Mergers and acquisitions

  1. New Lawsuit Asks for Unwinding of Maker-Disney Merger

    April 17, 2014 8:44 PM EDT Former Maker Studios employee Andy Faberlle has hit the digital studio with a new lawsuit that demands a rescission of the Disney merger. Faberlle identifies himself as a Maker stockholder. His LinkedIn profile says he worked at the company from A ...

  2. Ex-Maker Studios CEO Lawsuit Seeks to Halt Disney Sale

    April 10, 2014 6:06 PM EDT Disney's proposed acquisition of digital video studio Maker Studios isn't going off without a hitch. In response to the $500 million acquisition announced last month, Maker co-founder and former chief executive Danny Zappin is asking a C ...

  3. Rizvi Traverse On Verge of Acquiring SESAC

    December 21, 2012 11:15 AM EST Rizvi Traverse, a private equity firm, appears to be on the verge of acquiring SESAC, according to a filing with the SEC. On Dec. 11, Rizvi Traverse's Rizvi Opportunistic Equity Fund II, L.P. filed for an early termination notice from a Hart- ...

  4. Jody Gerson

    November 30, 2012 12:52 PM EST Co-president, Sony/ATV Music Publishing Merger Management One of the first major initiatives to follow the Sony/ATV-EMI merger was a gathering in Miami of songwriters from both publishing companies to begin work on Enrique Iglesias' next albu ...

  5. EMI Publishing Catalog Down to Four Suitors, One Bid Outstanding

    November 28, 2012 8:20 PM EST With one bid still outstanding, the auction to sell off a portion of EMI's publishing catalog is now down to four suitors. According to sources, those still in contention to buy the portfolio of songs -- dubbed the Rosetta catalog, which cont ...

  6. Michael Jackson's Mijac Music Catalog Moves to Sony/ATV

    August 20, 2012 10:43 AM EDT Sony/ATV Music Publishing, which is a joint venture between Sony Corp. and the estate of Michael Jackson, will take over worldwide administration of Michael Jackson's Mijac Music Catalog, which has been handled by Warner/Chappell Music Publis ...

  7. Senators' Letter on Universal Music-EMI Deal Warns of 'Significant Competition Issues'

    August 03, 2012 1:24 PM EDT Two U.S. Senators today sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission, asking it to carefully review Universal Music Group's proposed acquisition of EMI. "Without reaching any final judgment as to the legality of the deal under the antit ...

  8. Updated: Sony-Led Group Closes Purchase of EMI Music Publishing

    June 29, 2012 10:54 AM EDT The Sony Corp. of America led investor consortium completed its acquisition of EMI Music Publishing today, just hours after the Federal Trade Commission issued a statement saying it closed its antitrust investigation of the $2.2 billion deal -- wh ...

  9. It's Official: Sony-Led Acquisition of EMI Music Publishing Approved by EU

    April 19, 2012 12:06 PM EDT Despite vigorous protests from independent label groups , the Warner Music Group and digerati organizations, the Sony Corporation of America-led consortium's acquisition of EMI Music Publishing sailed through the European regulatory process, ...

  10. Sony's Acquisition of EMI to Be Approved Today, Sources Say

    April 19, 2012 12:05 AM EDT According to multiple sources, the European Commission is expected to announce Thursday its approval of the purchase of EMI Music Publishing by the Sony Corp. of America-led consortium. The news was first reported in the Financial Times. That acqu ...

  11. Sony Plans To Cut 326 EMI Music Publishing Jobs Over Two Years

    April 18, 2012 1:03 PM EDT If the consortium led by Sony Corp. of America gets approval to acquire EMI Music Publishing, it would cut 326 positions over two years to achieve $70 million in net cost savings, according to a story by Ben Sisario published in the New York Times ...

  12. Sony/ATV Names Rob Wiesenthal President of International

    March 29, 2012 3:20 PM EDT Rob Wiesenthal has been named president of international at Sony/ATV Music Publishing, the company announced today. Wiesenthal, who was formerly executive VP/CFO at Sony Corp. of America and chief strategy officer for Sony Entertainment, will be b ...

