LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 11, 2006--Fandango, the nation's largest online, phone, and mobile movie ticketing service, has appointed Chuck Davis as the company's Chief Executive Officer. Davis, the former president and CEO of top-ranked shopping search site Shopzilla (formerly known as BizRate) and former president of eCommerce for The Walt Disney Internet Group, first joined Fandango as its Chairman in January 2006.
"Chuck is one of the most talented and well-respected executives in the online consumer business," says Michael Cline, Vice Chairman of Fandango. "His impact at Shopzilla was extraordinary, as he knows what consumers want. His experience, knowledge and skills are a perfect fit for the strong base that has been built at Fandango, and we are extremely pleased to be working with him."
"This is an exciting time to be at Fandango," says Davis, "and I'm looking forward to building on the strong foundation of the company and leading it in new directions. As we continue to grow the brand, we will focus on product expansion, new content, and the addition of new consumer services." Fandango is one of the Web's top movie sites, according to Nielsen//NetRatings (June 2006), garnering nearly 5 million unique visitors per month.
With a wealth of experience as a seasoned entertainment and e-Commerce executive, Davis brings over 20 years of media leadership to his position as Fandango's new CEO. Davis served as Shopzilla's President and CEO from late-1999, before the company had material revenues, to June 2005, when it was acquired by the E.W. Scripps Company for $569 million. After the acquisition, Mr. Davis became chairman of Shopzilla, before leaving the company last February. Under Mr. Davis' leadership, Shopzilla became the largest, most profitable, and fastest growing comparison shopping site online.
Prior to Shopzilla, Davis was President of e-Commerce for The Walt Disney Company Internet Group where he launched disneystore.com, disneytravel.com, and several other properties, in addition to heading the unit's advertising and marketing efforts. Previously, he was senior vice president of consumer marketing and circulation at News Corporation's TV Guide, where he was the last executive to increase the subscription net paid circulation. Prior to that, Mr. Davis was a marketing and finance executive at Time Inc.'s Sports Illustrated, Time, and Life Magazine properties.
Currently, Davis serves as a Director on the Boards of Business.com, LeadPoint, Inc., Loyalty Lab and the Young Presidents' Organization (YPO), Los Angeles Chapter. Previously, Davis served as an elected director of Shop.org and the Audit Bureau of Circulations.
Fandango, the nation's largest movie ticketing service, sells tickets to approximately 14,000 screens and 1,200 theaters. One of the Web's top movie destinations (according to Nielsen//NetRatings), Fandango entertains and informs moviegoers with reviews, commentary and trailers, and offers the ability to quickly select a film, plan where and when to see it, and buy tickets up to 45 days in advance. Fandango is available at www.fandango.com, 1-800-FANDANGO and via your wireless mobile device at mobile.fandango.com.
Fandango theater partners include the nation's leading exhibitors: Carmike Cinemas, Century Theatres, Cinemark Theatres, Edwards Theatres, Loews Cineplex Entertainment, Regal Cinemas and United Artists Theatres, as well as American Cinematheque, Brenden Theatres, CineArts Theatres, Cineplex Odeon Cinemas, Cobb Theatres, Colorado Cinemas, Crown Theatres, Flagship Theatres, Kerasotes Theatres, Magic Johnson, Majestic Crest Theatre, R/C Theatres, Signature Theatres, Star Theatres,Wallace Theaters and Wehrenberg Theatres.