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  1. Total Audience for Online Video Continues to Climb

    January 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST Despite having achieved mainstream status a few years ago, the total audience for online video continues to balloon. And YouTube’s dominance in the category seems boundless, as the site delivered more than 10 times as many video streams as any oth ...

  2. Former Spice Girl To Host Dance Show

    January 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST NBC Universal cable networks Oxygen and Bravo announced a slew of programming moves Sunday at the Television Critics Assn. press tour. Oxygen unveiled several new series in development, the expansion of its original programming to a second night o ...

  3. Obama Adminstration Pledges Anti-Piracy Help

    December 15, 2009 12:00 AM EST President Obama's administration continues to reassure the movie, music, television, newspaper and other creative communities that it takes seriously its responsibility to enforce laws against the piracy of intellectual content. In a meeting ...

  4. Business Matters: Apple, Lala, Vevo, Rock Hall Of Fame

    December 07, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- An analyst at UBS Investment Research believes Apple's purchase of Lala ties into the company's $1 billion data server farm project i ...

  5. 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� ...

  6. Taylor Swift Links With Comcast For VOD Deal

    December 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST In another sign of its commitment to building content strength, Comcast unveiled an exclusive VOD partnership with country singer Taylor Swift Wednesday - a day ahead of a likely announcement of a deal that would give the cable giant a 51% stake i ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. The Hispanic Market Is Set to Soar

    November 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST Hispanic Americans continue to grow in number at a rate four times that of the general population, with the 2010 Census expected to show their total rising to nearly 50 million, from 38 million in 2000. And second-generation Hispanics are fast bec ...

  9. Ex-Orchard CEO Greg Scholl Joins NBC Universal

    October 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT NBC Local Media has create a new top management structure. Greg Scholl has joined the NBC Universal local media division in the newly created position of president, local media platforms. Scholl’s first day will be Nov. 2, reporting to John Wallac ...

  10. Jet Single To Get Extra TV Time During 'Saturday Night Live'

    October 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The next episode of NBC's "Saturday Night Live" will be presented by a single advertiser for the first time in the show's 35-season history. To promote Bud Light Golden Wheat, Anheuser-Busch has purchased a sponsorship of the O ...

  11. Bon Jovi Teams Up With NBC

    October 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Bon Jovi has a new album and a new gig -- artist in residence with U.S. television network NBC, its affiliated cable TV networks, and all its news, information and digital brands. In a deal unveiled by NBC Universal, the veteran rock band will per ...

  12. Music Label Video Site Vevo In Talks With CBS, NBC

    September 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Vevo, an online music video start-up backed by two major music labels and supported by YouTube's technology platform, is in talks with CBS Corp and NBC to license and develop shows for the Web, according to two people familiar with the talks. ...

  13. Google Sells Underperforming Radio Ad Business

    August 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Google Inc. has found a buyer for a radio advertising business it has abandoned as part of efforts to cut costs and jettison underperforming operations. WideOrbit Inc., a privately held company that makes software for the broadcast TV and radio in ...

  14. Televisa To Air Telemundo Content On Latam Pay TV

    July 31, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Mexican broadcaster Televisa will add content from network Telemundo to its pay channels as it strengthens links with the U.S. No. 2 Spanish-language television company to boost viewership. Starting this weekend, Televisa will air Telemundo's ...

  15. Oxygen Flips Switch On Emerging Artist Campaign

    July 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT NBC Universal's Oxygen is breaking into song this summer, launching a new music initiative designed to introduce the network's girl-power demo to a roster of emerging artists. Starting today (July 15) , the network will flip the switch o ...

  16. Though Hispanics Embrace The Web, Video Content Lags

    June 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The fast-growing Hispanic Web audience has a ravenous appetite for video on the Web. But digital buyers complain of a dearth of content targeted to this group, and say that a huge market exists for the right video purveyor to serve. According to c ...

  17. Hulu Moves To Loop In More Live Programming

    May 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Hulu—the home of a growing library of on-demand TV programming-- is expanding into more live content. The site, a joint venture between News Corp, NBC Universal and most recently Disney, will on June 1 stream a live Dave Mathews Band concert from ...

  18. Disney Joins Hulu Video Site

    May 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Walt Disney Co will buy a 30% stake in Hulu.com, bringing popular TV shows such as "Lost" and "Grey's Anatomy" to the video Web site founded by NBC Universal and News Corp. Disney's entrance, which comes after months ...

  19. Sony, Lionsgate Included In YouTube Deal

    April 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT In a move intended to strike back at the encroaching Hulu, YouTube announced a series of partnerships that will enable it to stream a range of full-length movies and television shows. The pics and episodes, which will be streamed on a separate sec ...

