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  1. NBC Universal Drops iTunes TV Deal

    August 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT NBC Universal is following the footsteps of Universal Music Group and cancelling its contract with iTunes. The company informed Apple Thursday that it did not intend to renew the current agreement, which is set to expire in December. According to ...

  2. Telemundo Names Wilkey Senior VP

    July 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Ken Wilkey has been named senior VP of Telemundo Network, overseeing the company's broadcast operations and production services. Wilkey will be based in Hialeah, Fla., reporting to Derek Bond, executive VP of Telemundo studios and broadcast o ...

  3. Yahoo, USA To Cross-Promote Unsigned Acts

    May 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Yahoo! Music has inked a deal with NBC Universal's USA Networks to cross-promote music from unsigned artists. Under the agreement, Yahoo! will feed data on unsigned acts popular with its Launchcast streaming radio listeners to USA. The TV net ...

  4. Clear Channel Launches Social Networking Sites

    April 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Radio giant Clear Channel is getting into the social networking business. The company's online music and radio division is introducing a dozen station-branded social networks in the coming months. Each social network will function essentially ...

  5. Famed Hollywood Lobbyist Jack Valenti Dies

    April 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Jack Valenti, a former presidential aide who became Hollywood's emissary to Washington and developer of the U.S. movie rating system, died on Thursday at age 85, his longtime spokesman, Warren Cowan, said. Valenti served as an aide to Preside ...

  6. Internet Group Buys Wurld Media

    February 28, 2007 12:00 AM EST Broadband Internet services firm Roo Group has purchased P2P music service Wurld Media for $10 million. Roo clients include NewsCorp, Verizon, The Street.com and others. The Wurld Media P2P music service licenses music from all the major labels, a ...

  7. Viacom Demands YouTube Remove Videos

    February 05, 2007 12:00 AM EST Viacom Inc. on Friday demanded that Google Inc.'s online video service YouTube remove more than 100,000 video clips after they failed to reach a distribution agreement. Viacom said it sent a notice to YouTube on Friday morning asking the popu ...

  8. Gov't, Biz Urged To Unite On Piracy Battle

    January 31, 2007 12:00 AM EST NBC Universal chairman and CEO Bob Wright has called on governments and businesses to join forces in a rigorous alliance to combat piracy and counterfeiting. Wright appealed to broadband providers, Internet auction sites, financial intermediaries ...

  9. Industry Leaders Gather In Geneva For Piracy Meeting

    January 29, 2007 12:00 AM EST NBC Universal head Bob Wright is among dozens of CEOs and ministers in Geneva Tuesday (Jan. 30) for a major two-day meeting aimed at stamping out piracy and counterfeiting. The gathering, under the Global Congress on Combating Counterfeiting and P ...

  10. CES Verizon Programs TV Shows

    January 08, 2007 12:00 AM EST Verizon Wireless said Sunday (Jan. 7) that it will become the first major carrier to broadcast live full-length television episodes. V Cast Mobile TV will include ad-supported programming from seven distinct channels culled from content partners C ...

  11. Viacom Requests YouTube To Delete Clips

    November 01, 2006 12:00 AM EST Includes videos from The Daily Show. Viacom Inc. has requested that video Web site YouTube take down some Viacom videos, including shows by comedians Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, as part of ongoing discussions on how the two companies can work ...

  12. AOL To Offer Movie, TV Show Downloads

    October 23, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Internet giant inks deal with Paramount. Movies and television shows from Paramount Pictures will be available for sale through AOL's new video portal under a deal announced Monday. Classics such as "Breakfast at Tiffany's" and ...

  13. AOL To Offer Movie, TV Show Downloads

    October 23, 2006 12:00 AM EDT AOL and Paramount Pictures have signed a deal that will allow AOL to sell downloadable versions of Paramount films and television shows through its new video portal. Consumers will own the movies and Movies and television shows from Paramount Pict ...

  14. IMF Inks Deal With New NBC Video Venture

    September 12, 2006 12:00 AM EDT B2B service to carry IMF programming. The International Music Feed has signed a content deal with the newly launched nbbc, NBC Universal's digital B2B marketplace. Under the deal, nbbc will now carry IMF videos and programming, including spec ...

  15. YouTube, Labels Talk Video Deal

    August 15, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Site receives over 100 millions views a day. YouTube Inc. said on Tuesday (Aug. 15) it is talking with record labels to post thousands of music videos online, aiming to move beyond being a site for sharing home videos to a provider of mainstream e ...

  16. Vivendi Drops 'Universal'

    April 21, 2006 12:00 AM EDT French media, telecom giant voted to change name. The French media and telecom giant Vivendi Universal has voted to drop the word Universal from its name. The company will be now known as Vivendi. It had to jettison the Universal moniker as part o ...

  17. France's Legal File-Sharing Plan Advancing

    February 06, 2006 12:00 AM EST The French government is moving ahead with plans for a controversial law that would legalize file-sharing of music and films, a move that could undo years of anti-piracy work by the entertainment indu The French government is moving ahead with pla ...

