Electronic Arts

  1. Sounding Off On Ringtones: Creativity Is Key To Future

    September 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Introduced six years ago in the United States, mobile ringtones have become one of the market's most significant agents of change in the music business. Ralph Simon is chairman of the Mobile Entertainment Forum-Americas and CEO of Mobilium, a ...

  2. U.S. Agents Taking Piracy Fight Overseas

    September 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Government experts in intellectual property will be sent to Brazil, India, Russia, Thailand and the Middle East to monitor and encourage local anti-piracy efforts, U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutie LOS ANGELES (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Govern ...

  3. Radio Show Panel: Reporting Adds 'Root Of A Lot Of Evil'

    September 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Radio and recording industry executives grappled with their changing relationship in the post Eliot Spitzer-Sony BMG settlement climate at the National Assn. of Broadcasters Radio Show on Sept. 23. PHILADELPHIA -- Radio and recording industry exec ...

  4. NAB Discusses Add Reporting Fate

    September 23, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Dickey: 'It's the root of a lot of evil.' Radio and recording industry executives grappled with their changing relationship in the post Eliot Spitzer-Sony BMG settlement climate at the National Assn. of Broadcasters Radio Show today ...

  5. U.K. Vid Retailers Amp Up Piracy Campaign

    September 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Britain's video industry on Sept. 12 launched the second phase of its campaign to raise consumer awareness of the damaging effects of piracy not just on the entertainment industry but on society as a LONDON (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Britain ...

  6. Edge Management Launches

    September 08, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Venture to be based in L.A., London. Diversified Entertainment Properties (DEP), a Los Angeles-based entertainment, brand development and marketing company, is teaming with Hook Entertainment on a new management and label venture called Edge Manag ...

  7. Making The Brand

    September 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT When interactive entertainment software company Activision was searching for punk sounds for the latest game in its massively popular "Tony Hawk" series, Vagrant Records CEO Rich Egan was struck with When interactive entertainment softwa ...

  8. EA Plays Executive Shuffle

    September 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Electronic Arts Worldwide Studios president Don Mattrick has left the company after 23 years "to seek other opportunities." Executive VP Bruce McMillan also has exited. (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Electronic Arts Worldwide Studios presid ...

  9. German Biz Agrees On Friday Release Sked

    September 02, 2005 12:00 AM EDT In a strategy to raise consumer awareness of new titles, German record companies have decided to shift their release schedules to Friday instead of Monday. In a strategy to raise consumer awareness of new titles, German record companies have decid ...

  10. California Pols Defend Incentive Bill

    August 30, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Stung by criticism, California state Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez and Sen. Kevin Murray insisted Aug. 24 that their proposed production incentive was more about preserving middle-class jobs than enri LOS ANGELES (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Stung ...

  11. Active Industry Research Closes Its Doors

    August 29, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Many A.I.R. execs recently exited. Once known for handing cars and cash to programmers for their hit radar, Active Industry Research has shut its doors, Billboard.biz has learned. The shuttering follows the recent exit of a handful of upper echelo ...

  12. Platinum Disc President Named

    August 18, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Tim Clott was CEO of Lyrick Studios. Home video distributor Platinum Disc Corp. now has a new president. With the retirement of president Dave Thompson, officially announced today (Aug. 18), Tim Clott has been named the new head of the company. Th ...

  13. EA, Def Jam Extend Game Partnership

    August 17, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Multiyear exclusive agreement in place. Electronic Arts continues to solidify its position as a leader in the convergence of music and video games. Following the successful release of "Def Jam: Vendetta" and "Def Jam: Fight for New ...

  14. WMI Reinforces Digital Exec Team

    August 16, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music International has augmented the executive structure of its London-based digital team in a strategic attempt to step-up its position in the digital space. Warner Music International has augmented the executive structure of its London-b ...

  15. Capital, First Look Merge

    August 09, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Henry Winterstern's Capital Entertainment Corp. works with First Look Media to focus on home entertainment, theatrical production and distribution and foreign sales. (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Henry Winterstern's Capital Entertainment C ...

  16. Making The Brand

    August 09, 2005 12:00 AM EDT With the Aug. 9 release of "Madden NFL 06," EA is upping the ante to deliver new and breaking music through various NFL projects. Read Michael Paoletta's column. With the Aug. 9 release of "Madden NFL 06," EA is upping the ...

  17. German Biz Down In First Half

    August 04, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The volume of the German recorded music market shrank in the first half of 2005 to 64.7 million units, down 10.2% compared to the same period last year, according to figures issued today (August 4) by The volume of the German recorded music market ...

