Universal Studios

  1. Los Angeles’ Iconic Gibson Amphitheatre to Close in September

    April 24, 2013 3:57 PM EDT Live Nation has confirmed that the iconic Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, Calif., will shutter in September as a result of the building’s lease agreement coming to an end. The company says the last concerts at the 6,000-capacity venue wil ...

  2. Publishing Briefs: Rondor Signs Alice Cooper, Imagem Signs Lil Wayne Collaborator Angel Aponte

    September 20, 2011 6:23 PM EDT Rondor Inks Alice Cooper - Rondor Music Publishing has signed Alice Cooper to a worldwide publishing agreement and re-upped the company's publishing agreement with producer Bob Ezrin, who has worked with Cooper as a producer, co-writer, arran ...

  3. Lady Gaga, Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake Make Vanity Fair's 'New Establishment' List -- Who's Missing?

    September 01, 2011 1:21 PM EDT Lady Gaga, Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake are among the list of influential business people on Vanity Fair's "New Establishment" list . It represents "innovative new breed of buccaneering visionaries, engineering prodigies, and en ...

  4. Was MTV's Decision To Have No VMA's Host Their Plan B?

    August 25, 2011 1:00 PM EDT The last time MTV presented its Video Music Awards without a host they had the allure of a bizarre experiment in Las Vegas to pull in viewers. It was not just no host, there was no central stage, just a lot hopping between hotel rooms. Visually it ...

  5. Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber WIn Big at Teen Choice Awards

    August 08, 2011 8:27 AM EDT Selena Gomez conjured five wins at the Teen Choice Awards - one more than boyfriend Justin Bieber. The star of "Wizards of Waverly Place" was selected as choice TV actress, female hottie and music group with her band The Scene. Gomez and ...

  6. Alice Cooper Teams Up With Universal Studios for Halloween

    August 02, 2011 9:05 PM EDT Rock icon Alice Cooper is ready to make this Halloween at Universal Studios even scarier. "Alice Cooper: Welcome To My Nightmare" is a new "Halloween Horror Nights" maze at Universal Studios Hollywood. The event will start on S ...

  7. Telemundo, Mun2's Descarga Concert Series Returns With Reik, Jencarlos Canela, Banda Los Recoditos

    July 08, 2011 4:07 PM EDT The fifth edition of Descarga is taking place this summer with live concerts that will later be televised on various dates on the sponsoring networks. The live concerts, July 10-Aug. 28, will be held at CityWalk at Universal Studios and will inclu ...

  8. House of Blues CEO Ron Benison Brings 30 Years of Experience to Live Nation

    June 24, 2011 12:27 PM EDT The House of Blues/clubs and theaters division of Live Nation is the largest collection of small-capacity venues in the world. Ron Bension, CEO of the business since November 2010, hopes to bring the sort of national touring activity to small ve ...

  9. Lady Gaga, Zynga Team Up to Promote New Album 'Born This Way'

    May 10, 2011 3:15 PM EDT Lady Gaga has teamed up with social gaming giant Zynga to promote and celebrate her new album, "Born This Way," ahead of its launch. The multi-pronged collaboration will allow little monsters across the world to interact with a Lady Gaga ...

  10. Shelli and Irving Azoff To Receive City of Hope's 2011 Spirit of Life Award

    January 31, 2011 6:37 PM EST Irving and Shelli Azoff are the 2011 Spirit of Life Award honorees, the City of Hope's Music and Entertainment Industry Group announced today. The Spirit of Life Award is presented to those who exemplify the ideals and values that guide City ...

  11. Adam Friedman to Step Down As Nederlander CEO

    January 10, 2011 12:00 AM EST Nederlander Concerts CEO Adam Friedman will exit the company after serving in that capacity since 2006, Billboard.biz has learned. His last day at Nederlander will be Jan. 21; Friedman informed his staff of his decision this morning and a press re ...

  12. New Regional Mexican Act Focus Of Telemundo Reality Show

    September 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Spanish language network Telemundo has teamed up with State Farm Insurance to produce an eight-hour reality show documenting the creation and launch of a new musical act. "La Banda del Pueblo" (The People's Band) premieres Sept. 13 ...

  13. Curry Joins Sheppard Mullin

    March 31, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton has added James Curry as a partner in the firm's entertainment and media group based in Century City, Calif. He was most recently with White O'Connor Curry, a firm he co-founded. Curry focuses on com ...

  14. UMG Ups Gerson To Exec VP

    January 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group has promoted Matthew Gerson from senior VP to executive VP for public policy and government affairs. Gerson will oversee all public policy issues related to the company's business, including directing Universal's in ...

