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  1. Sony BMG Sales VP Calabretta Dies

    July 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Paul Calabretta, a longtime sales executive who divided his career between Sony and BMG, died of cancer in Dix Hills, N.Y. on July 18. He was 47. Calabretta began his career at CBS in 1983 and stayed with the company through its Sony Music days be ...

  2. Zerbi To Succeed Cabrini At Sony BMG Italy

    July 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Sony BMG Italy is preparing to overhaul its top management. With effect from Jan. 1, 2008, president and managing director Franco Cabrini will leave the company. Cabrini became head of Sony Italy in 1991. He was appointed to head Sony BMG after th ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. Prescott Named CEO Of Australia's Albert Music

    June 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Industry veteran Tim Prescott has appointed chief executive officer of Sydney-based independent Albert Music. He takes over his newly-created role mid-July, overseeing the company's recording, publishing, studio and overseas operations. Alber ...

  5. Block Rises At Sony BMG's Commercial Music Group

    May 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Michael Block has been named executive VP of sales for Sony BMG Music Entertainment's Commercial Music Group. Block is based in New York and reports to John Ingrassia, president of the Commercial Music Group. Block rose through the Sony ranks ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. Sony BMG Not A Publisher Yet

    May 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Despite a Financial Times report that Sony BMG Music Entertainment wants to re-enter the music publishing biz, don't expect it to happen anytime soon. When Sony and BMG merged their recorded music divisions in 2004, Sony spun off its publishi ...

  9. Sony BMG’s Wadsworth Promoted To Asia Pres

    May 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Kelvin Wadsworth has been elevated to the position of president, Asian region, Sony BMG. The promotion means that the Hong Kong-based executive, whose previous title at Sony BMG was executive VP and COO, Asian region, adds China and Japan to the l ...

  10. Source: EU To Approve Universal/BMG Deal This Month

    May 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Vivendi's Universal Music will receive approval from the European Commission to buy Bertelsmann's BMG Music Publishing, a source familiar with the matter said on Thursday. The approval will come this month after Vivendi offered to sell s ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. Warner Music Settles With Bertelsmann On Napster

    April 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music Group, the world's fourth largest music company, and Bertelsmann AG, the German media conglomerate, said on Tuesday they have agreed to settle claims related to Bertelsmann's relationship with the original Napster in 2000 an ...

  13. 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 ...

  14. 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 ...

  15. 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 ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. Universal To Drop Rondor?

    March 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music has added Rondor Music U.K. to the list of names it is prepared to drop from its catalog in order to secure European Commission approval for its purchase of Bertelsmann's BMG Music Publishing, industry sources have confirmed. ...

  19. EMI, Bertelsmann Settle Napster Suit

    March 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT EMI Group Plc and Bertelsmann AG have reached a settlement on litigation stemming from the German media company's investment in music file-sharing software company Napster, the two companies today (March 26). They did not release details of t ...

  20. BMG Drags As Bertelsmann Posts Bumper Financials

    March 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT German media giant Bertelsmann achieved its "most successful" financial result in 2006, despite a considerable decline in revenue and profit from its recorded music business. During a press-conference today in Berlin, Bertelsmann chairma ...

  21. 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 ...

  22. Labels, Publishers Hit Setback In Bertelsmann, Napster Suit

    March 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Bertelsmann won a partial victory yesterday (March 14) in its ongoing battle with labels and publishers over the German company's financial contribution to the original Napster. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal held that Bertelsmann does not ...

  23. 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 ...

  24. 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' ...

  25. 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 ...

  26. 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 ...

  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. IMPALA To Meet With EC Commissioner

    February 20, 2007 12:00 AM EST IMPALA leaders plan to meet with the European Commissioner in charge of competition on Friday (Feb. 23), Billboard.biz has learned. They intend to discuss a proposed framework to resolve objections that the independent music trade group has -- or ...

  29. 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 ...

  30. 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 ...

  31. 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 ...

  32. 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 ...

  33. Sources: Ostrowski To Be Named New Bertelsmann CEO

    January 16, 2007 12:00 AM EST Media conglomerate Bertelsmann is set to name Hartmut Ostrowski, the head of its printing and media services division, as the group's new chief executive on Friday, sources familiar with the matter said. "It's clear that Ostrowski w ...