  18. France's Legal File-Sharing Plan Advancing

    February 06, 2006 12:00 AM EST The French government is moving ahead with plans for a controversial law that would legalize file-sharing of music and films, a move that could undo years of anti-piracy work by the entertainment indu The French government is moving ahead with pla ...

  19. Vivendi Universal Buys Out Matsushita

    February 02, 2006 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group parent Vivendi Universal today (Feb. 2) said that it will acquire from Matsushita the 7.66% share it owns of Universal Studios Holding I Corp. The deal is valued at $1.154 billio Universal Music Group parent Vivendi Universal ...

  20. Vivendi Universal Buys Out Matsushita

    February 02, 2006 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group parent Vivendi Universal today (Feb. 2) said that it will acquire from Matsushita the 7.66% share it owns of Universal Studios Holding I Corp. The deal is valued at $1.154 billio Universal Music Group parent Vivendi Universal ...

  21. Mun2 Ratings Up in 2005 Despite Overhaul

    February 01, 2006 12:00 AM EST Primetime ratings up 33% among viewers 12-24. Bilingual network mun2, which last year underwent a dramatic programming and managerial makeover, is already registering a growth in ratings, according to fourth quarter results provided by Nielsen Med ...

  22. Analyst: Media Stocks To Rebound

    December 30, 2005 12:00 AM EST 'The radio industry is poised for an upswing.' Media stocks should pick up the pace in 2006, many Wall Street analysts said. Considering their performance in 2005, though, it is an easy comparison. Of the major entertainment conglomerate ...

  23. Paramount, DreamWorks Deal Impacts

    December 12, 2005 12:00 AM EST Yesterday's (Dec. 11) announcement that Paramount Pictures Corp. was acquiring DreamWorks SKG in a $1.6 billion deal will have major implications in the home video industry. Yesterday’s (Dec. 11) announcement that Paramount Pictures Corp. was ...

  24. Paxson CEO Out As Part Of NBC Uni Settlement

    November 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST NBC Universal and broadcaster Paxson Communications unveiled a broad new agreement Nov. 7 that settles their long-standing legal and financial disputes. NEW YORK (The Hollywood Reporter) -- NBC Universal and broadcaster Paxson Communications unvei ...

  25. Keynotes Set For Digital Ent & Media Expo

    October 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Event being held November 30-December 1 in L.A. The 2005 Digital Entertainment & Media Expo, organized by VNU Expositions and being held at the Hyatt Regency Century City Plaza in L.A., will feature keynote speakers Christie Hefner (chairman/C ...

  26. NBC Uni Renews DreamWorks Bid

    October 18, 2005 12:00 AM EDT NBC Universal is back in the hunt to buy DreamWorks SKG. (The Hollywood Reporter) -- NBC Universal is back in the hunt to buy DreamWorks SKG. Although DreamWorks broke off exclusive talks three weeks ago, NBC Uni made a new offer on Oct. 14, accor ...

  27. Global Anti-Piracy Coalition Launched

    October 11, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A coalition of cross-industries business leaders from some of the world's top companies launched Oct. 4 an initiative to address the theft of intellectual property at the highest international level. LONDON -- A coalition of cross-industries ...

  28. Global Anti-piracy Coalition Launched

    October 04, 2005 12:00 AM EDT BASCAP is a cross-industry initiative. A coalition of cross-industries business leaders from some of the world's top companies launched today (Oct. 4) an initiative to address the theft of intellectual property at the highest international le ...

  29. DreamWorks, NBC Uni Talks End

    October 04, 2005 12:00 AM EDT DreamWorks SKG ended exclusive discussions with NBC Universal, which had made an offer to acquire DreamWorks for about $1 billion, Geffen confirmed Sept. 27. (The Hollywood Reporter) -- DreamWorks SKG ended exclusive discussions with NBC Universal ...

  30. West Registers No. 1 Album Debut

    September 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT With "Late Registration," Kanye West rules the school as his sophomore Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam album makes a chart-topping bow on The Billboard 200 this week. After a few weeks of relatively low-key activ With "Late Registration," ...

  31. The Music Industry Reponds To Katrina

    September 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Updated: Friday, Sept. 16. While the devastating impact from Hurricane Katrina is still being assessed, the music industry continues to respond with a variety of donations, charitable events and assistance. Here is a short list of Web sites where ...

  32. McGraw, Connick Sign On For Relief Telethon

    September 02, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Scheduled for Sept. 2 on NBC, MSNBC and CNBC. NBC Universal will stage "A Concert for Hurricane Relief" tonight (Sept. 2) to raise funds for those suffering in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Country superstar Tim McGraw, jazz trumpeter W ...

  33. DreamWorks Extends Prod'n Deals

    August 09, 2005 12:00 AM EDT While General Electric's NBC Universal has entered into exclusive negotiations for NBC Uni to acquire DreamWorks, DreamWorks has extended several contracts with its key personnel. (The Hollywood Reporter) -- While General Electric's NBC ...