  18. Home Vision Goes For $8 Mil

    August 02, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Independent DVD producer and distributor Image Entertainment has purchased Home Vision Entertainment, a fellow independent DVD supplier known for the Criterion Collection line, in an $8 million deal. Independent DVD producer and distributor Image ...

  19. The Indies

    July 29, 2005 12:00 AM EDT When a major retailer is given an exclusive window to sell a new album, there's a general outcry from the independent retail community. Of late, however, a number of strong-selling artists for indie s When a major retailer is given an exclusi ...

  20. Report: File-Sharers Spend More On Digital Music

    July 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Computer users in the United Kingdom who illicitly share music files via the Internet spend more than four times as much on legal downloads than traditional record buyers, a new survey claims. Computer users in the United Kingdom who illicitly sha ...

  21. Report: File-Sharers Spend More On Digital Music

    July 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Computer users in the United Kingdom who illicitly share music files via the Internet spend more than four times as much on legal downloads than traditional record buyers, a new survey claims. Computer users in the United Kingdom who illicitly sha ...

  22. Tech Firms To Fight Piracy, Black Market in Brazil

    July 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Seven of the world's major electronics and computer goods companies including Microsoft and Intel joined forces June 28 to fight Brazil's vast black market and piracy, which they say cost the country SAO PAULO, Brazil (Reuters) -- Seven ...

  23. Retailers Call For Simultaneous Releases

    June 28, 2005 12:00 AM EDT European retail group GERA-Europe has urged record labels to stop offering exclusive material for digital downloads and instead carry a policy of simultaneous release of digital and physical products. BRUSSELS -- European retail group GERA-Europe ...

  24. Retailers: Stop Digital Only Exclusives

    June 24, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Trade groups GERA and IFPI meet in London. European retail group GERA-Europe has urged record labels to stop offering exclusive material for digital downloads and instead carry a policy of simultaneous release of digital and physical products. The ...

  25. Retailers Call For Simultaneous Digital And Physical Releases

    June 24, 2005 12:00 AM EDT European retail group GERA-Europe has urged record labels to stop offering exclusive material for digital downloads and instead carry a policy of simultaneous release of digital and physical products. European retail group GERA-Europe has urged re ...

  26. Game Over On Ubisoft Sale To EA

    June 21, 2005 12:00 AM EDT French videogame maker Ubisoft Entertainment, in reporting improved full fiscal-year financials, said June 16 that it has no intention of selling to 20% shareholder and U.S. sector giant Electronic Ar (The Hollywood Reporter) -- French videogame m ...

  27. Study: Copyright Protection Biz A Sleeping Giant

    June 21, 2005 12:00 AM EDT An exhaustive new study is estimating that the digital rights management industry will grow from $600 million worldwide in 2004 to $1.9 billion in 2009. After all, digitally delivered media that's so (The Hollywood Reporter) -- An exhaustive ...

  28. Best Buy Profit Soars 85 Percent

    June 15, 2005 12:00 AM EDT First-quarter profits at Best Buy Co. Inc. leaped 85 percent, far ahead of analyst expectations, and the nation's largest consumer electronics retailer raised its guidance for the entire year. First-quarter profits at Best Buy Co. Inc. leaped ...

  29. CEO Caparro Latest To Step Down At Atari

    June 14, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Videogame company Atari said June 7 that CEO Jim Caparro, who joined the company late last year after an illustrious career in the music industry, has resigned. (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Videogame company Atari said June 7 that CEO Jim Caparro, ...

  30. Report: Online Biz Models Need Rethink

    June 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Governments and businesses have yet to adapt to the growth in online music, a leading think-tank warned today (June 13). Governments and businesses have yet to adapt to the growth in online music, a leading think-tank warned today (June 13). The P ...

  31. Plug Pulled On Spain's Weblisten

    June 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Spanish labels have won a lengthy campaign to close the country's oldest download site, weblisten.com. The service, which claimed 300,000 titles, shuttered its operations after a May 31 Madrid court d MADRID -- Spanish labels have won a lengt ...

  32. Plug Pulled On Spain's Weblisten

    June 01, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Spanish labels have won a lengthy campaign to close the country's oldest download site, weblisten.com. The service, which claimed 300,000 titles, shuttered its operations after a May 31 Madrid court d Spanish labels have won a lengthy campaig ...

  33. Plug Pulled On Spain's Weblisten

    June 01, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Spanish labels have won a lengthy campaign to close the country's oldest download site, weblisten.com. The service, which claimed 300,000 titles, shuttered its operations after a May 31 Madrid court d Spanish labels have won a lengthy campaig ...

