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  1. Live Nation, Comcast Sign Naming Deal For Hartford Shed

    April 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation and Comcast have entered into a seven-year agreement that gives the latter naming rights to the former New England Dodge Music Center in Hartford, Conn. The 25,000-capacity amphitheater will be renamed the Comcast Theatre, effective im ...

  2. Business Briefs: Live Nation-Ticketmaster Merger, StubHub, TrueAnthem and More

    April 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- NPD Group found that 87% of U.S. digital music buyers used iTunes in 2008 versus 16% who used Amazon.com's MP3 store . Those figures do not indicate volume of purchases, just the percent of consumers who have purchased music at each store. ...

  3. TicketsNow Required To Turn Over Client Info

    April 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT In the wake of the ongoing governmental scrutiny of the proposed Ticketmaster-Live Nation merger, and in particular snafus regarding the on-sales of Bruce Springsteen shows in New Jersey and linking from Ticketmaster to the TM secondary site Ticke ...

  4. Sean Moriarty Resigns From Ticketmaster Entertainment

    March 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Nearly two months after Ticketmaster Entertainment and Live Nation announced plans to merge, the fate of Sean Moriarty, president and CEO of the Ticketmaster division, has been revealed. The company has announced that Moriarty resigned on March 24 ...

  5. Experts: Live Nation-Ticketmaster Deal Has A Chance

    March 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT When the world's biggest concert promoter and largest ticket seller announced they would merge last month, it seemed unlikely that antitrust enforcers would approve the creation of such an entertainment giant. But some competition experts, se ...

  6. Ticketmaster Gets Credit Rating Downgraded

    March 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT After last week's disappointing Q4 earnings release, Standard & Poor's Rating Service lowered by one level the credit rating of Ticketmaster Entertainment . From BusinessWeek.com: "The downgrade reflects Ticketmaster's weak ...

  7. Analysis: Ticketmaster Q4, Fiscal Year Financial Results

    March 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT While Ticketmaster Entertainment's earnings release last week drew some media attention, most reports missed important details revealing the company's broader market value, revenue streams and an unusual appearance by chairman of the boa ...

  8. Regulator Looks Closer At Ticketmaster-Live Nation

    March 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Department of Justice has asked Ticketmaster Entertainment Inc. and concert promoter Live Nation Inc. for more information about their proposed merger, the companies said Friday. It is the second request from the DOJ, indicating that it is scr ...

  9. Ticketmaster Posts $1 Billion Loss In Q4

    March 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Ticketmaster Entertainment, which in February announced plans to merge with Live Nation, has reported a net loss of $1.07 billion for the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, 2008. The loss is a result from the ticketing company taking an impairment char ...

  10. Nine Inch Nails' Reznor: Bands Often Scalp Tickets

    March 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Performers often scalp tickets to their own performances, using TicketsNow.com and StubHub.com as outlets, says Nine Inch Nails founder Trent Reznor in a blog posting . With the face value of tickets for the best seats so much less than what high ...

  11. CTS/Live Nation Pact Would Survive Ticketmaster Deal

    March 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST The proposed merger of Live Nation and Ticketmaster will have no detrimental impact on the existing 10-year partnership agreement between Live Nation and leading European promoter/ticketing operation CTS Eventim, says the German company. Bremen-ba ...

  12. AEG CEO Slams LN-TM Merger During Billboard Keynote

    March 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST The proposed merger between Live Nation and Ticketmaster is clearly not in the best interest of the music business or the consumer, according Anschutz Entertainment Group president/CEO Tim Leiweke. The proposed merger "troubles us," Leiw ...

  13. Live Nation Posts Q4 Net Loss

    March 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST Live Nation, which last month announced plans to merge with Ticketmaster Entertainment, has reported a fourth-quarter net loss of $337.5 million or $4.33 per share, compared to a loss of $18.4 million or 25 center per share, during the same period ...

  14. Live Nation-Ticketmaster Merger Would Transform Resale Market

    February 27, 2009 12:00 AM EST Anxiety is running high among ticket resellers over the proposed merger between Live Nation and Ticketmaster Entertainment. Most secondary ticketing companies believe that the combination of the two live entertainment behemoths would give the newl ...

  15. Opinion: Ticketmaster-LN Hearing Was Great Internet TV

    February 26, 2009 12:00 AM EST Rife with grandstanding, posturing, a stunning lack of understanding of the industry on the part of politicians, humor, compelling characters and no small amount of drama, the subcommittee on antitrust, competition policy and consumer rights heari ...

  16. Ticketmaster: AEG May Cancel If Merger Succeeds

    February 26, 2009 12:00 AM EST Ticketmaster's chief executive sought Thursday to allay antitrust fears over the ticket seller's planned merger with concert promoter Live Nation by revealing that a major venue operator has threatened to cancel its contract if the merge ...

  17. Live Nation-Ticketmaster Merger Grilled On Capitol Hill

    February 24, 2009 12:00 AM EST The chief executive officers from Live Nation and Ticketmaster Entertainment were grilled today (Feb. 24) in Washington, D.C., by the U.S. Senate Judiciary's antitrust subcommittee and independent concert promoters, who questioned the motives ...

