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Branson Venues Choose Ticketmaster

BRANSON, MO (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — The League of Branson Theatre Owners and Show Producers has named Ticketmaster its official ticketing provider. Ten of the League's venues have moved their ticketing operations to Ticketmaster with additional venues to be announced shortly. Through a multi-year agreement, Ticketmaster will work closely with the League and its members to introduce new ticketing technologies and services to drive ticket sales while marketing Branson events to a global audience. Ticketmaster will also establish an office in Branson to serve the League and its members along with other venues and event organizers throughout the region.

The venues:

* Baldknobbers Jamboree Show

* Circle B Chuckwagon Theatre

* Jim Stafford Theatre

* RFD-TV The Theatre

* The Mansion Theatre

* The New Shanghai Theatre

* The Roy Rogers Dale Evans Happy Trails Theater & Attraction

* The Hughes Brothers Celebrity Theatre
*White House Theatre

As part of the agreement, the League has tapped Ticketmaster's new media design studio Cottonblend to develop a cutting-edge website focused on Branson theatres. Scheduled to launch later this year, the site will serve as a destination for consumers planning a Branson trip and will feature show information and links to purchase tickets online.

"Ticketmaster offers the technology and expertise necessary to realize the needs of the Branson theatre community," said Ann Stafford, vice president of the League of Branson Theatre Owners and Show Producers. "Our goal is to effectively market Branson in the 21st century while providing our guests with the most convenient ticket buying experience anywhere. As the live music capitol of the world, we are thrilled to be working side by side with the global leader in event ticketing to achieve these goals."

"Branson, Missouri is an entertainment destination for all ages, drawing visitors from far and wide," said Connie Lee, general manager of Ticketmaster, St. Louis. Lee's St. Louis office is overseeing the ticketing company's League agreement and expansion into Branson.

"The League of Branson Theatre Owners and Show Producers shares our commitment to providing the best possible entertainment experience to Branson guests," added Lee. "We are excited to welcome the League and its many members to the Ticketmaster family and are ecstatic to be opening Ticketmaster Branson to serve the greater Branson area." –Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen