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Ex-Fandango CEO Chuck Davis Joins Swagbucks; Company Raises $60M For Expansion

By | Tuesday May 13, 2014 @ 7:15am PDT

Swagbucks executivesFormer Fandango Chairman and CEO Chuck Davis has become CEO of online incentive company Swagbucks, succeeding co-founder Josef Gorowitz, who becomes president. The El Segundo-based company also announced that it had raised $60 million from Technology Crossover Ventures, where Davis is a venture partner. Davis was previously executive chairman for both Swagbucks and its parent company Prodege and retains that role.
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Fandango Agrees To Buy Movieclips

By | Thursday April 24, 2014 @ 5:41am PDT

Fandango-logo__140325154101-275x154LOS ANGELES – April 24, 2014 – Fandango, the nation’s leading moviegoer destination, today announced it has signed an agreement with ZEFR, Inc. (ZEFR) to acquire MOVIECLIPS, the leading movie presence on YouTube. The MOVIECLIPS network consists of MOVIECLIPS.com and 25 YouTube channels, including the #1 movie trailers channel. The entire network encompasses a catalog of 45,000 curated film clips, trailers, and original video productions. With more than 7 million subscribers, MOVIECLIPS’ YouTube network averages 200 million video views per month.*

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UPDATE: Fandango Adds More Than 1,000 U.S. Screens

By | Wednesday March 26, 2014 @ 8:50am PDT

UPDATED, 8:50 AM: CinemaCon2014_badgeFollowing its exclusive multi-year renewal with Cinemark (original story below), NBCUniversal-owned Fandango announced today it has added five new exhibitors, Malco Theatres, Frank Theatres, Goodrich Quality Theaters, NCG Cinemas and Paragon Theaters. That brings its online and mobile ticketing to more than 1,000 screens in over a dozen states, Fandango says.

Related: CinemaCon: Fandango & Veezi Ink Online Ticketing Deal

Fandango-logo__140325154101-275x154PREVIOUS, MARCH 24 AM: We’ll probably see a lot of announcements like this one pegged to the exhibition industry gathering this week in Las Vegas. Fandango says that it has a new multi-year deal to be the exclusive third-party provider of online and mobile ticketing services for Cinemark‘s 4,400 U.S. screens. “We have worked closely with Fandango for many years and they’ve been a great partner, helping us deliver many conveniences to our guests,” says Cinemark CEO Tim Warner. NBCUniversal-owned Fandango continues to say that it’s “coming off a record-breaking year in 2013, with record-high ticket sales, web and mobile traffic, and app downloads” as well as “a dramatic 57% increase in mobile ticket sales.” But, as we’ve noted before, it’s hard to say what these statements mean: Fandango doesn’t disclose how many tickets it sold. The impressive growth in mobile sales still is a slowdown from the 171% growth in 2012, and the 73% increase in 2011. Smart phone and tablet users accounted for more than … Read More »

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CinemaCon: Fandango & Veezi Ink Online Ticketing Deal

By | Tuesday March 25, 2014 @ 9:30am PDT

Fandango-logoFandango and Vista’s Veezi are teaming up to provide online and CinemaCon2014_badgemobile ticketing options for independent movie theaters nationwide. Veezi is a cloud-based cinema management software system that enables cinema owners to run their business from a browser, allowing the cinema owner to sell concessions and tickets all from veezi-logoone system. Exhibitors also can manage and monitor their business from any place that is connected to the Internet. According to the companies, it works like this: Veezi will know instantly when a customer buys a ticket for one of its independent theaters on Fandango. When customers arrive at the theater they provide their Fandango confirmation numbers and their tickets will be issued.

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CES: Fandango To Offer Movie Trailers And Ticket Buying On Samsung Smart TVs

By | Tuesday January 7, 2014 @ 6:50am PST

fandangoWill television become more friend than foe for movie theaters? This announcement from Fandango at the International CES confab could help. The NBCUniversal-owned ticketing service says that by the end of March it will begin to offer movie trailers and what it calls “fully-embedded ticketing capabilities” for Samsung‘s Smart TVs. Consumers will be able to scroll through options and make their transactions on the Movies & TV Shows panel.  “Fandango will be aggregating high definition movie trailers so that consumers can gain instant access to the content they love while offering a simple way to purchase movie tickets in advance,” says Fandango President Paul Yanover. The companies have experience together: In September Samsung included Fandango’s movie preview show Weekend Ticket in the content recommendation service for its Galaxy Note 3 devices. Also, yesterday NBCU parent Comcast said that it will feed 4K content to Samsung’s new Ultra HD TV sets.

