Kevin Wall

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Kevin Wall
Kevin Wall.jpg
Kevin Wall at Orlando Stadium in Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa on 2 June 2010
Born (1952-03-15) March 15, 1952 (age 62)
Residence Los Angeles, California
Nationality American
Occupation Producer, Entrepreneur, Activist, Investor
Years active 1984 - present
Organization CEO and founder, Control Room
Known for Live Earth, Live 8, Chime for Change
Board member of
Bretelon, Inc.
Climate Reality Project
Craton Equity Partners
GCE High Level Panel
Global Water Challenge
Hammer Museum
XPRIZE Innovation Board
Spouse(s) Susan Smalley Wall, Ph.D.
Children Patrick
Timothy
Kelly
Awards Billboard Humanitarian of the Year
EMA Outstanding Achievement Award
Emmy Award, Interactive Content
Ellis Island Medal of Honor
MIDEM Green Award
Website
controlroom.com

Kevin Wall (born March 15, 1952), is an American producer, new media entrepreneur, investor and activist who creates and produces large-scale global music events, several of which have attracted audiences of more than 1 billion viewers. Wall’s projects frequently promote environmental and social activism, and include Live Earth, Live 8, the 2010 FIFA World Cup Kick Off Celebration Concert, and Chime For Change.[1] Considered a pioneer in digital media and platform-agnostic content distribution, Wall received the first Emmy Award for interactive content.[2][3][4]

Early life[edit]

Wall grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where his family of fourteen worked and lived in a roller-skating rink called the Roller Dome. He programmed music as the Roller Dome disc jockey, and later said that the experience gave him insight into the power of music to move people.[3][5]

Career[edit]

Wall left home at 18, and moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he joined the Rainbow People's Party, a left-wing anti-Vietnam war group. Working as a promoter assistant for the Rainbow People's Party, Wall attended the protest and benefit concert for John Sinclair, who had received a 10 year prison sentence for the possession of 2 joints of marijuana. Sinclair was released from prison on appeal 60 days following the benefit. The concert, which featured John Lennon, was a catalyst for Wall. "The one event changed forever how I viewed things. I saw how media and music could really change the way people feel. It was a way to rally people together and emotionally help drive awareness and change," he said in a 2010 interview with the South China Daily News.[6]

In addition to working with the Rainbow People's Party, Wall promoted concerts at the University of Michigan and other Midwest colleges. After he was asked to provide a portable stage for a George Harrison show, Wall founded a portable staging company, Stage One, Inc. Within several years, the company had become the largest of its kind, providing lighting, staging, and outdoor production for stadium and arena tours for The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and The Who, among other artists.[3][7]

In 1984, Wall attended a television content and distribution conference in Cannes, France. Recognizing the market for international distribution of music programming, he founded Radio Vision, a production and distribution company for live music. The company quickly became profitable based on 60 music television programs in international distribution and a library of more than 125 music and specialty programs. The success of Radio Vision allowed Wall to work on a break-even basis with non-profit organizations on projects which included Live Aid, USA for Africa, the Human Rights Now! Tour, the 70th birthday tribute to South African activist Nelson Mandela and the annual Prince's Trust Rock Gala, sponsored by Britain's Prince Charles to raise money for underprivileged children.[8]

In 1994 Wall established BoxTop, a web design company, which was merged with iXL, an Atlanta-based media and internet consulting company in 1997. As the vice chairman of iXL, Wall led the strategic acquisition and organization of 42 Internet design and consulting companies to build a venture with 3,000 employees, 38 offices and annual revenues of over $400 million.[9] iXL went public in 1999 and reached a market capitalization of $2 billion within one year.[10]

In July 2005, Wall executive produced Live 8, a series of benefit concerts to bring attention to poverty in Africa. More than 250 musicians performed within 24 hours at concerts on 7 continents, including Madonna, U2, Destiny's Child, Jay-Z, and Pink Floyd.[11] The Live 8 concerts were broadcast on 182 television stations and 2000 radio networks, as well as online. Live 8’s audience was estimated at 2 billion viewers, a percentage of whom viewed the concerts worldwide via AOL in real time and on-demand. The use of the internet as a global distribution channel for Live 8 was considered a “defining moment for the medium – a tipping point.” [12] As executive producer of Live 8, Wall won the first Emmy award for content delivered by the internet.[4]

