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  1. Vivendi Considering Splitting Media and Telecom Companies

    September 11, 2013 12:28 PM EDT French conglomerate Vivendi, which owns Universal Music Group, today announced that its supervisory board has unanimously voted to launch a study to split into two separate companies – an international media group and the SFR telecom group.  V ...

  2. Vivendi Sells Activision Stake for $8.2 Billion

    July 26, 2013 3:32 PM EDT Vivendi SA is selling most of its majority stake in Activision Blizzard Inc. for $8.2 billion, giving the video game company back its independence as the French conglomerate tries to strengthen its balance sheet. Vivendi said Friday that 429 mi ...

  3. Axl Rose Close to Losing $20M Lawsuit Against Activision for Featuring Slash

    January 31, 2013 7:51 PM EST Axl Rose might not like the fact that "Guitar Hero III" featured his former Guns N' Roses band-mate Slash on the front cover, but he might have objected too late. At a summary judgment hearing Thursday, Los Angeles Superior Court ...

  4. Universal Music Earnings Dip In First Nine Months

    November 13, 2012 4:22 PM EST Universal Music Group posted a 2.5% decline in earnings before interest taxes and amortization in the first nine months of 2012 compared with a year ago, according to results posted by its French conglomerate parent Vivendi on Tuesday. The world&# ...

  5. No Doubt, Activision Settle 'Band Hero' Video Game Lawsuit

    October 03, 2012 5:25 PM EDT LOS ANGELES (AP) -- No Doubt has settled its lawsuit against gaming giant Activision over the use of band members' likenesses in the video game "Band Hero," court records state. The settlement was reached Monday, a few weeks before ...

  6. Vivendi Names Canal+ Chairman Bertrand Meheut To Lead Content Business Review

    August 20, 2012 4:39 PM EDT LONDON - Vivendi said Monday that Canal+ chairman Bertrand Meheut will play a key role in its strategic review, which is expected to lead to the sale of at least some of its businesses. The French entertainment and telecom conglomerate's supe ...

  7. Vivendi Committed to UMG's EMI Purchase, Selling Activision (Report)

    July 02, 2012 9:13 AM EDT Whatever the politics within Vivendi that led to the departure of CEO Jean-Bernard Lévy, the company's senior management team still stands behind Universal Music Group and its planned acquisition of EMI, according to an e-mail UMG chairman an ...

  8. Vivendi CEO Jean-Bernard Levy Steps Down

    June 28, 2012 4:22 PM EDT French entertainment group Vivendi says its chief executive is stepping down because of a difference of opinion about the direction of the company. Universal Music Parent Vivendi Ordered to Pay $956 Million in Liberty Media Suit The Paris-based co ...

  9. No Doubt to Argue Lawsuit Against Activision In Front of Jury

    May 29, 2012 4:25 PM EDT LOS ANGELES (AP) -- No Doubt's attorneys can argue to a jury that the band was misled by gaming giant Activision Publishing Inc. about how its likeness would be used in the video game "Band Hero," a judge ruled Tuesday. The ruling b ...

  10. Universal Music Group Q1 Revenue Up 9.1%, Credits Madonna, Nicki Minaj, Gotye, Van Halen Releases

    May 15, 2012 4:30 PM EDT Screen shot of Vivendi's First Quarter 2012 Results Apendix III. Universal Music Group revenues increased 9.1% to €961 million ($1.28 billion at the March 31 exchange rate) in the first quarter of 2012 (6.7% at constant currency). Earnings be ...

  11. Vivendi Reports Lower Q4 Earnings, Predicts Two Year Decline After 2011 Record Year

    March 02, 2012 8:05 AM EST NEW YORK - French entertainment and telecom group Vivendi on Thursday reported lower fourth-quarter financials and predicted two years of lower profits. Driven by challenges in its French telecom business, Vivendi's earnings excluding special ...

  12. Vivendi Third-Quarter Results Exceed Expectations

    November 16, 2011 8:27 PM EST NEW YORK - Vivendi on Wednesday reported better-than-expected third-quarter financials when excluding the effect of tax reforms driven by strength at video game arm Activision Blizzard. The results also included the second consecutive quarter of s ...

  13. 'The Voice's' Adam Levine Sues Activision

    August 05, 2011 10:38 PM EDT "The Voice" coach and Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine is suing Activision. Levine has filed a suit against the company's "Guitar Hero" spinoff video game "Band Hero" alleging that the new game exploits his name ...

  14. Myspace In Final Buyout Talks With Bobby Kotick

    June 10, 2011 7:38 AM EDT An investor group including Activision Blizzard Chief Executive Officer Bobby Kotick is in final talks to take a controlling stake in News Corp's social network site Myspace, according to three people familiar with the matter. Kotick's i ...

  15. Vivendi Appoints Lucian Grainge Chairman & CEO of Universal Music Group

    March 09, 2011 2:38 PM EST In the wake of Doug Morris' early departure from Universal Music Group to take the helm at Sony , Vivendi announced today the appointment of Lucian Grainge as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of UMG. Grainge who was formerly CEO of UMG, w ...

