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Doug Richter

Meritage Entertainment
Founder
Doug Richter has been deeply involved in the music and live entertainment business for more than 25 years with a background that includes record labels, media companies, event agencies and talent management.

Doug launched Meritage Entertainment in January 2017 as an advisory firm to the live event industry. His client list includes music and food festivals, brands, media companies and talent.

Previously, Doug was Managing Director Global Partnerships at INVNT, Time Inc’s live media agency, as part of a core team developing a national platform of consumer event properties for Time Inc’s iconic brands including Sports Illustrated, People, Entertainment Weekly, InStyle and Real Simple.

Prior to Time Inc, Doug was the Director of Partnership Marketing for Karlitz & Company where he oversaw sponsorship sales and partnership programs for national culinary festivals including Flavor! Napa Valley and Harlem EatUp!, working closely with many celebrated chefs including Marcus Samuelsson, Scott Conant, Todd English, Iron Chef Morimoto and Daniel Boulud.

During his 10-year run in the music business, Doug held executive marketing roles at BMG Entertainment, Triad Artists and Wherehouse Music, where he was Director of Online Marketing for the nation’s 3rd largest entertainment retailer with 550 stores in 33 states.

Doug spent three years as Tour Manager for soul icon Barry White, including the sold-out Icon Is Love World Tourfor where he shepherded three tour buses, four production trucks and dozens of musicians across fourteen countries throughout Europe, Africa and Brazil.

An avid networker, Doug created a wildly successful networking community for the entertainment industry called Rocktails which produced monthly cocktail parties on the rooftops of Hollywood hotels and boasted 3,000 members.

Doug on the Advisory Board for FestForums and has been at every conference since it’s inception!