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  1. Universal Sues Russian Internet Provider

    August 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Russia is suing a local cable TV and Internet provider for failure to pay a license fee for content owned by Universal. The Moscow-based cable operator Akado signed an agreement with Universal last year, while preparing to launch i ...

  2. UMPG Acquires French Production Company Assets

    July 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Publishing Group has acquired the publishing assets of French production music company, Kapagama S.A. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The acquired assets will exist as a separate company under the leadership of its current pr ...

  3. Music Web site MUZU Signs Universal Deal

    April 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT MUZU.TV, an Irish-based video Web site which has won plaudits from the music industry for the way it pays artists when their music is played online, has signed a deal with the world's largest label Universal. MUZU.TV, which has also signed de ...

  4. Original Signal Signs Marketing/Distro Deal With Universal

    April 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Original Signal Recordings and Universal Motown Records have entered a partnership under which the Universal imprint will provide select marketing and promotional services for certain OSR releases, while the major's indie distributor Fontana ...

  5. Brian Rose Rises As Universal U.K. Restructures Sales

    March 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music U.K. commercial director Brian Rose has been promoted to the newly-created position of managing director, Commercial Division at the London-based major. The executive starts his new post with immediate effect. It sees him taking re ...

  6. Vivendi CEO 'Has No Clue' How Slump May Affect Biz

    November 21, 2008 12:00 AM EST The chief executive of Europe's largest entertainment group Vivendi is cautious on prospects and monitoring costs because he had "no clue" how the downturn would affect his different divisions. Speaking at an Ofcom International con ...

  7. UMLE Cuts Six Staffers

    November 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST As pat of its final integration process, Universal Music Latin Entertainment (UMLE) cut six positions in its legal, promotion and administrative departments in the past week, Billboard has learned. None of the cuts impacted senior management. UMLE ...

  8. Universal Aus Goes Play MPE Route For Pre-Releases

    November 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Australian affiliate of Universal Music has reached an exclusive arrangement that enables all its pre-release music to be digitally serviced to media and press outlets via the Play MPE software. It's the second major coup in a week for th ...

  9. UMG Ups West To Senior VP

    October 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Paul West has been promoted to senior VP of studio and vault operations for Universal Music Logistics. He most recently served as VP of the division. Based in Hollywood, West will continue to oversee Universal Music Group's studio and vault i ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. Crossingham Steps Up At Universal Ireland

    July 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Mark Crossingham has been appointed the new managing director of Universal Music Ireland effective Sept. 1. Crossingham, who will be reporting to Universal Music U.K. and Ireland's commercial director Brian Rose, brings to his new appointment ...

  12. Universal Music Publishing Turns On To Zodiak TV

    July 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Publishing and Zodiak Television have launched a strategic cooperation over rights to music composed for the Stockholm-based TV production company's programs. The Zodiak group operates 22 production companies in 14 countries, ...

  13. Universal Ups Garfield, Appoints Polin To Senior Role

    June 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Harry Garfield has been promoted to executive VP of music and Eric Polin has been named senior VP of music publishing for Universal Pictures. Garfield previously held the position of senior VP of music, a job he has held since 1994. He will contin ...

  14. Universal Music Latin Appoints Top Execs

    May 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Latin Entertainment, the new company created following the acquisition of Univision Music Group by Universal Music Group, has made its first appointments to its senior executive team, Billboard has learned. As previously reported, ...

  15. UMG Completes Univision Acquisition

    May 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT After an extraordinary seven-year run, Univision Music Group has been acquired in full by Universal Music Group. The final acquisition, announced today following the Federal Trade Commission's approval of the deal, makes UMG the largest Latin ...

  16. Universal France Creates Brand-Focused Division

    April 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music France has launched a division designed to intermediate between brands and the major company's artists. The new unit, entitled "U think!", will work on product placement, endorsement and on developing dedicated music ...

  17. Accenture Signs UMG Contract

    March 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Bermuda-based consulting firm Accenture Ltd. said Wednesday it signed a long-term contract with Universal Music Group to provide supply chain management services to the music company's international division. Financial terms of the deal were ...

