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ETM and ICON Create New Venture That Will Revolutionize How Consumers Buy Movie Tickets
01:12 p.m Mar 08, 1999 Eastern

LAS VEGAS, March 8 /PRNewswire/ -- ETM Entertainment Network(R), a leader in live entertainment ticketing, and ICON Software, a leading software and retail systems supplier to the film exhibition industry, announced today that ETM and ICON will set a new standard for ticket buying in the movie industry. Together they will form the first entity to offer both live entertainment and movie ticketing to consumers over the Internet and other automated channels of distribution.

ETM and ICON will enable consumers to purchase movie tickets through ETM's comprehensive distribution network including an e-commerce website, etm.com, ETM Ticket Machines (kiosks), an interactive voice response (IVR) phone system and live operator call center. Tickets will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and will be accessible at various retail locations around the U.S. including grocery stores and shopping malls.

The companies will now offer consumers access to more than 27,000 movie screens in close to 5,000 movie theaters in the U.S. Benefits to moviegoers include the ability to access movie information and previews on-demand, enjoy shorter box office lines and a faster turnaround time for purchasing tickets.

"ICON Software will enable us to offer such a unique and convenient way to purchase movie tickets," said Peter Schniedermeier, president, ETM Entertainment Network. "We feel our distribution network, with ICON's software systems, will address moviegoers desires for an informative and quick transaction process. For example, with our ETM Ticket Machines, moviegoers' will be able to view any movie preview they select and then have the tickets to that movie printed on the spot."

Participating exhibitors will benefit from increased ticket sales, an enhanced geographic reach for their box office, additional marketing opportunities and a competitive advantage.

ETM and ICON also will bring movie ticketing into the new world of e-commerce, with consumers being able to select a theater and movie and purchase tickets over the Internet through ETM's website, and then retrieving their tickets at any ETM Ticket Machine.

"ICON with ETM allows us to provide our clients with a larger marketing and distribution presence in a wide variety of retail locations," said Mark Lenherr, president ICON Software. "With our international reach, we will be able to offer this new ticket buying service on a truly global level with state-of-the-art technology."

Established in 1988, ICON Software serves clients in 35 countries and offers the ticketing industry box office sales and management systems, sales collection and information kiosks, customer display systems, retail and inventory systems, central management systems and remote booking systems. Current ICON clients include AMC, Cinemark, Cinemex, Hoyts Corporation, Edwards Theatres, Pathe, Pacific Theatres, Village Road Show and Wehrenberg Theatres.

ETM Entertainment Network, Inc.(R), a California-based entertainment ticketing and marketing company serves a variety of live entertainment venues. Current ETM clients include the BI-LO Center in South Carolina, the Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets, the Shubert Organization, the Texas Rangers, Phoenix Cardinals, and the New York Islanders.

The company operates the ETM Entertainment Network, an innovative ticketing and advertising computer network consisting of an e-commerce website, a proprietary point-of-sale network of ETM Ticket Machines, an interactive voice response (IVR) telephone system, a traditional operator-assisted order system, plus full box office services including season ticketing for venues. SOURCE ETM Entertainment Network


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