SOURCE: TicketNetwork / Ticket Software LLC

TicketNetwork / Ticket Software LLC

June 18, 2009 11:13 ET

Billboard's Ray Waddell to Provide Welcome Address at Ticket Summit 2009 Vegas

VERNON, CT--(Marketwire - June 18, 2009) - TicketNetwork, the leading source for the ticket industry's most comprehensive inventory, today announced that Ray Waddell, Billboard's Executive Director of Content and Programming for Touring and Live Entertainment, will officially open Ticket Summit 2009 Vegas with the welcome address on July 15th at the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino. Ticket Summit 2009 Vegas is the world's premier and largest gathering of professionals in the secondary ticket industry.

Ray Waddell has covered the live entertainment business for more than 20 years. He authors Billboard's weekly On The Road column, and provides features and news coverage on the global touring industry for Billboard magazine, Billboard.com, Billboard.biz, and Billboard Bulletin. Waddell also works with the Billboard Events team to produce the annual Billboard Touring Conference & Awards taking place on November 4-5, 2009 at The Roosevelt Hotel in New York City.

Waddell is the co-author of the Billboard Books/Random House publication "This Business of Concert Promotion & Touring," considered the definitive guide to staging, promoting and marketing concerts and tours. He frequently lectures and participates in panels on the concert business at professional and educational conferences and is often quoted as an expert on live entertainment in a wide range of national media.

"We are pleased to add Ray Waddell to the esteemed roster of live event experts scheduled to address Ticket Summit 2009 Vegas next month," said Dr. Molly A. Martinez, Executive Director, Ticket Summit. "With constant developments in the ticketing industry, live entertainment professionals will be fully immersed in timely topics as well as be provided with professional insight on facts from paperless ticketing, changing legislation, anti-trust issues and the rapid growth of the secondary ticket market to the increasing amount of tickets withheld by venues, promoters and artists for performances," added Martinez.

About Ticket Summit

Ticket Summit 2009 Vegas is the leading conference and trade show in the secondary ticket industry. A must-attend event, it presents a tremendous opportunity for an enhanced education on the ticket industry, and provides numerous networking opportunities for professionals aiming to expand or meet partners for the expansion of their ticket operations. Ticket Summit 2009 Vegas is scheduled to take place July 15-17th at the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

About TicketNetwork

TicketNetwork is the leading source for event tickets and innovative technology solutions for both ticket buyers and sellers. With a comprehensive selection of more than $1B in real-time ticket inventory, TicketNetwork provides sought-after tickets to concert, sporting, and theater events worldwide. TicketNetwork's signature Point-of-Sale™ software powers real-time ticketing transactions for both B2B and B2C, making it the leading innovative software platform in the secondary ticketing industry. The company's signature retail website, www.Ticketnetwork.com, adheres to Payment Card Industry (PCI) and Payment Application (PA) Data Security Standards, and is EVSSL-certifies , making it the leading secure site for tickets in the secondary market. TicketNetwork, Inc. subsidiaries include: Ticket Software, LLC, TicketLiquidator.com, TicketNetwork Direct, TicketNews and Ticket Summit. TicketNetwork was founded in 2002 and is headquartered in Vernon, Connecticut.

About Billboard

Now in its 115th year, Billboard is the world's premier music brand consisting of business-to-business properties including Billboard Magazine, Billboard.biz and Billboard Events as well as a consumer platform -- Billboard.com -- the online destination of choice for over 4 million unique visitors every month. The Billboard brand is built on its exclusive chart data and unrivaled reporting on the latest news, issues and trends across all genres of music. Billboard's many strategic partners include Reuters, SanDisk, Telemundo, Ticketmaster, Microsoft Zune, Napster, MTV, Google, Virgin Mobile, AT&T, ABC Radio, SonyBMG, Amazon, and sister companies Nielsen SoundScan and Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems. These partnerships leverage Billboard's brand recognition, proprietary chart data and information resources to develop products, live events and print, television, radio, digital and mobile platforms for music consumers.

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