  18. Senate Spotlight On Live Nation, Ticketmaster

    February 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Senate Judiciary Committee’s first hearing on the proposed merger between live entertainment giants Live Nation and Ticketmaster Entertainment is set for Tuesday (Feb. 24). The subcommittee on antitrust, competition policy and consumer rights ...

  19. Ticketmaster To Change Online Sales Practices

    February 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST Nearly a month after a controversial ticket on-sale for Bruce Springsteen's upcoming North American tour, Ticketmaster Entertainment has reached a national settlement with the New Jersey Attorney General in which the ticketing company has agr ...

  20. Ticketmaster Shareholders Sue Company

    February 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST A group of Ticketmaster Entertainment shareholders have filled a class action lawsuit against the ticketing company, claiming its sale price to Live Nation was "grossly inadequate," according to the claim, which was filed last week in Lo ...

  21. Commentary: What U.S. Regulators See When They Look At 'Ticketmaster Nation'

    February 16, 2009 12:00 AM EST Soon after the boards of Ticketmaster and Live Nation approved a merger, the U.S. Department of Justice opened an investigation into what that would mean. No wonder: The combined company, to be called Live Nation Entertainment, would be a ticketin ...

  22. Potential Live Nation-Ticketmaster Merger Sparks Worries

    February 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST Two live entertainment giants that spent nearly two years maneuvering for advantage are now entwined in an ardent embrace. It surprised no one when the proposed merger of Live Nation and Ticketmaster Entertainment triggered an antitrust probe by t ...

  23. Live Nation Investor Backs Merger, Opposes Diller

    February 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST The largest shareholder in Live Nation Inc said on Friday he is concerned about the role Barry Diller will play if the concert promoter merges with Ticketmaster Entertainment Inc. Sam Shapiro, chairman in Shapiro Capital Management, which holds ar ...

  24. LN, TM Merger: European Regulatory Challenges Ahead

    February 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST Live Nation/Ticketmaster declined to comment on its specific merger approval strategy for Europe, but the deal is likely to require clearance by the European Commission. Both companies are operational in multiple European Union member states and a ...

  25. AEG CEO Leiweke Discusses LN/TM Merger

    February 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST Sounding every bit like a man girding for a protracted legal battle, Tim Leiweke, CEO of Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), says his company is "very concerned about the proposed Live Nation/Ticketmaster merger, and in particular very nervou ...

  26. Live Nation, Ticketmaster Deal: Web Reaction

    February 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Live Nation, Ticketmaster merger has been the talk of the industry for the last few days, with every media outlet speculating about the effect of the deal on the music industry landscape. Below, a selection of analysis and opinion from around ...

  27. Justice Dept. To Probe Live Nation, Ticketmaster Deal

    February 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Justice Department says it will investigate the proposed merger of ticketing giant Ticketmaster Entertainment Inc. with Live Nation Inc. Department spokeswoman Gina Talamona said Wednesday the department will vigorously enforce antitrust laws ...

  28. Live Nation, Ticketmaster Merger: Rapino & Azoff Talk

    February 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST The much-anticipated merger agreement between Live Nation and Ticketmaster to create Live Nation Entertainment brings together two of the most influential players in the music industry: Ticketmaster Entertainment/Front Line Management CEO Irving A ...

  29. Latest News: Live Nation, Ticketmaster Merger

    February 10, 2009 12:00 AM EST Billboard.biz Op-Ed: LiveStub CEO Questions TM-LN Merger Complaints March 11, 2009 The CEO of secondary ticket site LiveStub asks regulators to get answers on key questions before approving the Ticketmaster-Live Nation merger. Canada To Investigat ...

  30. Live Nation, Ticketmaster Merger: Conference Call Notes

    February 10, 2009 12:00 AM EST During an investor conference call regarding their pending merger, Ticketmaster chairman Barry Diller, Ticketmaster Entertainment CEO Irving Azoff, and Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino provided several insightful comments. Diller opened the call by ...

  31. Live Nation, Ticketmaster Merger Confirmed

    February 10, 2009 12:00 AM EST The announcement the music industry has been waiting for has come: a definitive merger agreement between Live Nation and Ticketmaster to create Live Nation Entertainment. The move combines Live Nation, the world's largest concert promotion fi ...

  32. Update: Live Nation, Ticketmaster Deal Imminent

    February 10, 2009 12:00 AM EST Ticketmaster Entertainment and Live Nation are scheduled to announce their pending merger Tuesday morning, according to the Wall Street Journal. A source tells Billboard that the boards of both companies met Sunday and approved the deal, but neith ...

  33. Scalping Suit Filed Against Ticketmaster In Canada

    February 09, 2009 12:00 AM EST Ticketmaster Entertainment Inc was hit with a C$500 million ($410 million) lawsuit in Canada on Monday, alleging the company broke the law by reselling tickets at inflated prices. A Toronto man who tried to buy two tickets to a November 2008 conce ...