  34. 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 ...

  35. 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 ...

  36. 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 ...

  37. Labels, VCs Agree To Settle Napster Suit

    December 13, 2006 12:00 AM EST EMI Music and Universal Music Group reached a conditional settlement with venture capital firm Hummer Winblad over the firm's $13 million investment in the original Napster. But whether the parties' agreement will actually resolve their ...

  38. Bertelsmann Opens In The Far East

    December 12, 2006 12:00 AM EST German media giant Bertelsmann is to establish its fourth international office, in the Chinese capital of Beijing. In a statement issued Dec. 8, Bertelsmann said the Beijing office would cultivate relations with government agencies and provide ove ...

  39. 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 Sony BMG Music Entertainment U.K. &am ...

  40. Montage Sees Red

    November 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST Music group signs distribution deal. Nashville-based Montage Music Group has signed a distribution deal with RED Distribution, a division of Sony BMG Music Entertainment. Montage, headed by major label veteran Allen Butler, launched earlier this y ...

  41. Vivendi Gets US Antitrust OK To Buy BMG Pub

    November 16, 2006 12:00 AM EST Companies now No. 3, 4 players in music publishing. Vivendi's Universal Music has received U.S. antitrust approval to acquire Bertelsmann AG's BMG Music Publishing, U.S. officials said on Tuesday (Nov. 14). Antitrust authorities complete ...

  42. Prescott To Return To Australia

    November 16, 2006 12:00 AM EST Sony BMG to keep door open for marketing vet. Sony BMG to keep door open for marketing vet. News ...

  43. Prescott To Return To Australia

    November 16, 2006 12:00 AM EST Sony BMG veteran marketing executive Tim Prescott is returning to his homeland Australia because of a "family issue," Bilboard.biz has learned. Sony BMG veteran marketing executive Tim Prescott is returning to his homeland Australia beca ...

  44. Prescott To Return To Australia

    November 16, 2006 12:00 AM EST Sony BMG veteran marketing executive Tim Prescott is returning to his homeland Australia because of a "family issue," Bilboard.biz has learned. Sony BMG veteran marketing executive Tim Prescott is returning to his homeland Australia beca ...

  45. Mohn Joins Bertelsmann Supervisory Board

    November 15, 2006 12:00 AM EST Christoph Mohn, CEO of Internet portal and online marketing services provider Lycos Europe, was elected today (Nov. 15) as a member of the supervisory board of Bertelsmann AG, with immediate effect. Christoph Mohn, CEO of Internet portal and onlin ...

  46. Vivendi Gets US Antitrust OK To Buy BMG Pub

    November 14, 2006 12:00 AM EST Companies now No. 3, 4 players in music pub. Vivendi's Universal Music has received U.S. antitrust approval to acquire Bertelsmann AG's BMG Music Publishing, U.S. officials said on Tuesday (Nov. 14). Antitrust authorities completed their ...

  47. Sony BMG Drags Bertelsmann's Bottom Line

    November 08, 2006 12:00 AM EST The Sony BMG joint venture "continues to face challenges" in light of a "sharp decrease" in the volume of the recorded music market, parent company Bertelsmann reported today (Nov. 8). The Sony BMG joint venture "continues ...

  48. VU Awaits Dec. 8 Ruling On BMG Pub Buy

    November 06, 2006 12:00 AM EST EC sets provisional deadline. Vivendi's Universal Music Group should learn whether the European Commission approves its purchase of BMG Music Publishing by Dec. 8, the provisional deadline set by the EC to issue its ruling. UMG successfully b ...

  49. Vivendi Requests Commission Clear BMG Takeover

    November 03, 2006 12:00 AM EST If approved publishing unit will have 22% market share. Vivendi, the owner of Universal Music Publishing Group, Friday (Nov. 3) formally asked the Commission to clear its €1.63 billion ($2.1 billion) takeover of BMG Music Publishing. "We have ...

  50. Bertelsmann Launches Digital VC Fund

    October 19, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Bertelsmann has established a venture capital fund for digital media investments and created a company to execute these investments. With an initial funding of 50 million ($62.8 million), the mission Bertelsmann has established a venture capital f ...

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