Live Nation Brings in Pepsico, Tito’s Vet as Chief Brand Officer
Live Nation Entertainment announced the hiring of Nicole Portwood as Chief Brand Officer, a new position at the company. Portwood joins the entertainment giant having recently served as VP of Marketing at PepsiCo in charge of Mountain Dew and other flavored soft drinks. Prior to that, Portwood was VP... Read more
On Location Wins Olympic Hospitality Exclusive Through 2028 Games
On Location Experiences has been named the exclusive ‘global hospitality provider’ for all summer and winter Olympic and Paralympic Games until 2028. The International Olympic Committee made the announcement on Wednesday, giving the U.S.-based company exclusive rights to the games beginning in 2024. The awarding of the deal to... Read more
Florida Concert Charging 50x Premium For Non-Vaccinated Fans
A Florida concert promoter is pushing for COVID vaccinations in a unique way – by charging more than 50x the ticket price for fans who can’t provide proof of their having gotten the jab. The June 26 performance, which features the band Teenage Bottlerocket, is $18 per ticket for... Read more
Vivid Seats Release Q1 Financial Details; 71% Decline From 2020
Vivid Seats released its first quarter financial report last week, indicating significant losses due to the pandemic, but signaling confidence that things are turning around quickly. The company’s 2021 Q1 Gross Order Value was $116 million, which was a 71 percent decline from 2020s figure, but that is easily... Read more
High Billie Eilish Ticket Prices Draw Criticism From Fans
Billie Eilish ticket prices are catching some flack from the singers fans, as her Happer Than Ever World Tour tickets go on sale this week. Eilish, who announced her 2022 World Tour last week and used the Ticketmaster Verified Fan system to gauge fan demand and likely influence dynamic... Read more
Class Action Accusing Ticketmaster, Live Nation of Price Inflation Certified
A class action lawsuit accusing Ticketmaster and parent Live Nation of business tactics that artficially inflate prices for consumers was certified by a judge in Vancouver, British Colombia in April. The action – Gomel vs. Live Nation Entertainment, Inc. saw a hearing on the matter in November prior to... Read more
Sen. Skoufis Expects Comprimise in NY Over Ticketing Reform Bill
With just weeks to go in the current legislative session in New York, time is short before the current law protecting consumer rights in ticketing expires. But, there are competing versions of what renewing those protections looks like. On the one side, there’s maintaining the status quo with a... Read more
Skoufis NY Ticketing Bill Passes Committee; Timeline for Passage Short
A proposed update to the law governing live event ticketing in New York proposed by Sen. James Skoufis (D) has been passed out of committee in the senate, and will now be considered by the full chamber. Now, the state’s two chambers will likely need to determine which direction... Read more
FTC Promises “Robust Anticompetitive Enforcement” in Live Event Ticketing
The Federal Trade Commission has responded to a recent call by several members of Congress for increased oversight of live event ticketing, promising “vigorous enforcement” against alleged monopolistic behaviour in the space. The organization issued its response last week in a letter from acting chair Rebecca Slaughter. “I agree... Read more
Consumer Advocates Urge Passage of Sen. Skoufis’ New York Ticketing Bill
Consumer rights organizations have come out in favor of a bill under consideration in New York that would drastically alter the ticketing ecosystem in the state. The bill, introduced last week by Sen. James Skoufis, seeks to make a number of changes to existing laws regarding event ticket sales,... Read more