July 28, 2009 |
A growing chorus of lawmakers is warning that the proposed merger of ticketing firm Ticketmaster Entertainment Inc. and concert promoter Live Nation Inc. raises serious competition concerns. In a letter to Assistant Atty. Gen. Christine Varney, Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wis.) called on the Justice Department to approve the deal only if it wouldn't harm competition and lead to higher prices. In a separate letter to Varney, 50 House members said the Justice Department should view the merger "with great skepticism" because the combined company "would enjoy a virtual stranglehold over the live entertainment industry."
December 2, 2008 |
Blockbuster Inc., the struggling video and game rental company, has signed a three-year ticket distribution deal with Live Nation Worldwide Inc. in Los Angeles, the world's largest live music company. Live Nation's new in-house ticketing company will sell its retail tickets exclusively through some 500 Blockbuster-owned stores in key concert venue markets. The stores will exclusively offer blocks of tickets during the first four hours of ticket sales. The companies also plan to offer exclusive concert products and promotions to Blockbuster customers.
July 6, 2006 |
The concert industry contracted further Wednesday when the country's largest promoter, Live Nation Inc., agreed to pay $350 million to acquire its closest competitor, House of Blues Entertainment Inc. The deal would add House of Blues' eight amphitheaters and 10 clubs -- including the famed location on Sunset Boulevard -- to the 153 venues managed by Live Nation, which spun off in December from radio giant Clear Channel Communications Inc.
July 7, 2006 |
EMI Group said Thursday that it would distribute the recordings of Mandy Moore and rock group Army of Anyone through a new label created by talent management company the Firm that plans to share profit directly with the artists. The profit-sharing aspect of the label, which hasn't yet been named, differs from traditional royalty agreements, London-based EMI and the Firm said.
October 22, 2008 |
Ticketmaster said Tuesday that it would fire about 5% of its global workforce as part of a previously announced cost-reduction plan. The West Hollywood ticket vendor said about 300 jobs would be eliminated. The company has about 6,000 full-time and part-time employees. In August, Ticketmaster said it would reduce operating expenses by about $35 million as it integrated two companies -- ticketing technology maker Paciolan and ticket reseller TicketsNow -- that it acquired earlier this year.
March 16, 2014 |
The gig: As the head of Sterling Venue Ventures, Lance Sterling runs the recently renovated Saban Theatre concert venue in Beverly Hills and also owns and operates the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills. Early days: Sterling, 51, studied civil engineering at the University of Arizona. While in school, he worked in bars, nightclubs and concert venues that booked groups such as Grand Funk Railroad. "I was making more money running concerts than I would as an engineer," he said. After college, he briefly worked for a billboard company and then went into the hotel business.
September 29, 2010 |
Barry Diller said he plans to resign as chairman of Live Nation Entertainment Inc., eight months after a merger that combined the world's largest concert promoter and ticketing companies. Diller said in a statement that while there is "no rush," he told board members Tuesday that they should start the process to appoint a new chairman. Live Nation has faced a disappointing summer concert season in North America with acts such as U2 postponing shows, and its stock plunged 21 percent over two days in July after Chief Executive Michael Rapino said growth had slowed.