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Ticketmaster could face a multi-million-pound fine over data hack

July 1, 2018

Ticketmaster (TM), which admits that its systems had been hacked, could face a fine of more than £17.6 million, or four per cent of turnover, under the European Union’s new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), which came in to affect on 25 May. The Live Nation Entertainment-owned company says the…

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AEG ends StubHub deal to launch resale service

July 1, 2018

Arena owner AEG has ended its sometimes controvercial partnership with ticket resale platform StubHub after five years, and is to launch its own price-capped resale service, AXS Marketplace, in the UK via its AXS ticketing operation. eBay-owned StubHub had been AXS’s “official secondary market” since AEG first partnered with the…

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Ticketmaster data hacked

June 28, 2018

Ticketmaster (TM) has admitted that its data system has been compromised following an incident involving a “third-party supplier” and is advising customers to reset their passwords. The company has called in forensic and security experts to identify how the data had been accessed and was working with the Information Commissioner’s…

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CTS: ‘We’re No 1 in Europe’

June 25, 2018

After a flurry of promoter acquisitions, pan-Europe ticketing and promoting giant CTS Eventim has its eye on further expansion in the sector. In its latest move, the company took a 63.5 per cent stake in Spanish promoter Doctor Music, including subsidiaries Big Tours and festival division In Cow We Trust,…

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Festival CEO sacked for homophobic comments

June 24, 2018

The CEO of the 30,000-capacity Pori Jazz Festival, Aki Ruotsala, has been sacked before even officially taking-up the role, after making derogatory remarks about homosexuals. In an interview with local media ahead of starting the job on 1 August, Ruotsala, a member of the country’s Christian Democratic Party, said that…

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Ticketfly customer data gets hacked

June 23, 2018

The account information of around 27 million Ticketfly customers, including their names, address, email and phone numbers, may have been compromised after Ticketfly was hacked. The San Francisco-based ticketing company was taken off-line by what it described as a “cyber incident” on 31 May. A code was left on the…

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Touts face fines for ignoring resale cap

June 22, 2018

Ticket resellers who breach a new law restricting resale to no more than 10 per cent above face-value could be hit with fines of up to A$22,000 (US$16,766). Under the legislation, introduced by the New South Wales (NSW) government on 1 June, sellers using secondary sites will also have to…

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Rapino reaches Top 3 in pay chart

June 22, 2018

Live Nation Entertainment president and CEO Michael Rapino was the third highest paid chief executive in the US in 2017, with earnings amounting to $70.6 million, according to the Equilar 200 Highest Paid CEO Rankings, compiled annually for The New York Times. CEO pay was calculated based on salary, bonus, stock…

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Cover Artiste – Beyoncé

June 21, 2018

Crazy in love After beginning her career as the lead singer of Destiny’s Child, Beyoncé has gone on to become a worldwide star in her own right. The singer songwriter has sold more than 100 million records across the globe and has been ranked as one of the most powerful women…

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Industry unites to press for lighting regulations reprieve

June 20, 2018

Proposals are being put in place to ensure changes made to lighting regulations by the European Union (EU) will not adversely affect the live entertainment industry. A Save Stage Lighting campaign was launched after it emerged as part of the EU’s Ecodesign Working Plan, stage lighting – including tungsten, arc…

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