  15. Warner Home Video Drops HD DVD Support

    January 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST Warner Home Video on Friday announced it is casting its lot exclusively with the Blu-ray Disc format, leaving rival HD DVD with just two studios. The move, which had been both widely expected and publicly denied, comes on the eve of the Consumer E ...

  16. Timberlake, 'HSM' Cast Lead Teen Choice Awards

    August 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Justin Timberlake and the cast of "High School Musical 2" were the big music winners last night at the seventh Teen Choice Awards. Timberlake won for Choice Music: Male Artist, Choice Music: Payback Track for "What Goes Around ... C ...

  17. Rascal Flatts Releases 'Revolution'

    July 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Rascal Flatts will release their recording of the Beatles' "Revolution" as an iTunes exclusive download today. The song is featured in the Universal Studios film "Evan Almighty." "Revolution" was co-produced by R ...

  18. mun2, Telemundo Launch Free Summer Concert Series

    June 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT In a move that gives mun2 a higher profile in its new home market, the Latino youth entertainment channel is partnering with Los Angeles' flagship Telemundo affiliate for a summer concert series. The free concerts by emerging Latin artists, d ...

  19. Blue Man Group Enters Orlando

    May 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Blue Man Group opens June 6 at Universal City Walk's Sharp AQUOS Theatre in Orlando, Fla. The 1,000-seat venue is accessible from Universal City Walk and Universal Studios theme park. The Blue Man Group's permanent stand at Universal Cit ...

  20. 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 ...

  21. Hi-Def Rivals In CES War Of Words

    January 09, 2007 12:00 AM EST Supporters of the two rival next-generation disc formats are slugging it out this week at the Consumer Electronics Show, with HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc predicting victory in the quest for a unified high-definition standard. HD DVD is banking its pre ...

  22. Taylor Hicks Unveils 2007 Tour Plans

    December 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST As expected, latest "American Idol" champ Taylor Hicks will spend the early part of 2007 on the road in support of his self-titled debut album. The theater trek begins Feb. 21 in Jacksonville, Fla., and has dates on the books through Apr ...

  23. Fox Readies New Blu-Ray Wave

    August 31, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Nine titles expected for worldwide release. 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment Thursday (Aug. 31) is expected to reveal an ambitious slate of Blu-ray Disc titles, becoming the last of the five big studios supporting the next-generation optical di ...

  24. 'Sopranos' Hitting HD-DVD

    August 10, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Poised to become first TV series released on high-def discs. "The Sopranos" is poised to become the first TV series to be released on high-definition discs. HBO Video said Wednesday (Aug. 9) that its first release on the nascent HD-DVD f ...

  25. Mashboxx CEO Exits

    August 07, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Bebel leaves post after less than a year. Michael Bebel is bolting his post as Mashboxx CEO less than a year into his tenure to take the top job at Ruckus, a digital entertainment service for colleges and universities. Ruckus has also closed $13.7 ...

  26. CinemaNow Offers Download-To-DVD Service

    July 19, 2006 12:00 AM EDT In a breakthrough first for the entertainment industry, CinemaNow on Tuesday (July 18) made it possible for consumers to legally burn downloaded movies that can be played on standard DVD players. In a breakthrough first for the entertainment indus ...

  27. Buena Vista Readies Original Titles For Blu-ray

    July 18, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Series of short films to be shot in high-definition. Raising the bar in the Blu-ray Disc vs. HD DVD battle, Buena Vista Home Entertainment is creating a series of short films to be shot in high-definition to accompany select films the studio will ...

  28. Magnolia Home Ent Sets Titles For HD DVD Release

    May 02, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Five films being prepped. The meager library of HD DVD discs nearly doubled in size with the announcement by Magnolia Home Entertainment that it will soon release five films in the high-definition optical disc format. Slated for May release by the ...

  29. HD-DVD Finally In Stores

    April 18, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Players, four titles available April 18. The first HD-DVD titles are slated to go on sale Tuesday (April 18) and, contrary to speculation, Toshiba players have arrived at Best Buy and should be on sale in at least some of the chain's location ...

  30. 'Brokeback' DVD Release Set

    March 22, 2006 12:00 AM EST In a further indication that the traditional six-week solicitation cycle might be going the way of the six-month theatrical-to-video window, Universal Studios Home Entertainment said Monday that "Brok In a further indication that the traditio ...

  31. Universal Music Group Promotes Ostroff

    January 19, 2006 12:00 AM EST Takes on worldwide exec role. Universal Music Group has promoted Michael Ostroff to general counsel, executive VP of business and legal affairs of UMG worldwide. He continues to report to Zach Horowitz, president and COO of the company, and will r ...

