Ticketmaster grows presence in Germany

Ticketmaster is increasing its foothold in Germany, a year after it was cleared in a critical legal battle against local rival CTS Eventim.

Ticketmaster Germany has this week formed new partnerships with Mehr! Entertainment Group & Eintrittskarten.de, expanding its retail ticketing and marketing operations to six venues and more than 2,500 events.

The Düsseldorf-based Mehr! Entertainment Group and Eintrittskarten.de’s venues include the Mehr! Theater Hamburg, as well as Capitol Theater Düsseldorf, Cologne Musical Dome, Admiralspalast Berlin, Musical Theater Bremen and Starlight Express-Theater Bochum.

Ticketmaster launched its German division in 2011, which has since produced shows including Backstreet Boys and Beyoncé’s Mrs Carter World Tour.

Ticketmaster International operates in 13 European countries, and last week announced the acquisition of ticketing company Sherpa.be in Belgium.

In June last year the company avoided a potential payout in excess of $200m after being cleared of any liability related to cancelling its ticketing software licence with Germany rival CTS in 2010.

Mehr! Entertainment board member Dr. Jasper Broeker said: “We are very excited to be working with Ticketmaster and believe their world class technology and service, coupled with their distribution and reach, will be beneficial to our customers and for our shows, events and venues in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.”

Klaus Zemke, MD of Ticketmaster GmbH added: “With their successful and globally renowned content, large box office network comprising of 2,000 outlets and huge customer database, Eintrittskarten.de and the Mehr! Entertainment Group are ideal partners for Ticketmaster. We are thrilled to be working with them to accelerate their future business development.”

Mark Yovich, president of Ticketmaster International (pictured), said: “This is another major milestone for our European business, and for our team in Germany. We look forward to a successful partnership and future with the Mehr! Entertainment Group and Eintrittskarten.de.”Music Business Worldwide

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