Mama Group

  1. Brandle's Global Bits: iTunes Radio Launches in Australia, Eurovision Cracks Down On Vote-Rigging, New CEO At MAMA

    February 11, 2014 6:41 AM EST iTunes Radio Tunes Into Australia: Apple has launched iTunes Radio in Australia -- marking the service’s first expansion outside the United States. The streaming music operation dropped with little fanfare today, boasting more than 100 stations wh ...

  2. AEG Live Leads Bidding for UK's HMV Live (Report)

    May 21, 2012 12:05 PM EDT AEG Live is leading the race to acquire HMV's profitable live division, according to British newspaper the Daily Mail. The Daily Mail reports that AEG Live has been granted preferred bidder status to purchase the HMV-owned Mama Group, which t ...

  3. Business Matters: HMV Woes Signal Even Bigger Retail Changes Ahead

    July 05, 2011 5:42 PM EDT Ask Not For Whom The Bell Tolls…: HMV -- If you took a long holiday weekend you may have missed the news that retail chain HMV posted a large annual loss and is in the midst of restructuring the company into a "broad-based entertainment busin ...

  4. HMV Warns of Lower Profits

    April 06, 2011 1:50 PM EDT U.K.-based retailer HMV has issued another profit warning sending the company's shares down over 9% on Wednesday before closing down 6.1%. The company lowered its estimate for full-year profit to 30 million pounds (about $49 million) from $40 ...

  5. HMV Backs New Artists With U.K. Fest

    December 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST U.K. entertainment retailer HMV is bringing back its Next Big Thing festival in London, Birmingham and Edinburgh in February. The second edition of the event for more than 100 emerging artists is taking place from Feb. 4-13. HMV is staging the eve ...

  6. Financial Round-Up: EMI, WMG, Live Nation, HMV and more

    September 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The latest round-up of earnings re-caps: EMI Here is the lone example of an annual earnings report. In August, EMI’s private equity owner, Maltby Capital (which was set up by Terra Firma), released an annual report that offered two important numbe ...

  7. HMV Sales Hit By World Cup

    September 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. entertainment retailer HMV has had a torrid summer, with the World Cup hitting sales in the U.K. and Ireland. In the 19 weeks to Sept. 4, total sales at HMV U.K. and Ireland were down 13.9% and like for like sales were down 14.9%. HMV did not ...

  8. Business Matters: Ourstage, HMV, iTunes and more

    September 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. ROCK IS DEAD? AGAIN? -- BBC News has an interesting story about the lack of rock titles on the UK singles chart. Sales of rock singles are down nearly 18% in the first eight months of 2010. In con ...

  9. HMV Rolls Out Fashion Range

    August 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. entertainment retailer HMV will begin selling clothing and accessories next week. As previously reported, HMV is partnering with certain fashion brands - Boxfresh, Lee Jeans, FLY53 and Eastpak - that executives believe fit well alongside musi ...

  10. Edge Invests In Former Mama Chief

    May 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Entertainment industry investment fund Edge Performance VCT is to back former Mama Group co-chief executive Adam Driscoll in a new venture, Granon Entertainment. Granon Entertainment will operate in music and related businesses, although there are ...

  11. HMV Targets New Products, Live Music Market

    March 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT British entertainment retailer HMV is targeting earnings growth over the medium term by increasing sales of new products in music, visual and games and raising its presence in live music and ticketing. In a strategy update, the firm pledged a turn ...

  12. HMV Secures Mama Group Shares

    February 01, 2010 12:00 AM EST U.K. entertainment retailer HMV Group said it has secured acceptances of 56.4% of the shares in live venue joint venture partner Mama Group. HMV had the backing of the share-holding Mama company directors for its Dec. 23 offer of 5.4 pence (8.6 ce ...

  13. @MIDEM: Chris Morrison Blasts File-Sharers

    January 25, 2010 12:00 AM EST Gorillaz manager Chris Morrison launched an impassioned attack on file-sharing, TV talent shows and much else besides as managers took center stage at MIDEM. Morrison was speaking on the "Developing an Artist's Career in Today's Dig ...

