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  1. Bertelsmann Shuts Its German Book and Music Club Business

    June 18, 2014 9:02 AM EDT Marking the end of an era, German media giant Bertelsmann has shut down its German book and music club business, saying the division will be rolled up completely by the end of 2015. The Bertelsmann book club was set up in 1950 by company founder R ...

  2. Bertelsmann Profits Soar to $1.2B, BMG Stake Cited

    March 26, 2014 8:50 AM EDT The owner of 'American Idol' Producer FremantleMedia, music group BMG and broadcaster RTL Group posts net profits of $1.2 billion for 2013. Record operating profits at its European broadcasting division RTL Group lifted results for Germa ...

  3. Bertelsmann Registers Record First-Half Operating Profit

    August 30, 2013 4:27 AM EDT German media giant Bertelsmann on Friday reported its highest profit from operations for a first half of the year in its long history, with operating profit jumping $50 million to $1.02 billion. The company also posted net profit of $557 million ...

  4. Bertelsmann Reveals Record Q1 Profit, Revenue Dips

    May 16, 2013 5:50 AM EDT European media giant Bertelsmann on Thursday posted a record first-quarter profit of $267 million (€207 million). That marked a 43% jump over the year-ago period thanks to earnings from newly-acquired music rights group BMG and a solid performan ...

  5. Bertelsmann CEO Thomas Rabe on BMG Rights Mgm't, EMI Acquisitions, Getting Back Into the Record Biz

    August 31, 2012 2:15 PM EDT Thomas Rabe, CEO of Bertelsmann, doesn't discount the idea of his company getting back into the record business. BERLIN - Bertelsmann, Europe's largest media group, which controls European broadcaster RTL Group and production powerhouse ...

  6. Bertelsmann Completes Legal Change to Open up Investor Option

    August 21, 2012 7:56 AM EDT COLOGNE, Germany -- Bertelsmann has completed a legal change that could have a major impact on the German media giant, which controls European broadcaster RTL Group and production powerhouse FremantleMedia, maker of "American Idol" and & ...

  7. Bertelsmann Names Marcel Reichart Executive VP of Digital Development

    June 04, 2012 7:00 AM EDT COLOGNE, Germany - Media giant Bertelsmann has appointed Marcel Reichart to the newly-created position of executive VP in charge of digital development and partnerships. Reichart joins Bertelsmann from German publishing group Hubert Burda, where h ...

  8. Thomas Hesse, Ex-Sony Music Exec, Joins RTL Group Board

    December 13, 2011 9:27 AM EST COLOGNE, Germany - More executive shuffling on the board of directors of European broadcasting giant RTL Group, as Thomas Hesse, formerly of Sony Music, takes the spot on RTL's board left vacant by Hartmut Ostrowski, the outgoing CEO of RTL p ...

  9. Bertlesmann Appoints Thomas Rabe New Chairman & CEO; Hartmut Ostrowski Stepping Down

    October 10, 2011 12:21 PM EDT The Bertelsmann AG Supervisory Board today (Oct. 10) appointed Thomas Rabe 46, currently Chief Financial Officer of the Group, its future Chairman & CEO. He will succeed the current Chairman & CEO Hartmut Ostrowski, 53, on January 1, 2012. ...

  10. Bertelsmann Turns 175

    July 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The international media group Bertelsmann is celebrating its 175 anniversary. On July 1, 1835 the printer and bookbinder Carl Bertelsmann founded the C. Bertelsmann Verlag publishing company in Guttersloh, a town in the Westphalia region of German ...

  11. Bertelsmann Revenue Inches Up

    May 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The German media group Bertelsmann reports an operating EBIT that rose to €284 million ($360.9 million) in Q1 2010, more than twice the figure for Q1 2009, which totaled €115 million ($146.1 million). First-quarter revenues were up slightly year-o ...

  12. BMG Rights Plans Acquisitions, Would Look At EMI

    March 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Thomas Rabe, CFO Bertelsmann, gave his reaction during a press conference in Berlin to a question by Billboard.biz on whether reports were correct that Bertelsmann is interested in a purchasing of parts of EMI via its BMG Rights Management operati ...

  13. BMG Rights Management's Revenue Target Revealed

    September 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT BMG Rights Management will be generating revenues of around €10 million ($14.3 million) in the first year in business, according to Thomas Rabe, CFO at Bertelsmann AG, in an interview with Billboard.biz. "As there is an accounting cycle of be ...

  14. Bertelsmann Execs Waive Bonuses

    March 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Bertelsmann recorded a solid business performance in 2008, according to chairman and CEO Hartmut Ostrowski, who announced the results in Berlin. At the press conference today (March 24), Ostrowski said that as the German media company expects the ...

