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  1. David Ortiz, Red Sox MVP, to Produce Pop Culture and Baseball Show for MTV

    November 11, 2013 9:31 AM EST As if winning the World Series MVP wasn't enough, Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz is becoming a producer of his own MTV television show. MTV Networks and Major League Baseball said Monday they are collaborating on a weekly 30-episode ser ...

  2. Katy Perry Teams With Pepsi, MTV To Debut New 'Prism' Song

    August 20, 2013 12:05 PM EDT Pepsi has played a hands-on role in introducing new music in recent years, from breaking Outasight’s “Tonight’s The Night” via an “X Factor” campaign to pairing Calvin Harris and Ne-Yo for pseudo-jingle “Let’s Go” to premiering Beyonce’s pre ...

  3. Stephen Colbert Reveals Month-Long Headache Surrounding Daft Punk's Scheduled Appearance

    August 13, 2013 1:58 PM EDT In an interview on Paul Mercurio's podcast, Stephen Colbert talks candidly about the month leading up to Daft Punk's scheduled performance, revealing that he and his writers were forced to write around the artists' refusal to talk ...

  4. Judy McGrath Recruits Former MTV Exec Nick Shore for New Sony Venture

    July 17, 2013 12:39 PM EDT Mere weeks after announcing her new venture, Judy McGrath has made her first big hire. The former MTV Networks CEO has tapped Nick Shore, her former senior vp strategic insights and research at MTV, as the chief creative strategist for her new ...

  5. Former MTV Networks CEO Judy McGrath Joins Sony Music

    June 25, 2013 8:41 PM EDT Former MTV Networks CEO Judy McGrath has joined Sony Music to develop multimedia content targeted to millennials. The New York Post first reported details of the new gig. McGrath's venture is named Astronauts Wanted: No Experience Necessa ...

  6. Amy Finnerty Named SVP, Talent at Maker Studios

    October 10, 2012 6:05 PM EDT Maker Studios has named Amy Finnerty as its new senior vice president of talent, a position the company created for her upon hiring her earlier this year. Maker, based in Los Angeles, is a media company that specializes in creating original conten ...

  7. Backbeat: The Wanted, Karmin Hit XBOX 360 Event, Rita Ora Performs At MTV/Time Warner VMAs After Party

    September 07, 2012 4:55 PM EDT The Wanted poses for photos with the members of the U.S. Olympic women's gymnastics team. (Photo: Tiffany Rose/WireImage) Rita Ora tweeted to her 1.2 million fans that she'd be performing at a VMA after-party, but getting in to see the 2 ...

  8. RealNetworks to Lay Off 160 in 'Streamlining' Effort

    August 28, 2012 8:54 PM EDT RealNetworks revealed today that it plans to cut 160 jobs -- 14 percent of its workforce -- in an effort to reduce operating expenses, according to AllThingsD and other media reports. Half of the layoffs immediate, with another 80 within the next ...

  9. Business Matters: Facebook's Not Alone in its Mobile Problems

    July 27, 2012 4:15 PM EDT Facebook's Numbers Normal, But Stock Dips Anyway Facebook is being punished for being normal. After the company released decent, entirely expected quarterly results Thursday afternoon, investors decided the company doesn't have a strong ...

  10. VH1's Rick Krim, MTV's Amy Doyle Honored at UJA Luncheon by Pink, Rob Thomas, Judy McGrath, Van Toffler, Many More

    July 13, 2012 3:30 PM EDT (L-R): Clear Channel's John Sykes, VH1 EVP Rick Krim, Universal Republic/Island Def Jam's Barry Weiss, MTV EVP Amy Doyle, and Glassnote founder Daniel Glass. (Photo: Michael Priest) The music business has more than its share of industry- ...

  11. Backbeat: Diamond Rugs Storm NYC With Partisan Records' Ian Wheeler, Playground Sound Producers, More

    June 25, 2012 10:57 AM EDT (L-R): Los Lobos' Steve Berlin, Hardy Morris of Dead Confederate, Deer Tick's Robbie Cowell and John McCauley, Bryan Dufresne of Six Finger Satellite, and Black Lips' Ian Saint Pe. (Photo: Harley Oliver Brown) Diamond Rugs , the lat ...

  12. 'La Voz Mexico' Preps Season Two, Linkin Park Returns to Mexico, VP Changes at UMPGA Latin America

    June 14, 2012 1:25 PM EDT 'La Voz Mexico' preps Season Two "La Voz Mexico," Mexico's version of "The Voice," will return for a second season on Televisa with new coaches, including Spanish crooner Miguel Bose, regional Mexican singer Jenn ...

