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Metallica, Ticketmaster promote paperless ticketing in Europe

By Bob Grossweiner & Jane Cohen

When Metallica plays the 02 in London, ENG on September 15, they will be using Ticketmaster's new paperless ticket system for the first time in Europe. Ticketmaster first used this new technology in the United States on Tom Waits’ Doom and Glitter theatre tour this past June and July.

More than 15,000 people are expected to attend the event but tickets will not exchange hands, because fans will not have to wait at box offices to collect tickets. Customers using a credit card/Visa Debit Card to purchase their tickets will not be sent a ticket but rather, will only be required to arrive at the venue with their credit card and photo ID. Their card will then be swiped, they will be given a receipt, and they will then be granted entry to the event.

U.S. Open ticket sales finally topple Yankee Stadium from #1 spot

By Kelly McWilliams

TicketNews has released its exclusive venues rankings for the week ending Sunday, August 31, and for the first time in ten weeks, Yankee Stadium does not hold the number one slot. Last minute ticket sales for the U.S. Open Tennis Championship have shot the Arthur Ashe Stadium into the top position, with a dominating power score of 4.59. Madison Square Garden (MSG) moves up one slot again this week to finish at number two, with a power score of 2.71. MSG can thank its steady rise in the rankings to continued strong sales for acts like Madonna, Celine Dion and Neil Young, who will play the final date of his eight-week North American tour there on December 15.

Coming in at number three is the recently dethroned Yankee Stadium with a power score of 2.63. Ranked in the top three TicketNews Top Sports Events for four weeks running, sales of Dallas Cowboys tickets again boost Texas Stadium into the top five venues. This week the Stadium finishes at number four, with a power score of 2.54.

Seatwave signs deal to buy Netherlands ticket exchange Skelper B.V.


LONDON, ENG (Seatwave) 03 September 2008 - Seatwave, Europe’s largest ticket exchange, today announces that it has reached an agreement to acquire the entire share capital of Skelper B.V. (“Skelper”), the Netherlands-based ticket exchange service. Skelper provides market-leading secondary ticket services for several popular Dutch football clubs and other leading events organizers in the Netherlands and Benelux regions.

As part of the transaction, the two founders of Skelper will join the Seatwave group and continue to run the business as a Seatwave European Division. They will become Co-Managing Directors of Seatwave Netherlands, working with their existing team to ensure the continuity and future growth of the pioneering ticket exchange service in the area.

Eventmobile.net: real-time event tickets on your cell phone

By Alfred Branch Jr.

To say that Curtis Broome, the president of Eventmobile.net believes in his company would be an understatement. Not only does he speak with the excited forcefulness of a true believer, even his business card is in the shape of a cell phone.

Eventmobile.net is a mobile ticketing and event notification service that allows consumers to share information on live music and events, and purchase tickets, from their cell phones and online. Joining the site is free, and Broome is convinced that it signals the wave of the future.

Seatwave partners with Fulham and Portsmouth football clubs in the UK


LONDON, ENG (Seatwave) 28 August 2008 - Seatwave, Europe’s largest fan-to-fan ticket exchange, today announced two landmark partnerships with Fulham FC and Portsmouth FC, securing exclusive rights to act as the official ticket exchange partner for both clubs.

Marking Seatwave’s first venture into football, the deal will give the company exclusive rights to operate the official ticket exchanges for Fulham and Portsmouth club members, allowing season ticket holders to sell tickets for certain matches they cannot attend. Additionally, registered football club members, will be able to buy tickets from other fans.

Shake up at Premier Exhibitions leads to ouster of CEO, VP

By Alfred Branch Jr.

With its stock price hovering just under $4 a share, Premier Exhibitions, Inc., the promoter behind Titanic The Artifact Exhibition and Bodies… The Exhibition, among others, recently accepted the resignations of its President and CEO Bruce Eskowitz and Vice President Brian Wainger. Replacements have not been named, but company Chairman Arnie Geller has taken over the CEO position.

Less than a year ago, the company's stock was trading at a 52-week high of $16.71, but has since plummeted and was trading at $3.83 today at about 1:05pm. Its 52-week low, which it hit in early July, was $2.55.

Ticketmaster continues plans for major push into China

By Alfred Branch Jr.

Seeking to reassure investors following its loss of a major contract in Germany to rival CTS Eventim, Ticketmaster has gone on a public relations blitz to talk up its push into the Chinese ticket market.

Ticketmaster's stock, which trades on the Nasdaq under the symbol TKTM, closed at an even $24 today, August 27, down more than 3 percent, or 77 cents, from Tuesday's closing price. The drop came after news circulated that CTS had landed a lucrative contract with AEG to provide ticketing operations in the burgeoning German market where AEG is set to open a state-of-the-art venue in Berlin called O2 World.

Ticketfeeder founder considered outstanding new broker by NATB

"Female-owned TicketFeeder nominated in outstanding new broker category"

Tempe, AZ (PRWEB) August 27, 2008 - Tammy Thibodeau, founder of Tempe-based TicketFeeder, a new retail outlet for premium event tickets to concerts, sporting events and theater performances, has been recognized by the National Association of Ticket Brokers (NATB) in the "Outstanding New Broker" category. The nominees are required to exhibit the NATB's highest level of ethics in the marketplace, friendship, participation and cooperation to colleagues and to the industry.

TicketFeeder was also recognized in the category of "Outstanding Innovative Website." Qualifications include excellence in interactive design, creativity, usability and functionality on the Internet. TicketFeeder is the only female-owned company recognized at the NATB's annual convention earlier this month. In addition to running TicketFeeder,

AEG spurns U.S. ticketing partner Ticketmaster for Live Nation ally CTS Eventim

By Alfred Branch Jr.

In a move that could be considered a slight to one of its business partners, heavyweight promoter AEG recently announced it had chosen to partner with German ticketing giant CTS Eventim, instead of Ticketmaster, for the ticketing operations in several venues in Germany. Among the AEG venues that CTS will have under its ticketing platform include the the new state-of-the-art O2 World in Berlin.

While not necessarily a setback for Ticketmaster, news of the deal could put a crimp in the company's plans to expand its presence in international markets, as outlined a few weeks ago by President and CEO Sean Moriarty.

More trouble for UK-based online ticket broker

By Alfred Branch Jr.

Fresh on the heels of the company's problems relating to alleged fraud with Olympics tickets, UK-based Xclusive Leisure & Hospitality is now reportedly in further trouble over thousands of unfulfilled orders for tickets to the recent Reading, Leeds and V festivals.

More than 4,300 fans who bought tickets to the popular festivals and the Olympics through the company's Web sites were stiffed, according to BBC News, which has prompted a blizzard of complaints against the company.

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