  34. Meyer Signs On To Stay Atop Universal Studios

    July 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Universal Studios president/COO Ron Meyer has signed a new five-year contract and will continue to supervise the studio's motion picture, parks and resorts and studio operations. (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Universal Studios president/COO Ron ...

  35. Diller Sells Stake In VUE

    June 14, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Barry Diller's Internet juggernaut IAC/InterActiveCorp took its foot out of the Hollywood door June 8, unveiling a $3.4 billion cash and stock deal to sell a minority stake in a part of NBC Universal NEW YORK (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Barry ...

  36. Hookstratten To Head Fox Net Distribution

    June 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Industry veteran Jon Hookstratten has been tapped to serve as head of network distribution at Fox Broadcasting. (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Industry veteran Jon Hookstratten has been tapped to serve as head of network distribution at Fox Broadcast ...

  37. WMG Appoints D.C.-Based Policy VP

    May 03, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music Group has appointed Linda Bloss-Baum as VP, public policy and government relations. She will head the group's new public policy office in Washington, D.C. and report to Dave Johnson, WMG' Warner Music Group has appointed Lin ...

  38. WMG Names Gov't Relations VP

    May 02, 2005 12:00 AM EDT D.C. insider former House counsel. Warner Music Group has appointed Linda Bloss-Baum as VP of public policy and government relations. She will head the group's new public policy office in Washington, D.C. and report to Dave Johnson, WMG' ...

  39. WMG Names Gov't Relations VP

    May 02, 2005 12:00 AM EDT D.C. insider former House counsel. Warner Music Group has appointed Linda Bloss-Baum as VP of public policy and government relations. She will head the group's new public policy office in Washington, D.C. and report to Dave Johnson, WMG' ...

  40. Raycom Launches The Tube Music Network

    April 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Raycom Media revealed today (April 25) that it would launch the Tube Music Network, a 24-hour digital TV channel, as a multicast channel in 29 markets where the company owns TV stations. Raycom Media revealed today (April 25) that it would launch ...

  41. Jobim Family Launches Lawsuit Vs. Universal

    April 08, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The family of the late Brazilian bossa nova guitarist Antonio Carlos Jobim has filed a breach of contract and royalties lawsuit alleging that the rights to many of his famous songs have been wrongly a The family of the late Brazilian bossa nova gu ...

  42. Viacom Is High On Technology

    April 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Since Tom Freston and Leslie Moonves took over as co-presidents/co-COOs of Viacom Inc., the company has re-energized its focus on bringing its various content brands to new technologies to create new NEW YORK (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Since Tom ...

  43. NBC Uni In Marketing Deal With Volkswagen

    January 17, 2005 12:00 AM EST General Electric Co.'s NBC Universal media group on Jan. 13 said it has signed a multi-year global marketing deal with Volkswagen, Europe's largest automaker. NEW YORK (Reuters) -- General Electric Co.'s NBC Universal media group on ...

  44. Madonna, Others Gather For U.S. Tsunami Event

    January 11, 2005 12:00 AM EST NBC Universal and the American Red Cross have partnered for the Jan. 15 live broadcast of "Tsunami Aid: a Concert of Hope." Madonna, Stevie Wonder, Maroon 5, Lenny Kravitz, Norah Jones, John Mayer and NBC Universal and the American Red C ...

  45. Canal Plus Pacts With NBC Universal For Movies

    January 11, 2005 12:00 AM EST France's Canal Plus group said Jan. 10 that it has signed a deal with NBC Universal for exclusive first-run rights for all films produced by the studio. PARIS (The Hollywood Reporter) -- France's Canal Plus group said Jan. 10 that it has ...

  46. Six Studios Drop Most-Favored-Nation Clauses in EU

    November 02, 2004 12:00 AM EST The European Commission closed antitrust cases Oct. 26 against six major Hollywood studios after they agreed to drop clauses in contracts with pay television operators that the EU claimed artificially (The Hollywood Reporter, AP) -- The European C ...

  47. Communications Biz Spends $1.1B On Lobbying Gov't

    October 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Campaign contributions and lobbying expenditures from 1998 to September 2004 by the three primary U.S. communications sectors -- broadcasting, cable TV and telecommuications -- amounted to $1.1 billio Campaign contributions and lobbying expenditur ...

  48. Vanessa Williams Near Talk-Show Deal

    September 24, 2004 12:00 AM EDT NBC Universal would bow project next year. Singer/actress Vanessa Williams may add a new title to her resume: talk-show host. Sources confirm that Williams is close to signing a development deal with NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution, ...

  49. Best Buy, NBC In Cross-Promotion

    August 26, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Best Buy and NBC Universal are teaming to cross-promote the DVD release "The Apprentice--The Complete First Season" and the fall NBC TV season. Best Buy and NBC Universal are teaming to cross-promote the DVD release "The Apprentice- ...

  50. Telemundo Content To Hit Cell Phones

    July 26, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Programming from Spanish-language network Telemundo will soon be available via cellphone thanks to an agreement with Versaly Entertainment, a wireless new-media company. Programming from Spanish-language network Telemundo will soon be available vi ...

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