G2E 2013 Winner Brian Knaff of TBN Entertainment

A Little About TBN Entertainment.

TBN was founded in 1972 with offices in Las Vegas, Grand Rapids and San Diego. Talent Buyers Network is the largest outsource of showroom entertainment in the country currently buying over $25 million annually in live entertainment for fairs, festivals, casinos and corporate events. TBN also provides services for other venues including performing arts centers, dinner theaters, amphitheaters and private events.

Our History

Doug Brown and Brian Knaff founded Good Music Agency, Inc. in 1972. Over the past quarter century, the management and staff of GMA provided a full range of agency services including talent booking, artist development and management, event production and recording services through Metro Studios (a state-of-the-art recording facility built and launched by GMA in 1987).

Good Music Agency, Inc. secured numerous major label recording and publishing agreements while managing the careers of international recording artists. Throughout the years, GMA maintained a diverse talent roster of more than 125 exclusive bands while training a substantial number of agents who now oversee the music industry, executives like Chip Hooper (Monterey Peninsula Artists), Ron Baird (Creative Artists Agency), Keith Miller (William Morris Agency), Steve Hoiberg (Monterey Artists), John Dittmar (Pinnacle Entertainment) and others, all played a role in the colorful history of GMA.

In 1996, GMA established Talent Buyers Network, a unique buyer-oriented agency dedicated to serving the outsourcing needs of specific venues and events. Now representing the exclusive interests of entertainment buyers, TBN currently purchases over $25 million annually in live entertainment for fairs, festivals, casinos and corporate events. TBN also provides services for other venues including performing arts centers, dinner theaters, amphitheaters and private parties. Combined. The TBN Team brings over 250 years of entertainment experience to their daily negotiations with over 60 major talent agencies. In an industry where 'being on the inside' really matters, TBN is there with over 30 years of entertainment industry relationships to back them up. TBN's reputation as a "Preferred Purchaser" offers clients the buying power and leverage they deserve.

In addition to talent buying, TBN's Resource Network provides a full range of consultation services including Strategic Calendar Planning, Marketing & Advertising, Ticketing, Sound, Lights & Staging, Staffing, Special Events, Grand Openings, Sponsorships, Entertainment Assessment, Revenue Tracking, Venue Expansion and Reorganization/Turn-Around. TALENT BUYERS NETWORK has the nation's fastest and most efficient Booking Agents when it comes to buying and negotiating big name national entertainment for Casinos, Corporate & Special Events and Fairs & Festivals. The TBN Network represents all types of venues including showrooms, ballrooms, nightclubs, theaters, Performing Arts Centers, amphitheaters and arenas with capacities ranging from 500 to 15,000 seats. But that's not all. TBN consultants are more than just Booking Agents! Whether you're just starting out...building or expanding an entertainment venue...or looking to breath new life into a failing entertainment program, the TALENT BUYERS NETWORK provides a wide range of consulting services that can be tailored to fit your specific venue.

TBN is also a member of regional and statewide organizations such as WSFA, WIGA, MIGA, WFA, IAFA, IAFE, OFA, IEBA and MPI.

What People Say.

"On a professional level I can tell you that TBN is at the highest level of talent purchasers that we deal with nationwide. Their five offices and several agents work hard for their clients, they are extremely efficient and pay attention to detail and do their homework. They bargain hard for their clients and they know how to get the most out of the agent community."
"Experienced and knowledgeable talent buyers know what they are looking for…these talent buyers tend to be successful and work with several clients, book a lot of our acts, and do a large volume of QUALITY AND EFFICIENT business. They are the people whom we prefer to work with Talent Buyers Network is one of those preferred buyers."
"TBN reps bargain hard for their clients and do their homework...our agents are happy to work with Talent Buyers Network because of their integrity, efficiency, attention to detail, attitude and work ethic."