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  1. Elderton Elected MPA Chair

    June 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT An animated debate on the future of music publishing formed the backdrop for this year's annual general meeting of the U.K.'s Music Publishers Association. The meeting, held Tuesday in central London, kicked off with elections for positi ...

  2. Storm Kicks Up Over FIFA, Sony Soccer Partnership

    June 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sony Corporation's partnership with soccer's world governing body FIFA is causing a stir in South Africa ahead of the nation's hosting of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The Creative Workers Union of South Africa (Cwusa) is taking issue, c ...

  3. Smellie Moots Aussie Music Day

    June 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Australian music industry suffers from "an appalling lack of leadership" and needs to work with government and the business sector to revive its fortunes, according to Aussie veteran record label executive Michael Smellie. Smellie� ...

  4. Report: Bertelsmann Wants $1.5bn for Sony BMG Stake

    June 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Bertelsmann is valuing its stake in Sony BMG at $1.2 billion to $1.5 billion as the German media group escalates its efforts to pull out of the record music joint venture with Sony Corp, the Financial Times reported on Thursday. According to the r ...

  5. 360 Deals, Collection Royalties Debated At Music Matters

    June 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The opening two days of the Music Matters conference has thrown up its share of topical discussions, with 360 deals and the systems for royalty collections coming under the microscope. On a June 4 panel discussion on 360 deals, Walt Disney Records ...

  6. Steinkamp Leaves Sony BMG

    June 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Maarten Steinkamp, president of Continental Europe for Sony BMG, is leaving the company, Billboard.biz can confirm. Although representatives for Sony BMG would not response to calls from Billboard, insiders confirmed speculation which has been cir ...

  7. Serobe Takes Reins Of South Africa's Gallo

    June 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Lazarus Serobe has been appointed managing director of the Gallo Music Group, with effect from today. Serobe succeeds current Gallo Music Group MD Ivor Haarburger, who is due to retire at the end of July. This is not Serobe's first high-profi ...

  8. Bertelsmann Wants Out Of Sony BMG JV, Reports Claim

    June 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The fate of the Sony BMG joint venture is on the cards, again. According to a report published today in the New York Times , German media group Bertelsmann is planning to intensify talks on pulling out of its recorded music JV with Japan's So ...

  9. Legendary Italian Publisher Ricordi Leaves The Building

    May 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A long chapter in Italian musical history has drawn to a close with the news that the famous Ricordi publishing company has left its offices in Via Berchet, in the heart of Milan, after 200 years. The publishing company was part of BMG Ricordi Pub ...

  10. Sony BMG Promotes Swidler

    May 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sony BMG Music Entertainment has promoted Julie Swidler to executive VP, business affairs and general counsel. Swidler, previously executive VP of business and legal affairs for the BMG U.S. Label Group and the RCA Music Group, has a newly combine ...

  11. Sony BMG U.K. Names Curran COO

    April 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Music publishing veteran Paul Curran has been appointed COO of Sony BMG Music Entertainment U.K. and Ireland, with effect from May 1. In his new role, Curran will report to the music major's U.K. chairman and CEO Ged Doherty. Until now, Curra ...

  12. Unterholzner Out At Sony BMG Austria

    April 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Horst Unterholzner, who has served as managing director of Sony BMG Austria for more than five years, will exit the company May 1. Stefan Klimek will take the helm of the Vienna-based affiliate. Klimek joined Sony Music in 2002 from Universal Musi ...

  13. Sony BMG, Hilfiger Tune In To Tommy TV

    April 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Tommy Hilfiger is attempting to parlay its expertise at detecting fashion trends into picking hot, new music artists. Through a partnership with Sony BMG, the U.S. designer clothing firm today launched a Web portal, TommyTV , which it says will ex ...

  14. DJ Don Diablo Spins 306-Degree Sony BMG Deal

    April 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Dutch DJ/producer Don Diablo has struck an integrated deal with Sony BMG Entertainment Benelux which sees the music major take on responsibilities for all the artist's activities, including international recording, merchandise, sponsoring, mo ...

  15. Weiss Joins Sonnenschein Nath

    March 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Attorney Lisa Weiss has joined Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal as a partner in the firm's corporate practice group. Weiss was most recently with Morrison & Foerster. She was previously general counsel of Sony Music Entertainment, where ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. Universal Music U.K. Picks Arvato For Distribution

    March 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music U.K. is outsourcing its distribution operation to Bertelsmann's Arvato U.K., a sister company of Sony BMG, with effect from the end of April. According to UMG, all relevant staff are expected to transfer to Arvato U.K.'s ...