  32. HD DVD Product Slates Revealed

    January 05, 2006 12:00 AM EST As expected, more major studios have revealed product slates in the impending next-generation DVD format war. As expected, more major studios have revealed product slates in the impending next-generation DVD format war. Warner Home Video and Unive ...

  33. Major Studios Report First Blu-ray Release Slates

    January 04, 2006 12:00 AM EST Four major studios today (Jan. 4) revealed their product slates in support of the next-generation Blu-ray DVD format. Four major studios today (Jan. 4) revealed their product slates in support of the next-generation Blu-ray DVD format. Sony Pictur ...

  34. Universal's 'Virgin' Generates Healthy First-Week Sales

    December 21, 2005 12:00 AM EST Universal Studios Home Entertainment's 'The 40-Year-Old Virgin' is on its way to being one of the most successful DVD releases of the fourth quarter. Universal Studios Home Entertainment’s “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” is on its way to b ...

  35. Warner Home Video Embraces Blu-ray

    October 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT As expected, Warner Home Video announced Oct. 20 that it will be releasing films on the high-definition format Blu-ray. LOS ANGELES -- As expected, Warner Home Video announced Oct. 20 that it will be releasing films on the high-definition format B ...

  36. Warner Home Video Embraces Blu-ray

    October 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Uni now the only studio to solely support HD DVD. As expected, Warner Home Video announced today (Oct. 20) that it will be releasing films on the high-definition format Blu-ray. Previously, WHV, which also includes sister companies New Line Home E ...

  37. 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 ...

  38. Warner Reportedly Close To Blu-ray Deal

    October 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Studio also embracing rival HD DVD. Warner Home Video is close to finalizing a deal to support Blu-ray Disc, sources close to the negotiations said Wednesday. The No. 1 DVD supplier would become the second major studio this week to say it will pub ...

  39. 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 ...

  40. Intel, Microsoft Support HD DVD

    October 04, 2005 12:00 AM EDT In the latest addition to the next-generation DVD format war between HD DVD and Blu-ray, Microsoft and Intel say they are backing the Toshiba-led HD DVD format. LOS ANGELES -- In the latest addition to the next-generation DVD format war between HD ...

  41. Paramount To Back Blu-ray And HD DVD

    October 03, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Becomes first studio to back both formats. Paramount Home Entertainment will be supporting next generation format Blu-ray as well as rival format HD DVD. Paramount announced its backing of the Toshiba-led HD DVD last November, along with Warner Ho ...

  42. Toshiba: HD DVD Players Coming Next Year

    September 29, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Software releases for both formats expected '06. Toshiba revealed yesterday (Sept. 28) that the first HD DVD players will debut in February or March of next year instead of the fourth quarter of this year, as previously reported. This news co ...

  43. Intel, Microsoft Support HD DVD

    September 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Latest supporters in format war. In the latest addition to the next-generation DVD format war between HD DVD and Blu-ray, Microsoft and Intel say they are backing the Toshiba-led HD DVD format. HD DVD, which is also supported by NEC and Sanyo, may ...

  44. Major Music, Film Companies Back Blu-ray

    August 23, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group and Lions Gate Entertainment are the latest companies to throw their support into the Blu-ray high definition DVD ring. LOS ANGELES -- Universal Music Group and Lions Gate Entertainment are the latest companies to throw their ...

  45. Universal Music Group Backs Blu-ray

    August 16, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Software, hardware releases expected Q1 2006. Universal Music Group joined the Blu-ray Disc Association today (Aug. 16) as a contributing member. UMG follows Sony BMG as the next major music company to contribute to the new high definition Blu-ray ...

  46. Blu-ray Consortium Launches New DVD Security Features

    August 16, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The Blu-ray Disc Assn. plans to fight piracy by rolling out the next generation of DVDs with new security features. SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- One of the two groups vying to produce the next generation of DVDs rolled out new security features Aug. 9 to ...

  47. Universal Kicks Off DVD Arm With 'Land'

    August 08, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The first major project for Universal's recently-formed family entertainment arm, Universal Studios Home Entertainment Family Productions, will be a new animated TV show of "The Land Before Time." The first major project for Univers ...

  48. Fox On Board With Blu-Ray

    July 29, 2005 12:00 AM EDT High definition DVD available in 2006. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will support the Blu-ray high definition DVD next year. The company revealed today (July 29) its plans to debut a mix of new release, library and TV titles on the form ...

  49. 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 ...

  50. Moore Moves To Paramount For New Prez Post

    July 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Rob Moore, who has been overseeing day-to-day operations at Revolution Studios, has been named president of worldwide marketing, distribution and operations at Paramount Pictures by Paramount chairman (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Rob Moore, who has ...

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