  14. @MIDEM: Muzu.TV Expands Reach

    January 25, 2010 12:00 AM EST Dublin-based Music video site Muzu.TV has struck a number of syndication deals with digital partners including AOL Music and the Telegraph Media Group, which it says will help prove the viability of a free ad-funded music service. The deals were u ...

  15. HMV On Course For Mama Takeover

    January 04, 2010 12:00 AM EST U.K. entertainment retailer HMV is on course to purchase its live music joint venture partner Mama Group, after rival bidder SMS Finance confirmed its offer had lapsed without managing to secure the necessary shareholder support. Last month Luxemb ...

  16. HMV Agrees Deal To Buy Live Partner Mama

    December 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST U.K. entertainment retailer HMV has agreed a bid for its live music joint venture partner Mama Group, which values the London-based company at £46 million ($73.4 million). In a statement today (Dec. 23), HMV said its offer of 5.4 pence (8.6 cents) ...

  17. HMV Sales Jump 12.8%

    December 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST HMV U.K. and Ireland increased sales by 12.8% to £470.7 million ($763.8 million) in the six months to Oct. 25, 2009 compared to the same period a year ago. The U.K. entertainment retailer was able to take advantage of the demise of rivals Zavvi an ...

  18. Mama Group Rejects Shareholder's Unsolicited Bid

    December 08, 2009 12:00 AM EST The largest shareholder in Mama Group made an unsolicited cash bid valuing the live music, artist services and consumer company of about £30 million ($48.9 million), but Mama rejected the offer calling it too low. Luxembourg-based investment firm ...

  19. HMV Unveils Curzon Cinema Store

    October 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. entertainment retailer HMV plans to screen live concerts from its own venues at its new hmvcurzon cinema in Wimbledon, south London. The impressive, three-screen cinema above the existing Wimbledon store is a partnership with Curzon Artificia ...

  20. London Paper Cancels 'Headliners' Fest Ahead Of Closure

    September 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT News Corp's News International, owner of the London Paper, has announced the cancellation of its new Headliners event in light of the free weekday paper's imminent closure. The new event, set for Sept. 16 and 17, was to feature over 50 a ...

  21. London Paper Fest Set To Go Ahead

    August 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. venue operator Mama Group still intends to stage a new two-day festival with the London Paper, after News Corp announced that the free daily was closing. News Corp's News International division publishes the title, which launched three y ...

  22. Radiohead Co-Manager Joins Mama, Nettwerk On Artist Venture

    July 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Brian Message, a partner in Courtyard Management, which represents Radiohead, has launched a new artist venture with the London-based Mama Group and Vancouver-based Nettwerk Music Group that will allow artists to retain copyright. Message is repre ...

  23. London Garage Venue To Get Relentless

    June 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT London's Garage Venue will be rechristened the Relentless Garage when it re-opens on June 26, following a partnership between operators the Mama Group and Relentless Energy Drink. Mama Group says the brand partnership is for "the next th ...

  24. Final Major On Board With MUZU

    May 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music U.K. has signed a licensing deal with Irish-based MUZU.TV, a music TV Web site and distribution platform available to consumers in the U.K. and Ireland. MUZU now has all four majors on board for the service. The deal gives MUZU users ...

  25. HMV Unveils Reward Card Scheme

    May 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K entertainment retailer HMV will roll out its new customer loyalty card, Pure HMV, this month and it has revealed trial data showing the benefits of the scheme to suppliers. HMV is also targeting former customers of the defunct Woolworths retai ...

  26. HMV Sales Up 11.7% In 2009

    April 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. entertainment retailer HMV has benefited from the closure of rival Zavvi and the Woolworths retail chain, recording a year-on-year sales volume increase of 11.7% for the 16 weeks ending April 25, 2009. During a conference call, HMV Group chie ...

