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James M. Nederlander

Or “Jimmy”, Chairman of The Nederlander Organization, is the visionary theatrical impresario who built one of the largest private live entertainment companies in the world that now encompasses venue ownership and management, theatrical producing and concert presentation, merchandising, concessions and patron services.

Jimmy started working in the theatre at age 7, sweeping floors for his father David Tobias (D.T.) Nederlander in Detroit, Michigan. During a career that spans 70 years, Jimmy has amassed a network of premier legitimate theatres including nine on Broadway: the Brooks Atkinson, Gershwin, Lunt-Fontanne, Marquis, Minskoff, Nederlander, Neil Simon, Richard Rodgers, and the world-renowned Palace; Chicago: Auditorium and Bank of America Theatres, Broadway Playhouse, Cadillac Palace and Oriental Theatres; in Los Angeles, the magnificent Pantages Theatre; and in London, the Adelphi, Aldwych, and Dominion Theatres.

He has produced over one hundred of the most acclaimed Broadway musicals and plays of all time including Annie, Applause, La Cage aux Folles, Me and My Girl, Nine, Noises Off, Peter Pan, Sweet Charity, The Will Rogers Follies, Woman of the Year, and too many others to mention.

Jimmy Nederlander’s name is forever linked to the some of the world’s most distinguished performing companies whose work he produced and presented on Broadway including the Royal Shakespeare Company’s acclaimed productions of The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Cyrano and Sherlock Holmes; Rudolf Nureyev and Friends, The Bolshoi Ballet, and the Virsky’s Ukranian State Dance Company.

Jimmy is credited with developing the outdoor amphitheatre concept as the developer of several premier venues including the New Jersey Garden State Arts Center, Pine Knob Music Theatre, the Merriweather Post Pavilion, the Pacific Amphitheatre, and as the decades-long operator of the Greek Theatre where he has presented headline artists including Tony Bennett, Judy Garland, Lena Horne, Jackie Mason, Liza Minnelli, Frank Sinatra, Andy Williams, and a legion of others.

“Generous,” “loyal” and “trusted” are just a few of the accolades Jimmy’s numerous friends use to describe him—many of whom have enjoyed a life-long personal and business relationship. In 1972, Jimmy and pals Earl Blackwell, Gerard Oestricher and Arnold Weissberg founded the Theatre Hall of Fame, which is still housed in the lobby of the Gershwin Theatre. In 1973, he partnered with George Steinbrenner to purchase the New Yankee Baseball Club. To this day, the sun reflects off his championship ring as he watches the season open every spring.

Beloved by the industry, Jimmy is the recipient of many distinguished honors including the United Nations Foundation Champion Award (2012), The Broadway League’s Schoenfeld Vision for Arts Education Award (2011), the New York Pop’s Man of the Year (2008), the Tony Award® Special Tony Award for Life Time Achievement (2004), The Actors’ Fund Medal of Honor (2002), United Jewish Appeal-New York Federations’ Bernard B. Jacobs Excellence in the Theatre Award (1997) and the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, located outside the Pantages Theatre at 6233 Hollywood Blvd. In 2009, The National High School Musical Theater Award was established and named The Jimmy® to celebrate his career-long dedication to supporting young talent.

Jimmy received an Honorary Doctorate of FIne Arts at the Forty-third Commencement exercises at The University of Connecticut School of Medicine, School of Dental Medicine and Graduate School on Monday, May 12, 2014.

 

James L. Nederlander

President of The Nederlander Organization, leads a family business that began in 1912 and now encompasses every aspect of the live entertainment industry from venue ownership and management, theatrical producing and concert presentation, concessions and patron services.

With venues in New York, Chicago, Durham, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose and London, Jimmy, known throughout the theatre industry as “Junior,” is a prolific producer with a keen eye for popular entertainment for audiences of all ages. He is currently working on the upcoming production of The Elephant Man starring Bradley Cooper, and The Last Ship for the 2014-2015 season, and is developing On Your Feet! The Gloria and Emilio Estefan Story, opening on Broadway in the fall of 2015.