  13. Topspin's New Partnership With MTV's Artists.MTV Music Hub Will Expand Company's Footprint

    March 15, 2012 6:31 PM EDT A company built in the 00's to help artists sell and market direct to their fans stands to get a big boost from a 30-plus-year-old company looking to bring artists and fans together: New artists pages to launch at MTV.com will feature direct- ...

  14. SXSWi Panel Explores How Phones Have Changed Concerts: 'At Jay-Z Show, Everyone Was Looking at Their Phones, Not Jay-Z'

    March 13, 2012 6:55 PM EDT "What's interesting to me," said Brenna Ehrlich of MTV Networks, who moderated the "Music 2.0: Engaging Fans with Mobile Social Apps" panel Tuesday afternoon, to kick things off, "is how the advent of the iPhone has c ...

  15. SXSWi's Rainy First Day: Tumblr Ponchos; 'Future of Entertainment' Panel

    March 10, 2012 10:31 AM EST Outside the Austin Convention Center where 2012's SXSW Interactive conference kicked off and where a cross-section of the tech industry were met by raindrops. (photo: Sandira Calviac) There is a saying: when people talk about the weather, it& ...

  16. Billboard.biz's 2012 SXSW Blog

    March 09, 2012 2:42 PM EST March 13, 2012 | EXCLUSIVE Exclusive: Ginger Baker Documentarian To Next Tackle Bill Laswell "Beware of Mr. Baker" director Jay Bulger (center) and producer Fisher Stevens (right) are interviewed during the film's press day on Sunda ...

  17. SXSW Interactive What to Watch For: Apps, Panels, More

    March 05, 2012 6:00 AM EST While South by Southwest's Interactive (SXSWi) and Music festivals are essentially two separate events, they do have one major thing in common: music. Many music companies will be at both conferences, having meetings, speaking on panels and n ...

  18. Country Radio 'Has to Change': The Takeaway From CRS 2012

    February 28, 2012 6:30 AM EST Historically, new technologies have frequently been used to replace people in the workplace. But if country radio wants to successfully weather a difficult transitional decade, the medium will need to come to grips with new tech while maintaining ...

  19. Backbeat: Faith Hill, Eli Young Band, David Nail Rock CRS 2012's Final Day

    February 25, 2012 3:47 PM EST The 2012 CRS New Faces line-up. The final day of Country Radio Seminar (CRS) 2012 featured a variety of panels and events and capped by the annual New Faces Show, which showcased young artists trying to make themselves known at radio. The morning ...

  20. Ryan Seacrest Launching TV Network With Mark Cuban, AEG, CAA

    January 18, 2012 8:45 PM EST Ryan Seacrest is getting his own TV network after all. The multi-hyphenate, along with partners AEG and talent agency CAA, have struck a deal with billionaire entrepreneur Mark Cuban to rebrand Cuban's HDNet as AXS TV (pronounced Access) begi ...

  21. John Sykes Named President of Clear Channel Entertainment Enterprises

    January 17, 2012 2:41 PM EST NEW YORK - Radio giant Clear Channel has named music and entertainment industry veteran John Sykes, a former president of VH-1, to the newly created role of president, Clear Channel Entertainment Enterprises, in which he will help build new busine ...

  22. This Week in Billboard History: Van Halen Breaks Up; VH1 Launches; Monte Lipman Named Universal Prez

    January 10, 2012 9:58 AM EST VH1 Logo Launch Tape on Vimeo . 1985: VH-1 'Optimistically Introduced' A page one Billboard story with the headline "MTV'S VH-1 Opens on An Optimistic Note" reports that MTV Networks' second 24-hour cable music servic ...

  23. Business Matters: How Rhapsody Got to 1 Million Subscribers

    December 22, 2011 4:32 PM EST Rhapsody Continues Rapid Subscription Expansion -- Music subscription service Rhapsody announced Thursday it surpassed 1 million subscribers, just one week after its tenth anniversary. This latest milestone shows the company has increased subscrib ...

  24. BMI, Songwriter Battle Over Cue Sheets, Royalties Heats Up

    December 07, 2011 8:26 PM EST Deyon Davis is a songwriter and the head of a business that claims responsibility for representing hundreds of songwriters in placing their music in films and on hit TV shows like "American Idol," "So You Think You Can Dance" a ...

