Labor

  1. Live Nation Extends CEO Michael Rapino's Contract, Raises Salary

    December 28, 2012 4:35 PM EST Live Nation has amended its employment contract with CEO Michael Rapino, extending its term through December 31, 2017 (from May 31, 2014) and raising Rapino's base salary to $2.3 million, effective January 1, 2013. The amendments were made Th ...

  2. SAG-AFTRA Reaches Industrywide Music Video Deal

    June 01, 2012 4:00 PM EDT Capping months of effort, SAG-AFTRA announced Friday that it has reached the first-ever industrywide agreement covering dancers in music videos. The deal, which encompasses Sony Music, UMG, Warner, EMI, Disney and their subsidiary labels, came les ...

  3. Will Placido Domingo Sing At Madrid's Royal Theater? How Spain's Economic Crisis Is Hurting Opera

    April 27, 2012 12:28 PM EDT The Show May Not Go On: The Madrid Royal Theater website's promotion for its production of Cyrano de Bergerac is threatened by a financial dispute stemming from government cutbacks. (Screenshot) The pain spares no one in Spain. A salary dispu ...

  4. Gloria Gaynor, Legal Experts Debate Reversion Rights at SXSW Panel

    March 15, 2012 6:09 PM EDT Gloria Gaynor was the star name at "How Stella Got Her Masters Back," a catchily- (though not necessarily accurately)-named panel discussing reversion rights for artists who want to get the copyrights to their songs back from labels. The ...

  5. AFTRA Sound Recording Agreement With Major Labels Ratified

    January 31, 2012 1:31 PM EST AFTRA singers and other members have ratified the union's sound recording agreement with the major labels, the union announced Monday. The move, by a vote of almost 99 percent in favor, was expected. The agreement, which was reached Dec. 15, ...

  6. American Federation of Musicians To Protest 'Mad Men' Production Location

    January 05, 2012 8:31 AM EST Modern musicians sometimes turn to new and unusual instruments - the Vienna Vegetable Orchestra has to rank high on that list - but the music that Mad Men producers will be hearing today (Jan. 5) has a longer lineage than the dulcet tones of bell ...

  7. American Federation of Musicians Blasts Lionsgate For Recording 'Hunger Games' Score Abroad

    December 21, 2011 8:18 AM EST The American Federation of Musicians went public Tuesday with its criticisms of Lionsgate over the score for the studio's upcoming feature adaptation of The Hunger Games. AFM international president Ray Hair has posted an admonishing video (b ...

  8. EMI Publishing Deal Might Close Before Label

    November 11, 2011 1:48 AM EST With the Financial Times reporting that a deal with Citigroup and Universal for EMI's recorded music division could be struck by the start of next week, sources say that the bank may close the publishing deal first, possibly as soon as today ...

  9. Canadian Federation of Musicians Announces Strategic Alliance With ACTRA

    November 03, 2011 9:05 AM EDT Canadian Federation of Musicians (CFM) and Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA) have worked together for many years in a various capacities on behalf of its membership and have just entered into a formal strategic alli ...

  10. Facebook 'App Economy' Worth Up To $15 Billion, More Than 182K Jobs, Study Says

    September 20, 2011 12:53 PM EDT Facebook is responsible for at least 182,000 U.S. jobs worth at least $12.19 billion in wages and benefits, according to a new University of Maryland study. In a paper titled "Facebook App Economy," Il-Horn Hann, Siva Viswanathan and Byu ...

  11. Sony Lays Off 300 In Pitman Plant Closure

    January 12, 2011 12:00 AM EST Sony DADC announced Tuesday that it's closing its CD manufacturing plant in southern New Jersey and laying off about 300 employees by March 31. Another 50 or so employees could be transferred to nearby jobs with Sony, according to The Glouces ...

  12. Detroit Symphony Orchestra Talks Break Down

    November 25, 2010 12:00 AM EST The first formal talks in two months between striking members of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and management of the financially struggling organization have failed to end the discord. Both sides issued releases saying management increased its to ...

  13. Wanted: More Than 2,000 In Google Hiring Spree

    November 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST Google Inc plans to hire more than 2,000 people around the globe, bumping up its workforce as it expands into new markets and battles for talent with faster-growing rivals. The world's largest Internet search engine, whose finance chief told ...

  14. Yahoo Says Report Of 20% In Layoffs 'Misleading'

    November 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST Yahoo Inc called a media report it was planning to cut one-fifth of its workforce "misleading and inaccurate," but the Web portal stopped short of ruling out any layoffs. Yahoo, which is trying to revive revenue growth amid competition f ...

  15. EMI Reaches Deal On Pension Fund

    October 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT EMI Group has reached a funding agreement with the Trustees Board of the company pension fund. In a statement, EMI said a multi-year payment plan has been agreed to provide £197 million ($316 million) in additional funding including an immediate £ ...

