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  1. EMI's Deals WIth Universal, Sony Face Inevitable -- But Different -- Regulatory Scrutiny

    November 11, 2011 5:46 PM EST The sale of EMI is just the beginning in what could be a lengthy process that further consolidates the record and music publishing businesses. Citigroup's sale of EMI -- its recorded-music division to Universal Music Group and its music publi ...

  2. Warner Music Group Names Brian Roberts CFO, Effective January

    November 10, 2011 8:10 PM EST The Warner Music Group continues to realign its management team, this time naming Warner/Chappell CFO Brian Roberts to become the WMG's CFO, effective Jan. 1. He will replace Steve Macri, who has been CFO since 2008. Macri will stay on throug ...

  3. Brian Lambert Named EVP of Film & Television Music for Universal Music Publishing

    November 03, 2011 1:00 PM EDT Evan Lamberg, president of Universal Music Publishing Group , North America announced the promotion of Brian Lambert to Executive Vice President/Head of Film & Television Music. Lambert, who is based in the company's headquarters in Santa ...

  4. Ghostface Killah Sues Universal Music, Hits Back At 'Iron Man' Composer

    August 11, 2011 1:27 PM EDT Ghostface Killah is making a renewed effort to collect full royalties for his work as a member of the Wu Tang Clan, at the same time he's fending off a lawsuit brought by a Hollywood composer who objects to the way the hip hop artist sampled ...

  5. Higher-Than-Expected Bids for EMI Group Could Favor Strategic Buyers--Including the Other Majors

    August 05, 2011 11:42 AM EDT With the first round of bids in for Citigroup's auction of EMI Group, the higher-than-expected levels of the bids suggest that strategic suitors--including the other major-label groups--may have a leg up on other bidders. Sources say at lea ...

  6. EMI: High Bids Put Strategic Buyers -- Including Other Majors -- in the Lead

    August 05, 2011 10:53 AM EDT With the first round of bids in for Citigroup's auction of EMI Group , the higher-than-expected levels of the bids suggest that strategic suitors-including the other major-label groups-may have a leg up on other bidders. Sources say at least ...

  7. Coldplay Renew Universal Publishing Deal

    August 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Coldplay has extended its publishing deal with Universal Music Publishing Group to cover future song writing. Financial terms or the length of the contract was not revealed. Universal has been the band’s publisher since 2007 when the music major a ...

  8. Lily Allen, Dizzee Rascal Up For Ivor Novello Awards

    April 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. pop act Lily Allen and rapper Dizzee Rascal have each scored two nominations for the 55th Ivor Novello Awards . The award for British songwriters and composers take place at London's Grosvenor House on May 20. Allen and co-writer Greg Ku ...

  9. BMG Rights Management Enters U.S.

    December 14, 2009 12:00 AM EST Germany's BMG Rights Management has started a U.S. operation with the opening of offices in New York, Los Angeles and Nashville. Laurent Hubert has been appointed COO, North America. He will work from the company's New York office. Huber ...

  10. Business Matters: EMI, WMG, Radiohead, Guvera, Gibson

    November 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- With the news that Citi has refused to restructure EMI 's debt to the liking of Terra Firma comes a new round of merger speculation. Pali ...

  11. The Billboard Q&A: UMPG Chairman/CEO David Renzer

    November 16, 2009 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Publishing Group chairman/CEO David Renzer oversees a company with revenue nearing the $1 billion mark and a global presence that spans 53 offices and 56 countries. Since Renzer joined the company in 1996 when it was known as MCA M ...

  12. Bertelsmann's Architect Reinhard Mohn Dies

    October 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Reinhard Mohn, the former chief executive of BMG parent company Bertelsmann, has died, aged 88. Mohn, who died on Saturday (Oct. 3) in Gütersloh, was the great-great-grandson of the German media group's founder Carl Bertelsmann. Although he r ...

  13. Robbie Williams Launches Publishing Company

    September 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. pop artist Robbie Williams has launched a music publishing company, Farrell Music, as the new home for all of his music publishing rights. Williams' new and future material will now go through Farrell Music, including songs from his fort ...

  14. UMPG Staffer Ryan Cain Dies

    May 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Ryan Cain, a senior mechanical licensing coordinator for Universal Music Publishing Group, died of complications from having an enlarged heart on April 30 in West Hollywood, Calif. He was 30. Cain was born on August 25, 1978 in Ridgewood, N.J., an ...

  15. LN, TM Merger: European Regulatory Challenges Ahead

    February 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST Live Nation/Ticketmaster declined to comment on its specific merger approval strategy for Europe, but the deal is likely to require clearance by the European Commission. Both companies are operational in multiple European Union member states and a ...

  16. Universal Music Publishing Signs Costello

    November 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) has signed an exclusive, worldwide agreement with Elvis Costello. The long-term deal means UMPG will administer his entire back catalog of 27 albums as well as his future recordings. Universal inherited Cost ...

