Azoff MSG Entertainment Acquires 50 Percent Stake in Levity Entertainment

Company is one of the largest live comedy businesses in the U.S.

Last Updated: August 4, 2014 @ 9:22 AM

Azoff MSG Entertainment has acquired a 50 percent stake in Levity Entertainment Group, which has a portfolio that includes live comedy venues, a comedy and reality television content production unit, talent management and online digital services.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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LEG is one of the largest live comedy businesses in the U.S., with tours, festivals, cruise lines and its own network of comedy clubs.  It represents artists including Jeff Dunham, Jenny McCarthy and Aaron McGruder, and has produced over 1000 hours of television programming.

LEG’s digital group, which provides social media services, also owns Sideshow Network, a comedy and lifestyle podcast aggregator that averages more than 5 million downloads per month.

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“We are thrilled to have LEG join the AMSGE family,” said Irving Azoff (pictured), CEO of AMSGE.  “Robert Hartmann, Stu Schreiberg Norm Aladjem, and Judi Brown-Marmel have built a unique ecosystem to identify talent and provide them with career and content opportunities that extend across multiple distribution platforms worldwide.”

“The partnership with AMSGE brings us a wealth of resources and relationships that will further allow us to grow our clients’ careers and our overall business,” said LEG CEO Robert Hartmann. “There is only one Irving — his knowledge and experience is unprecedented.  I also happen to think he has a promising future as a stand-up.”

Levity was created in a 2009 merger between Levity Management and Triage Entertainment. Its four divisions are live, management, production and digital.

Over the last year, AMSGE has also acquired interests in Burns Entertainment, Pop2Life, and Digital Brand Architects.

LionTree Advisors provided financial guidance on the acquisition.


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