Live 8 was the inaugural production of Network LIVE, Wall’s joint venture with AEG, AOL, and XM Satellite Radio.[13] In 2006, Wall acquired full control of the company and renamed it Control Room.[14]

Inspired by US Vice President Al Gore and his Oscar-winning documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, Wall created Live Earth, a global concert event designed to raise environmental awareness and combat climate change. On July 7, 2007, 150 musical acts, including The Police, Alicia Keys, Metallica, and Kanye West performed at eleven locations around the world in concerts that were broadcast globally through television, satellite and terrestrial radio, handheld devices, and the internet.[15] The event set a live-streaming record as 237,000 people watched video coverage from MSN simultaneously.[16] Through the massive media architecture of the event, Live Earth reached an audience of nearly two billion people.[17]

Live Earth developed from a one-time event into an advocacy organization dedicated to the creation of entertainment events and media content aimed raising awareness for the challenges and solutions associated with climate change. Live Earth works with corporate, non-governmental, entertainment and political influencers and organizations around the world.[18]

Since its formation, Control Room has created, developed, distributed and/or produced more than 150 events, including the Green Inaugural Ball,[19] the FIFA World Cup Kick off Celebration in 2010, and Gucci's Chime for Change concert.[20] The company has won 11 Telly Awards for excellence in categories including Education, Information, News, Social Issues, and Videography.[21]

Wall is a general partner of Craton Equity Partners, a $242 million green-tech private equity fund,[22] and a founder of Sustainable Holdings, a company which weights its holdings based on a company’s sustainability score.[23] He co-founded Shelter Capitol Partners, a $175 million venture capital fund focused on companies in the semi-conductor, software, and convergence sectors.[24] Wall’s investments include Blue Oak Resources, Beyond Meat, Banjo, Bretelon, Facebook, Gracias Madre, HLI (Human Longevity, Inc), Lux Delux, Inc., Kevita, Inc., Payoff, Scanadu, and Veggie Grill.

Personal life[edit]

Wall is married to Susan Smalley, Ph.D., a scientist, author, activist, and professor emeritus at UCLA in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences. Smalley did pioneering work in the genetics of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and founded the Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC) at UCLA. The author of more than 100 scientific articles and the co-author of Fully Present: The Science, Art and Practice of Mindfulness, Smalley serves as co-chair of the board of Equality Now, a human rights organization dedicated to women and girls.[25] They have three children.[26]

Awards[edit]

  • MIDEM Green Award[27]
  • Billboard Touring Conference Humanitarian Award[1]
  • Advertising Age Marketer of the Year[28]
  • GQ Environmental Pillar Award[29]
  • EMA Outstanding Achievement Award [30]
  • Emmy Award, Interactive Content[4]
  • Ellis Island Medal of Honor[31]

Board memberships[edit]

  • Bretelon, Inc.
  • Climate Reality Project (Al Gore’s charity)
  • Craton Equity Partners
  • GCE High Level Panel
  • Global Water Challenge
  • Greenwave Reality
  • XPRIZE Innovation Board

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Selected credits[edit]

Year Title Credit
2103 Chime for Change (concert) Executive producer
24 Hours of Reality: The Cost of Carbon Executive producer
The Sound of Change Live Executive producer
2011 Decade of Difference: A Concert Celebrating 10 Years
of the William J. Clinton Foundation
Executive produce
2010 FIFA World Cup Kick-Off Celebration Concert Executive producer
Live Earth Run for Water Executive producer
2008 Madonna: Live from Roseland Ballroom Executive producer
2007 Jay-Z: Live from Hammerstein Ballroom Executive producer
Live Earth: The Concerts for a Climate Crisis Executive producer
Michael Bublé: Live from Webster Hall Executive producer
2006 Nokia New Year's Eve Executive producer
2005 Live 8 Executive producer
1994 Apollo Theater Hall of Fame Executive producer
1993 Apollo Theatre Hall of Fame Executive producer
Bob Dylan: The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration Executive producer
1992 Michael Jackson: Live in Bucharest: The Dangerous Tour Executive producer
Elton John: Live in Barcelona Executive producer