  25. Billboard's 2011 Women In Music Hub

    December 02, 2011 12:45 PM EST BILLBOARD'S WOMEN IN MUSIC HONOREES INDEX: Our 2011 Top 40 Women in Music list reads like a roster of the top people in the music business who happen to be women. The range of their achievements-at labels or publishing companies, in touring o ...

  26. Exclusive: Young the Giant Going 'Unplugged'

    October 17, 2011 9:00 AM EDT Young the Giant, the Southern California rock band that performed at the MTV Video Music Awards in August, will be seen in the "Unplugged" setting beginning Nov. 9. They are taping the show Oct. 21 in New York. The band will perform sele ...

  27. Bob Pittman Takes CEO Reins at Clear Channel Following IHeartRadio Concert

    October 03, 2011 8:11 AM EDT LOS ANGELES (AP) - On the heels of organizing a two-day concert in Las Vegas that kicked off Clear Channel's iHeartRadio online radio service, media veteran Bob Pittman was named Sunday as chief executive of its parent company, CC Media Holdi ...

  28. Billboard's Women In Music 2011: Shannon Connolly

    October 01, 2011 12:00 AM EDT No. 31 Shannon Connolly VP of digital music strategy, MTV Networks Website: Mtv.com Twitter: @swedishoxers When MTV executives needed an individual dedicated to improving the company's relevance in music, Shannon Connolly was tapped to build ...

  29. Metallica To Play First-Ever Gig In India For F1 Grand Prix Concert

    September 20, 2011 7:00 AM EDT F1 Rocks CEO Robert Montague and Metallica. The tradition-steeped elegance of India's Bollywood music and the rough, rattle and roll of heavy metal might make them apparent incompatible genres, but Metallica are set to disprove that conceptio ...

  30. Business Matters: Rhapsody, MetroPCS Partnership Excludes Warner Music Group

    August 17, 2011 6:29 PM EDT Rhapsody, MetroPCS Partnership Excludes Warner Music Group -- Warner Music Group is a holdout in the Rhapsody-MetroPCS bundle r eported Wednesday at Billboard.biz , according a report by CNET. That means subscribers who get the free subscription t ...

  31. Leslie Fram Joins CMT as Senior Vice President, Music Strategy

    August 16, 2011 3:36 PM EDT Leslie Fram, most recently program director and morning show co-host of New York's WRXP, has joined CMT as Senior Vice President, Music Strategy, effective September 1, it was announced today by CMT President Brian Philips. Fram will lead the ...

  32. Jesus Lara Leaves MTV Tr3s, Marc Zimet Steps Up

    July 29, 2011 3:55 PM EDT Jesus Lara has left his post as Senior Vice President of Music and Talent/Artists Relations for MTV Networks/Latin America and U.S. Based MTV Tr3s. Lara's last day was today (July 29). He leaves the company after seven years to pursue "e ...

  33. Tom Freston, Fired From Viacom for Failing to Buy Myspace in 2005, 'Smiling' Over Sale

    June 30, 2011 4:07 PM EDT Six years ago, Myspace was the darling of the Internet, a fast growing company that many larger organizations were vying to make a crown jewel in their business. Rupert Murdoch and News Corporation won the race, acquiring the company in 2005 for $ ...

  34. Judy McGrath Left MTV the Day After 'Electric Barbarellas' Premiere -- Coincidence?

    May 05, 2011 6:45 PM EDT You may recall that last year, MTV Networks CEO/Chairman Judy McGrath -- who stepped down today after 30 years at the company - was engaged in a battle of the wills with Sumner Redstone over a reality show involving a scantily clad, all-female gro ...

  35. Jay-Z Loses Round in Legal Fight Over 'Big Pimpin' Sample

    May 05, 2011 6:30 PM EDT Jay-Z is facing a lawsuit over claims that the mogul's mega-hit song "Big Pimpin" violates the "moral rights" of heirs of a 1960s Egyptian film composer. In a decision on Tuesday, a California federal judge ruled that the ...

  36. Judy McGrath, MTV Networks Chairman/CEO, to Step Down

    May 05, 2011 11:33 AM EDT Judy McGrath is resigning from her position as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of MTV Networks, parent company Viacom announced in a statement Thursday (May 5). McGrath, who began her career with the company as a copywriter at MTV in 1981, to ...

