Ticket Industry News

Viagogo Partners with Question Mark Entertainment

"viagogo signs exclusive deal with promoter to sell VIP tickets for 1Life concerts"

London, England (FREAUD COUMMUNICATIONS) July 25, 2008 - viagogo has signed an exclusive deal with Question Mark Entertainment to become the Official VIP and Premium Ticketing Partner for the 1Life charity concerts in Manchester and Newcastle later this summer.

The first event will see over 15 acts including M People, Cornershop, Lethal Bizzle and more play to 20,000 people in Heaton Park, Manchester on Saturday 30th August.
The deal is the latest in a series of innovative partnerships that viagogo has struck with the music industry, which now includes record companies like Warner Music, artists such as James Blunt and Madonna and promoters Live Nation and now Question Mark Entertainment. It is further evidence of the dramatic shifts in the live music sector and the industry’s acknowledgment of the central role that the secondary market is playing.

Hard vs. paperless tickets: the jury is still out

By Alfred Branch Jr.

While acknowledging that paperless tickets – primarily e-tickets and those delivered via cell phones – is the wave of the future, a group of electronic ticket company executives Thursday admitted that several issues surrounding the use of paperless tickets are still being worked out.

The executives addressed some of the issues of hard and paperless tickets at a morning discussion panel on the subject during the first day of Ticket Summit 2008 at the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino in Las Vegas. They agreed that there will likely always be hard tickets, whether for people or corporations who want a tangible copy for souvenirs or other reasons, they also believe that the use of paperless tickets will continue to grow dramatically in the coming years.

AOL Music unveils Tour Tracker

By Bob Grossweiner & Jane Cohen

AOL Music has unveiled Tour Tracker, a free web service presented by American Express that lets music fans track their favorite artists and bands on tour. The site includes special incentives to buy tickets, including discounts for American Express card members.

The newly launched site, accessible from the AOL Music main page, provides fans with a single online site to stay updated on band or artist tours and to discuss everything from set lists to favorite show moments to places to meet afterwards. The site also provides music industry executives a useful window to monitor interest in a particular artist or tour beyond ticket sales.

AudienceView and Impact Mobile sign mobile ticketing deal

"AudienceView selects Impact Mobile to provide mobile ticketing and mobile marketing services"

Las Vegas, NV (AudienceView Ticketing and Impact Mobile) July 23, 2008 - AudienceView Ticketing announced today that it will partner with Impact Mobile to expand its in-venue offering to provide mobile ticketing as well as mobile live event marketing services. With this new partnership, AudienceView will be able to offer a fully integrated in-venue mobile experience.

Speaking about the deal, Impact Mobile’s CEO, Gary Schwartz said, “We are very excited to work with AudienceView to enhance their offering to the market. Mobile is a personal touch point with the consumer and will allow Audience View to create a one-to-one relationship with their global client base.”

TicketsNow debuts new corporate blog

By Alfred Branch Jr.

Secondary ticketing giant TicketsNow has launched a new corporate blog that promises to be an open forum and resource for brokers, consumers and others as the company looks to boost its new retail ticket venture and bolster its image in the industry.

Just when Blog.TicketsNow.com went live is unknown, a TicketsNow spokesperson did not return a message seeking comment, but as of today none of the posts on it had garnered any comments.

NATB enters retail ticket business by launching Ticket MarketPlace

By Alfred Branch Jr.

In a move designed to capitalize on its reputation and offer its members another vehicle for selling tickets, the National Association of Ticket Brokers (NATB) is preparing to launch a new website called Ticket MarketPlace where consumers can buy tickets directly from NATB members.

The new site, which will be located at NATB.com, is scheduled to go live on August 1, and will allow consumers to search for tickets by the event, venue or date. See the screen shot below.

Tix Productions and Mannheim Steamroller sign touring deal

"TIX Corporation and Mannheim Steamroller Announce Two Year Touring Deal"

Las Vegas, NV (Tix Corporation) July 22, 2008 - Tix Productions, Inc. (TPI), a subsidiary of TIX Corporation (Nasdaq:TIXC), and Mannheim Steamroller today announced a two year touring producing partnership. Mannheim Steamroller is one of the largest selling Christmas artists of all time and is a holiday tradition for many families. The group has recorded seven Christmas albums, which have sold more than 35 million copies. The agreement will cover the 2008 and 2009 U.S. tours. Additionally, the agreement provides TPI with the exclusive ticket distribution and merchandising rights for the tour. Grammy Award winner Chip Davis, the creator of Mannheim Steamroller, will continue as the director and co-producer of the live show.

Tix Corporation produces and promotes live entertainment throughout the United States and Canada via its newly-formed subsidiary Tix Productions, Inc. TPI is led by longtime business partners and 24-year industry veterans, Co-CEOs Lee Marshall and Joe Marsh.

Live Nation reorganizes their California operations

By Jane Cohen & Bob Grossweiner

Live Nation has reorganized its California operations with the promotion of Rick Mueller to the newly created position of president of California and Nick Masters to chairman of Southern California.

In his new position, Mueller, formerly president of Live Nation's San Francisco office will relocate to Los Angeles and oversee the joint operations of Los Angeles and San Francisco, which includes more than 2,000 shows, as well as fifteen owned and operated venues. Mueller will also oversee Live Nation's entire booking and marketing team in California. In his new position as chairman of Southern California, Masters will take a more active role in the talent booking.

NATB Conference: Ticketmaster should be out of the secondary market

By Alfred Branch Jr.

Under no circumstances should Ticketmaster be in the secondary ticket industry, and the country needs a national standardized ticketing code, according to two Arizona State University economic professors who spoke before a group of ticket brokers and other executives of the ticketing industry this weekend in Las Vegas.

Dr. Stephen Happel and Professor Marianne Jennings, considered two of the foremost experts on the ticketing industry, told the audience during the final day of the National Association of Ticket Brokers annual convention that Ticketmaster's presence in the industry through its acquisition of TicketsNow, poses a threat to the market.

New York Yankees tickets, Eagles tickets strong sellers last week

By Petrina Crockford

TicketNews has released its exclusive events rankings for the week of July 13, and the New York Yankees make a strong showing, taking the number one spot in the Top Combined Events and Top Sports Events rankings.

With a 5.58 power score, the Yankees knocked Wicked out of first place, a position the musical previously held for four consecutive weeks. The Eagles soar in at number three, behind Wicked, with a 3.21 power score. The Jonas Brothers fall from their previous number two position to number five, behind the Boston Red Sox.

In the Top Concert events rankings, The Eagles wield a hefty 7.21 power score and move up from number four to number one. Coldplay stays at number three and Madonna slips from number two to number five. Kenny Chesney tickets continue to sell well and consistently; he's ranked at number four and has a 3.01 power score.

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