  16. Activision Reportedly Developing 'Dance Hero' Game

    March 09, 2011 11:09 AM EST Activision may have killed the Guitar Hero franchise , but it remains interested in some elements of the music game genre. Gaming blog Kotaku reports that the company is working on a dance-based game called "Dance Hero." Activision appli ...

  17. No Doubt to Pursue Lawsuit Against Activision

    February 17, 2011 7:57 AM EST This week is shaping up to be a big one in the ongoing struggle to figure out the difference between commercial and expressive speech, the times when entertainment companies can show public figures in the name of the First Amendment and the times ...

  18. Guitar Zero: Activision Kills Guitar Hero Franchise

    February 09, 2011 6:49 PM EST The game that created the modern music game as we know it is no more: During its quarterly earnings conference call today. Activision revealed that it has cancelled the planned 2011 installment of the "Guitar Hero" franchise and the enti ...

  19. Musicians & Video Games: A Perfect Marriage

    February 01, 2011 7:52 AM EST The biggest music party of 2010 wasn't at Coachella and didn't have anything to do with the Grammy Awards. It was barely advertised and not open to the public. Still, it packed L.A.'s Staples Center last June with a headlining set b ...

  20. Universal Music Group Revenue Up In Q3

    November 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST In a time when flat is the new up, Universal Music Group is having a pretty good year. In the third quarter of 2010, the UMG's revenue was up 6% (down 3% at constant currency) to 1.03 billion euros ($1.39 billion). Earnings before interest, t ...

  21. Activision Blizzard Revenue Up 10% In 2010

    November 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST Activision Blizzard posted a strong third quarter and its CEO said it is on track to have its most profitable year. The video game company took in $745 million in the quarter, up 6% from the same period last year. Through the first nine months of ...

  22. Ad Agency Exec Hirshberg Named Activision Publishing CEO

    July 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Deutsch/LA's Eric Hirshberg is leaving the agency fold to become worldwide CEO of Activision Publishing, Activision Blizzard said today. In his new role, Hirshberg will lead management of the game maker's studio, product development and ...

  23. Usher, Jane's Addiction, Eminem Join Activision At E3

    June 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT While other game publishers held press conferences featuring big-screen game trailers of their fall titles, Activision put the action all on the stage. In a multi-artist extravaganza usually reserved for awards shows like the Grammys, Activision w ...

  24. @E3: Activision Not Backing Down from Music

    June 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The music game genre may have struggled last year, but Activision is not showing any signs of walking back from a music-based strategy. In the hours before its big E3 party in L.A. tonight, the company announced a full lineup of games that will fe ...

  25. VIDEO: First Trailer For 'DJ Hero 2'

    June 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Activision has released the first trailer video for the upcoming "DJ Hero 2" game, featuring a mashup of Lady Gaga’s "Just Dance." WATCH: Antony Bruno News Lady Gaga ...

  26. Activision Results Top Street, Music Games Hit

    February 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST Activision Blizzard Inc has posted better-than-expected results fueled by its hit holiday release "Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2," and shares rallied 5.4% as the company said it would start paying an annual dividend. The world's la ...

  27. Guitar Hero CEO Steps Down

    February 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST Dan Rosensweig, CEO of Activision Blizzard's Guitar Hero division has left the company to take the chief executive role at a textbook rental startup firm. Rosensweig assumed the role in March of last year. Since then, music game sales have fa ...

  28. @MIDEM: Attendance Down 10%

    January 27, 2010 12:00 AM EST As the MIDEM convention winds down, the organization confirmed that attendance was about 7,200 - slightly ahead of its initial forecast of 7,000 - representing a 10% attendance decline from the previous year. But participants relayed to Billboard. ...

  29. No Doubt Sues Activision Over 'Band Hero'

    November 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST No Doubt has sued video game publisher Activision Blizzard Inc over the use of their likeness on its new "Band Hero" product, accusing the company of turning the rockers into a virtual karaoke act. No Doubt and Activision had a contract ...

  30. DJ Hero Puts Jay-Z, Eminem in Spotlight

    October 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Activision expands its blockbuster Guitar Hero franchise this week with the release of DJ Hero, a game that lets users play DJ with a turntable and more than 100 songs. Advertising and design agency Crispin Porter + Bogusky targets music fans and ...

  31. Digital Briefs: MySpace, DJ Hero, INgrooves

    September 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- MySpace named Alex Maghen as its new chief technology officer, replacing founding CTO Aber Whitcomb, who has left to pursue other opportunities. Maghen was previously CTO for the MySpace Music joint venture. He will report to MySpace COO Mike J ...

  32. Digital Briefs: Guitar Hero, Steven Van Zandt

    September 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Activision is considering developing a version of Guitar Hero that doesn't require a gaming console to play, according to comments from CEO Bobby Kotick at an investor conference. Exactly how that would happen is not clear, and Kotick did ...

  33. Digital Briefs: RealNetworks, Activision, Spotify

    August 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- RealNetworks laid off 12 employees from the Rhapsody music service. The company told reporters that it is refocusing on online and mobile applications, meaning less on its editorial and desktop client support. The layoffs represent about 9% of ...