  15. 'Abbey Road' Season 3 Sold To Sundance, C4

    March 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST FremantleMedia Enterprises (FME) has again sold its U.K. music program "Live From Abbey Road" to the Sundance Channel in the U.S. and Channel 4 in the U.K. The third series has 12 hour-long episodes featuring intimate interview, rehearsa ...

  16. Bertelsmann Unveils BMG Rights Management

    October 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT German media group Bertelsmann is investing in the music business again: BMG Rights Management will be opening its head office in Berlin as of Jan. 2009. In the coming months offices are also to be opened in Amsterdam, Paris, London, Madrid and Mi ...

  17. EC Hands Down CISAC Decision

    July 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT CISAC, the umbrella trade groups for performing right societies, must reform its royalty collection practises and has been told to remove all obstacles impeding the pan-European licensing system after losing its long-running battle with European r ...

  18. Global Bertelsmann Execs Gather For Berlin Summit

    December 10, 2007 12:00 AM EST The possible sale of Bertelsmann Direct North America, and a revamped music publishing house for Sony BMG are just some of the likely topics on the agenda at the upcoming world meeting of the Bertelsmann media group. The summit in Berlin on Wednes ...

  19. CISAC Responds To Royalty Reform Critics

    July 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT CISAC, the umbrella organization for the world's collection societies, today (July 19) responded to severe objections to its planned reforms. It accused its critics of cynically seeking any means possible to drive down the fees required for t ...

  20. Societies Challenge CISAC Royalty Reform Deal

    July 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT CISAC's planned reforms on the way royalties are collected has been met with opposition from a collection of European societies. A group representing 21 small and medium-sized royalty collecting organizations has called for global repertoires ...

  21. Warner Music 360° takes off in France

    July 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music France has launched a new division, 360°, which will oversee licensing, merchandising, synchronization, live, sponsorship, brand partnerships, video content, and digital activities. The goal is to combine these interests under one umb ...

  22. Feedback Mixed Over CISAC, EC Royalty Reform Deal

    July 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Composer and performer groups have backed the provisional deal CISAC agreed with the European Commission to reform the way royalties are collected. However, the plans are being vigorously opposed by media and telecom giants, who say the changes wi ...

  23. FremantleMedia Rides Wave Of 'Abbey Road' Sales

    March 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT "Live from Abbey Road," FremantleMedia Enterprises' independently-produced music TV series, has been picked up by a host of international broadcasters. Launched at last year's MIPCOM TV and film market in Cannes, the series is ...

  24. Bertelsmann 1H Profit Rises

    September 06, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Company plans to rein in investment. German media company Bertelsmann AG reported an 8.5 percent in first-half net profit Wednesday (Sept. 6) and said it would rein in investment following a period of acquisitions. The results came as Bertelsmann ...

  25. CISAC Responds To Objections

    April 13, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Regulatory arm of European Union sent objections in Jan. CISAC, an international umbrella group for collecting societies, has sent a written response to the European Commission's Statement of Objections concerning questionable anti-competitiv ...

  26. CISAC Responds To Objections

    April 13, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Regulatory arm of EU sent objections in Jan. CISAC, an international umbrella group for collecting societies, has sent a written response to the European Commission's Statement of Objections concerning questionable anti-competitive activities ...

  27. BUMA Backs EC Royalty Collection Reforms

    April 13, 2006 12:00 AM EDT BUMA, the Dutch authors' rights society, has broken ranks to publicly support the European Commission's plans to overhaul Europe's licensing system. BUMA, the Dutch authors' rights society, has broken ranks to publicly support ...

  28. BUMA Backs EC Royalty Collection Reforms

    April 13, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Dutch warn Brussels to 'navigate issue with care.' BUMA, the Dutch authors' rights society, has broken ranks to publicly support the European Commission's plans to overhaul Europe's licensing system. In a statement issued ...

  29. EU Warns CISAC On Contract Restrictions

    February 07, 2006 12:00 AM EST The European Commission today (Feb. 7) confirmed a formal investigation into the way collecting societies gather royalties for artists from Internet sites and through satellite and cable broadcasting. The European Commission today (Feb. 7) confirm ...

  30. EU Investigates Collecting Societies

    February 07, 2006 12:00 AM EST The European Commission said on Tuesday (Feb. 7) it had sent a charge sheet to the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers for placing too many restrictions in contracts. The European Commission today (Feb. 7) confirmed a ...

  31. Sources: Brussels To Challenge Collecting Societies

    January 26, 2006 12:00 AM EST EC to issue 'Statement of Objections.' The European Commission will next week challenge Europe's collecting societies over their arrangements for royalty gathering, Billboard.biz has learned. The Commission -- the European Union ...