  18. Bertelsmann Shopping Sony BMG Stake, Reports Claim

    March 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST Bertelsmann has declined to comment on reports which claim the media giant is sounding out buyers for its stake in the Sony BMG joint venture. The German firm's chief financial officer Thomas Rabe has met with at least two private equity comp ...

  19. Dept. of Justice Questions Sony BMG, UMG

    February 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST The U.S. Department of Justice has requested information from Sony BMG and Universal Music Group about their talks to launch an online music subscription service, said a record company executive on Thursday. The person, who wished to remain unname ...

  20. Bird Appointed Ricordi London GM

    February 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST Ricordi London, a unit of Universal Music Publishing Classical, has named Jonathon Bird GM. Bird has extensive experience with Universal Music Group International, serving at Decca Music Group as licensing manager and then at Universal Music Class ...

  21. Sundin Joins Universal, Sources Say

    February 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST Veteran Sony BMG Nordic executive Per Sundin has changed camp, well informed sources tell Billboard.biz. Sundin is joining Universal Music as managing director of its Swedish company. Sources say Sundin will report in his new role to Vico Antippas ...

  22. Tuer Rises As Sony BMG U.K. Revamps Sales Activities

    February 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST Sony BMG U.K. and Ireland has a new commercial sales division. Nicola Tuer, senior VP sales, has been elevated to head the new group as senior VP commercial sales group, with immediate effect. The new London-based unit, which brings together the p ...

  23. Sony BMG Global Digital & U.S. Sales Cuts

    January 30, 2008 12:00 AM EST Sony BMG Global Digital & U.S. Sales has eliminated about 25 jobs on the physical distribution side of the business, sources say. In addition to about 8 staffers in the finance department, the retail coordinators staff was cut in half. Sony BM ...

  24. Sony BMG Norte Cuts Staff

    January 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST Following lay-offs at Sony BMG's Mexican office earlier this month, the label has also eliminated several positions in its U.S. Latin operations, Billboard.biz has learned. Sources confirm that approximately 15 people from various departments ...

  25. Yahoo Eyeing Online Music Service

    January 24, 2008 12:00 AM EST Yahoo Inc., is in early discussions with major record labels over offering unprotected MP3s either for sale or for free as part of an ad-supported service, two record company executives familiar with the talks said Wednesday. The talks, held as re ...

  26. MBO at U.K. Distributor Pinnacle

    January 21, 2008 12:00 AM EST Senior management at leading U.K. independent distributor/exporter Windsong/Pinnacle has completed a buyout from its parent company Arvato Services, a subsidiary of German media giant Bertelsmann. The management buyout (MBO) of the company -- base ...

  27. Germany's BPW Promotes Drucke

    January 16, 2008 12:00 AM EST German labels body BPW in Berlin has appointed Dr. Florian Drucke as the new head of legal and politics with immediate effect. Drucke was previously legal adviser of the association after joining in 2006. He succeeds Nora Braun who has moved to Be ...

  28. Industry Vet Katz Departs Sony BMG Sales Unit

    January 15, 2008 12:00 AM EST Veteran music sales executive Jordan Katz has exited Sony BMG Sales Enterprise, the distribution arm of Sony BMG. Katz had been president there since September 2004. Well regarded by accounts and by rival sales executives, Katz was previously seni ...

  29. Sony BMG Blasts Lennox 'Dropped' Reports

    January 15, 2008 12:00 AM EST Sony BMG today hit out at "ludicrous" press reports stating the company had dropped Annie Lennox after a 25-year association. British tabloid newspaper the Daily Mirror had quoted the singer as saying Sony BMG had recently ignored her ca ...

  30. Thielen Upped At Bertelsmann

    January 11, 2008 12:00 AM EST Gunter Thielen has been confirmed as the new chairman of the Supervisory Board of media conglomerate Bertelsmann AG. The former Bertelsmann AG chairman and CEO has sat on the supervisory body since Jan. 1 and has now been elected its new chairman ...

  31. 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 ...

  32. Mohn Joins Bertelsmann Supervisory Board

    December 17, 2007 12:00 AM EST Brigitte Mohn has been elected to the supervisory board of Bertelsmann, joint partner in the Sony BMG group, with effect from Jan. 1, 2008. Mohn, who was appointed last week during an extraordinary general meeting of the German media giant, repres ...

  33. Sony BMG Oz Buys Caplice Stake

    December 14, 2007 12:00 AM EST Sony BMG Music Entertainment Australia has become the first major label Down Under to invest in artist management and touring. The firm has taken a 50% share in Sydney-based Caplice Management and is negotiating with a second artist management fir ...