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Fandango Reports Slowing Growth In Mobile Ticket Sales After 2012 Spurt

By | Monday December 23, 2013 @ 9:08am PST

That headline may give the folks at the NBCUniversal-owned movie ticketing company a heart attack. Their release this morning crows that Fandango had thefandango_logo “Best Year In Company History,” just like its release last year called 2012 its “Best Year In Company History,” and the year before was its “Best Year Ever At The Movies.” But it’s hard to say what these conclusions mean because Fandango releases different data each year to make its case — and doesn’t disclose the most revealing number: how many tickets it sold. This year it wants to boast about mobile growth. (Who doesn’t?) But the year-over-year figures suffer from what movie studios euphemistically like to call “difficult comparisons.” Fandango benefited last year when it signed on AMC Entertainment, the No. 2 exhibitor, as well as online services Yahoo, AOL, and MSN. (This year it added IMDB.) Fandango offered no caveats last year when it took credit for the 57% “surge in annual ticket sales” vs 2011. It doesn’t offer an equivalent figure for 2013, which likely would be much lower. The company does say that mobile ticket sales were up 57% vs. 2012. That’s an impressive figure, but represents a slowdown from last year’s 171% growth, and the 73% increase in 2011. Smart phone and tablet users accounted for more than 40% of 2013 sales, up from 30% in 2012. President Paul Yanover says this year’s “incredible surge in mobile ticketing” is “attributable … Read More »

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Fandango Partners With USC, Dolby On Second Season Of ‘Frontrunners’

By | Friday December 13, 2013 @ 2:00am PST

fandango__121212192033-200x112Oscar guru and host Dave Karger is back for the second season of Fandango Frontrunners, the weekly digital video series that offers news, commentary and interviews focused on awards season. The movie website owned by NBCUniversal, also has a new collaboration this season with the USC School of Cinematic Arts and Dolby Laboratories. The first episodes will feature interviews with 12 Years A Slave’s Chiwetel Ejiofor and Lupita Nyong’o; Ben Stiller, star and director of The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty, and Octavia Spencer, co-star and executive producer of Fruitvale Station. The episodes were filmed at The Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, where the Academy Awards will be held on March 2. Fandango also will film a special Frontrunners event at USC’s Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre/ Frank Sinatra Hall. Special award nominees will be interviewed about their “frontrunner” journey and will answer questions from the film school’s students in the audience and via Twitter. The special Frontrunners episodes will air on Fandango following the event.

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Mobile Fuels Fandango’s Best Month Ever

By | Friday November 29, 2013 @ 12:15pm PST

It’s a November to remember for the nation’s biggest online seller of movie tickets. Fandango said today that this has been the biggest sales month in its  13-year history — 12% better than its previous best set in November 2012. fandango_logoMobile ticketing was a major factor in the monthly haul as the company’s mobile site and apps making up 42% of tickets sold. Fandango this month has seen a 30% increase in mobile ticket sales year-over-year and 13% jump in monthly visits to the mobile site and apps. The company said sales were led by The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Thor: The Dark World, Frozen, and The Best Man Holiday. The biggest drivers in November 2012 included The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2, Wreck-It Ralph, Skyfall, Lincoln, and Life of Pi.

Related: Fandango Acquires Movie Promotions Rival Quantum Rewards

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Comcast And Twitter Unveil Potentially Huge Initiative To Harness TV And Movie Traffic

By | Wednesday October 9, 2013 @ 8:30am PDT

Sometime in November people who discuss TV shows or movies on Twitter will see a “See It” button. If they click on it, it will give them options to watch the show or, if it’s a current movie, buy a ticket via Comcast-owned Fandango. This will be a national service, but Comcast subscribers will be able to do things via their set-top boxes that others can’t. That includes using a mobile device as a remote control to switch directly to a TV show — something that could be especially useful when there’s breaking news. Comcast Chief Business Development Officer Sam Schwartz tells me that the company is “in advanced conversations” with other cable and satellite companies to include their set-top boxes as well. He adds that while the initiative will begin on Twitter, it could soon include other social network platforms. Initially the “See It” button will appear on tweets that have links to TV shows and movies, but the companies are working to include messages with hashtags about entertainment — and eventually to recognize when the text concerns a TV show or movie.