  20. Telemundo Goes Hi-Def

    March 31, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Telemundo, the NBC Universal-owned Spanish-language network, will start broadcasting in high-definition beginning in April. Telemundo said it would be the first Spanish-language network to offer HD content both at the local and network levels. (A ...

  21. Van Dyke Parks Signs Up To Big Sound

    March 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Veteran U.S. producer and songwriter Van Dyke Parks is one of the guest speakers confirmed for the Australian Big Sound music industry summit and showcase event this September, organizers said today. Now in its eighth year, the Brisbane, Queenslan ...

  22. Universal EBITA Profits Up 11.6%

    March 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group's EBITA for the full year 2008 increased 11.6% at constant currency rates to €686 million ($863.4 million). The figure represents a 9.9% increase in actual currency. UMG's revenues in 2008 were €4.65 billion ($5.85 ...

  23. NBC Takes Record $206 Million In Super Bowl Ads

    February 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST NBC Sports scored a major victory with its record $206 million in ad revenue from Sunday's Super Bowl game. It also brought in $261 million, also a record, for the full day including the pre- and postgame shows. That's nothing to sniff a ...

  24. Super Bowl Ads: Ten Top Spots That Connected Brands With Bands

    January 30, 2009 12:00 AM EST Billboard went through all the Super Bowl ads of the past 10 years to find the spots that connected music and brands in ads that were exceptional. Budweiser "Gonna Fly Now" 2008 Part of Rocky's long-standing grip on pop culture can ...

  25. Digital Briefs: Hulu Partnership, RIAA Appeal, WMG/YouTube

    December 29, 2008 12:00 AM EST - There's more talk of the major labels creating a single online music video spot. According to the Financial Times , plans under discussion include "a partnership with Hulu, the online television and film joint venture between News Corp ...

  26. ASCAP Names Senior Digital VP

    December 15, 2008 12:00 AM EST ASCAP has named Kevin Gage its senior VP of strategic planning and digital development, a newly established position. Gage comes to ASCAP from NBC Universal, where he directed global new media distribution and strategy. He previously held various ...

  27. EMI Music CEO Applauds Govt Action On ISPs

    November 21, 2008 12:00 AM EST EMI Music CEO Elio Leoni-Sceti has spoken of his support for the U.K. government's and others' attempts to get ISPs to tackle illegal file-sharing, while admitting the music industry failed to adapt to changes in consumer behavior. Leoni ...

  28. Analyst: Hulu To Match YouTube Revs Next Year

    November 18, 2008 12:00 AM EST As Universal Music Group continues to ponder launching a Hulu-like site for music videos, Screen Digest analyst Arash Amel released a prediction that could add momentum to the idea. According to a Financial Times article , Amel says the Hulu servi ...

  29. Yahoo, Telemundo to Shutter Yahoo Telemundo

    November 17, 2008 12:00 AM EST Yahoo and Telemundo have agreed to shut down the two-year old co-branded site Yahoo Telemundo by the end of 2008, as each company will essentially launch their own Spanish-language portal next year. On Jan. 1, Telemundo will roll out the stand alo ...

  30. TV Azteca's Profit Up 12% On Olympics

    October 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Mexican broadcaster TV Azteca said Thursday that third-quarter net income rose 12% on increased sales generated from coverage of the Olympic Games. Mexico's No. 2 network reported a net profit of 492 million pesos ($45 million), up from 447 m ...

  31. Televisa Inks Another Deal With U.S. Telemundo

    October 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Mexico's top broadcaster Televisa said on Monday one of its units reached a deal to carry programs produced by U.S. Spanish-language network Telemundo through several of its digital services in Mexico. This is Televisa's third agreement ...

  32. Media Execs: Grow Slow, Smart

    October 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT While some investors think there are cheap opportunities in times of financial turbulence for patient companies with deep pockets, other executives speaking at the Media & Money conference in New York urged businesses to proceed with caution. ...

  33. Bush Signs Controversial Anti-Piracy Law

    October 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT U.S. President George W. Bush signed into law on Monday a controversial bill that would stiffen penalties for movie and music piracy at the federal level. The law creates an intellectual property czar who will report directly to the president on h ...

  34. Vivendi Sees Music Biz Hitting Digital Stride

    September 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Vivendi expects the music business could finally hit its digital growth stride, and Universal Music Group will shine, Jean-Bernard Levy, chairman of the management board and CEO, said Wednesday. "I think we are close to the turning point,&quo ...

