Bertelsmann Music Group

  1. Report: EU Regulators OK Universal, BMG Pub Deal

    April 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT How close is Universal Music Group to winning regulatory approval to buy BMG Music Publishing? Just weeks away, apparently. According to a report published by Bloomberg, the European Union anti-trust team scrutinizing the giant music publishing ha ...

  2. Famous Bidders Make Their Move

    April 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Letters of intent to bid on Famous Music Publishing were due yesterday to financial services firm UBS, which is managing the sale for Famous parent company Viacom. Viacom first publicly hinted at its intent to sell the publishing unit in February ...

  3. Legal Vet George Joins Edge Group

    April 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Alasdair George, the former senior VP of legal and business affairs at Sony BMG U.K., has joined London-based advisory and investment firm Edge Group, with effect from April 16. Based in London, he will report to Edge Group founder David Glick. Du ...

  4. Sony BMG To Boost Mobile Music In China

    April 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Sony BMG Music Entertainment will further ramp its distribution of mobile music content in China via a new licensing agreement with Global Music International. Bethel, Conn.-based Global Music International is a supplier of music content to China ...

  5. Owett Named Exec VP At Sony BMG

    April 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Adam Owett has been named executive VP of Sony BMG Music Entertainment's Creative Group. Owett reports to John Ingrassia, president of Sony BMG Music Entertainment's Commercial Music Group. He is based in New York. Owett joined the compa ...

  6. Morelli Named President Of Red

    April 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Bob Morelli has been promoted to president of RED Distribution. Morelli reports to Tim Bowen, COO of Sony BMG Music Entertainment, and is based in New York. Most recently, Morelli served as executive VP/GM of Red Distribution, since 2005. Prior to ...

  7. Ricall Picks Up Sony BMG Catalog

    April 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT London-based online music-licensing firm Ricall has clinched a major deal with Sony BMG Music Entertainment which it says will add more than 1 million tracks from the major’s catalog to its music library. The agreement will see recordings by Elvis ...

  8. Berlin Calling Cherry Lane Home

    March 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Publishing veteran Michelle Berlin joins Cherry Lane Music Publishing as the company expands into the Nashville music community. Berlin, who will serve as creative director, reports to Richard Stumpf, senior VP of creative services and marketing f ...

  9. Youngbloods Lawyer: Recent Complaint Procedural

    March 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Youngbloods complaint filed March 23 against Sony BMG Music Entertainment was a procedural matter, says the band members' lawyer, Brian Caplan with Labaton Sucharow in New York. In April 2006, members of Cheap Trick and the Allman Brother ...

  10. Sony BMG U.K. Launches Online A&R, Blog Service

    March 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Sony BMG U.K. is getting closer to the unsigned artist community through a new interactive Web initiative. The music major is encouraging musicians to become members of its RCA or Columbia labels' A&R "virtual neighbourhood," wh ...

  11. UPDATED: Youngbloods Joins Sony BMG Suit

    March 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT A suit was filed on March 23, by the Youngbloods — the 1960s rock band that included Jesse Colin Young — as part of the Cheap Trick/Allman Brothers class action suit against Sony BMG over ringtones and downloads. Since the band already sued Sony B ...

  12. Sony BMG U.K. Re-launches Epic

    March 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Epic Label is getting a new lease on life in Britain. With immediate effect, Sony BMG Entertainment U.K. and Ireland has re-launched the label, which will sit alongside the major's current frontline music companies, RCA and Columbia Label ...

  13. EC Stops Sony BMG Probe, Awaits Data

    March 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission said today it has halted its antitrust investigation into the merger of Sony and Bertelsmann's recorded music divisions as it awaits key data from the two music giants on the European music market. In a press statement ...

  14. Latin Executive Shuffle

    March 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Luana Pagani, Sony BMG's longtime senior VP of marketing for Latin America announced plans to leave her post to launch her own consultancy firm. Pagani, the most senior ranking woman in a major Latin label was also, for many years, Sony BMG L ...

  15. NARM Awards Nominees Revealed

    March 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The National Assn. of Recording Merchandisers nominees for its merchandisers of the year awards, includes 14 first-time selections, according to NARM president Jim Donio. The winners will be unveiled on the last night of the NARM annual convention ...

  16. Sources: BMG May Spin-Off Zomba Pub, 19 Songs

    March 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT In a move to assuage the European Commission's merger concerns, a raft of assets could be offloaded as part of Universal Music's acquisition of Bertelsmann's BMG Music Publishing, industry sources have revealed. BMG Music Publishing ...

  17. Sony BMG Nashville Names Banks VP

    March 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Sony BMG Nashville senior director of finance Tom Banks rises to VP of the department. He reports to Paul Barnabee, senior VP, finance and operations. "Our chairman Joe Galante has said that we've made finance user-friendly, and that was ...

  18. Silbermond Leads Germany's Echo Nominations

    March 06, 2007 12:00 AM EST With four nominations, rock band Silbermond is the frontrunner heading into Germany's 16th annual Echo Awards, to be held March 25. The act is up for group rock/pop national, and is nominated for hit of the year with "Das Beste" (Co ...