This could be a coup for Twitter. Last week it kicked off an effort to go public — and crowed in an SEC filing about its value as “a second screen for television programming” adding that ads on Twitter complement “offline advertising campaigns, such as television ads.” On Monday Nielsen formally unveiled its plan to count the number of people who read and write tweets about TV shows, which it says provides valuable information about how a program might perform. The new partnership with Comcast includes an arrangement for NBCUniversal to participate in Twitter’s Amplify program to embed sponsored video clips in tweets. The companies say that they are “exploring additional opportunities to integrate social TV conversations into Comcast’s X1 platform – the company’s entertainment operating system.”

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Fandango Acquires Quantum Rewards, Now #1 In Movie Ticket Promotions

By | Tuesday August 27, 2013 @ 9:01pm PDT

Fandango announced late Tuesday that it has bought movie promotions rival Quantum Rewards, the #1 provider of ticketing promotions and owner of Hollywood Movie Money. Fandango’s own movie promotions arm was #2 prior to the sale agreement. The NBCUniversal-owned ticketing giant will now zoom to #1 in movie promos and gift cards with Quantum added to the fold. The deal is expected to close by third quarter of 2013. Quantum’s Hollywood Movie Money currency, used worldwide in 28 countries, will now be accepted through Fandango’s website and apps which get over 41M visitors monthly. The union also boosts Fandango’s movie ticket promotions reach to over 95% of US theaters as well as international markets.

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IMDb Adds Fandango Ticketing

By | Tuesday July 16, 2013 @ 4:17pm PDT

People in the U.S. who use IMDb‘s iOS and Android mobile apps and web site made the discovery this week. The service works much the same as it does on Fandango‘s smartphone app. Buyers can add tickets to their Passbooks so a theater attendant can scan the passes directly from the screen. User fees still apply, of course. With the new arrangement, Comcast-owned Fandango expands its reach among movie portals. It already serves AOL Moviefone, MSN Movies, and Yahoo!Movies. Amazon owns IMDb and also benefits from the app update: Users can order the video of a movie from the online retailer.

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Pacific Theaters Sides With Fandango For Online Ticketing

By | Tuesday July 9, 2013 @ 7:27am PDT

Pacific is a relatively tiny chain, with about 100 screens, but the deal gives Fandango two bragging rights: It now exclusively handles online ticket sales at one of the nation’s highest-grossing theaters: LA’s Pacific Theaters at The Grove. In addition, the agreement secures Fandango’s advantage over MovieTickets.com in Southern California. The NBCUniversal ticket sales company says that it offers tickets at 80% of the region’s theaters with advance ticketing capabilities. “With this new partnership, Fandango is now able to help the vast majority of Southern Californians plan their movie experience from start to finish  — from movie discovery and decision making, to ticketing and post-theater engagement.” Fandango president Paul Yanover says. The company adds that it serves more than 21,000 U.S. screens, including more than 75% of theaters with advance ticket sales capabilities. Nearly half of Fandango’s 41M million monthly users buy tickets on smartphones and tablets. It’s the exclusive movie ticketer on Apple Siri and Google Now.

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Paramount Offering $50 ‘Mega Ticket’ For ‘World War Z’ Screening

World War Z Mega TicketPlenty of people harrumphed Wednesday when George Lucas told a crowd that “going to the movies will cost 50 bucks or 100 or 150 bucks” in the future. Well, one day later that has become a reality. Well, sort of. Paramount said Thursday that it will offer the film world’s first “mega ticket” for an advance screening of the Brad Pitt zombie actioner World War Z World War Z Mega Ticketin five Regal theaters around the US. For $50 — that’s a $75 value, mind you — a moviegoer with said golden ticket from Fandango gets admission to the June 19 3D showing of the flick, a download or stream of the film when it’s released on home video, custom 3D glasses, a limited-edition official movie poster and a small popcorn. (What, no soda?) The offer is good at megaplexes in Irvine, San Diego, Houston, Atlanta and Philadelphia. Maybe it’d be wise to invest that $50 in some serious running shoes in case those mega-speedy WWZ zombies really do attack.

