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TM Expands Into Turkey

ISTANBUL, Turkey and W. HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) – On the heels of its expansion into China, Ticketmaster has expanded into Turkey with the acquisition of Biletix located in Istanbul from founding partners the Koc Group and TAG Enterprises Limited. Biletix becomes the operating arm of Ticketmaster Turkey and will continue to provide its ticketing services to its more than 400 venue, promoter and sports team clients throughout the country.

Biletix founders Dave Dorner and Ali Abhary will remain with the company as general managers and will continue to be responsible for servicing clients in the Turkish market on behalf of Ticketmaster and Biletix.

"Biletix is the trusted name in ticketing throughout Turkey," said Ticketmaster's Vice President of European Development, Paul LaFontaine. "Combined with Ticketmaster's global relationships, premiere technology and reputation as the world's leading ticketing company, we look forward to further empowering Biletix to provide even more robust offerings to the flourishing live event industry in Turkey, Europe's fastest growing market."

"Ticketmaster's state of the art products and technologies will expand Biletix's sales and marketing services to drive ticket sales for clients and provide the ticket buying public in Turkey with better, faster, and more convenient access to live event tickets and event information," said Biletix co-founder Dave Dorner.

"This acquisition marks an important milestone in the e-commerce and entertainment sectors in Turkey," added Biletix co-founder Ali Abhary. "We look forward to continuing to build upon Biletix's reputation for superior service, now as a part of the Ticketmaster Family." – Jane Cohen, Bob Grossweiner