BILLBOARD PARTNERS WITH CELEBRITYACCESS TO CREATE ENTERTAINMENT INFORMATION POWERHOUSE
Billboard, the world’s leading music and entertainment trade publication, today announced that it has partnered with CelebrityAccess, the leading provider of real-time news and information to the live performance industry. The alliance will strengthen both firm’s respective brands and entertainment information assets, specifically Billboard’s weekly concert box office score data and CelebrityAccess’ daily concert tour date data.
Billboard and CelebrityAccess are launching a co-branded concert tour database product with 40,000 – 50,000 concert tour dates across North America and Europe available at all times, which will be published on CelebrityAccess.com, Billboard.com and Billboard.biz. Billboard will be the exclusive licensor of the tour data product. In addition, Billboard’s concert box office score data will be published on CelebrityAccess.com
“This partnership serves as the launching point for what we feel will be an extremely functional and influential entity in the entertainment information industry,” said John Kilcullen, Billboard Publisher and VNU Music and Literary Group President.
“It’s the ultimate union,” says CelebrityAccess President Peter Denholtz. “The distribution of our extensive content via the world’s most respected publication in its field – truly a seamless partnership in today’s information age.” Denholtz adds, “We look forward to a long term and multi-faceted relationship.”
Now in its 110th year, Billboard is the world’s premier music industry publication and a diverse brand-licensing platform. Billboard publishes the most trusted charts and offers unrivaled reporting about the latest music, video and digital entertainment issues and trends. Billboard is the flagship property for the Billboard Information Group, which also consists of Billboard.biz, Billboard.com, Billboard Chart Alert, Billboard Information Network (BIN), Billboard Directories, Billboard Licensing & Events and Airplay Monitor. The Group is a unit of VNU Business Media, a worldwide media company that provides specialized publications, electronically delivered data, expositions and marketing services and is owned by VNU Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Netherlands-based VNU, an international publishing and information company.
Launched in 1998, subscription-based CelebrityAccess serves as an online, state-of-the-art database containing profiles of over 30,000 entertainers, speakers, bands and celebrities, including their managers and agents, as well as information on more than 7,500 venues and 1,100 talent-buying companies. Information such as touring status, performance fees, production requirements, phone numbers, fax numbers, e-mail addresses, biographies, musical genres, industry news, and web site links are all available through the CelebrityAccess service. CelebrityAccess is a privately held company and has been “live” on the net since 1998. With thousands of subscribers in over 50 countries around the world, CelebrityAccess is the leading provider of news and information to the live performance industry.