Entertainment One is now a live entertainment producer, following the acquisition of New York-based Round Room Entertainment.
Round Room was founded by Stephen Shaw in 2016. Shaw runs the company as co-President alongside Jonathan Linden.
Shaw and Linden bring wide-ranging experience across the live entertainment arena to eOne, having worked on tours for the Rolling Stones, Barbra Streisand, Oprah Winfrey as well as Broadway productions including Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark and Rock of Ages.
The duo have a long history working together at Concert Productions International, Live Nation and S2BN Entertainment – all companies that were led by former Live Nation Chairman, Michael Cohl.
Prior to Round Room, Shaw and Linden served at President and CEO respectively of S2BN Entertainment.
Under the terms of the agreement, Round Room will join eOne’s global family of companies, supporting the development of IP for live shows and concert touring, as well as work with third parties to ‘bring stories and artists to life in innovative experiential ways’.
“[This deal] is going to provide the capacity to expand the reach of our brands, touch more fans on a global scale, and further elevate our management roster.”
Chris Taylor, eOne
Shaw and Linden will continue to serve as Co-Presidents of Round Room. They report to eOne Global President Chris Taylor, who said: “Across all areas of music, we work with so many spokes on the wheel and live entertainment is such an important one. Adding Round Room to our team, with Stephen and Jonathan at the helm, is going to provide the capacity to expand the reach of our brands, touch more fans on a global scale, and further elevate our management roster.”
Said Shaw: “We are very excited to join eOne and become a part of their global family, while continuing to grow our core roster. This is a very strategic move for both sides, and we look forward to working closely with Chris and his team to connect his extensive roster of artists with countless fans around the world.”
Added Linden: “Stephen and I are excited by the opportunity to bring live entertainment to eOne and expand Round Room into a global player. We are eager to work with Chris and his team and we can’t wait to get started,” .
eOne and Round Room successfully collaborated on the PJ Masks Live touring experience. Based on eOne’s preschool sensation PJ Masks and produced by Round Room, that completed its initial run of US dates in late 2017, selling over 150,000 tickets.
The tour continues in 2018 with dates in Australia and the US.
Entertainment One’s music portfolio includes labels Dualtone Music Group and Last Gang, as well as artist management companies.
Its music rights library contains approximately 40,000 music tracks.Music Business Worldwide