CERTAIN RELATIONSHIPS AND RELATED-PARTY TRANSACTIONS
|6 Months Ended|
Jun. 30, 2013
|Related Party Transactions [Abstract]|
|CERTAIN RELATIONSHIPS AND RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS||
NOTE 6—CERTAIN RELATIONSHIPS AND RELATED-PARTY TRANSACTIONS
Transactions Involving Directors
The following table sets forth revenue earned and expenses incurred from the transactions noted below:
Relationship with Clear Channel
For purposes of governing certain of the ongoing relationships between Clear Channel and Live Nation at and after the Separation, Clear Channel and Live Nation entered into a tax matters agreement, among other agreements.
The Company has a non-employee director as of June 30, 2013 who was also a director and executive officer of Clear Channel. This director receives directors’ fees, stock options and restricted stock awards on the same basis as other non-employee members of the Company’s board of directors. From time to time, the Company purchases advertising from Clear Channel and its subsidiaries in the ordinary course of business on an arms-length basis. The Company also has various lease and licensing agreements with Clear Channel for office space.
Transactions with MSG
The Company had a non-employee director until February 2013 who is also a director and executive officer of MSG and Cablevision Systems Corporation. This director received directors’ fees, stock options and restricted stock awards on the same basis as other non-employee members of the Company’s board of directors. From time to time, the Company promotes events at venues owned and/or operated by MSG and pays rental fees and co-promote fees to MSG and its subsidiaries. In addition, the Company provides ticketing services for venues and sports franchises owned and/or operated by MSG and pays royalty fees to MSG and its subsidiaries. The Company also receives transaction fees from MSG and its subsidiaries for tickets MSG sells using the Company’s ticketing software. Finally, the Company purchases advertising from Cablevision Systems Corporation and its subsidiaries from time to time. All of these transactions are entered into in the ordinary course of business on an arms-length basis, and are included in the table above through February 2013.
Transactions Involving Executives
Irving Azoff was the Company’s Executive Chairman and Chairman of its board of directors until his resignation as an officer, director and employee of the Company on December 31, 2012. ATC Aviation, Inc. (“ATC”), which is owned by Irving Azoff, owns an aircraft. An aircraft management and charter company, unrelated to either the Company or ATC, manages and operates the aircraft on ATC’s behalf. The Company was charged market rates for the use of the aircraft when used by Mr. Azoff or other executives on Company business, a portion of which was paid to ATC. These arrangements are no longer in effect following Mr. Azoff’s departure from the Company. For the three and six months ended June 30, 2012, the Company made payments totaling $0.4 million and $1.0 million, respectively.
Irving Azoff has a minority ownership interest in an entity that subleases office space from the Company. Rent charged by the Company totaled $0.2 million and $0.4 million, respectively, for the three and six months ended June 30, 2012.
Other Related Parties
The Company conducts certain transactions in the ordinary course of business with companies that are owned, in part or in total, by various members of management of the Company’s subsidiaries or companies over which it has significant influence. These transactions primarily relate to venue rentals, concession services, equipment rentals, ticketing, marketing and other services. As of June 30, 2013 and December 31, 2012, the Company has a receivable balance of $11.5 million and $12.2 million, respectively, from certain of these companies. The following table sets forth expenses incurred and revenue earned from these companies for services rendered or provided in relation to these business ventures. None of these transactions were with directors or executive officers of the Company.
The entire disclosure for related party transactions. Examples of related party transactions include transactions between (a) a parent company and its subsidiary; (b) subsidiaries of a common parent; (c) and entity and its principal owners; and (d) affiliates.
Reference 1: http://www.xbrl.org/2003/role/presentationRef