The Madison Square Garden Company has hired industry veteran Jennifer Vogt to play a leadership role in its proposed MSG Sphere venues in London and Las Vegas.
Vogt (pictured), who has been appointed to the newly-created position of president, creative content and productions, will be responsible for the overall creative strategy and development of content for the venues, including the creation of immersive content.
The first MSG Sphere is currently under construction in Las Vegas and is expected to be completed during calendar year 2021. This will be followed by MSG’s first international venue in London, which is expected to open approximately a year later, subject to approval.
MSG president Andrew Lustgarten said: “The success of our vision for MSG Sphere comes down to content – how we will utilise fully immersive experiences on an unprecedented scale to transform the entertainment industry and utterly change the relationship between artist and audience. Jennifer’s experience in bringing some of the world’s most complex and high-profile entertainment projects to life make her ideally suited to help us make MSG Sphere a reality.”
Vogt will also oversee the strengthening and expansion of MSG productions and brands including the Radio City Christmas Spectacular and the Radio City Rockettes.
“I am energised by this incredible opportunity," she said. "I believe MSG Sphere will revolutionise the entertainment experience through sight and sound, and feel confident that we can take the beloved Radio City Christmas Spectacular and Rockettes to even greater heights while respecting their incredible legacy. This is an important time for MSG, and I am deeply honored to help build on the company’s reputation as a world-leader in entertainment.”
Vogt brings more than two decades of entertainment experience to the company, including her most recent role as show design and production executive at Walt Disney Imagineering for Star Wars, Galaxy’s Edge, Disney’s largest single-themed land expansion in history. Prior to that, she worked as a management consultant for DreamWorks Animation.
The planned 21,500-capacity MSG Sphere London venue in Stratford – next to Westfield Stratford City shopping centre – would provide competition to AEG's London arenas The O2 and SSE Arena, Wembley.