  19. BMG Pub, Taxim Enter Joint Venture For Turkey

    March 02, 2007 12:00 AM EST BMG Music Publishing and Taxim Edition, Turkey's largest music publisher, have inked a joint deal that will provide global support for Taxim songwriters. Under the new agreement, BMG will represent Taxim's roster of local artists outside ...

  20. BMG Pub, Taxim Enter Joint Venture For Turkey

    March 02, 2007 12:00 AM EST BMG Music Publishing and Taxim Edition, Turkey's largest music publisher, have inked a joint deal that will provide global support for Taxim songwriters. Under the new agreement, BMG will represent Taxim's roster of local artists outside ...

  21. Impala Reaffirms Opposition To Sony BMG Merger

    March 02, 2007 12:00 AM EST A day after the European Commission announced its in-depth probe into Sony's 2004 recorded music merger with BMG, independents trade group Impala has confirmed its vehement opposition to the deal. At a board meeting in Brussels Friday, Impala ...

  22. EC Confirm Sony BMG Investigation

    March 01, 2007 12:00 AM EST The European Commission formally revealed Thursday (March 1) a four-month indepth investigation into the 2004 merger between Sony and Bertelsmann's music units, as revealed yesterday on Billboard.biz . The Commission, the European Union' ...

  23. Sony BMG Asia Names Senior Digital VP

    February 28, 2007 12:00 AM EST Ruuben van den Heuvel has been promoted to senior VP of digital & new business development for Sony BMG Asia. Mr. van den Heuvel will continue to be based in Hong Kong and report to Kelvin Wadsworth, executive VP and COO of Asia Region for Son ...

  24. Bandier Lands Atop Sony/ATV

    February 26, 2007 12:00 AM EST Marty Bandier will be running Sony/ATV Music Publishing after he exits EMI Music Publishing, the company he helped build over the last 18 years into the world's largest publisher. According to sources close to the situation, Bandier will beco ...

  25. Schnur Joins CMA Board

    February 23, 2007 12:00 AM EST Veteran music executive Steve Schnur has been named to the Country Music Association board of directors. Schnur, who began his career at MTV and has held executive positions at Warner Music Group, EMI and BMG, currently serves as worldwide executi ...

  26. The Youngbloods, Allman Brothers Band Sue Sony BMG

    February 23, 2007 12:00 AM EST The Youngbloods and the Allman Brothers Band have filed a class action suit against Sony BMG Music over the amount of royalties paid to BMG artists for digital downloads. The suit mirrors the one filed by the Allman Brothers and Cheap Trick last y ...

  27. Sony BMG Canada Cuts Staff

    February 20, 2007 12:00 AM EST The Toronto headquarters of Sony BMG Music Canada closed Monday (Feb. 19) as an estimated 15 employees were dismissed. According to sources, staffers were notified late last week that the head office would be closed and that all positions were und ...

  28. WMG-IMPALA Strike Pre-Merger Deal

    February 20, 2007 12:00 AM EST Warner Music Group struck a deal with European indie group IMPALA to overcome any objections the group may have to a WMG acquisition of EMI. Last year, IMPALA successfully challenged the European Commission's approval of the Sony and BMG Musi ...

  29. Interscope Geffen A&M Shifting To Octone

    February 20, 2007 12:00 AM EST Formerly affiliated with Sony BMG, New York-based Octone Records is shifting to the Universal Music Group and will be re-branded A&M/Octone. Octone is home to such acts as Maroon 5 and Flyleaf. Octone was formed in 2000 by J Records/RCA Music ...

  30. Famous On The Block?

    February 09, 2007 12:00 AM EST As thousands of industry members are flocking to Los Angeles this week for the Grammy Awards, Viacom lit a spark in the music publishing community. The global entertainment company announced that it "has decided to explore strategic alternati ...

  31. Sony Vet Campet Dies

    February 08, 2007 12:00 AM EST Sony Music stalwart Jacques Campet has passed away following a battle with a cancer-related illness. He was 64. Campet died at the Maison Medicale Jeanne Garnier on Jan. 31, according to friends close to the industry executive. An academic who had ...

  32. Sony BMG No. 1 In Spain

    February 02, 2007 12:00 AM EST Sony BMG Spain held on to its physical music market lead in 2006, despite a strong challenge from Universal Music Spain, according to figures released Friday (Feb. 2) by labels' body Promusicae. Sony BMG claimed a 27.53% share of the market - ...

  33. Impala Reacts To EC's Sony BMG Probe

    February 02, 2007 12:00 AM EST Impala has welcomed the European Commission's re-examination of Sony Corp and Bertelsmann's music merger as an opportunity to resolve the issue once and for all. The European independent labels trade association, by way of a statement is ...

  34. Orthmayr Appointed Sony BMG Switzerland MD

    January 29, 2007 12:00 AM EST Wolfgang Orthmayr will be the new managing director of Sony BMG Switzerland, with effect from March 1. He is to succeed Annelies Hophan, who will step out of the business after more than 30 years' service, which included stints with CBS, Sony ...

