September 12, 2008 |
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.
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."
September 20, 2011 |
Universal Music Group Inc., the largest music company in the world, is forming a joint venture to manage musicians with Live Nation Entertainment Inc., the world's biggest ticketing, concerts promotions and artist management firm. The deal puts Universal's small cluster of four management companies under Live Nation's Front Line Management Group, whose 90 executives manage 250 artists, including the Eagles, Jimmy Buffett, Kenny Chesney and Christina Aguilera. Under the agreement, Front Line will oversee the joint venture.
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.
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 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.