Ticketmaster Buys Blockchain Startup, Upgraded


Los Angeles-based Ticketmaster said this morning that it has acquired a blockchain startup, UPGRADED. UPGRADED develops blockchain software which aims to convert traditional tickets into digital assets, combined with dynamic, encrypted barcodes Ticketmaster says prevent fraud often associated with paper or PDF-based tickets. Ticketmaster says that UPGRADED's technology can be implemented without requiring a venue to replace existing access control hardware.

Ticketmaster, NFL In Digital Ticketing Partnership


Los Angeles-based Ticketmaster and the National Football League said Tuesday that the two have extended a partnership in the area of digital ticketing for sports. According to the two, they are in a multi-year extension of a partnership, where Ticketmaster will provide the NFL with the an open architecture, fully digital ticketing system in sports. venue ticket sports partnership ticketing digital ticketmaster

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Ticketmaster Maps Friends Through Facebook


Los Angeles-based Ticketmaster , the ticketing firm owned by Live Nation, said this week that it has launched a new app which shows ticket buyers where their friends are sitting, via Facebook. social facebook ticketing ticket ticketmaster

Ticketmaster Debuts Digital Ticket Transfer


Los Angeles-based ticketing firm Ticketmaster is making it easier for users to transfer their tickets to other people, electronically, through a new service, Digital Ticket Transfer. According to Ticketmaster, its new digital ticket transfer service lets users send all kinds of tickets to others, by invalidating and reissuing bar codes. Ticketmaster said the new feature will let users receive new digital ticket barcodes or new, print-at-home tickets.

Ticketmaster Teams To Offer More Free, Discounted Tickets To Veterans


Los Angeles-based ticketing firm Ticketmaster said on Thursday that it is partnering with the Veteran Tickets Foundation , also known as Vet Tix , to provide a "real-time feed" of live event tickets available to veterans. According to Ticketmaster, the deal will make it easier for veterans access free and discounted live event tickets, expanding the rough a new client-facing ticket offer that will expand tickets that veterans have access to.

Ticketmaster Takes Aim At Scalpers Using Ticket Bots


The lawsuit, Ticketmaster L.L.C. Ticketmaster is now seeking $10M in damages from the defendants in the suit. ticketmaster bots software tickets events scalpersLos Angeles-based a hrf="[link] has filed a lawsuit against a number of companies it says have been using "bots" to snatch up tickets from its website before consumers have a chance at them. Prestige Entertainment. et al was filed in the California Central court on Monday, and alleges that Prestige Entertainment Inc.,

Ticketmaster's TicketWeb Buys Strobe Labs


Los Angeles-based TicketWeb , the self service ticketing arm of Ticketmaster , announced this morning that it has acquired event marketing software developer Strobe Labs. Financial details of the acquisition were not announced. Strobe Labs developed software which helped entertainment venues search and view customer profiles, build and deploy fan lists for direct marketing and email campaigns, and run social campaigns on Facebook, Instagram, and Spotify.

Ticketmaster Looks To Seattle For Engineering Talent


Los Angeles-based Ticketmaster , the online ticketing service which is owned by Live Nation Entertainment, is looking north to boost its engineering talent, saying this morning that it has opened up a new software development center in Seattle. ticketmaster seattle engineering hiring talent tickets online

Ticketmaster To Sell Tickets Via Facebook


West Hollywood-based Ticketmaster is getting set to start selling tickets directly within Facebook by the end of the month, according to reports. The company said the move will provide a more seamless purchase experience , and ultimately sell more tickets, particularly around events. READ MORE>>. tickemaster facebook ticketing sales ecommerce

MarketShare, Ticketmaster Partner On Pricing Tools


Los Angeles-based MarketShare , a provider of marketing analytics software, and Ticketmaster , the ticketing firm, said Monday that they have partnered. The companies said they expect to offer the products this year, via LiveAnalytics, a newly launched Ticketmaster company focused on developing rich-data analytics products. marketshare ticketmaster pricing venue tickets ticketing analytics software liveanalytics

Ticketmaster Unveils New Web 2.0-style Seat Maps


Los Angeles-based Ticketmaster , which is the biggest provider of online ticket sales services for sports, entertainment, and other events, said today that it has launched a beta of a new, interactive seat mapping tool. Ticketmaster said the new tool is available in beta for specific venues, including the San Antonio Spurs, Edmonton Oilers, Phoenix Suns, Orlando Magic, and others. Tags: ticketmaster seat maps web2 interactive software