  17. Calderone Named Admin VP At Ole

    October 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Gary Calderone has joined the Canadian-based music publishing firm ole as VP of administration. Calderone will be responsible for ole's global royalty collection and administration activities, with the company's administration group repo ...

  18. Scott Francis Named Warner/Chappell President

    July 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Scott Francis has been appointed to the newly created position of president of Warner/Chappell Music and chairman and CEO of Warner/Chappell Music U.S. He will report to Warner/Chappell Music chairman and CEO David H. Johnson and will be based in ...

  19. Primary Wave Opens West Coast Office

    June 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Primary Wave Music Publishing has opened the doors on its West Coast office, which is headed by music industry veteran Michelle Belcher, who joined the company in January. Previously, Belcher worked in film and TV at BMG Music Publishing, along wi ...

  20. Bertelsmann Execs Undecided On Sony BMG Fate

    March 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT "There are no specific plans to sell our share in Sony BMG." That was the response given by Bertelsmann CFO Thomas Rabe who, together with his colleague Hartmuth Ostrowski, the German media giant's CEO, spoke with Billboard.biz toda ...

  21. ABP, CP Masters Win Universal Catalogs

    February 20, 2008 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Publishing Group's sale of assets to gain European Commission approval for its acquisition of BMG Music Publishing is complete. Dutch fund ABP, the world's third largest pension fund, and European indie music publisher CP ...

  22. Warner/Chappell Names Roberts Senior VP

    February 13, 2008 12:00 AM EST Warner/Chappell Music named Brian Roberts senior VP/CFO. Based in New York, Roberts will report to the company’s CEO Dave Johnson. For the past five years Roberts served as senior VP of finance and administration of North and South America at BMG ...

  23. Chrysalis Bid Deadline Concludes With A Buzz

    February 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST Chrysalis Group is generating interest from both music publishers and the media as the music publisher's bid-deadline wraps on Tuesday. Today's bid-deadline closure passed with a buzz in the British press, as speculation mounts on who wi ...

  24. Upbeat Levy Says CD Format Will Play On

    January 26, 2008 12:00 AM EST Jean-Bernard Levy, CEO of Universal Music Group parent company Vivendi, the French media giant, today gave a candid, and hugely optimistic, view of the entertainment sector's future during a keynote Q&A at the MidemNet conference in Canne ...

  25. Sony/ATV Wraps Up Famous

    January 09, 2008 12:00 AM EST Sony/ATV Music Publishing has acquired international administration rights to the Famous Music catalog from Universal Music Group, wrapping up full international control of the copyrights it acquired from Viacom last year. Shortly after Marty Band ...

  26. Karaoke Device Required Synch License

    January 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST A federal Court of Appeals in California yesterday handed a big win to music publishers and a big loss to karaoke companies. The court held that a compulsory mechanical license does not include the right to print or display song lyrics in real tim ...

  27. U.K./Continental A&R Role For Sony/ATV's Ramage

    December 18, 2007 12:00 AM EST Ian Ramage has been appointed to the new post as head of A&R for Sony/ATV Music Publishing's operations in the U.K. and Continental Europe, with effect from Jan. 7, 2008. Based in the music publisher's new central London premises in ...

  28. Kling Named Peermusic VP Of A&R

    December 06, 2007 12:00 AM EST Peermusic has appointed Sam Kling as VP of A&R. He will be based in Los Angeles. Kling was VP of BMG Music Publishing's film and TV division. Before holding that post, he was VP of film and TV for FirstCom, a production music library acqu ...

  29. Ricall Hires Razzano To Lead U.S. Plans

    November 28, 2007 12:00 AM EST Ricall is expanding into the United States. The online music marketplace has appointed Ed Razzano to lead the new stateside operations as VP of business development. Razzano, until recently senior director of film and TV licensing for BMG Music Pu ...

  30. Donegan Appointed Senior IT VP For UMPG

    November 06, 2007 12:00 AM EST Mike Donegan has been appointed senior VP of global IT for Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG). Donegan reports directly to Michael Sammis, executive VP of operations/CFO worldwide for UMPG, and is based in London. Formerly, Donegan served as ...

  31. Impala Calls EC To Check UMG's 'Creeping Dominance'

    October 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Impala is calling on European regulators to scrutinize Universal Music Group's "creeping dominance" in the light of the music giant's buying spree. The European independent music companies' trade group is also asking Bruss ...

  32. NMPA Board Adds Primont

    September 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The National Music Publishers' Assn. yesterday filled vacant seats on its 18-member board, appointing Cherry Lane Music Group CEO Peter Primont and re-appointing indie publisher Evan Medow, Billboard.biz has learned. Primont fills the spot le ...

