-- Harmonix, developers of “The Beatles: Rock Band” and the entire “Rock Band” franchise, has cut 39 staffers, the company confirmed today. The Cambridge, Mass.-based company is a subsidiary of MTV Games. The result is a 13% staff reduction. According to information shared with gaming blog Joystiq, most of the positions are in quality control—which they plan to replace with outsourcing and temp workers—with some administrative and other positions also involved. The company defined the move as part of a re-structuring “to better align our staffing to best suit our product development plans and schedules moving forward.”
The company says sales for “Rock Band” or “The Beatles: Rock Band” were not a factor in the decision, pointing out that the Beatles game has now passed 1 million units sold.

-- Guvera, the latest attempt at ad-supported music downloads, has added licensing deals with EMI Music and IODA in advance of a pending U.S. launch. Universal Music Group was the first to partner with the service. The company's model is to have advertisers sponsor music downloads. It is scheduled to launch in February.

-- Fred Davis, currently a partner at Davis, Shapiro, Lewit & Hayes, will soon move on to a new role at an as-yet unnamed media-focused banking and advisory firm founded by former CBS Interactive head Quincy Smith. The AllThingsd blog broke the news, which Billboard has since confirmed with sources. The new firm is expected to get underway in January, and will be based in Silicon Valley.

-- Following the success of their release “La Revolución,” which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart in its original and later, deluxe editions this year, reggaetón duo Wisin & Yandel are eyeing the European market. Label Machete is planning to release an album of some of Wisin & Yandel’s top hits, remixed by top DJs from around the world, including DJ Tiesto and Space Cowboy. The set will be released in the summer on Machete for the United States and on Universal for the rest of the world.