Harald Heker

  1. Frances Preston Remembered by Dolly Parton, Linda Moran, Lamont Dozier, International Publishing Execs, More

    June 13, 2012 3:03 PM EDT Frances Preston in her role as then-vice president of BMI. (Photo: Billboard Archives) The music community was saddened today by news of the passing of Frances Williams Preston, longtime head of BMI and one of the pioneering female executives in t ...

  2. GEMA's 2011 Earnings Drop

    March 14, 2012 7:30 AM EDT The German collection society GEMA in 2011 saw a decrease in its income of 4.3 percent and an increase in operating costs of 14.9 percent. The yearly report was announced today by GEMA CEO Dr. Harald Heker in Munich. In 2011, the rights organizati ...

  3. German Politicians @MIDEM Weigh in on Music Biz; GEMA Signs With Deezer

    January 31, 2012 7:45 AM EST "The German delegations are a mainstay of MIDEM and thus form part of its core," said MIDEM CEO Paul Zilk at the opening ceremony of the German joint stand on Sunday afternoon at MIDEM in Cannes. Numerous politicians flew from Germany in ...

  4. Germany's Collection Societies Filing Lawsuits For Mobile Phone Tax, Win Christmas Market Litigation

    November 14, 2011 6:48 AM EST BERLIN - The eight German collection societies and the producers of mobile phones are likely on the verge of protracted lawsuits, with outcomes that could potentially change the price consumers pay for mobile phones while filling the coffers of th ...

  5. GEMA CEO Reaches Out To YouTube

    July 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT At GEMA's annual general meeting held in Berlin, GEMA CEO Dr. Harald Heker appealed to YouTube to commence serious negotiations once and for all and to sign a license contract guaranteeing the providers of content reasonable and appropriate r ...

  6. GEMA Reports Fraud To Authorities, Fires Employees

    May 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Ten members and two employees have been accused of involvement in the heavy case of fraud that has affected the German collection society GEMA in Berlin. This was confirmed today in Munich by GEMA's CEO Dr. Harald Heker at a press conference. ...

  7. GEMA Talks With YouTube Break Down

    May 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT German collecting society GEMA has ordered YouTube to remove 600 videos by its members from the video-sharing platform's German service, after contract renewal talks broke down. GEMA has taken a defiant stand against YouTube and won the suppo ...

  8. @MIDEM: GEMA Forms Coalition Of Authors' Societies

    January 27, 2010 12:00 AM EST German collection society GEMA has formed a coalition of eight European authors' associations in a bid to harmonize administration rights in Europe. The seven authors' associations who have partnered with GEMA and signed the letter for & ...

  9. German Biz Welcomes Copyright Proposals

    October 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The German music industry has welcomed plans for tighter copyright restrictions proposed by the Germany's new coalition government. Germany's new coalition government, comprising the conservative Christian Democrats (CDU), Christian Soci ...

  10. GEMA Predicts 6% Income Fall

    June 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT GEMA expects income for 2009 to be down 6% compared to last year. GEMA's CEO Dr. Harald Heker made the projection at the collection society's annual assembly in Munich. GEMA had total income of €823 million ($1.1 billion) in 2008, down 3 ...

  11. German Lifetime Honor For Peter Thomas

    May 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The German composer Peter Thomas will receive the lifetime achievement award at the inaugural German Music Authors' Awards, presented by the collecting society GEMA on May 28 in Berlin. GEMA CEO Dr. Harald Heker announced the honor for 83-yea ...

  12. GEMA Income Declines 3.1%

    April 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT German performance rights society GEMA has reported income of €823 million ($1.08 billion) in 2008, down 3.1% from €849.6 million ($1.11 billion) in 2007. GEMA will be paying out a sum of €700.6 million ($919.2 million) to its members for 2008, a ...

  13. YouTube Blocks Music Videos In Germany

    April 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Negotiations between Google subsidiary YouTube and the German collection society GEMA about the extension of their licensing agreement have broken down, according to a statement from GEMA's Munich-based CEO Dr. Harald Heker. GEMA reported tha ...

  14. GEMA Appoints Harbich Marketing Director

    October 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Joachim Harbich will take the helm as marketing director in the head office of the German collecting society GEMA in Munich, effective Nov. 1. Harbich succeeds Henrik Horning, who left GEMA in May 2008. Harbich reports to Dr. Harald Heker, chairma ...

  15. GEMA Records Massive Revenue Drop

    April 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT German authors rights society GEMA has reported a €24.8 million ($39.67 million) shortfall in 2007 revenue. The Berlin-based organization collected €849.6 million ($1.35 billion) for its 60,000 author/publisher members during the year, down 2.83% ...

  16. GEMA Strikes Alliance With Austrian Rights Bodies

    July 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT German authors' rights society GEMA and its Austrian counterparts AKM and Austro Mechana are to forge a new partnership in 2008 to promote music from German-speaking Europe, Billboard.biz has learned. The creation of the alliance follows ongo ...

  17. Germany's GEMA Names Heker As Chairman

    February 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST Harald Heker has been appointed to succeed Reinhold Kreile as chairman of German authors' rights society GEMA, effective Jan. 1, 2006. Harald Heker has been appointed to succeed Reinhold Kreile as chairman of German authors' rights socie ...

  18. Germany's GEMA Names Heker As Chairman

    February 11, 2005 12:00 AM EST Harald Heker has been appointed to succeed Reinhold Kreile as chairman of German authors' rights society GEMA. Harald Heker has been appointed to succeed Reinhold Kreile as chairman of German authors' rights society GEMA, effective Jan. ...