  27. London Garage Re-Opening

    March 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Garage venue in London, part of the joint venture between Mama Group and entertainment retailer HMV, is to re-open on June 26, 2009. The future of the Garage in north London had been uncertain, but it will now become the first venue to re-open ...

  28. U.K. Study Claims Live Beats Recorded Music Revenue

    March 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT This year's ILMC (International Live Music Conference), the annual confab for international promoters, agent and venue owners, kicked off with a positive outlook despite the global recession. The event, which took place March 13-15 at the Roy ...

  29. MAMA Group, Nettwerk Form Publishing Partnership

    October 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT London-based music and media company MAMA Group has formed a new publishing joint venture with Canadian label and management company Nettwerk Music Group. Manett Publishing Limited will be based in MAMA's London headquarters and will be admin ...

  30. MAMA Group Acquires Festival Operator Angel Music

    April 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT MAMA Group has acquired dance music festival operator Angel Music Group in a deal worth £2.65 million ($5.2 million). The latest acquisition means that MAMA Group has bolstered its festival portfolio, which already includes investments in the Love ...

  31. Warners, Beggars Team On Gig Stream Service

    February 11, 2008 12:00 AM EST Billboard.biz has learned that a group of industry giants, including Warner Music Entertainment (WME), Warner Music International's video-production arm, is to launch a U.K. Internet-delivered TV service devoted to live concerts. Called the L ...

  32. MAMA Group Revamping London's Forum

    January 15, 2008 12:00 AM EST The first phase of the refurbishment of London venue the Forum is underway, as part of a building project that will increase the capacity from 2,110 to 2,350. The refurbishment, which is scheduled to be completed in March, will also provide the op ...

  33. MAMA Snaps Up Nettwerk Stake

    November 30, 2007 12:00 AM EST MAMA Group has acquired a 20% stake in the Nettwerk Music Group, the Canada-based record label, artist management and publishing business. MAMA claim the investment will create the world's largest management collective, with a combined roster ...

  34. Ticket Text Calls MAMA

    November 30, 2007 12:00 AM EST London-based venue operator MAMA Group has signed a deal with Dublin-based mobile ticketing service Ticket Text, covering the group's 18 British venues. The agreement will see Ticket Text providing services for all MAMA venues, which include ...

  35. Sanctuary In Takeover Approach

    May 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Sanctuary Group, the financially troubled British music company, is in the crosshairs of a takeover move. Following a significant rise in the independent company's shareprice, Sanctuary confirmed today that it "has received approaches fr ...

  36. Live Nation Continues Expansion

    March 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. expansion of live music juggernaut Live Nation continued today with its acquisition of a major stake in venue operator Academy Music Group (AMG). The share was acquired from RJD Partners, the private equity investment firm. Now Live Natio ...

  37. MAMA Group Pulls Out Of Sanctuary Takeover

    October 10, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Music firm MAMA Group has withdrawn its proposals to acquire British independent music firm Sanctuary Group. Music firm MAMA Group has withdrawn its proposals to acquire British independent music firm Sanctuary Group. In a statement issued Monday ...

  38. MAMA Group Pulls Out Of Sanctuary Takeover

    October 10, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Music firm MAMA Group has withdrawn its proposals to acquire British independent music firm Sanctuary Group. Music firm MAMA Group has withdrawn its proposals to acquire British independent music firm Sanctuary Group. In a statement issued Monday ...

  39. Sanctuary Planning Town House Closure?

    July 31, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Iconic studios on sale for more than six months. Embattled U.K. independent music company Sanctuary Group is believed to be closing down the iconic Sanctuary Town House recording studios, formerly one of its prized assets, because it has failed to ...

  40. Sanctuary Responds To Hostile Takeover

    July 24, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Willing to discuss bid from smaller rival MAMA Group. Sanctuary Group, the U.K.-based international independent music group, confirmed today (July 24) that it is willing to discuss a potential hostile takeover bid from smaller rival MAMA Group. MA ...