Kevin Wall (US)
"Bringing further perspective to a 30-year career distinguished by a string of entrepreneurial successes, including his role in producing some of the world’s most ambitious, media-convergent live musical events, Kevin Wall is founder and chief executive officer of Live Earth. Wall is best known for producing events seen by a billion or more people across the globe. In 2005 Wall founded Control Room to create live entertainment accessible to anyone, anywhere, anytime. On 07/07/07 Wall produced “Live Earth,” the 24-hour, seven-continent concert series which reached an estimated global audience of two billion. Inspired by the documentary An Inconvenient Truth, Wall conceived a groundbreaking musical event that sought to deliver an urgent yet hopeful call to action on global warming. He designed the multimedia architecture, enlisted over 150 headlining artists and forged a matrix of strategic partnerships, including one with former Vice President and Nobel Peace Prize winner Al Gore and his organization, the Alliance for Climate Protection. Most recently, Wall produced the Opening Kickoff Concert for the FIFA World Cup in South Africa in June, 2010, which was seen in over 180 countries worldwide. Previously innovating the “digital, platform-agnostic approach” now followed by major television networks, Wall executive produced “Live 8,” tapping three decades of experience in music promotion and production, live television, the Internet, and venture capital investments in convergence technologies. The massive live event earned Wall an Emmy Award as it motivated millions of viewers worldwide to pressure Western governments to take action on African aid and debt relief. Wall’s long career developing and producing hundreds of live musical shows also includes Bob Dylan’s “30th Anniversary Concert Celebration” featuring Eric Clapton and George Harrison at Madison Square Garden, Michael Jackson’s “The Dangerous Tour” live in Bucharest, “The Wall: Live in Berlin,” “Amnesty International: Human Rights Now,” “3 Tenors Live in Concert,” and specials for Prince, Eric Clapton and Elton John. Early in his career, Wall established the first portable staging company to accommodate the staging, lighting and outdoor production needs of large stadium and arena concert tours by The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and The Who, among other artists. In other business sectors, as vice chairman of iXL, a global Internet consulting firm, 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. Wall was an early advisor to Facebook and serves on the boards of the Alliance for Climate Protection, Global Water Challenge, and the UCLA Hammer Museum as well as being a member of the Producers Guild of America. Wall is currently invested in more than a dozen companies as an angel investor in the semiconductor, software and convergence sectors. He is also a General Partner in Craton Equity Partners, a clean tech private equity firm in Los Angeles and a founder of Sustainable Holdings, which partnered with Dimensional Fund Advisors on 2 public equity funds."
- Director, Climate Reality Project
Resources and articles
- Climate Reality Project Board, organizational web page, accessed December 6, 2014.