Mayfield Eyes Los Angeles Startups, Taps Ticketmaster's Moriarty


Bay area venture capital firm Mayfield Fund appears to be eyeing more investments in the Los Angeles area, with the addition of Sean Moriarty , the former CEO of Ticketmaster, as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the firm. According to Mayfield, it added Sean Moriarty--along with Neopath Networks Rajeev Chawla--as an EIR at the firm, specifically to evaluate companies in the consumer, e-commerce and new mobile applications area.

Rival Raises $30M for Ticketing Startup


Los Angeles-based Rival , a new startup founded by former Ticketmaster CEO Nathan Hubbard, has raised $30M in funding, the company disclosed over the weekend. rival ticket ticketing ticketmaster nathan hubbard venture capital upfrontThe funding came from Andreessen Horowitz, Upfront Ventures, Dick Costolo (Twitter), April Underwood (Slack), and Patrick and John Collison (founders of Stripe).

Silicon Beach Report Oct. 18: Activision’s Record-Breaking $500M Opening

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Live Nation Buys Spanish Ticketing Firm


Los Angeles-based Live Nation Entertainment said today that Ticketmaster , the firm's ticking division, has agreed to acquire Spanish ticket retailer ServiCaixa. Ticketmaster is buying ServiCaixa from Spanish financial firm "la Caixa". The company said it will combine Ticketmaster Spain (formerly known as TickTackTicket) with ServiCaixa. live nation ticketmaster merger acquisition servicaixa spain international entertainment hollywood tickets ticketing

Demand Media Shuffles Execs


Pike had served with Moriarty back at Ticketmaster, where he also had served as CTO. demand media executive rubicon project brian pike julie campistron scott boecker ticketmasterSanta Monica-based Demand Media has had another shuffle in its executive ranks, saying late Thursday that it has named Brian Pike, currently its Chief Technology Officer, to the role of Chief Operating Officer.

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ScoreBig.com Names Goldberg CEO


Goldberg was previously the CEO of Youbet.com, and also was EVP of Global Music Services at Ticketmaster. scorebig goldberg executive live entertainment sports marketplace market venue ticketmaster Los Angeles-based online live entertainment marketplace ScoreBig.com has promoted David Goldberg to CEO, and shifted co-founder and CEO Adam Kanner to the role of executive Chairman, the company said Thursday afternoon.

Outbox Enterprises Takes On Electronic Ticketing, Backed by AEG


The firm said it will be jointly run by Jean-Francoys Brousseau, owner of Outbox Technology, and former Ticketmaster CEO Frederic D. outbox enterprises electronic ticketing ticket ticketmasterAEG , Cirque du Soleil , and Outbox Technology said this morning that they have launched a new, electronic ticketing joint venture, Outbox Enterprises. Rosen.

Silicon Beach Report Oct. 2: Ring, Pondering IPO, Launches Security System to Compete With ADT

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Eventful Teams With Billboard On Concert Promotion


Eventful said that music fans can log onto the firm's site and vote for one of a number of musical acts through its "Demand" service, in a cross promotion between the firm, Billboard, and strategic partner Ticketmaster.

Activision Blizzard Names Entertainment Vet As CMO


According to Activision Blizzard, Messinger also served at Ticketmaster, The Walt Disney Company, and Leo Burnett Worldwide. Santa Monica-based Activision Blizzard has turned to a veteran of the entertainment industry to head up its marketing efforts, saying on Thursday that it has named David Messinger, a veteran of CAA, as Chief Marketing Officer (CMO).

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FanDragon Names Trio Of Executives


Machin has previously served at Live Nation and Ticketmaster; Weiss was previously at Staples, Inc.; Los Angeles-based FanDragon Technologies , a startup offering up mobile ticket delivery software, announced this morning that it has hired on three new executives. The company said it has named Steve Machin as Global Director of Ticketing Strategy & Innovation, Mark Weiss as Chief Business Officer & General Counsel, and Jason Black as Chief of Staff.

