Ticketmaster’s Jared Smith Stepping Down at End of Year
Jared Smith is stepping down as global chairman of Ticketmaster at the end of 2020, according to multiple reports. The longtime Ticketmaster President was named global chairman earlier this year. Sportico first reported the move, which it says will help the company bring in new leadership to shape its post-COVID... Read more
Jared Smith Promoted to Global Chairman at Ticketmaster
Ticketmaster has promoted Jared Smith from Global President to Global Chairman, elevating Mark Yovich to Global President and Amy Howe to Global Chief Operating Officer. Yovich had previously served as President, International, with Howe moving up from her previous post as President, North America. Pollstar reports the shifts are... Read more
Billboard Bombshell: Live Nation Admits Artists Scalp Own Tickets
In a rare admission of a commonly known tactic among industry insiders, Live Nation told Billboard that the company has facilitated the practice of bands and promoters directly moving their ticket inventory through resale markets – scalping their own held-back tickets – without them ever being made available to... Read more
Ticketmaster President Responds to CBC/Toronto Star Resale Reports
On Tuesday, in the wake of negative reports related to its practices in ticket resale and following a letter demanding answers from a pair of U.S. Senators, Ticketmaster’s Jared Smith wrote a blog post defending his company’s policies, posted to a company blog site. In it, the Ticketmaster president... Read more
Live Nation a Monopoly? “Very Smart Assessment” Per CEO (in 2015)
In the wake of Sunday’s bombshell piece on A1 of the New York Times outlining potentially anti-competitive practices in place by industry giant Live Nation Entertainment and subsidiary Ticketmaster – and the potential that they are being examined by the Department of Justice – a response was inevitable. It... Read more
Ticketmaster Deck in Evidence Shows How Seriously They Took Songkick/Crowdsurge Threat
News recently broke that Songkick made at least a cursory attempt at convincing Ticketmaster to buy it after filing a lawsuit against the ticketing giant. Ticketmaster did not bite on the offer, but documents submitted as evidence in that case show how seriously the Live Nation-owned company took the... Read more