  32. Cowell, Fuller Settle Legal Action

    November 29, 2005 12:00 AM EST 'Amicable solution' agreed on 'X Factor.' Music moguls Simon Cowell and Simon Fuller have reached a settlement in a multi-dollar legal case, apparently clearing the way for Cowell to extend his contract with the hit "Ameri ...

  33. Bertelsmann Reports 3Q Gains

    November 09, 2005 12:00 AM EST German group anticipates big Q4 record sked. Bertelsmann AG today (Nov. 9) reported gains in third-quarter operating profit on the back of solid contributions across its portfolio of interests. According to a Bertelsmann statement, all of the grou ...

  34. Bertelsmann Reports 3Q Gains

    November 09, 2005 12:00 AM EST Bertelsmann AG today (Nov. 9) reported gains in third-quarter operating profit on the back of solid contributions across its portfolio of interests. Bertelsmann AG today (Nov. 9) reported gains in third-quarter operating profit on the back of soli ...

  35. Sony BMG, Fremantle Launch JV

    November 01, 2005 12:00 AM EST Sony BMG Music Entertainment U.K. is spreading its wings into other genres of entertainment through a joint venture it is forming with Fremantle International Distribution, the TV-distribution arm of LONDON -- Sony BMG Music Entertainment U.K. is ...

  36. Sony BMG, Fremantle Launch JV

    October 28, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Sony BMG Music Entertainment U.K. is spreading its music recording wings into other genres of entertainment through a joint-venture firm it is forming with Fremantle International Distribution, the TV Sony BMG Music Entertainment U.K. is spreading ...

  37. Sony BMG Names New German Prez

    June 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Sony BMG Music Entertainment has filled the management void at the top of its German affiliate with the appointment of Edgar Berger as president of Sony BMG Germany, effective Sept. 1. Sony BMG Music Entertainment has filled the management void at ...

  38. Sony BMG Names New German Pres

    June 02, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Sony BMG Music Entertainment has filled the management void at the top of its German affiliate with the appointment of Edgar Berger as president of Sony BMG Germany, with effect from Sept. 1. Sony BMG Music Entertainment has filled the management ...

  39. Bertelsmann Books $38.5M Restructuring Cost

    May 10, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A restructuring cost of €30 million ($38.5 million) related with the merger of BMG with Sony Music was a blemish in Bertelsmann's otherwise good business performance for the first quarter of 200 HAMBURG -- A restructuring cost of €3 ...

  40. Bertelsmann Books $38.5M Restructuring Cost

    May 04, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A restructuring cost of €30 million ($38.5 million) related with the merger of BMG with Sony Music was a blemish in Bertelsmann's otherwise good business performance for the first quarter of 20 A restructuring cost of €30 million ( ...

  41. Sony BMG Books $38.5M Restructuring Cost

    May 04, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A restructuring cost of €30 million ($38.5 million) related with the merger of BMG with Sony Music was a blemish in Bertelsmann's otherwise good business performance for the first quarter of 20 A restructuring cost of €30 million ( ...

  42. Bertelsmann Profit Up; Eyes Purchases

    September 08, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Bertelsmann, the world's fourth-largest media group, is looking for acquisitions which could include part of the British Broadcasting Corporation, after its music and TV units helped triple half-year Bertelsmann, the world's fourth-large ...

  43. Bertelsmann Profit Up; Eyes Purchases

    September 08, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Bertelsmann, the world's fourth-largest media group, is looking for acquisitions which could include part of the British Broadcasting Corporation, after its music and TV units helped triple half-year Bertelsmann, the world's fourth-large ...

  44. Sony, BMG To Defend Merger Plans Before EC

    June 14, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Top executives from Sony Music and BMG will take center stage in Brussels this week for the European Commission's oral hearing on the proposed merger of the companies. BRUSSELS -- Top executives from Sony Music and BMG will take center stage ...

  45. Sony, BMG To Defend Merger Plans Before EC

    June 14, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Top executives from Sony Music and BMG will take center stage in Brussels this week for the European Commission's oral hearing on the proposed merger of the companies. The June 14-15 hearing with the Sony, BMG To Defend Merger Plans Before EC ...

  46. Bertelsmann, Sony Reply To Statement Of Objections

    June 09, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Bertelsmann and Sony announced today that they have sent to the European Commission their detailed reply to the "Statement of Objections" (SO) regarding the proposed merger of their recorded music div Bertelsmann and Sony announced today ...

  47. Update: Bertelsmann, Sony Reply To Statement Of Objections

    June 09, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Bertelsmann and Sony announced today that they have sent to the European Commission their detailed reply to the "Statement of Objections" (SO) regarding the proposed merger of their recorded music div Bertelsmann and Sony announced today ...