  37. Universal Motown's Sylvia Rhone Honored By National Action Network; President Obama Speaks At Ceremony

    April 07, 2011 10:55 AM EDT NEW YORK -- Universal Motown President Sylvia Rhone was honored last night at the National Action Network's 20th Anniversary Keepers of the Dream Awards. Other honorees included NFL Hall of Famer Jim Brown, MSNBC President Phil Griffin and NB ...

  38. Tyler the Creator and Lady Gaga Lead MTV's O Music Award Nominations

    April 05, 2011 7:17 AM EDT Lady Gaga and Tyler the Creator lead MTV's newly inaugurated O Music Awards with three nominations each. MTV announced Tuesday the categories and nominees for its new Web-based awards show, a celebration of digital music. Categories include b ...

  39. MTV Taps Nic Harcourt As First Music Supervisor In Residence

    April 04, 2011 2:18 PM EDT MTV today announced that Nic Harcourt will serve as the first Music Supervisor in Residence for the channel. Harcourt will work closely with Joe Cuello, Senior Vice President of Creative Music Integration for MTV, to bring his music supervision sk ...

  40. Business Matters: Twittering Bankers; Market to iPad 2: Meh

    March 03, 2011 7:06 PM EST Tweeting Bankers: Is JP Morgan Chase Investing in Twitter? -- Is JPMorgan Chase trying to invest in Twitter at an astounding $4.5 billion? Sort of. New York Magazine has a good explanation of the whole affair. JP Morgan is not going to make a dire ...

  41. Rhapsody Extends Free Trials To 60 Days For March

    March 01, 2011 10:24 AM EST This month Rhapsody is bumping up the length of a free trial to its music streaming service from 14 days to 60 days, the company announced today . The "60 Day Free-For-All" campaign embeds the Rhapsody experience throughout MTV Networks& ...

  42. Business Matters: Pandora Slayed All Internet Radio Competition in December

    February 28, 2011 4:54 PM EST Pandora Killed the (Internet) Radio Star -- Pandora was the tops -- by a mile -- in Internet radio in December, according to Ando Media's latest rankings. Pandora was first in the Domestic Ranker (M-F, 6a-8p) with 642,614 active average sessi ...

  43. MTV Base's Top U.K. MC List Sparks Controversy After Last Minute Changes

    February 25, 2011 5:32 PM EST Swagger Like Us: MC Tinie Tempah, who topped both MTV Base lists and won two Brit Awards (Photo: Getty Images) Fans of MTV Base U.K., the cable and satellite-delivered urban-music TV network, became outspoken when some claimed they suspected somet ...

  44. MTV to Launch OMAs, Digital Music Awards Show in April

    February 24, 2011 5:30 AM EST MTV is naming its new digital music awards the OMAs - and leaving the "O" up for grabs. The network is to announce Thursday that the O Music Awards will take place April 28. MTV is leaving the "O" undefined and open to interpre ...

  45. Audio Network Expands Latin Catalogue

    January 25, 2011 12:00 AM EST Audio Network, the music library for content creators that licenses pre-cleared tracks for broadcast and digital use, has launched an extensive catalogue of Latin music to serve both Latin and non Latin clients. Audio Network made its announcement ...

  46. Ryan Seacrest In Talks To Launch Cable Network

    October 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Are you ready for the Ryan Seacrest channel? The reality producer, radio personality and "American Idol" host is in early talks with talent agency CAA and entertainment company AEG about jointly launching a new cable network. The busines ...

  47. BACKBEAT: MTV Celebrates The VMAs With Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, Usher, Kanye And More

    September 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The 2010 MTV Video Music Awards took place in Hollywood on September 12 and played host to the biggest artists of 2010. Honored for their video work this year were Lady Gaga, for Video of the Year, Best Pop Video, Best Female video, and 5 other ca ...

  48. ComScore: MTV Tops Online Music Sites In August

    September 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT MTV received all sorts of flack for losing out on the chance to buy MySpace after the social networking giant was acquired by NewsCorp. Now, MTV Networks’ online sites outrank MySpace Music and everybody else according to new data from ComScore Me ...

  49. UMG Pulls Music Videos From MTV Over Vevo Dispute

    August 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Fans of Universal Music Group artists visiting MTV.com are finding that the site suddenly no longer has music videos available from most of the label group's artists. According to sources on both sides of the issue, the missing videos are a r ...

  50. Study: Online Video Consumption Continues To Climb

    July 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT New data from Nielsen shows that online video viewing continues to climb. Just-released June data shows that more than 10 billion videos were streamed during the month in the U.S. alone, which is a 1.3% increase over the same period last year and ...

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