  33. UMPG Names European Exec Team

    September 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Publishing Group has appointed a new-look senior executive team to spearhead its European operations after the firm's integration with BMG Music Publishing. In the new set-up, unveiled today, each appointee reports to Paul Con ...

  34. Pubs, Bertie Reach $130M Settlement Over Napster

    August 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Music publishing affiliates of the Harry Fox Agency have settled their lawsuit against Bertelsmann AG over the media conglomerate's early investment in the original peer-to-peer service Napster. Billboard.biz has learned that Bertelsmann agre ...

  35. UMPG Integrates BMG Publishing Execs

    August 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Publishing Group's integration of BMG Music Publishing, purchased last September, with Universal Music Publishing continues. The company has revealed some key staff appointments as well as a few departures. "UMPG already ...

  36. Brodsky Heads Sony/ATV Legal Affairs

    August 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Peter Brodsky is now Sony/ATV Music Publishing's executive VP of business and legal affairs, Billboard.biz has learned. The former head of BMG Music Publishing business and legal affairs is expected to take an aggressive role in Sony/ATV' ...

  37. UMG Seals Sanctuary Buyout Deal

    August 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group will take London-based Sanctuary Group plc into private hands after today winning shareholder approval for a buyout. In a statement issued just before the close of trading on the London Stock Exchange, UMG confirmed it had re ...

  38. Vivendi Reports H1 Sales Rise, UMG Declines

    July 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Vivendi has reported a strong first half, with sales up 6.4% to €9.610 billion ($13.14 billion). But business was not quite as rosy at the French media conglomerate's Universal Music Group, where revenues were €2.095 billion ($2.86 billion), ...

  39. UMPG Reveals Worldwide Appointments

    July 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT In the wake of its acquisition of BMG Music Publishing, Universal Music Publishing Group has revealed a series of appointments to its integrated operations division. The new appointees previously held positions at Universal Music Publishing Group ...

  40. UMPG Names Latin Region Execs

    July 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Following its acquisition of BMG Music Publishing, Universal Music Publishing Group has appointed senior executives for its integrated Latin music operation. The new appointments are: Marcelo C. Falcão, managing director of Brazil; Yadira Moreno, ...

  41. Higdon To Lead Combined UMPG Nashville Division

    June 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Publishing Group Nashville executive VP/GM Pat Higdon will lead the newly combined Nashville division, which results from the acquisition of BMG Music Publishing by UMPG. Higdon will continue to be based in Nashville and report to ...

  42. Publishers Elect NMPA Board

    June 07, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Publisher members of the National Music Publishers' Assn. elected their 18-member board of directors yesterday at the trade group's annual meeting in New York. The only new addition to the board is Bug Music CEO John Rudolph. The other b ...

  43. Universal Names Senior Publishing Execs

    June 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT As part of the integration of Universal Music Publishing Group and BMG Music Publishing, David Renzer, UMPG chairman/CEO, has named his new senior executive team. "Collectively, these executives will form part of the new team that will provid ...

  44. EU OKs Universal's Buy Of BMG Pub

    May 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group was cleared Tuesday to take over BMG Music Publishing when the European Commission gave the green light after a five-month investigation into the €1.63 billion ($2.05 billion) music publishing merger. The Commission -- the Eu ...

  45. Primary Wave Increases Stake In Hall & Oates Songs

    May 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Primary Wave Music Publishing has sealed a deal acquiring the copyright interests of Sara and Janna Allen, the sisters who co-wrote many hit songs with Hall & Oates, Billboard.biz has learned. Among the catalog of roughly 70 songs co-written b ...

  46. Fliptrack Adds 225,000 Tracks Via APM Deal

    May 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT APM Music, a production music library joint venture between EMI Music Publishing and BMG Music Publishing, has licensed its catalog to photo and video mashup service Fliptrack. The deal adds about 225,000 tracks to the service -- which allows user ...

  47. Bertelsmann Takes Hit From Napster Lawsuits

    May 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Bertelsmann posted a first-quarter net loss as the German media giant felt the fallout over its support of the former Napster P2P service. The Guetersloh-based firm lost €117 million ($159 million) in first period, vs a profit of €60 million ($80 ...

  48. Fanning Leads APRA Nominations

    May 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Powderfinger's singer Bernard Fanning notched up five mentions when nominations for the 25th Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) awards were announced at Sydney's Civic Hotel. Fanning, who is signed to BMG Music Publishing, ...

  49. NMPA Board Shifts Seats

    April 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT With changes at the helm of three major publishers over the last four months, membership on the board of the National Music Publishers' Assn. (NMPA) is also shifting. NMPA board members have voted to fill three vacant seats. Marty Bandier, So ...

  50. Indie911 Partners With APM Music

    April 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Online social network Indie911.com has partnered with APM Music, a joint venture between EMI Music Publishing and BMG Music Publishing, to provide access to independent and unsigned content for television, films and video game companies. Any reven ...

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