litvag comments. “Their business is built on their exceptional personal relationships with artists, managers and agents, and it’s refreshing to see such a wonderfully simple yet unique approach to its rapidly expanding portfolio: Focus on iconic artists, put their music and legacy front-and-center, and celebrate them in a first-class way. I’m thrilled to join Keith to create many more incredible music moments for artists and their fans, to grow this incredibly talented team, and to watch Blackbird Presents flourish in the coming years.”