  16. Business Matters: EMI Pension Fund, Fake Reviews, Bananarama

    August 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT EMI'S PENSION PROBLEMS -- It would be ironic if EMI 's biggest problems came not from its debt but from a liability unrelated to the credit bubble or the recorded music downturn: its pension fund. As ( Billboard.biz has reported ), the U ...

  17. Pensions Regulator To Decide On EMI

    August 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. Pensions Regulator has been asked to rule on the funding of the EMI pension scheme because the trustees and the company cannot reach agreement, the BBC reports. It will be the first time the Pensions Regulator has decided how much extra c ...

  18. VH1 Piloting Workplace-battle Reality Series

    June 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT VH1 has scooped up a reality pilot in which office workers battle for a $50,000 bonus. The recession-appropriate project locks a group of pencil-pushing employees in their workplace for 72 hours. During lockdown, staffers must try to convince thei ...

  19. EMI Notes: Pension Controversy Back, Questions About Citi's Intentions

    May 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- EMI 's pension fund has been a cloud hanging over Terra Firma since the private equity firm acquired the music company. Now, Britain's pension regular is calling on Terra Firma to fill a £250 million gap in funding . Extra payments in ...

  20. Entertainment Stocks Jump

    April 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Positive employment data released on Friday by the Labor Department helped boost entertainment stocks this week. The Labor Dept. said U.S. employers added 162,000 jobs in March - the biggest gain since December 2007 - and that the unemployment rat ...

  21. Spanish Culture Industry Hit By Piracy

    March 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Spain's culture industry lost 13,200 jobs in 2008, of which 10,600 were in the audio-visual sector, according to a report on how digital piracy is affecting the European Union. The bright side is that the sector covering recorded music, cinem ...

  22. Second Wave Of Job Cuts At Borders Inc

    March 09, 2010 12:00 AM EST Borders Inc has made a second round of job cuts, following the redundancies in which 164 positions were culled at the end of January. Publishers Weekly is reporting that employees of the retailer have dubbed the day on which last week's wave ...

  23. NYC Pensions Helped Finance Terra Firma's EMI Deal

    February 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST While much attention is set firmly on whether or not Terra Firma's ownership of EMI will be torpedoed by the 2.7 billion pounds ($4.23 billion) it borrowed from Citigroup, the investment firm is not the only institution with funds at risk in ...

  24. Merger Payday: Live Nation Shells Out Millions In Bonuses

    January 29, 2010 12:00 AM EST Live Nation Entertainment paid out $6.5 million in merger bonuses, according to a Friday SEC filing . In connection with the merger, president and CEO Michael Rapino received $3 million in cash and executive chairman Irving Azoff received $2 milli ...

  25. GEMA To Shutter 3 Regional Offices

    December 21, 2009 12:00 AM EST A decrease of income totaling more than €50 million ($71.6 million) during the last two years has forced the German collecting society GEMA to close three of its 10 regional offices, in Augsburg, Munich and Hanover. Regional offices in Stuttgart, ...

  26. Gloria Estefan Buys Concert Tickets For PR Jobless

    October 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Thousands of laid-off government employees in Puerto Rico will be doing the conga for free, thanks to Gloria Estefan. The Cuban-born singer bought some 2,000 tickets for her weekend concert and they will be distributed by raffle among the nearly 1 ...

  27. Westwood One Makes Further Cuts

    September 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Faced with a slow recovery in the radio advertising market, Westwood One, already reeling from financial difficulties, instituted further cost reductions to lower operating expenses. The plan, announced Tuesday (Sept. 29) calls for a one-week furl ...

  28. German Biz Reworks Apprentice Scheme

    September 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT More than 50 years after the establishment of a music shop assistant apprenticeship system, the German Federal Association of Music Retailers (GDM) has reformed the three-year apprenticeship and given it a new name: "specialist music retailer ...

  29. MTV Networks Lays Off 50 Staffers

    June 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT MTV Networks has trimmed the staff of its MTV Music Group and gay-oriented Logo division. About 50 employees were laid off Tuesday, representing 1% of MTV Networks' workforce. "The current economic climate dictates we continue to look fo ...

  30. MySpace To Cut 300 International Positions

    June 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Social-networking site MySpace said Tuesday that it will cut 300 international positions and close at least four offices outside the U.S. as it looks to cut costs and narrow its territory coverage. The move comes a week after the company said it w ...

  31. Univision Lays Off 300 Employees

    February 27, 2009 12:00 AM EST Univision Communications Inc., the nation's top Hispanic broadcaster, on Friday laid off 300 people, or 6 percent of the work force, a spokeswoman confirmed. The company blamed the recession and the "downward pressure this has caused on ...

  32. Zavvi Confirms More Store Closures

    February 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST The joint administrators of U.K. entertainment retail chain Zavvi have announced the closure of a further 17 stores, leading to the redundancy of 242 employees. Among the stores affected are Blackpool, Coventry, Harlow and York. The remaining 31 s ...

