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Eventim UK appoints John Gibson as MD

CTS Eventim has appointed John Gibson as managing director of its London-based British subsidiary, Eventim UK.

Gibson, who started his new role in January, joins Eventim UK from online marketplace Groupon UK, where he headed up the live ticketing business for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

The new Eventim UK MD previously held senior positions at SeatGeek, Vivaticket, Ticketmaster UK and See Tickets.

“I am delighted to have John on board in his role of managing director,” comments Eventim UK chairman Nick Blackburn.

“Gibson brings a wealth of experience with him, including an in-depth knowledge of all aspects of our industry”

“He brings a wealth of experience with him; which includes an in-depth knowledge, and understanding, of all aspects of our industry.”

According to the International Ticketing Yearbook 2019, Eventim UK is one of a number of major international corporates operating in the UK ticketing industry, along with Ticketmaster, See Tickets, AXS and Eventbrite.

Read IQ’s special anniversary feature on CTS Eventim here.

Deutsche Courage: The rise and rise of CTS Eventim

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AXS to sell tickets through Groupon, Goldstar, Costco

AEG-owned ticket agency AXS has announced a series of new partnerships as part of its ‘AXS Anywhere’ ticket distribution programme.

Customers of deals website Groupon, event discovery service Goldstar, last-minute mobile ticket seller Gametime and corporate travel/entertainment provider Entertainment Benefits Group (EBG) will be able purchase primary AXS tickets on those platforms, “expanding the awareness of events and the accessibility to purchase” while “streamlining the buying process for our fans,” says AXS business development SVP Blaine LeGere.

The new partnerships follow a similar tie-up with Spotify in June.

AXS and Eventbrite ink deals with Spotify

Billboard reports AXS has also secured a distribution deal with US retail giant Costco.

AXS Anywhere was first announced in 2013, and enables select partner websites to sell tickets using an AXS API. “For example,” said AEG at the time, “a person reading a story about a basketball team on ESPN.com would be able to purchase tickets to their next game through a widget in the story without ever having to leave the partner website, creating a more convenient experience for the consumer.”

Commenting on the new partnership, Goldstar CEO Jim McCarthy says: “We’ve been completing these integrations for one simple reason: more ticket sales should not translate to more work for our 5,000 venue partners. Venues come to a third-party channel like Goldstar to help them build awareness for and sell their shows to our nearly eight million members. These integrations are designed to be seamless, real-time and convenient.”

“We want to eliminate all friction for fans in discovering and attending live events,” adds Gametime’s Colin Evans. “The partnership with AXS gives us the opportunity to expand our supply to some of the best venues and events across the country. Our goal is to continue to offer fans the best mobile experience, and we’re excited about our new relationship with AXS.”


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