FANDANGO EXPANDS ONLINE AND MOBILE MOVIE TICKETING TO MILLIONS OF ADDITIONAL MOVIEGOERS, FORGING FIRST-TIME AGREEMENT WITH MSN MOVIES AND MSN ENTERTAINMENT
LOS ANGELES, June 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Fandango, the nation's leading moviegoer destination, today announced a ticketing agreement with MSN, Microsoft Corp.'s information and entertainment network. This makes Fandango the official online and mobile movie ticketer for MSN Movies (http://movies.msn.com/) and MSN Entertainment (http://entertainment.msn.com). The combined traffic of the MSN sites reaches more than 100 million U.S. users per month (comScore).
"This strategic relationship with MSN delivers Fandango's expansive ticketing capabilities and mobile innovations to millions of additional movie fans across the country," said Rick Butler, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Fandango. "The deal reflects the company's ongoing strategy to provide access to Fandango's broad network of screens and movie content for fans on every platform."
"MSN is a great place for people to get the latest information on the summer's hottest movies, and now thanks to our agreement with Fandango, it's easier than ever for MSN fans to purchase movie tickets via Fandango's network of nearly 20,000 theater screens," said Rob Bennett, General Manager of Entertainment, Video and Sports for MSN.
This collaboration with MSN is the latest in a series of recent announcements demonstrating Fandango's continued momentum. Thanks in part to record-breaking ticket sales for "The Avengers," the company enjoyed its best-selling month of May in its 12-year history with a 47% surge in year-over-year ticket sales and a 29% percent year-over-year increase in monthly site visitors (totaling 34 million). Fandango also significantly expanded its exhibitor reach through deals with AMC Theatres, Regency Theatres and many other chains. In addition, Fandango struck recent partnerships to become the movie ticketing provider for both Yahoo! and AOL's Moviefone, bringing its award-winning apps, reserved seating, and paperless Mobile Ticket scanning to an increasingly larger number of moviegoers across the country.
Fandango, the nation's leading moviegoer destination, sells tickets to nearly 20,000 screens nationwide. Fandango entertains and informs consumers with reviews, commentary, celebrity interviews and trailers, and offers the ability to quickly select a film, plan where and when to see it, and conveniently buy tickets in advance. At many theaters, fans can print their tickets at home or receive them as a paperless Mobile Ticket on their smartphones.
Fandango is available online at www.fandango.com via smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices, and at 1-800-FANDANGO. Fandango's top-ranking movie ticketing apps, with 24 million downloads, are available on the iPhone and iPad, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone 7 and many other platforms. Fandango is enjoyed by 34 million online and mobile visitors per month. Film fans find Fandango on Facebook at www.facebook.com/fandango and on Twitter@Fandango.