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March 25, 2009 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
Ticketmaster Entertainment Inc. had its credit rating lowered one level to BB from BB-plus by Standard & Poor's Corp., which cited the company's fourth-quarter results and rising debt leverage. Ticketmaster, which is seeking to merge with concert promoter Live Nation Inc., may remain under pressure for at least the first half of 2009 as the recession cuts consumers' leisure spending, S&P said. As of Dec. 31, the West Hollywood-based ticket seller had total debt of $865 million, S&P said.
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BUSINESS
September 12, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
When Live Nation Inc. leaves Ticketmaster next year to launch its own ticketing service, it won't go alone. The concert promoter -- which was once Ticketmaster's largest client -- signed a multiyear agreement with Philadelphia-based SMG, a facilities operator that runs 216 venues including 75 arenas and nine stadiums. Live Nation says it expects to sell 25 million tickets to SMG venues over the course of the deal, beginning in late 2009, which analysts estimate could account for about $50 million in revenues for the Beverly Hills-based concert promoter.
BUSINESS
August 7, 2012 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski, Los Angeles Times
Lucas Cruikshank and his hyperactive Fred character had millions of YouTube fans and a line of merchandise when Hollywood came calling. Then a manager from the Collective pitched the Nebraska teenager a vision for his squeaky-voiced character that would result, three years later, in a holiday album, three made-for-TV movies, and a series on Nickelodeon. "So many people in the industry didn't know if you could take something on the Internet and cross it over to mainstream TV and movies," said Cruikshank, now 18. "It felt really good to prove them wrong.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 5, 2013 | By Todd Martens
In its bid to create a ticketing system that can eventually compete head-to-head with Ticketmaster, Los Angeles entertainment giant AEG is putting forth a bold argument: The long-standing concept of the morning on-sale needs to die.  "It's 2013, a 24-7 fully-distributed on-demand world, and we still have this process that's a legacy of how we used to sell tickets 30 years ago, when you stood in line outside of Tower Records," said Bryan Perez,...
BUSINESS
July 7, 2006 | From Bloomberg News
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.
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October 22, 2008 | Swati Pandey, Pandey is a Times staff writer.
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.
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