  13. California Attorney General's Office Making Inquiries About EMI Music Sale: Report

    March 28, 2012 9:05 AM EDT California Attorney General Kamala Harris is making legal inquiries about the planned sale of EMI, according to two sources cited by Bloomberg . The sale of the company's recorded-music operation to Universal Music and its publishing to a Son ...

  14. Sony/ATV Offers Unspecified Concessions to European Union in EMI Music Publishing Deal

    March 27, 2012 3:49 PM EDT BRUSSELS (AP) - A group of investors led by Sony has offered concessions to the European Union to get approval for its deal to buy part of iconic British music company EMI, the bloc's competition regulator said Tuesday. Sony/ATV, a joint vent ...

  15. Martin Bandier Signs Long-Term Contract To Remain Chairman/CEO of Sony/ATV

    March 19, 2012 8:29 AM EDT Martin Bandier has signed a long-term contact extension to remain as chairman and CEO of Sony/ATV Music, according to the company. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. In the five years since joining Sony/ATV, the company said Bandier had grown t ...

  16. Billboard Power 100: Jody Gerson

    January 26, 2012 10:22 PM EST No. 90 Jody Gerson Co-President Sony/ATV Music Publishing Twitter: @JodyGerson Early Adopter... Jody Gerson segued from one power post to another in 2008 when she joined Sony/ATV as co-president after 17 years of helming EMI Music Publishing' ...

  17. Billboard Power 100: John Branca

    January 26, 2012 7:48 PM EST No. 72 John Branca Partner Ziffren Brittenham The King of Pop's King of Legal Attorney John Branca has represented the Rolling Stones, the Beach Boys, the Doors, Fleetwood Mac and more. And he's been involved in significant music busines ...

  18. Entertainment Merger and Acquisition Activity to Pick Up in 2012 (Report)

    January 24, 2012 7:54 AM EST When you strip out value related to the gigantic marriage of Comcast and NBCUniversal, merger and acquisition activity fell slightly in the entertainment and media industries in the U.S., but it should pick up in 2012. According to a Pricewaterhou ...

  19. Marty Bandier, Sony ATV CEO, Reveals Plans for EMI Music Publishing, Keeping Name: Report

    December 07, 2011 3:08 PM EST Sony/ATV CEO Marty Bandier recently revealed that EMI Music Publishing, which stands as the second biggest music publisher behind Universal Publishing, will in fact be keeping its name, according to a story in the most recent edition of Music Week ...

  20. Sony Corp. USA To own 38% of EMI Music Publishing, No Official Word on Staffing

    November 11, 2011 8:46 PM EST Sony Corp. USA will own 38% of EMI Music Publishing and provide management oversight for the EMI music publishing operations. That's the word from Rob Wiesenthal, the executive VP/CFO at Sony Corporation of America. "We are providing ope ...

  21. It's Official: Sony-Led Group Purchases EMI Music Publishing for $2.2 Billion

    November 11, 2011 6:38 PM EST It's official: An investment group led by Sony Corp. has signed a definitive purchase agreement to acquire EMI Music Publishing for $2.2 billion from Citigroup. In addition to Sony Corp. of America, the investment group is comprised of the es ...

  22. Sony/ATV Music Publishing Enters India

    September 21, 2011 8:11 AM EDT NEW DELHI - Music publishing company Sony/ATV, co-owned by The Michael Jackson Family Trust and Sony Music Global, has entered India's nascent music publishing market via a strategic alliance with Sony Music Entertainment India. Sony/ATV will ...

  23. Primary Wave and Violator Merge To Form Primary Violator Management

    September 16, 2011 7:47 AM EDT In a move to build a powerhouse management company, Primary Wave Talent Management and Chris Lighty's Violater Management are merging to form Primary Violator. The merged company will be headed by Primary Wave Music founder and CEO Larry Mest ...