Amongst his producing credits are dozens of distinguished, award-winning musicals and plays including Kinky Boots; I’ll Eat You Last starring Bette Midler; If/Then; West Side Story; Movin' Out; Grease; Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth directed by Spike Lee; After Midnight; La Cage aux Folles; Million Dollar Quartet; Next To Normal; Priscilla Queen of the Desert; The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee; Spider-Man: Turn off The Dark, and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? As a result, he has received several Tony® and Drama Desk Awards for Best Play or Musical, including a special Tony® Award for La Tragedie de Carmen.

Jimmy oversees the management of a network of premier legitimate theatres including nine on Broadway: the Brooks Atkinson, Gershwin, Lunt-Fontanne, Marquis, Minskoff, Nederlander, Neil Simon, Richard Rodgers, and the world-renowned Palace; Chicago: Auditorium and Bank of America Theatres, Broadway Playhouse, Cadillac Palace and Oriental Theatres; in Los Angeles: Pantages Theatre; and in London: the Adelphi, Aldwych and Dominion Theatres. The company also operates the Durham Performing Arts Center and presents Broadway in North Charleston, Broadway San Diego, Broadway San Jose and Broadway in Tucson.

From Broadway to Yankee Stadium and the Greek Theatre to the most prestigious concert halls in the nation, Jimmy is also one of the country’s most astute presenters of headline talent such as Adele, Billy Joel, Harry Connick Jr., Neil Diamond, U2, Paul McCartney, Florence and the Machine, Pink Floyd, Raffi, Sting, U2, and the Rolling Stones to mention a few.

Jimmy is spearheading the company’s many customer service focused business initiatives including in-theatre special events through Nederlander Sales and Patron Services, computerized inventory management and payment systems at Sandbar Concessions, and feature editorial with Broadway Direct, Nederlander’s entertainment newsletter that is distributed nationally to 2 million theatergoers. His desire to say “thank you” to his audiences was the inspiration for the creation of Audience Rewards, now the “official loyalty program for Broadway serving 1.8 million customers,” which Nederlander launched in partnership with other Broadway venue owners.

With a clear focus on the future, The National High School Musical Theater Awards, now known as The Jimmy® to celebrate his father, James M. Nederlander, was launched in 2009 under his leadership to recognize emerging talent. The program has become a national platform for showcasing the importance of theater arts education in schools.

In addition to being a business innovator, Jimmy is also a committed leader and philanthropist who sits on the Board of Trustees of many leading organizations such as the Actors Fund of America, The Broadway League, The Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation, The Intrepid Sea Air Space Museum, NYC & Company, and the Trust for Cultural Resources of the City of New York.

James L. and James M. Nederlander are the first father/son to be named New York City Living Landmarks, which coincided with the Nederlander Organization’s 100th anniversary celebration in 2012. He is also the recipient of many other distinguishing honors including the ASPCA Life Trustee Award (2014), New York Pops 25th Anniversary Cultural Leader, Christoper & Dana Reeve Foundation Visionary Leadership Award (2008), NYC&Co Leadership Achievement Award (2003) and others.


 

Nick Scandalios

is the Executive Vice President of the Nederlander Organization, one of the largest owners of legitimate theatres in the world, as well as one of the largest theatrical producing organizations in North America. He is the Chairman of the Board of Governors of The Broadway League, the Vice Chairman of Family Equality Council and on the Board of Trustees for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. This year will mark his 25th anniversary at the Nederlander Organization.

