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  1. 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&# ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. Universal Music Parent Vivendi Ordered to Pay $956 Million in Liberty Media Suit

    June 26, 2012 10:50 AM EDT LONDON - Vivendi, the parent company of Universal Music Group, saw its shares slip in European trading Tuesday after the entertainment and telecom conglomerate lost a stage in a court case to John Malone's Liberty Media. Analysts said most in ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. Business Matters: Zaptunes, Kickstarter, Vivendi and more

    September 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. THE DEAL WITH ZAPTUNES -- In case you haven’t spent any time this week following Zaptunes, a new music service that touts songs by Radiohead and other stars, here are a few things you should know. ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. 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 ...

  13. 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 ...

  14. 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 ...

  15. Court Sides With Gamemaker In Piracy Case

    September 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Three men illegally bypassed anti-piracy controls when they developed free technology to let computer users play some games against each other online without using the gamemaker's own system, a federa ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Three men illegally byp ...