  24. Randy Shefer: 30 Under 30

    July 01, 2011 10:00 AM EDT Randy Shefer Director, Videogames, Film and TV Music, Sony/ATV Music Publishing At Sony/ATV, Randy Shefer, 28, has helped ramp up the firm's presence in videogame soundtracks. Sony/ATV co-president Jody Gerson says Shefer "has built stro ...

  25. How Top Warner Music Execs Are Cashing in on Acquisition, and What a Completed Deal is Worth to Them

    June 22, 2011 2:01 PM EDT Warner Music Group's two top execs, Edgar Bronfman Jr. and Lyor Cohen, have already cashed out of stocks and will enjoy large golden parachutes when the company's acquisition by Access Industries is complete. If the recommendation of gov ...

  26. Warner Music Group Shareholder Lawsuits to Be Settled

    June 20, 2011 3:43 PM EDT Two class action lawsuits that alleged the Warner Music Group board of directors breached their fiduciary responsibilities by agreeing to sell the company for unfair and inadequate compensation will be settled. According to a WMG proxy statement f ...

  27. It's Official: Access Industries to Acquire Warner Music Group for $3.3 Billion

    May 06, 2011 9:49 AM EDT Access Industries' winning bid for Warner Music Group will pay $8.25 per share in an all-cash deal, according to a joint press release issued Friday morning. The deal is for both Warner's recorded music and publishing divisions. Shares o ...

  28. Warner Music Group Auction In Final Stretch; One New Bidder Since Last Week

    May 03, 2011 7:33 PM EDT As the Warner Music Group (WMG) auction comes into the final stretch, there appears to be three bidders still in the running -- but only two of them are the same as last week. Ron Burkle's Yucaipa Companies dropped out of the bidding, Bloombe ...

  29. Who the Heck Wants to Invest in Music These Days? Lots of People

    April 25, 2011 2:53 PM EDT If you have read newspapers and blogs in the last few years, you know there's no money to be made in music. So why are billions being invested in music companies? Is there really that much dumb money going into the wrong industry instead of f ...

  30. Wall Street Analysts, Investors Unenthusiastic About Possible Live Nation-Warner Music Union

    April 04, 2011 1:51 PM EDT While the stock market appears indifferent to Live Nation's bid for the Warner Music Group 's recorded music operation, Wall Street analysts and investors surveyed by Billboard over the past couple of days gave the potential deal a thumb ...

  31. Analysis: Interpreting Live Nation's Bid For Warner's Record Labels

    April 01, 2011 8:10 AM EDT The most disruptive bid for Warner Music Group could, surprisingly, also be the one that makes the most sense. Live Nation's bid for the record label portion of Warner represents untapped potential, value that other bidders cannot unlock. At ...

  32. Entertainment And Media Deals Lead 2010 Mergers and Acquisitions

    January 28, 2011 6:54 AM EST U.S. entertainment and media industry merger and acquisition activity rose slightly in 2010 when looking at the number of deals and outpaced the overall U.S. deal market, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers. However, the total value of completed i ...

  33. 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 ...

  34. Analyst Dumps Live Nation Stock

    April 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT While many experts predicted the Ticketmaster-Live Nation merger would create an unstoppable live music behemoth, one analyst has dumped Live Nation from one of his portfolios. In Morningstar’s StockInvestor newsletter, Morningstar equities strate ...

  35. The Orchard To Merge With Parent Company

    March 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Orchard today asked stockholders to approve a formal merger with parent company Dimensional Associates. When complete, the merger would make the Orchard again a privately owned company. Dimensional already owns 42% of the company's outsta ...

  36. Live Nation Entertainment: New Tactics, No Income Gains In 2010

    February 25, 2010 12:00 AM EST The public got a closer look at the recently merged Live Nation Entertainment on Thursday when the company reported its fourth quarter and full-year results . Analysts heard no income gains would be visible in 2010. Competitors heard about new tic ...

  37. Business Matters: Live Nation Ent., AEG, David Pakman

    February 04, 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 . -- In the wake of the Live Nation-Ticketmaster merger AEG ...