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Fandango Partner Carmike Cinemas Adds MovieTickets.com For Online Sales

By | Tuesday May 21, 2013 @ 7:01am PDT

This is curious: Carmike was a founding partner at Fandango, and last year the companies announced that they had extended their “multi-year strategic agreement.” But it appears that deal wasn’t exclusive — and Carmike wants another option. Today the chain says that it will also use Fandango’s chief rival, MovieTickets.com, to sell tickets online. Carmike is “delighted to forge this new alliance with MovieTickets.com,” the exhibition chain’s CEO David Passman says. “Carmike patrons appreciate flexibility in their advance ticket purchasing and we are pleased to be adding MovieTickets.com.” It’s highly unusual for a chain to offer two online sales options. The Boca Raton-based digital operation already serves the Rave theaters that Carmike recently bought. The new agreement will soon add Carmike’s 2,200 other screens. This is “the single largest domestic addition to our screen count since the company was founded in 2000,” MovieTickets.com CEO Joel Cohen says. “Carmike is highly influential in our industry, we are pleased they chose to join our program and collectively work with us to improve the movie going experience.”

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CinemaCon: Fandango Adds 4 Exhibitors With 500 Screens

By | Tuesday April 16, 2013 @ 6:11am PDT

Fandango announced at CinemaCon today it has added 4 new exhibitors – Muvico, Studio Movie Grill, Krikorian Premiere Theatres, and Penn Cinema. the deal adds 500 screens in nine states (California, Florida, Texas, Illinois, North Carolina, Arizona, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Delaware), pushing the company’s theater reach to more than 21,000 screens nationwide. fandango claims it now offers ticketing for nearly 75% of U.S. screens.

Related: Regal Renews Online Ticketing Pact With Fandango: CinemaCon

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Regal Renews Online Ticketing Pact With Fandango: CinemaCon

By | Monday April 15, 2013 @ 9:59am PDT

We’ll probably see several announcements like this over the next few days as theater owners converge on Las Vegas for their annual confab. The nation’s largest exhibition chain says it will stick with Comcast-owned Fandango to 2018 as execs touted its ability to offer print-at-home ticketing, paperless Mobile Ticket service, and reserved seating. “Our partnership with Fandango has led to breakthroughs in the areas of online and mobile, adding value to Regal’s guests with mobile ticketing and mobile barcode ticket scanning,” Regal CEO Amy Miles says. The companies disclosed no financial terms. 

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SXSW: GoDigital Acquires ‘The Punk Syndrome’, Fandango Debuts Fanticipation

By | Friday March 8, 2013 @ 1:30am PST

The SXSW Film Festival officially begins Friday, but early deals were brewing ahead of the festivities. Digital distribution specialist GoDigital has nabbed North American rights to The Punk Syndrome, a docu about a Finnish bandSXSW deal comprised of four mentally handicapped musicians that makes its stateside debut Tuesday in Austin. (Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät will play a live show at SXSW on March 15.) “This is a documentary unlike any we’ve seen, telling a story unlike anything we’ve heard”, said GoDigital CEO Logan Mulvey of director Jukka Kärkkainen’s pic, which will hit VOD and digital distribution this summer.
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Comcast’s Fandango And Telemundo Create Site For Spanish-Speaking Movie Fans

By | Monday February 25, 2013 @ 7:53am PST

MIAMI/LOS ANGELES – February 25, 2013 – Telemundo Media, the largest producer of Spanish Language prime time content in the U.S. and audiences around the world; and Fandango, the nation’s leading moviegoer destination representing more than 70% of U.S. screens online, today launched Fandango Cine, www.fandangocine.com the most comprehensive web and mobile movie site specifically geared toward Hispanic movie fans. Fandango Cine’s launch partners are Universal Pictures’ “Fast & Furious 6” and Sprint.

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Fandango Ticket Sales Up 57% In 2012

By | Wednesday January 2, 2013 @ 9:20am PST

Fandango set records for ticket sales and traffic in 2012, the NBCUniversal-owned movie website reported today. Ticket sales grew 57% compared with 2011, with monthly visitors up 34% year-over-year. Mobile ticket sales increased 171% year-over-year — 30% of the overall sales total — thanks in part to 31 million downloads of its mobile app in 2012. The boosts were also fueled by new theater deals with AMC, Regency and Southern, increasing its network, as well as partnership pacts with portals Yahoo Movies, AOL Moviefone and MSN Movies. Fandango also ventured into original series in 2012, hiring away Dave Karger from Entertainment Weekly and launching the awards-season interview show The Frontrunners last month, one of several planned. “In 2013, we’ll continue our momentum and deliver advertising partners, exhibitors, and moviegoers even more products, services, and platforms that super-serve their needs”, Fandango president Paul Yanover said today in a release announcing the results.

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