  35. Going For The Gold

    August 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT As the 2008 Summer Olympics came to a close Aug. 24 in Beijing, the world's top athletes weren't the only ones celebrating victory. Such artists as Taylor Swift, Chris Brown and Brandi Carlile enjoyed a significant lift in sales thanks t ...

  36. Zune Pursuing Original Content

    August 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Microsoft's Zune is looking to Hollywood to gain an edge on Apple's iPod. Microsoft executives have been making the rounds at talent agencies and production companies in recent months in hopes of licensing exclusive original video progra ...

  37. Uva Takes Over At Univision

    May 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT There is a new, more open dynamic at work at Hispanic powerhouse Univision -- and the change can in large part be attributed to the tone set by CEO Joe Uva. While no one would ever describe Uva as an over-the-top personality, his hands-on approach ...

  38. NBC Reveals Upcoming Shows

    May 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT There wasn't a lot of suspense - but there were a lot of American Gladiators. Upfronts - the week when television networks unveil their upcoming programming slates to advertisers in hopes they will make ad buys - kicked off on Monday with NBC ...

  39. Mun2 Reveals Programming Slate

    May 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A quiz show, a quarterly comedy special and short-form programming are in the 2008-2009 programming lineup announced by mun2. At its upfront presentation in New York, the NBC Universal-owned bilingual youth channel introduced "You Said What?& ...

  40. Mexico's Televisa, Partner Univision Push Back Trial

    April 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Leading Spanish-language broadcaster Televisa and partner Univision have pushed back a trial over the Mexican company's bid to pull out of a programming deal, a sign that an out-of-court settlement may be in the works. The two companies were ...

  41. Telemundo, Televisa Strike Mexico Broadcast Alliance

    March 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT NBC Universal's U.S. Spanish language network Telemundo has signed an exclusive programming license agreement to have its content distributed in Mexico through Televisa, the giant Mexican network. The distribution deal includes broadcast TV, ...

  42. mun2 Extends Reach Via Comcast

    March 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST Bilingual entertainment cable channel mun2 will grow its reach from 17 million to 24 million subscribers next month through a long-term carriage agreement with Comcast. Comcast will begin carrying mun2 on its most widely-available tier of digital ...

  43. News Corp, Majors Prepping Download Site: Reports

    February 18, 2008 12:00 AM EST News Corp. is working on a joint venture music site between the four major labels and MySpace, according to PaidContent.org. The site would be similar to Hulu.com, the video venture backed by News Corp. and NBC Universal, which is now in beta. The ...

  44. NBC Universal Pulls Content From iTunes

    December 03, 2007 12:00 AM EST NBC Universal made good on its declared intent to pull all of its content from Apple's iTunes, following through during the weekend as its contract with the platform expired. This comes as two separate research reports were published Monday a ...

  45. VC Dollars Grow In Entertainment Space

    November 28, 2007 12:00 AM EST Where there are people on the Internet, chances are there will soon be money. Social networking and user-generated content sites, online advertising optimizers, casual video games, and virtual worlds are not only attracting growing numbers of cons ...

  46. BPI Appoints General Counsel

    November 28, 2007 12:00 AM EST The BPI has hired Kiaron Whitehead as its new general counsel, with effect from March 2008. Whitehead will join the trade body after six years working as a media and entertainment litigator with the firm Forbes Anderson Free, where he represented ...

  47. Zel To Exit Telemundo

    October 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Telemundo senior executive VP for strategy Antoinette Zel is leaving the company, the network confirmed. Her contract ends Nov. 15. A Telemundo spokeswoman said the decision not to renew Zel's contract was mutual, and that she is "pursui ...

  48. Swift, Tunstall, Yamin Lined-up For NBC's 'Seasons'

    October 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Taylor Swift , KT Tunstall and Elliott Yamin have been chosen as the featured artists for the fifth annual "NBC Sounds of the Season" music collection. Comprised of three individual albums retailing for $6.99 each, the collection will be ...

  49. Vivendi Calls Apple iTunes Contract Terms 'Indecent'

    September 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Vivendi condemned as "indecent" the contract terms between its Universal Music Group (UMG) unit and Apple Inc, the computer maker whose iTunes online store dominates the digital music market. Vivendi is one of many large media companies ...

  50. 'SNL' Taps Target For Exclusive Release

    September 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The first “Saturday Night Live” CD of live performances in nearly 10 years will be sold exclusively at Target retail stores, Billboard.biz has learned. Priced at $13.98, “Live From SNL! Music Performances From Saturday Night Live” will become avai ...

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