  38. DOJ Draws Criticism Over Ticketmaster-Live Nation Merger

    January 29, 2010 12:00 AM EST The newly formed Live Nation Entertainment has industry watchers asking this: Why would the government allow a vertical merger that could possibly limit competition? Promoters are upset a competitor will have their ticketing data. And most everybo ...

  39. Analysis: The Potential In Live Nation Entertainment

    January 27, 2010 12:00 AM EST Here's the Live Nation-Ticketmaster merger in a nutshell: a company with nearly a 40% gross margin percentage and a slight but positive net profit (Ticketmaster) is going to build a live events powerhouse with a company with a 20% gross margi ...

  40. Analysis: Events To Watch In Early 2010

    December 31, 2009 12:00 AM EST The year will get off to a fast start as early 2010 will contain important events for numerous segments of the music industry. In retail, the holiday performance of Trans World will show whether or not the company has started to turn a corner. In ...

  41. U.K. Regulator's U-Turn On Ticketmaster, Live Nation

    December 22, 2009 12:00 AM EST In its ruling today (Dec. 22), the Competition Commission (CC) completely changed its position on the proposed merger of Live Nation and Ticketmaster in the U.K. Such an about-turn for the U.K. regulator is "unusual" according to Simon B ...

  42. U.K. Body Approves Ticketmaster, Live Nation Merger

    December 22, 2009 12:00 AM EST Ticketmaster and Live Nation have welcomed the Competition Commission's (CC) decision to clear the proposed merger of the companies in the U.K. The CC has concluded today (Dec. 22) that the merger will not result in a substantial lessening of ...

  43. Kasabian Signs With Sony/ATV

    December 14, 2009 12:00 AM EST Sony/ATV Music Publishing U.K. has signed a worldwide publishing deal with British rock act Kasabian and its principal songwriter, Sergio Pizzorno. The deal, which is an exclusive worldwide, long-term songwriter agreement, covers future Kasabian r ...

  44. Business Matters: We7, Live Nation, Ticketmaster

    December 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Continuing its series on executive Q&As on the topic of ad-supported music, Music Ally talks to We7's Steve Purdham . While Purdham� ...

  45. ICM's Jeff Berg Cautious About Mega-Deals

    November 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST Even as Comcast gets set to acquire NBC Universal, International Creative Management (ICM) chairman and CEO Jeff Berg says the industry should keep expectations about the benefits of mega-deals in check. "I've never seen a merger or a fi ...

  46. The Song Is Mine: Sony/ATV Pursues New Opportunities

    August 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The death of a co-owner is a sad and difficult passage for any company. But when the co-owner in question is Michael Jackson and the company is Sony/ATV Music Publishing, the proprietor of the Beatles song catalog, the transition is bound to attra ...

  47. SEC Filing Outlines A Merged Ticketmaster-Live Nation

    July 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Ticketmaster and Live Nation filed a Form S-4 joint proxy statement/prospectus with the SEC on Wednesday. The document is not complete but offers many details on the proposed merger of the two companies. - Michael Rapino is expected to serve as pr ...

  48. Tickmaster/Live Nation Merger Under U.K. Scrutiny

    June 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. OFT (Office of Fair Trading) has referred the proposed merger between Ticketmaster Entertainment Inc and Live Nation Inc to the Competition Commission. Prior to the proposed merger, Live Nation made a deal with Europe's largest ticke ...

  49. Neil Diamond Re-signs With Sony/ATV

    May 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sony/ATV Music Publishing has re-signed singer/songwriter Neil Diamond to a long-term, worldwide publishing agreement. Diamond, who has been with Sony/ATV since 1992, has sold more than 125 million records, scored 36 top 40 hits and performed at t ...

  50. Music Biz Coalition Makes Unauthorized Use Of Beatles Lyrics

    April 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The musicFirst Coalition has been highly critical of terrestrial radio stations for what it argues is their failure to provide artists and musicians with fair compensation for use of their recordings. But the recording industry lobbying group appa ...

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