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  1. Viacom Told to Pay Hundreds of Millions to 'Rock Band' Developer Harmonix

    July 18, 2013 4:17 AM EDT It's looking grim for Viacom in a dispute over payments to former Harmonix shareholders. This court battle seems to demand more attention given the newfound appetite for M&A in the entertainment sector and the amount of money at stake ...

  2. 'Fantasia: Music Evolved' Wants Gamers Closer to Music, Features Bruno Mars, Queen and More

    June 04, 2013 2:33 PM EDT Disney Interactive and Harmonix have announced the upcoming release of “Fantasia: Music Evolved,” a new motion-responsive video game for Xbox One that reinvents the historic Fantasia brand. Developed by Harmonix, the gaming studio behind the &qu ...

  3. Viacom Ordered To Pay $300 Million Over 'Rock Band' Acquisition

    August 13, 2012 5:26 PM EDT Viacom has suffered a $300 million loss in a Delaware court tied to its 2006 acquisition of Harmonix, the studio that created the Rock Band video games. Although Viacom sold Harmonix in 2010 , it is still paying for the decision to buy the game st ...

  4. Viacom Owes $383 Million To Harmonix in 'Rock Band' Dispute Arbitrators Say

    December 28, 2011 7:00 AM EST After already paying $150 million to former shareholders of Harmonix, arbitrators have determined that Viacom owes an additional $383 million to the video game company that created Rock Band, according to a regulatory filing on Tuesday. The revela ...

  5. Ubisoft Announces Rocksmith Game

    March 15, 2011 1:50 PM EDT Just weeks after Activision closed the book on Guitar Hero, rival videogame publisher Ubisoft announced plans to introduce a new band-based music game called Rocksmith. The new game hopes to set itself apart by using a real guitar as its controlle ...

  6. Harmonix CEO Alex Rigopulos' First Interview Since MTV Sold Rock Band

    February 28, 2011 12:05 AM EST About two months ago, MTV and parent company Viacom sold off its Harmonix subsidiary-the videogame development unit responsible for the Rock Band and Dance Central franchises that it acquired in 2006 for $175 million. It's been a difficult ti ...

  7. Analysis: Viacom's Sale of Harmonix Is No Surprise

    December 27, 2010 12:00 AM EST Viacom's decision to sell video game maker Harmonix last week may have seemed out of the ordinary, but the odds of success are often stacked against many such acquisitions. Last week, Viacom sold Harmonix to investment firm Columbus Nova for ...

  8. Kinect Sales Top 2.5 Million

    November 30, 2010 12:00 AM EST How popular is the new Kinect motion-based gaming system for Microsoft’s Xbox 360? In 25 days, it’s already sold 2.5 million, according to data it revealed today. Microsoft originally hoped to sell 3 million by the end of the year and 5 million by ...

  9. Updated: Viacom To Sell Gaming Unit Harmonix

    November 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST Updated: Harmonix released a statement today asserting that Viacom’s sale plans won’t have any affect on its operations. "This morning's announcement does not affect the ongoing work at the studio as we continue to support our existing f ...

  10. Videogame Sales Slump

    October 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The holiday sales cycle just became more important than ever for the videogame industry. Already coping with a rather lackluster year so far, September sales figures--compiled by the NPD Group—didn’t bring any good news. Overall industry revenues ...

  11. Keyboards Coming To Rock Band 3?

    May 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Are keyboard controllers coming to Rock Band 3? MTV and Harmonix released a two-song demo for the forthcoming “Green Day: Rock Band” on the Xbox Live Marketplace which among other things contained a teaser image for Rock Band 3 . That image showed ...

  12. Led Zep, Floyd, Eagles Make 'Rock Band' Poll

    May 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The "Green Day: Rock Band" videogame is not even out yet, and already the folks behind the franchise are looking for their next artist-focused title. MTV's videogame developer subsidiary Harmonix posted a poll on its developers foru ...

  13. MTV, Rock Band, T-Mobile Call On New Artists

    April 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT MTV and Rock Band developers Harmonix are teaming up with T-Mobile to promote new artists across their respective media platforms through a new contest called "T-Mobile Artist-of-the-Month." Under the deal, artists will be able to submit ...

  14. 'Green Day: Rock Band' Release Date Set

    March 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST “Green Day: Rock Band,” MTV’s follow up to “The Beatles: Rock Band,” will be released June 8. It will be available on all game consoles, including the Xbox 360, PlayStation3 and Wii. Like the Beatles game, it will support three-part vocal harmonie ...

  15. The Top 10 Stories Of The Week

    March 05, 2010 12:00 AM EST The following is a round-up of the 10 most popular stories on Billboard.biz during the past week. 1. iTunes Tries To Steer Labels Away From Amazon's Daily Deal Apple's iTunes store has always dictated the terms of its dealings with recor ...