  34. Antitrust Woes Could Dog Ticketmaster, Live Nation

    February 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST A proposed merger of concert promoter Live Nation Inc. and ticketing giant Ticketmaster Entertainment Inc. is expected to be announced within days, but antitrust concerns could delay its completion. Board members for at least one of the companies ...

  35. Live Nation, CBS Radio Partner For Live Events

    February 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST Live Nation and CBS Radio have entered into a multi-year agreement to produce select radio-sponsored concerts at Live Nation's more than 110 venues across North America. As part of the deal, Live Nation and CBS Radio will partner to develop n ...

  36. Analysis: Potential Live Nation, Ticketmaster Merger

    February 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST The potential merger of Live Nation and Ticketmaster, first reported by the Wall Street Journal last night (Feb. 3), would create a company in control of the majority of box office dollars, the myriad revenues that can come from ticketing and the ...

  37. Report: Live Nation, Ticketmaster Close To Merger

    February 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST Ticketmaster Entertainment and Live Nation -- two of the most powerful companies in the music business -- could be merging as soon as next week, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. The announcement arrives on the heels of Live Nation ...

  38. Live Nation Seeing Healthy Ticket Sales, Stock Up

    January 08, 2009 12:00 AM EST Live Nation said on Thursday it has seen no weakness in ticket sales for 2009 despite investor concern that fewer fans will pay to see their favorite bands due to the recession. Live Nation shares rose 18 percent in late-afternoon trading. Chief E ...

  39. Live Nation Launches Ticketing Company

    January 08, 2009 12:00 AM EST Live Nation Ticketing is live. The bulk of the world's largest promoter's 10-year contract with Ticketmaster has expired and the company has now launched its in-house ticketing company. "Anytime you have a major rollout, you hold yo ...

  40. Live Nation Takes $19 Million Hit On U2 Buyback Deal

    December 18, 2008 12:00 AM EST Live Nation Inc bought back 1.6 million of its shares from Irish rock band U2 for $25 million, a company executive said, backing up a report the concert promoter would make a $19 million loss on the deal. The purchase was part of a financial commi ...

  41. Live Nation, Blockbuster Ink Ticket Deal

    December 02, 2008 12:00 AM EST Live Nation has signed a three-year deal with Blockbuster whereby the latter will be the exclusive physical retail ticket outlet for Live Nation Ticketing, Live Nation's new in-house ticketing company, beginning with the start of the 2009 con ...

  42. Live Nation, AEG Reps Discuss Azoff Deal

    November 21, 2008 12:00 AM EST Ticketmaster's blockbuster agreement to acquire a controlling equity interest in Irving Azoff's Front Line Management Group could have a big impact on Live Nation's summer amphitheater touring season, according to AEG Live CEO Randy ...

  43. Six Flags CEO Joins Live Nation Board

    November 18, 2008 12:00 AM EST Mark Shapiro, president and CEO of Six Flags, Inc., has joined Live Nation's board of directors. "Mark's position at Six Flags gives him an unparalleled level of experience in consumer entertainment, brand building, sponsorship and ...

  44. Live Nation Reports Strong Q3

    November 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST Live Nation has reported a third-quarter net income of $139.9 million, or $1.67 per share, up from a net profit of $46.1 million, or 55 cents per share, during the same period last year. The Los Angeles-based live entertainment company’s profit is ...

  45. Academy Venues Rebrand With O2 Partnership

    November 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST Academy Music Group (AMG), one of the U.K.'s leading chains of live-music venues and clubs, is renaming and rebranding its 11 facilities from Jan. 1 when they will each be called the O2 Academy. The move ends the AMG outlets' long-establ ...

  46. The Billboard Q&A: Ticketmaster Ent. CEO Irving Azoff

    October 31, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The artist manager extraordinaire - now head of the ticketing giant - talks about his plans for the concert business, his ideas for retail exclusives and the future of the music industry. What's the biggest misconception people have about the ...

  47. Ticketmaster To Buy Majority Of Front Line Management

    October 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Ticketmaster's blockbuster agreement to acquire a controlling equity interest in Front Line Management Group Inc., is the latest nuke in the ongoing struggle for supremacy between Live Nation and what will be known as Ticketmaster Entertainme ...

  48. Ticketmaster To Cut Approximately 300 Jobs

    October 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Ticketmaster will cut approximately 300 jobs as part of a cost-cutting plan announced in August. Those cuts account for about 5% of the ticket company’s global workforce, according to a Ticketmaster spokesperson. Ticketmaster’s estimated $35 milli ...

  49. Ticketmaster, Eventful Strengthen Ties

    October 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Eventful.com , a Web site that allows music fans to request specific acts to perform in their city, has announced that Ticketmaster will become the premier ticketing provider for the site's nearly eight million users. "It's a market ...

  50. Ticketmaster Files 10-Q Quarterly Report

    September 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT For the three months ended June 30, 2008, Ticketmaster has reported total revenue of $382.3 million, up 30% over the prior year, according to a 10-Q quarterly report the ticketing company filed yesterday. The quarterly report arrives approximately ...

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