Ticketer Responds To Comic Con Lawsuit Regarding Alleged Stolen Funds
This year’s nearly sold-out Boston Comic Con was set to feature stars like Chris Evans, Tom Hiddleston, and Chris Hemsworth. However, right before the event kicked-off on March 20, the Con was cancelled due to concerns over the growing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Pop culture fans quickly sought refunds, but... Read more
Live Nation Sweden Appoints New Chief Executive Officer
Live Nation Sweden has found its new chief executive officer. Industry veteran Mattias Behrer will fill the top role at the Scandinavian branch effective August 10. Behrer comes to the entertainment giant with an illustrious career behind him. He previously served as CEO of Dentsu Aegis, a leading media... Read more
Covid-19 Annualized Death Rate Passes 1 Million
As western countries continue to struggle to slow the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, Thursday saw a reported 2,783 deaths worldwide attributed to the virus, making the Covid-19 annualized death rate over 1 million – 1,015,795 to be exact. Or, slightly more than 1,018,000 if you account for 2020... Read more
Live Nation Stock Rallies Following Senate Stimulus Vote
Live Nation Entertainment (LYV) saw a strong resurgence in its stock Thursday after the U.S. Senate unanimously voted in favor of a $2 trillion stimulus package to rejuvenate the ailing economy. Live Nation stock bounced back up to close at $45.94 Thursday, a sizable increase from the dismal $21.70... Read more
United States Passes China With Over 82,000 Covid-19 Cases
The United States passed a grim milestone on Thursday, officially surpassing China to become the nation that has the highest recorded number of cases of Covid-19 (according to official statistics, per data available at https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus. China, of course, has greatly slowed the spread of the virus through strict quarantines,... Read more
Viberate Tracks Cancelled Festivals Amid Pandemic
During the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, festivalgoers are in limbo. They’re left wondering: is the festival postponed or cancelled? Will we receive refunds? Viberate has put together a free service that helps music fans track the status of their favorite festivals this year. The Slovenia-based music data company Viberate... Read more
TicketNetwork’s Don Vaccaro Offers Advice, Tools to Ticket Brokers
TicketNetwork CEO Don Vaccaro sent ticket broker clients of the company an email this week, outlining several ways they could adjust their operations to help weather the storm facing secondary ticketing with the hard stop that the Covid-19 pandemic has hit American live and live events with. The secondary... Read more
ASA Tells StubHub To Stop Using ‘Guaranteed Genuine Ticket’ Claim
Update (as of March 27, 2020): A spokesperson for StubHub released the following statement regarding the ASA order: “StubHub is a fan-first ticket marketplace, providing an opportunity for fans to sell tickets they’re no longer able to use and buy tickets for events they want to go and see. Every... Read more
How Hard-Hit Ticketing Sites Are Coping With Virus’ Industry Impact
In an era where the live events industry has come to a standstill, ticketing sites are finding themselves in unprecedented territory. Ticketing has been one of the hardest hit industries from the coronavirus pandemic with pro sports leagues on hold indefinitely, Broadway theaters shuttered and hundreds of concerts called... Read more
StubHub Furloughs 67% of Workers Due to COVID-19 Slowdown
StubHub has reportedly furloughed all but 150 of its staffers, a drastic reduction that amounts to some 67% of its workforce as it deals with the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 epidemic. Celebrity Access reported its source said an internal email informed staff that the layoffs are expected to... Read more