  33. Alliance Plans Massive Cuts

    January 20, 2009 12:00 AM EST Alliance Entertainment is planning to layoff 462 employees, according to Pacific Business News . Alliance told the state it plans to shutter its warehouse in Coral Springs and lay off 462 employees, effective March 16, according to the report. The ...

  34. Fleet Foxes Performs Strongly For U.K. Indie

    December 23, 2008 12:00 AM EST Seattle folk-rock band Fleet Foxes has scored the first gold-certified record for U.K. indie Bella Union in recognition of 100,000 shipments. The band's harmony-heavy, self-titled debut was voted the best album of 2008 by Billboard critics . ...

  35. Distributor EUK Winds Down, 700 Jobs Cut

    December 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST Entertainment wholesale distributor EUK has failed to attract a buyer and the business will now be wound down by the administrators. EUK, which was part of Woolworths Group, will continue to operate with a reduced workforce of 375 employees. Seven ...

  36. RealNetworks To Cut 130 Jobs

    December 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST RealNetworks is planning to lay off over 7% of its workforce, or about 130 jobs, according to a post in the company's blog . The cuts are called a cost-cutting measure taken in response to the current economic climate. The company did not def ...

  37. MTV Cuts To Be Revealed Today

    December 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST The exact toll that media conglomerate Viacom Inc.'s just announced jobs cuts will take on the staff and structure of MTV will be delivered to that division's department heads today, according to an internal memo sent to employees from J ...

  38. Mobile Firm Thumbplay To Cut Staff

    November 13, 2008 12:00 AM EST Mobile entertainment company Thumbplay said it will lay off an undisclosed number of employees as a preemptive measure against an expected "prolonged economic downturn." The company just launched a full-track downloads service in the U.S ...

  39. eMusic Cuts 10% Of Staff

    October 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The sagging economy continues to weigh heavily on the digital music space, with eMusic now laying off 10% of its workforce. The Wall Street Journal reports that the company cited the financial crisis in its decision. Danny Stein, eMusic chairman, ...

  40. Former Univision VP Launches Entertainment Co.

    July 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Former Univision Publishing VP of administration Nestor Rodriguez has formed a new company, Nestor Rodriguez Entertainment. Based in Los Angeles, the newly-formed company will encompass publishing administration, publishing consulting, singer-song ...

  41. EMI Mexico Cuts Staff

    June 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT EMI's ongoing restructuring claimed eight employees from the label's Mexico office this week, according to a label source. Affected departments included marketing and sales, among others. Televisa EMI, a separate label that is a joint ve ...

  42. CME Sheds 100 Staff

    March 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Tokyo-based label Columbia Music Entertainment said March 14 that it will cut a total of 100 jobs as a restructuring measure to cope with falling sales of CDs and DVDs. The company will shed 60 regular employees through a voluntary retirement prog ...

  43. AFTRA, Labels Reach New Accord

    February 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST AFTRA has reached a tentative agreement with record labels on the AFTRA Sound Recordings Code. The national contract covers royalty artists and session singers who work with the more than 1,200 record companies, including the four major labels. Th ...

  44. Burnham Becomes U.K. Culture Secretary

    January 24, 2008 12:00 AM EST Andy Burnham is Britain's new culture secretary. Burnham, chief secretary to the Treasury, becomes secretary of state for culture, media and sport after a reshuffle which sees incumbent James Purnell take up the role as pensions secretary. Pu ...

  45. Announcement Due On EMI Cuts

    January 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST EMI today declined to comment on reports that 2,000 jobs -- one-third of its total workforce -- are to be cut as part of its ongoing restructuring. Billboard has learned, however, that an announcement will be made to staff by EMI Group chairman Gu ...

  46. Pensions Regulator To Step Into EMI Pension Talks

    October 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Pensions Regulator said on Wednesday that the trustees of EMI's pension scheme had asked it to step in to adjudicate in talks with the music group's new private equity owner Terra Firma over scheme funding. The watchdog said the sche ...

  47. CenterStaging, Comcast Team For RehearsalsTV

    August 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT CenterStaging Corp. and Comcast have announced a new collaborative effort that will result in rehearsalsTV, a dedicated on-demand television service. The new service will offer a behind-the-scenes look at the CenterStaging audio production campus ...

  48. Hodge Takes Music Brief In U.K. Gov't Reshuffle

    July 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Margaret Hodge is the new U.K. government minister responsible for the country's music sector. As minister for creative industries, she replaces Shaun Woodward, who held the post last year, and James Purnell, who served in the same role in 20 ...

  49. Fopp Sheds 700 Staff

    July 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Fopp, the recently-defunct independent British music retailer, has axed 700-plus employees. Ernst & Young, the accountancy firm appointed administrator to the recently-collapsed chain, confirmed the job losses in a statement today. The adminis ...

  50. Euro Parliament Approves New Support For Artists

    June 07, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The European Parliament voted Thursday for new measures providing job support for singers, musicians and songwriters across Europe. At its plenary session in Brussels, the Parliament voted to introduce a special electronic social security card for ...

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