  34. Digital Briefs: SplashCast, 'Scratch: The Ultimate DJ'

    August 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Online video firm SplashCast , which counted Sony Music Entertainment as a client, has closed its doors, citing the inability to raise another round of financing to continue operations. ( Portland Business Journal ) -- Changes ahead for "S ...

  35. Activision Readies Music Releases

    May 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Activision Blizzard is releasing three new music-based games this year: DJ Hero, Guitar Hero 5 and Band Hero, and also confirmed the existence of Guitar Hero: Van Halen. Few details were provided for any of the games. DJ Hero, which was previously ...

  36. As Sales Slow, Music Game-Makers Turn To Hip-Hop And Electronica For Growth

    May 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Just how important is the upcoming "DJ Hero" game to Activision Blizzard? So important that the videogame publisher tried to buy a rival game that was scheduled for release before "DJ Hero" hit stores. When that failed, Activis ...

  37. Van Dyke Parks Signs Up To Big Sound

    March 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Veteran U.S. producer and songwriter Van Dyke Parks is one of the guest speakers confirmed for the Australian Big Sound music industry summit and showcase event this September, organizers said today. Now in its eighth year, the Brisbane, Queenslan ...

  38. Digital Briefs: Activision, John Mellencamp, 'DJ Hero'

    March 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT - Former Yahoo COO Dan Rosensweig has been named the new president and CEO of Activision Blizzard's Red Octane division, which is responsible for the "Guitar Hero" franchise. - John Mellencamp, in a Huffington Post article argues th ...

  39. Dozens Of U.K. Acts Set For SXSW

    March 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT More than 200 members of U.K. songwriters' collecting society PRS for Music will be performing at SXSW this year, with some British acts benefiting directly from the support of the society. Overall, the U.K. is the second biggest represented ...

  40. Activision CEO: 'DJ Hero Game Coming By Year-End'

    February 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST Activision CEO Bobby Kotick on Friday confirmed the much-rumored "DJ Hero" game during a CNBC interview during the Davos conference in Switzerland. It is slated for release before the end of the year, and will include turntable-based con ...

  41. Guitar Hero Adds In-Game Ads

    September 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Guitar Hero franchise will start featuring in-game advertising thanks to a deal between advertising network IGA Worldwide and Activision Blizzard. The in-game ads will appear in the PlayStation3 version of the next installment in the series-&q ...

  42. Activision CEO Suggests Labels Should Pay For Placement

    September 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Activision/Blizzard CEO Robert Kotick continues to dig in his heels against music industry demands that the company pay more in licensing fees for the hit videogame franchise Guitar Hero. In fact, he recently told the Wall Street Journal that the ...

  43. Warner Music: Music Video Games Must Pay More

    August 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music Group, the world's third-largest music company, said on Thursday that video game makers will need to pay more to license songs for music-based video games like "Guitar Hero" and "Rock Band." Warner Music Chief ...

  44. Guitar Hero Aims at iTunes?

    July 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Is the publisher of "Guitar Hero" working on an online music store that could rival Apple's iTunes? In an interview with the Financial Times , Bobby Kotick, chief executive of the recently merged Activision Blizzard, which publishes ...

  45. Gibson Sues Over 'Guitar Hero' And 'Rock Band'

    March 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Gibson Guitar said on Friday that it filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Viacom Inc's MTV networks, Harmonix and Electronic Arts relating to the wildly popular "Rock Band" video game and Harmonix's previously developed ...

  46. 'Guitar Hero' At Center Of Legal Clashes

    March 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Take a wildly popular videogame like Guitar Hero and it's only a matter of time before the lawsuits start to fly. In Guitar Hero's case, there are—or were—two. Gibson Guitar claims that Activision's Guitar Hero franchise violates a ...

  47. Vivendi Expects 500,000 Zaoza Subscribers By End ’08

    February 21, 2008 12:00 AM EST Vivendi expects its new Internet music, ringtone and videogames provider Zaoza to attract 500,000 subscribers by the end of the year, the French telecoms and media group said. The portal, which commercially launched yesterday (Feb. 20), offers a s ...

  48. New Guitar Hero Gives Sweet Emotion To Aerosmith Fans

    February 15, 2008 12:00 AM EST Activision Inc on Friday unveiled a new "Guitar Hero" video game focusing on the rock band Aerosmith, taking the billion-dollar franchise in a new direction. Called "Guitar Hero: Aerosmith," the new game will arrive in stores t ...

  49. 'Rock Band' Beats 'Guitar Hero'

    December 10, 2007 12:00 AM EST While the sales numbers are not yet in, "Rock Band" championed over "Guitar Hero III" during Spike TV's 5th annual "Video Game Awards" show, broadcast over the weekend. Harmonix, the MTV-owned music game pioneer ...

  50. Vivendi Acquires Majority Stake In Activision

    December 03, 2007 12:00 AM EST Vivendi Games finalized a merger with "Guitar Hero III" publisher Activision over the weekend, creating a massive new videogame company called Activision Blizzard. Vivendi will own the majority stake in the newly formed company, which is ...

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