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Waddell, Ray (April 13, 2007). "Gore, Wall talk 'Live'". Hollywood Reporter. AP. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  2. ^ Daunt, Tina (May 18, 2007). "Saving the planet, one chord at a time". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c Leonard, Devin (July 6, 2007). "Here comes the sun Kevin Wall taps Al Gore and other rock stars to fight global warming". archives.fortune.com. Fortune. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c ""LIVE 8 ON AOL" WINS FIRST BROADBAND EMMYHONORING PROGRAMS FOR INTERNET, CELLPHONES, PDAS". emmyonline.com. National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (Press release). Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  5. ^ Potts, Maryanne (July 6, 2007). "What's Music Got to Do with Climate Change?". nationalgeographic.com. National Geographic. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  6. ^ Lai, Yvonne (March 21, 2010). "South China Morning Post Topics: Kevin Wall". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 6 August 2014. 
  7. ^ a b "Executive Profile: Kevin Wall". investing.businessweek.com. Bloomberg Businessweek. Retrieved 6 August 2014. 
  8. ^ Brooks, Nancy Rivera (December 9, 1998). "Rights 'n' Roll : Two brothers pioneered the business of international music video licensing". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  9. ^ Snyder, Beth (March 9, 1998). "INTERACTIVE: WEST COAST SPOTLIGHT: BOXTOP RIDES INTERACTIVE WAVE IN LA: NEW MEDIA SHOP EYES FUTURE IN TECHNOLOGY AND ACQUISITIONS". AdAge. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  10. ^ Weiss, Michael (March 20, 2000). "Investments get bigger as valuations rise". Atlanta Business Journal. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  11. ^ Kaufman, Gil (July 2, 2005). "Jay-Z, U2, Madonna, Pink Floyd Deliver Live 8 Highlights". mtv.com. MTV. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  12. ^ Farzad, Robin (July 4, 2005). "Concert Video Is a Hit, Validating a Bet by AOL". New York Times. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  13. ^ Leeds, Jeff (July 13, 2005). "Venture to Put Live Shows on Internet and Radio". New York Times. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  14. ^ News staff (September 26, 2006). "Kevin Wall acquires company, renaming it Control Room.". billboard.com. Billboard. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  15. ^ Coyle, Jake (July 2, 2007). "Live Earth Aims to Cause Lasting Change". Washington Post. AP. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  16. ^ Klassenn, Abby. "Entertainment Marketers 2008: Kevin Wall". adage.com. AdAge. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  17. ^ Smith, David (June 30, 2007). "Gore show is set to be biggest on earth". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 August 2014. 
  18. ^ CBS News (September 18, 2008). "Live Earth Concert Heads To India". cbsnews.com. CBS News. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  19. ^ "City native is producer of Green Inaugural Ball". News Sentinel. January 19, 2009. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  20. ^ Alexander, Ella (March 26, 2013). "Beyoncé And Gucci To Host Global Concert In London". vogue.uk.com. Vogue UK. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  21. ^ "35th Annual Telly Award Winners". tellyawards.com. Telly Awards. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  22. ^ Leondis, Alexis (September 30, 2013). "TCW Buys Craton Equity to Expand Alternatives Unit". bloomberg.com. Bloomberg. Retrieved 6 August 2014. 
  23. ^ Kanani, Rahim (September 9, 2011). "Recyclebank: A Case Study in Motivating Positive Behavioral Change". forbes.com. Forrbes. Retrieved 6 August 2014. 
  24. ^ Graser, Marc (April 5, 2000). "Tech exec takes Shelter". Variety. Retrieved 6 August 2014. 
  25. ^ "Collaborative Centers for Integrative Medicine: Susan Smalley". ucla.edu. UCLA. Retrieved 6 August 2014. 
  26. ^ "Susan Smalley Profile". huffingtonpost.com. Huffington Post. Retrieved 6 August 2014. 
  27. ^ "Live Earth wins new award for 'green' music events". CBC News. January 3, 2008. Retrieved 6 August 2014. 
  28. ^ Klaassen, Abbey. "Entertainment Marketers 2008: Kevin Wall". adage.com. Advertising Age. Retrieved 6 August 2014. 
  29. ^ "GQ Magazine Hosts The Gentlemen's Ball - Inside". zimbio.com. Zimbio. Retrieved 6 August 2014. 
  30. ^ "EMA AWARDS RECIPIENTS & HONOREES". ema-online.org. Environmental Media Association. Retrieved 6 August 2014. 
  31. ^ "A TRIBUTE TO THE 2009 ELLIS ISLAND MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENTS". gpo.gov. Congressional Record Volume 155, Number 86. June 10, 2009. 

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