 

 

 

Freida Belviso

Chief Financial Officer

 

 

 

 

 

 

Herschel Waxman

Senior Vice-President of Labor Relations, has been involved in the theatre with both the Shubert and Nederlander organizations since 1954. Nederlander hired him in 1964, when the organization first came to New York City. In 1965, he became a treasurer at the Nederlander’s first New York venue, the Palace Theatre, thus beginning a tenure lasting 22 years. His producing credits include Moon Dreamers (1969), which, with a cast of 47, was the largest Off-Broadway production ever staged, and the 1998 Tony-nominated, Side Show. From 1986 to 1988 he was Vice President in charge of Ticket Distribution, Marketing and Box Office Operations at Madison Square Garden. Mr. Waxman rejoined James M. Nederlander and Nederlander Organization in 1992. In 1996, Mr. Waxman negotiated two different union contracts for Nederlander in Chicago.

 

Sean Free

Vice President of Sales & Ticketing, joined Nederlander in 2011 to supervise the operations of Nederlander Marketing. He is responsible for managing the Nederlander customer database, Broadway Direct newsletter and website, pricing strategies, web analytics, sales analytics, pre-sales implementation and technology integration. Sean is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. He started his career 20 years ago as a company manager. Company management credits include: The Addams Family, Mary Stuart, 13, Spamalot, Avenue Q, Mark Twain Tonight!, Movin’ Out, Dance of Death, Stones in His Pockets, Bea Arthur on Broadway, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Chicago, Closer, Sunset Boulevard and Cats. He has also served as a theatrical consultant for Vanessa Williams, Barry Manilow, York Little Theatre and The Rosie Awards. Sean recently served on the board of the At Hand Theatre Company, a non-profit based in New York. He also appeared in the 2008 documentary Investigating The Afterlife.

 

Susan E. Lee

Chief Marketing Officer, joined Nederlander in 2005 and oversees new business and corporate partnerships. She has launched Audience Rewards, now the official loyalty program for Broadway; The National High School Musical Theatre Awards aka The Jimmy’s Awards, named in honor of James M. Nederlander; InTheatre Network, and Broadway Direct, a national entertainment e-newsletter. Prior to joining Nederlander, Susan oversaw marketing for Serino Coyne, Inc., the largest full-service agency on Broadway, where she implemented Visa’s sponsorship of the Tony® Award-winning musical Movin’ Out, which was supported by the largest integrated marketing campaign in theatrical history. In 1995, she introduced Camp Broadway, the “original” Broadway summer program. Since then, over 300,000 students have attended its workshops and programs. Working in partnership with Sound Associates, Susan also introduced ShowTrans®, an assistive technology that provides multi-lingual audio commentary for non-English speaking audiences. As the Director of Marketing at The League of American Theatres and Producers, she launched Broadway on Broadway, The Broadway Line and, most notably, Celebrate Broadway: The 100th Anniversary of Broadway in Times Square. She is a member of The Association of Press Agents and Managers and served as the national press representative for several tours.

 

Jack Meyer

Vice President of Programming, oversees the booking, development and general operation of Nederlander Venues outside New York. Since joining the Company in 2001, Nederlander has expanded from 3 US markets – Chicago, Los Angeles, San Diego - to the current total of 7 – adding Durham, San Jose, Tucson, N. Charleston. He is an active member of the Broadway League and the Independent Presenter’s Network (IPN). He has also been a member of the ACLU since 1985.

 

Brian Harasek

Client Relations Manager, started working with Nederlander Group Sales as a sales assistant in November 2004. Since that time, he has aided in the development of the department through its transformation into Nederlander Sales & Patron Services, with a focus on giving clients a superior customer service experience. He also works with shows and other partners in order to develop new incentives for patrons. Prior to joining Nederlander, Brian worked at a Broadway PR agency as a press agent and at an investment bank as an operations analyst. In his spare time, Brian enjoys attending concerts and can be found at Bowery Ballroom or one of many other New York concert venues on any given evening.

 

Erin Porvaznik

Communications Manager, joined Nederlander in 2008 and currently oversees all digital patron-facing communication. Erin has been working in the field of commerical theatre and new media since 2005 at institutions including The Kennedy Center, Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre, Richard Frankel Productions, and Bay Bridge Productions. She remains active in the New York independent theatre community and is a proud graduate of the University of Notre Dame.