Tampa’s “Big City Events” goes National with Neutrino Media Group to take Tampa’s most successful events nationwide

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Tampa’s “Big City Events” goes National with Neutrino Media Group to take Tampa’s most successful events nationwide

TAMPA, FL – September 1st, 2015 – Local Tampa events marketing company Big City Events, who pioneered Tampa’s downtown event scene, is proud to announce their joint venture with Neutrino Media Group’s (NMG) Rock Media to take Tampa’s most successful events nationwide.

Big City Events, co-founded by Monica Varner and Ferdian Jap, has been a staple in West Florida’s branded entertainment and events scene since opening in 2011, and has helped revitalize Tampa’s downtown community. They have produced a collection of well-attended, scalable, advertiser funded event properties. The BCE event team has become a local favorite to the Tampa Bay Area.

Through the joint venture, Varner and her partner Ferdian Jap are teaming up with national media and adtech company, NMG and it’s Rock Media division, one of the industry pioneers in branded entertainment, to scale their events nationwide. Rock Media and BCE will merge to bring their success to a national audience and further expand Rock Media’s platform of events. The new office for Rock Media and BCE will be based in Tampa, Florida


As one of the pioneers in branded entertainment, Rosenblum’s company has produced many national events with companies ranging from the former Hachette Filipacchi, (Elle, Elle Decor, Road and Track, Met Home, Woman’s Day, Sound and Vision, Premiere.com), Renaissance Hotels and Hearst Media to name a few. In addition, Rock created and produced the Pink Dress Show in conjunction with Susan G. Koman and produced special events for celebrities ranging from Fergie to Russell Simmons. The parent company NMG, is one of the fastest growing companies in the adtech space, selling millions of ads everyday and processing trillions of bids a year. “We are so excited to partner with Rock Media and NMG to take our events to the next level and expand our reach to other markets. Scott and his team’s experience working with global brands and media outlets is really inspiring,” Varner said.

Big City Events and Rock Media will kick-off their inaugural collaboration November 21st with Bourbon and Brew. Last year they partnered with Jim Bean and country singer Craig Campbell, where they served over 5,000 attendees. Following Tampa, the two intend to bring the event to a national audience making Bourbon and Brew a household name. “We have been watching Monica and Ferdian for a long time and are very excited to add them to the NMG and Rock Media family,” Rosenblum said. “We cannot wait for them to spearhead our entertainment and production business.”

Monica Varner, co-founder and CEO of Big City Events 


Monica is the Owner and Senior Planner at Elan Event Studio, co-owner of Big City Events, and Executive Director for the Gasparilla International Film Festival.  Monica is a planning powerhouse who has received rave reviews in Biz Bash, Creative Loafing, Tampa Tribune, Tampa Bay Times, and more. From corporate functions and social events to large-scale festivals, Monica has transformed venues across the Bay area and beyond. She has been recognized on the Biz Journals Up and Comers list, and she is a graduate of the Leadership Tampa Bay Class of 2012.

Ferdian Jap, co-founder and CMO of Big City Events has considerable experience in business and strategic development for both for-profit and nonprofit enterprises and has been instrumental in the formulation and organizational development of several private-public partnerships and projects. Ferdian was named one of Tampa Bay Business Journal’s under-30 Up & Comers in 2010.

Scott Rosenblum, CEO and Founder of Neutrino Media Group


Scott, a native of Atlanta, GA is currently the Chairman and CEO of rapidly growing Neutrino Media Group (NMG), an innovative multi-media and Adtech company changing the face of media and digital advertising. Google, AOL, WideOrbit, Admeta, Liverail, Yahoo and Hearst Media and Dailymotion are amongst the many companies NMG works with.

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