GoodRx Names CTO


Mulkey is a veteran of Southern California's technology world, and was most recently Chief Product Officer at Aspiration, was CTO of Ticketmaster for five years, and also was at Shopzilla (now Connexity) for 14 years. Santa Monica-based GoodRx , a venture-backed startup which runs a prescription drug pricing marketplace, has named Jody Mulkey as the company's Chief Technology Officer.

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Demand Media Buys Saatchi Art, Appoints Sean Moriarty As CEO


Santa MOnica-based Demand Media made a surprise move this morning, saying it has appointed former Ticketmaster CEO Sean Moriarty as its new CEO--and also acquiring Moriarty''s startup, Saatchi Art. He also has served at IAC/Citysearch, prior to headin gup Ticketmaster. According to Demand Media, it paid $17M for Saatchi Art, in a mix of cash and stock, in a deal which will add revenues of $0.5M to $1M per quarter to the company.

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Saatchi Online Taps Sean Moriarty As CEO


Moriarty is an active investor and advisor to many of LA''s startup companies and headed up Ticketmaster Entertainment from 2000 to 2008, including heading up that company''s spinout from IAC/InterActiveCorp and its IPO.

United Online Names EVP, General Counsel


Harrington was most recently Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary of Guidance Software, and also has served at Intel Corporation, Trillium Digital Systems, Munger, Tolles & Olson and Ticketmaster. Woodland Hills-based United Online said Friday that it has named Mark Harrington as the company's new Executive Vice President and General Counsel.

uSamp Snags Beachmint's CTO


Trudel was most recently CTO of BeachMint, and also served at Ticketmaster as SVP of Software Engineering, in addition to serving at Taleo. Encino-based market research and sampling firm uSamp said today that it has named Carl Trudel as its new Chief Technology Officer.

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Impact Radius Gets $30M For Affiliate Marketing Software

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Impact Radius develops software which is used by brand and agencies to maximize their return on ad spend, and says its clients include Lenovo, Ticketmaster, Tommy Hilfiger, Getty Images, Shutterstock and Advance Auto Parts; the company says it already has more than 230 employees. Santa Barbara-based Impact Radius , which develops digital marketing and affiliate marketing software, has raised $30M in a funding round, according to the company.

Impact Collects $75M In Investment Round


Impact ays its customers include Cabela's, Fanatics, Getty Images, Lenovo, Levi's, Shutterstock, Techstyle and Ticketmaster, and that it now has over 400 employees across ten offices. Santa Barbara-based Impact , which develops software used for partnership automation, said this morning that it has raised $75M in an investment round.

Samsung Looks To Hollywood For Mobile Revenues, Says Report


Pleasants--who has served at Walt Disney managing its mobile and gaming services, and also had been CEO of Ticketmaster--apparently joined Samsung in June as Executive Vice President of Media Solutions.

Metacloud Partners with Trace3


and Ticketmaster. Pasadena-based MetaCloud , the provier of OpenStack cloud deployment and management, said today that it has partnered with Trace3 , a provider of IT and other services to businesses. According to the companies, MetaCloud has been selected as the "open source cloud solution of choice" by Trace3, which will help implement and recommend Metacloud''s OpenStack solutions to its own customers.

Metacloud Snags Google Exec


Metacloud is backed by Canaan Partners, Storm Ventures, and AME Ventures, and is led by Sean Lynch, a veteran of Ticketmaster. Pasadena-based private cloud provider Metacloud announced today that it has hired on Conner Grey, the former head of Site Reliability Engineering (SRE) at Google for Southern California, as its new VP of Operations.

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Bridg Names Chief Product Officer


Horowitz previously served at Ticketmaster / Live Nation, managed producta at Google, and also advised such startups as Applied Semantics, Fetch Technologies, and Abot Labs. Los Angeles-based Bridg said Tuesday that it has named Mike Horowitz as the company's Chief Product Officer. Bridg said Horowitz will be responsible for defining and implementing Bridg's short-term and long-term product strategy, roadmap and vision.

Ocho Opens Office In Los Angeles


Schuon was most recently Chief Digital Officer at Ticketmaster/Live Nationa, and also had served as president of CBS Radio, and GM of Warner Bros. Ocho , a New York-based developer of a mobile video messaging app which lets users share 8-second videos with each other, said Thursday that it has opened up a new office in Los Angeles. The company said it has hired Andy Schuon to head up the office.