  34. Daldorph Elected IFPI Denmark Chairman

    December 13, 2007 12:00 AM EST Henrik Daldorph, GM of Sony BMG Denmark, has been elected chairman of IFPI Denmark during an extraordinary general meeting, held this week. Daldorph, 44, will replace former Universal Music Denmark GM Jens-Otto Paludan, who stepped-down from the t ...

  35. Sony BMG Merger Ruling Scrutinized In EU Court 'Opinion'

    December 13, 2007 12:00 AM EST A leading EU judge today said its lower court was correct to annul the 2004 clearance of the merger of the recorded music units of Sony Corp and German media company Bertelsmann AG. Juliane Kokott, the advocate general of the European Court of Jus ...

  36. Global Bertelsmann Execs Gather For Berlin Summit

    December 10, 2007 12:00 AM EST The possible sale of Bertelsmann Direct North America, and a revamped music publishing house for Sony BMG are just some of the likely topics on the agenda at the upcoming world meeting of the Bertelsmann media group. The summit in Berlin on Wednes ...

  37. Sony BMG Extends Deal With Yahoo

    November 20, 2007 12:00 AM EST Sony BMG Music Entertainment has inked a licensing deal with Yahoo Inc. that clears the way for people to upload files with music or video content by the record company's artists to Yahoo, the companies said Tuesday. Financial terms of the de ...

  38. Europe's Court Of Justice Hears Sony BMG Case

    November 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST The European Court of Justice has heard Sony and Bertelsmann's appeal against a ruling last year to annul the original 2004 Sony BMG merger. Representatives from Bertelsmann, Sony Corp and Europe's independent music community met yesterd ...

  39. European MP Questions Sony BMG Merger

    October 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT A member of the European Parliament has effectively challenged the European Commission's second approval of the Sony BMG merger. In a written question on Tuesday, French socialist Guy Bono, member of the EP's Culture Committee and curren ...

  40. BDMI Invests In RoyaltyShare

    October 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments (BDMI) is the latest strategic investor in RoyaltyShare, which provides royalty processing solutions and other Web-based services supporting the distribution and sale of digital music. BDMI invested $3 million ...

  41. 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 ...

  42. Schwenzer Joins EMI Europe

    September 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Oliver Schwenzer has been recruited to EMI Music Publishing Continental Europe in the new position of senior VP legal and business affairs, with effect from Sept. 17. Schwenzer currently serves as head of legal and business affairs for Arvato mobi ...

  43. Sony BMG Commercial Music Group Names Business VP

    September 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Malti Raisinghani has been named VP of business operations and special projects for Sony BMG Music Entertainment's Commercial Music Group. Raisinghani is based in New York and reports to John Ingrassia, president of the Commercial Music Group ...

  44. Carro Rises At Bertelsmann's Direct Group

    September 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Bertelsmann has appointed Fernando Carro as CEO of its Direct Group as part of a reorganization of the division, which comprises book clubs, music clubs and e-commerce. Carro, who has held executive positions at Direct Group -- including MD at the ...

  45. 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 ...

  46. Sony BMG Germany Buys MTS, Bucardo Stakes

    August 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Sony BMG Germany is entering into the artist management and live entertainment business. The music major has bought majority stakes in Münster-based management firm MTS and comedy booking agency Bucardo, whose business accounts for combined sales ...

  47. Wenzel Rises, Masuch Out At Universal Pub Germany

    August 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Markus Wenzel has been appointed managing director of Universal Music Publishing Group Germany, the new company formed after Universal acquired BMG Publishing. At the same time, Hartwig Masuch, managing director of BMG Music Publishing Germany sin ...

  48. Arvato Mobile, EMI Broaden European License Deal

    August 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Arvato mobile has extended its agreement with EMI Music to make available full track videos to pan-European arvato mobile customers for the first time. The deal means Arvato-powered services at operators, ISPS and media companies can download EMI ...

  49. Sony BMG Ups Willis

    August 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Sony BMG has promoted Colin Willis to senior VP of field sales. He will be based in Chicago, reporting to company president of U.S. sales Jordan Katz. With the promotion, Willis is now charged with management of Sony BMG's field sales staff a ...

  50. Warner/Chappell Quarterly Earnings Up

    August 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Although Warner Music Group yesterday reported a 2% drop in revenue in third-quarter earnings for fiscal year 2007 from the same quarter last year, numbers were generally up for its publishing division, Warner/Chappell Music. Warner/Chappell' ...

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