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Animal Farm and Ticketing

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In George Orwell's seminal novel, Animal Farm, the animals rebel against the farmers, taking over the farm to build a utopian society. But the dream devolves into a nightmare as the pigs gain power and build a more oppressive state than existed before. The ills and injustices of Ticketmaster have been decried for a long time, but are the new players offering hope? Or, through unreliable solutions, high fees, and poor service, are they plunging the industry into greater despair?


MODERATOR Jonathan Levine Agent Paradigm Talent Agency

Jonathan Levine is one of the leading agents in the music industry with a love and appreciation of music that has only grown through the years. His passion for partnering with artists to help them achieve their goals was rewarded this year with the prestigious Bobby Brooks Agent of the Year Award, at the Pollstar Concert Industry Awards.

With over 25 years of experience, Jonathan has been privileged to have worked with many prestigious & legendary bands. Today he represents a talented list of Artists who’s breadth and styles cover the entire musical spectrum, including the Black Eyed Peas, Fergie, The Black Crowes, The Dead, Furthur featuring Phil Lesh & Bob Weir, Herbie Hancock, Joan Osborne, The Devil Makes Three, Umphrey’s McGee, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Jackie Greene, The Bacon Brothers, as well as developing artists such as Carney, John Fullbright, Matthew And The Atlas, Truth & Salvage Co. and others.

Jonathan has spent the past 16 years working in Monterey, California for Paradigm and Monterey Peninsula Artists (the agencies merged in 2005 and officially became known as Paradigm in 2007).

Prior to Monterey Peninsula Artists, Jonathan spent 8 years with the William Morris Agency in New York and 2 years with Artists and Audience Entertainment.

Among Jonathan’s charitable efforts and associations, he serves on the Board for the Unbroken Chain Foundation, a charitable foundation set up by Grateful Dead's founding member Phil Lesh, as well as being a Board member of the Head Count Organization.

Travis Janovich ETIX

Travis Janovich is Founder and CEO of eTix, an international web-based
ticketing service provider for over 7,300 clients in the entertainment,
travel and sport industries in over 40 countries. Founded in 2000, Etix is
the largest independent ticketing company in North America and provides secure access control ticketing infrastructure solutions, tvenue marketing services, and robust ecommerce fulfillment capabilities to numerous theaters, arenas, festivals, fairs, museums and performing arts centers as well as numerous multi-use facilities. Headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina, Etix has offices in China, Holland, Germany, Japan, Austria and Nashville, Tennessee.

Todd Sims CEO Flavorus/Groovetickets

Flavorus believes that life’s better when you get out and experience new things. Everyday we consider ourselves lucky to help thousands of people do exactly that.

We’re passionate about great design, sophisticated technology and world class support. We push the boundaries of possibility with visionary designs and cutting edge technology.

The result is software that’s clean, quick and intuitively obvious, all backed up by world class support.

Come see us at, and learn more about our full suite of ticketing solutions and services.

Kevin Hartz Co-Founder/CEO Eventbrite

Kevin Hartz is Co-Founder & CEO of Eventbrite, a company that enables event creation, promotion, and ticket sales; while also helping people discover events that match their passions. Kevin was previously Co-Founder and CEO of Xoom Corporation, an international money transfer company, servicing more than 30 countries worldwide.
Kevin began his career as a product manager and later co-founded ConnectGroup, a start-up providing high-speed Internet access to the hotel industry. ConnectGroup was acquired by Lodgenet (NASDAQ: LNET).

Kevin holds a BAS from Stanford University, as well as an MA from Oxford University (University College).

He has been an active early stage investor and advisor to start-ups including PayPal, Pinterest, Lookout, Milo (acquired by eBay), TripIt (acquired by Concur (nasd: CNQR)) Flixster (acquired by Warner Bros), Airbnb, Yammer, and Trulia, You can view his full portfolio at

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