  35. Indies Dominate MIDEM Day Three

    January 23, 2007 12:00 AM EST The A&R and independent music communities took center stage for the Midem panel program today (Jan. 23), as the 41st annual event entered its third day. Speaking on an afternoon Q&A panel discussion on the short and medium term plans for t ...

  36. BMG Pub Enters Indian Biz

    January 23, 2007 12:00 AM EST BMG Music Publishing has formed a joint venture with New Delhi-based Deep Emotions Publishing, a publisher that has licensed BMG's catalog for several years. Under the deal, the two publishers will jointly sign local lyricists and composers t ...

  37. Sony BMG Canada, Japan Name New Execs

    January 12, 2007 12:00 AM EST Sony BMG has named new toppers for its Canadian operation Sony BMG Music Canada, as well as it Japanese affiliate, BMG Japan. Shane Carter and Neil Foster have been named co-presidents of Sony BMG Music Canada Inc. Both executives report to Sony B ...

  38. EC Delays Deadline On Universal's BMG Pub Bid

    January 11, 2007 12:00 AM EST The European Commission has put back by five weeks its deadline for ruling on Universal Music's €1.63 billion ($2.05 billion) bid to buy Bertelsmann's BMG Music Publishing. The delay --- pushing the decision to June 1 -- came after Viven ...

  39. Sony BMG Merges Sales Divisions, Hesse Named President

    January 10, 2007 12:00 AM EST Sony BMG Music Entertainment Sales is merging its digital and physical distribution business into one operation, reporting to Thomas Hesse, who has been named president of the newly created Global Digital Business & U.S. Sales. As part of that ...

  40. Universal Germany Enters X-Cell JV

    January 10, 2007 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Germany in Berlin has agreed to enter into a 50:50 joint venture with leading independent label X-Cell, ending a tug-of-war among majors in recent months. Universal came to the table with the best price, insiders say, after Sony BM ...

  41. Sony BMG To Be Sued For Racial Discrimination

    January 08, 2007 12:00 AM EST A former BMG marketing rep is expected to file a racial discrimination lawsuit against Sony BMG Music this week in a New York federal court for wrongfully terminating her after the 2004 merger of Sony and BMG. The suit follows the U.S. Equal Emplo ...

  42. Rosen Upped To Exec VP At Sony BMG

    January 04, 2007 12:00 AM EST J.J. Rosen has been named executive VP of Sony BMG Music Entertainment's Commercial Music Group (CMG). Rosen reports to John Ingrassia, president of CMG, and is based in New York. In his new role Rosen will directly oversee Sony BMG's co ...

  43. Sony BMG Names Mirabella Senior Digital Sales VP/GM

    January 04, 2007 12:00 AM EST Adam Mirabella has been named senior VP and GM of U.S. digital sales for Sony BMG Music Entertainment. Mirabella reports to Thomas Hesse, president of global digital business, and is based in New York. He succeeds J.J. Rosen who was recently named ...

  44. Aus Competition Commission OKs Universal-BMG Pub Merger

    December 22, 2006 12:00 AM EST The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has given the green light to Universal Music Group's proposed acquisition of BMG Music Publishing Group. In a statement published Thursday (Dec. 21) on its Web site , the ACCC said that the t ...

  45. EC To Probe Universal Takeover Of BMG

    December 08, 2006 12:00 AM EST The European Commission confirmed Friday (Dec. 8) that it will open an in-depth investigation into Universal Music Group's planned takeover of BMG Music Publishing. "The Commission's initial market investigation indicates that the p ...

  46. Sony Urban Music Restructures

    December 07, 2006 12:00 AM EST In a move that has long been anticipated, Sony Music Label Group revealed today (Dec. 7) that it is restructuring its urban music division, and creating a new role for the unit's top executive, Lisa Ellis. Sony Urban Music, previously a 70-pe ...

  47. Parks Splits EMI For Qtrax

    December 04, 2006 12:00 AM EST Ken Parks, EMI's digital business development executive, is exiting the company to head operations at ad-supported music service Qtrax. Parks will serve as COO of Qtrax parent company Brilliant Technologies Corp. Parks is based in New York an ...

  48. EC To Probe UMG's BMG Publishing Buy

    November 29, 2006 12:00 AM EST The European Commission will open an in-depth investigation into Universal Music Group's planned takeover of BMG Music Publishing, inside sources confirmed to Billboard.biz today (Nov. 29). The four-month, second stage review of the acquisiti ...

  49. Sony BMG, Pandora Strike U.K. License

    November 29, 2006 12:00 AM EST Sony BMG Music Entertainment U.K. & Ireland has licensed its works to Pandora Media ahead of the U.K. launch of the California-based company's free Internet radio service, due to go live in spring 2007. The music major said today (Nov. 29 ...

  50. EC To Probe UMG's BMG Publishing Buy

    November 29, 2006 12:00 AM EST The European Commission will open an in-depth investigation into Universal Music Group's planned takeover of BMG Music Publishing, inside sources confirmed to Billboard.biz today (Nov. 29). The European Commission will open an in-depth invest ...

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