  16. Rock Band Network Music Store Opens

    March 04, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Rock Band Network Music Store is open for business. The initiative from MTV games and its "Rock Band" developer subsidiary Harmonix -- unveiled last July -- allows artists to submit their music as downloadable add-on content to the m ...

  17. Business Matters: Viacom, Mel Karmazin, Susan Boyle and More

    February 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. Follow Billboard senior analyst Glenn Peoples on Twitter at twitter.com/billboardglenn . -- Viacom is seeking a refund on its 2008 earn-out paymen ...

  18. Briefs: Rock Band, Simpson, Brazilian Piracy Crackdown

    February 05, 2010 12:00 AM EST -- Harmonix, the MTV game development subsidiary responsible for the Rock Band franchise, has put in requests to license some very non-rock related music, sparking speculation the company may be expanding into hip-hop. The music licensing site Roy ...

  19. 'Rock Band' Network Adds PS3 Support

    January 07, 2010 12:00 AM EST "Rock Band" developers Harmonix took a step closer to making the "Rock Band" Network Store a reality by issuing a patch for the PlayStation3 version of the game designed to support the additional music download store. The " ...

  20. Business Matters: Global Gaming Factory, Live Nation, Spotify

    August 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Global Gaming Factory , the Swedish company that planned to buy The Pirate Bay and transform it into a legitimate company with a bold business ...

  21. MTV To Launch New Track Upload Program For 'Rock Band'

    July 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Most recording artists would love to have their music available on MTV Networks' "Rock Band" videogame. But MTV's Harmonix unit, the developer of "Rock Band," simply hasn't had the time or staff to program the va ...

  22. CES: 'Digital Music Live' Highlights

    January 08, 2009 12:00 AM EST While Billboard's editorial staff was busy producing the Digital Music Live conference at the CES show in Las Vegas, other press outlets covered the event in depth. Highlights include: - A conversation with Akon and UMG eLabs executive VP Rio ...

  23. Videogame Placements Set The Stage For Bang Camaro

    January 07, 2009 12:00 AM EST Boston, 2006: Bang Camaro, a band made up of people in other bands, plays its first hometown gig. Would the group's arena rock-filed in iTunes under "hair metal"-go over well in a basement party full of hipsters? "We were terri ...

  24. New Tunes For 'Rock Band' Series

    November 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST Harmonix, the MTV Networks subsidiary behind the "Rock Band" videogame franchise, is releasing an expansion pack of new songs for the original game and the recently launched "Rock Band 2" in time for the holiday sales cycle. Th ...

  25. The Beatles Take Video Game Plunge

    October 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Music from the Beatles is coming to videogames, but not to "Rock Band." MTV Networks and Harmonix, the game developer behind the popular "Rock Band" franchise, together with the Beatles' Apple Corps Ltd., are developing an ...

  26. Virtual World Gets Real Merch

    October 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Playing out your rock star fantasies just got a little easier. That's because the fake bands that people create in MTV's RockBand can now have real merchandise. Characters created in the game can now be posed against a variety of backgro ...

  27. Music-Based Games: iPhone Gets NIN, Rock Band AC/DC

    September 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Artists are growing increasingly interested in creating customized versions of various music-based videogames to feature not only their music, but also their likeness and other imagery. The latest is Nine Inch Nails, which is planning to release a ...

  28. 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 ...

  29. New Guns N' Roses Song Heads To 'Rock Band'

    July 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT After a letting in a few peeks under the covers here and there in recent weeks, MTV and Harmonix have completely unveiled their plans for "Rock Band 2." "Rock Band 2" will be an Xbox 360 exclusive at launch this September, with ...

  30. Gibson Sues Over 'Guitar Hero' And 'Rock Band'

    March 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Gibson Guitar said on Friday that it filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Viacom Inc's MTV networks, Harmonix and Electronic Arts relating to the wildly popular "Rock Band" video game and Harmonix's previously developed ...

  31. The Who Join 'Rock Band'

    July 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT More news on the upcoming Rock Band music simulation videogame. The game will feature the entire "Who's Next" album from The Who available only as a digital download direct to the game console. While the game will ship with a number ...

  32. Little Steven To Lead 'Rock Band' Board

    July 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Developers of the upcoming Rock Band videogame have established a music advisory board to help the select the artists, albums and tracks to include in the game's soundtrack. "Little Steven" Van Zandt has been named the head of the a ...

  33. Fender Backs 'Rock Band' Videogame

    May 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Fender Musical Instruments has been named the exclusive provider of musical equipment for use in the upcoming music videogame Rock Band. The game's developers -- Harmonix and MTV -- have asked Fender to create a special game controller modele ...

  34. Guitar Hero Team Adds Partners For Rock Band

    April 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The developers behind hit interactive game "Guitar Hero" are launching a new franchise called "Rock Band" that targets virtual singers, bass players and drummers, as well as axemen. The game was created by Harmonix, a unit of V ...