SOURCE: TicketNetwork / Ticket Software LLC

March 19, 2008 09:00 ET

Celebrity Access Named Official Media Sponsor of Ticket Summit 2008

Global Ticket CEOs Eric Baker, Lewis Blanchard and Gerry Wilson Address Conference Attendees

VERNON, CT--(Marketwire - March 19, 2008) -, the leading source for the ticket industry's most comprehensive inventory, today announced Celebrity Access as media sponsor of the third annual Ticket Summit 2008. The event will also feature expert insight from the CEOs of several global ticket agencies, including Executive Marketing Specialists, Viagogo & yOOnew. Ticket Summit 2008 is scheduled to take place July 23-25 in Las Vegas for the third consecutive year at The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino.

Celebrity Access is the leading provider of news and information to the live performance industry, and will serve as the official media sponsor of the ticket industry's most attended conference. The collaborative marketing partnership will provide exposure of Ticket Summit 2008 in editorial coverage and banner ads in Celebrity Access' industry newsletter, Encore, in the months leading up to the conference. Through the sponsorship, Celebrity Access will be granted exposure to attendees at Ticket Summit 2008 via the event's web site, in addition to a booth presence and an opportunity to provide a presentation during the conference.

"We are excited that the live entertainment industry's leading source for venue, artist and tour information has teamed up with to co-promote Ticket Summit 2008," said Molly Martinez, Executive Director, Ticket Summit. "The unparalleled data Celebrity Access provides to entertainment industry decision makers will be available to Ticket Summit 2008 attendees in free trials along with other partner incentives at the event."

Ticket Summit 2008 is the leading trade show and conference in the secondary ticket industry. This annual event brings together hundreds of experts and leaders within the ticket community, offering them a chance to establish and foster relationships valuable to their business.

Over 1000 attendees are expected, with 50 exhibitors and dozens of expert speakers including Eric Baker, CEO and founder of viagogo, Europe's leading ticket entity. Prior to viagogo, Baker co-founded, the leading U.S. online secondary ticketing company for live events. Baker graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard College and received his MBA at Stanford Business School.

Lewis Blanchard will also speak at Ticket Summit 2008. As president and CEO of Augusta, Georgia-based Executive Marketing Services, Blanchard has built a strong reputation within the sports marketing and corporate hospitality industry. Blanchard has achieved success through the development and planning of complete programs and incentive packages for major sporting events for corporate clients, with the primary focus on the clients' needs since the company's inception in 1997.

yOOnew CEO and co-founder Gerry Wilson is one of the original thought leaders behind the company's innovative product offering, Fantasy Seats™, which gives die-hard fans the opportunity to lock in ticket prices in advance of playoff or championship contention to some of the most sought-after events in the world. Wilson holds an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management and a BSE in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University.

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TicketNetwork is the leading source for the most comprehensive selection of tickets at competitive prices. It is the world's leading provider of real-time ticket inventory and sells sought after tickets to concert, sporting, and theater events through North America. TicketNetwork's inventory includes more than 4 million tickets to 71,000 events worldwide. TicketNetwork's properties include:, TicketNetwork Direct, TicketNews, Ticket Summit and TicketNetwork point-of-sale solutions. was founded in 2002 and is headquartered in Vernon, Connecticut. For more information, visit

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