  34. Right To Copy Aim Of French Class Action

    May 31, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A group of French lawyers on May 23 launched a legal challenge against some of the country's leading video and DVD publishers, accusing them of failing to respect an individual's right to make a priva PARIS (The Hollywood Reporter) -- A ...

  35. Hastings Q1 Net Income Falls Short Of 2004

    May 24, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Hastings Entertainment posted net income of $800,000, or six cents per diluted share, on revenues of $129.1 million for the three-month period ended April 30. That was off last year's pace when the co Hastings Entertainment posted net income ...

  36. Grainge To Succeed Larsen At UMI

    May 17, 2005 12:00 AM EDT In a surprise announcement, Universal Music International chairman/CEO Jorgen Larsen confirmed May 13 that he will be handing his responsibilities to current Universal Music U.K. and Ireland chairman/ LONDON -- In a surprise announcement, Universa ...

  37. EA Posts 91% Decline In Profit

    May 10, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Quarterly profits at Electronic Arts Inc. plunged 91% because of withering competition and disappointing sales of its most popular videogames, and executives said the company will likely lose money in SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Quarterly profits at ...

  38. Videogame Giant EA's Net Revenue Plummets 90%

    May 04, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Stocks of all major game publishers dip on news. Videogame industry bellwether Electronic Arts reported a 90% drop in net revenue for the quarter ending March 31, compared to the same quarter last year. This caused its stock to fall about 11%, acc ...

  39. Universal Music Publishing Clinches China Deal

    April 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Publishing has signed an agreement with Beijing-based digital-distribution platform R2G. TOKYO -- Universal Music Publishing has signed an agreement with Beijing-based digital-distribution platform R2G. In its first deal with a maj ...

  40. MLB Productions Inks With Shout, A&E

    April 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Major League Baseball Productions has signed two exclusive DVD distribution deals with Shout! Factory and A&E Home Video. Major League Baseball Productions has signed two exclusive DVD distribution deals with Shout! Factory and A&E Hom ...

  41. MLB Productions Inks With Shout, A&E

    April 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Four titles a year expected under exclusive DVD deals. Major League Baseball Productions has signed two exclusive DVD distribution deals with Shout! Factory and A&E Home Video. Shout! Factory will now be the official DVD distributor of new MLB ...

  42. Universal Music Publishing Clinches China Deal

    April 21, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Major links with local digital distributor R2G. Universal Music Publishing has signed an agreement with Beijing-based digital-distribution platform R2G. In its first deal with a major international company, R2G will help register UMP's catalo ...

  43. HFA Adds Bulk-Download Licensees

    April 18, 2005 12:00 AM EDT More than 300 companies on board. The Harry Fox Agency announced today (April 18) that it has signed more than 100 companies to its bulk-download licensing program so far this year, four times as many as during the same period last year. This brin ...

  44. iPod Pushes Apple Revenues

    April 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Strong demand for the iPod continues to drive profitability and revenues at Apple Computer. Strong demand for the iPod continues to drive profitability and revenues at Apple Computer. Apple says it shipped 5.3 million iPods in its fiscal second qu ...

  45. Victory Re-Ups With RED

    April 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Chicago-based rock label Victory Records has renewed its contract with New York-based RED Distribution, sources tell Billboard.biz. Victory had fielded offers from nearly every major distributor, maki Chicago-based rock label Victory Records has r ...

  46. MusicNet Acquired By Private Firm

    April 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT New York-based private equity firm Baker Capital has acquired digital music service MusicNet. Baker Capital says the deal will have no affect on its ongoing services, and MusicNet will continue to ope New York-based private equity firm Baker Capit ...

  47. Atari Moving To NY

    April 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT As part of its restructuring plan from videogame publisher to broader entertainment media company, Atari Inc. will close down its Santa Monica, Calif., and Beverly, Mass., publishing studios by June a (The Hollywood Reporter) -- As part of its res ...

  48. Eidos Nixes Elevation Deal, Turns To SCi

    April 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT U2's Bono might not get involved in the videogame industry after all. NEW YORK (The Hollywood Reporter) -- U2's Bono might not get involved in the videogame industry after all. About two weeks after accepting an all-cash takeover bid by ...

  49. Universal To Distribute Victory In Canada

    April 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Victory Records has announced that Universal Music Canada will be its exclusive distributor in Canada. LOS ANGELES -- Victory Records has announced that Universal Music Canada will be its exclusive distributor in Canada. The deal takes effect July ...

  50. China Caught In Web Of Games

    April 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Online videogame revenue is the driving force for China's gaming market that comprises 28.8 million users, a new report has found. After all, Chinese gamers spend more money on online games than PC, c (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Online videog ...

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