  18. Joseph Rises At Universal U.K.

    March 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group International chairman/CEO Lucian Grainge has named David Joseph as the new chairman/CEO of Universal Music U.K. London-based Joseph, previously co-president of Polydor Records and president of Universal Music Operations, has ...

  19. Vivendi Ent. Expands, Names O'Malley President

    March 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST Vivendi Entertainment, formerly Vivendi Visual Entertainment (VVE), has expanded into theatrical releasing. This new division will provide distribution and marketing services, coordinate P & A funding, and plans to distribute 8 - 14 films per ...

  20. Universal France Launches Blog For Web Entrepreneurs

    February 22, 2008 12:00 AM EST Universal Music France has launched a blog designed for Web entrepreneurs to submit new projects linking music with new technologies. Universal is reaching out to young entrepreneurs through the blog, which it promises will provide an efficient ro ...

  21. Music Greats Sue For Back Royalties

    February 15, 2008 12:00 AM EST Some of the biggest names in American music or their estates are suing Universal Music Group Inc. for more than $6 million, claiming the company has been cheating them out of royalties for years. The plaintiffs include Patti Page, and the estates ...

  22. France Investigates Warner's Bronfman

    February 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST Warner Music Group Corp chief executive Edgar Bronfman Jr. has been placed under formal investigation by French authorities as part of a probe into insider trading at Vivendi, Warner said on Thursday. Bronfman was formerly a director of Vivendi an ...

  23. Upbeat Levy Says CD Format Will Play On

    January 26, 2008 12:00 AM EST Jean-Bernard Levy, CEO of Universal Music Group parent company Vivendi, the French media giant, today gave a candid, and hugely optimistic, view of the entertainment sector's future during a keynote Q&A at the MidemNet conference in Canne ...

  24. Fontana, Eagle Rock Sign Distro Deal

    January 16, 2008 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group's indie distribution arm Fontana and Eagle Rock Entertainment signed an exclusive deal. Fontana will distribute a variety of music DVD and audio products from UK-based Eagle Rock, while its sister company, Vivendi Visual ...

  25. 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 ...

  26. Lipson Named Field VP At UMGD

    November 26, 2007 12:00 AM EST Kevin Lipson has been appointed VP of field sales and marketing for Universal Music Group Distribution (UMGD). He is based in Universal City, Calif., and reports directly to Jim Urie, UMGD's president. Lipson will supervise the sales and mark ...

  27. UMG Buys Into Deutschrock Merchandise

    November 26, 2007 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Germany is taking a majority stake in Berlin-based merchandising enterprise Deutschrock Merchandise. Financial terms were not disclosed. Deutschrock, which was established 10 years ago, will continue to operate independently from U ...

  28. OFT Sheds Light On Its UMG-V2 Clearance

    November 13, 2007 12:00 AM EST The U.K.'s Office of Fair Trading has published in-depth detail behind its decision to approve Universal Music Group's acquisition of V2. In its assessment, posted today on the OFT Web site, the competition regulator noted that the two c ...

  29. Universal, AIM Clash Over V2 Acquisition

    October 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music and independent trade body AIM have become embroiled in a row over the major's acquisition of the V2 label. AIM has gone public on its submission to the U.K. government's Office of Fair Trading (OFT), criticising Universa ...

  30. UMG Acquires ARS Entertainment

    September 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT As tipped on Billboard.biz last week , Universal Music Group (UMG) has acquired Belgian indie ARS Entertainment and its publishing arm BMC Publishing for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition, which was sealed on Sept. 20, is taking place through Un ...

  31. Universal Germany Establishes Artist Agency

    September 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Germany has launched an artist agency. The new unit -- Universal Music Artist Agency -- enables brand-name firms and event organizers direct access to Universal-signed artists, explains says Frank Briegmann, president and CEO of Be ...

  32. Frankly Speaking: Imports

    August 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT In the mid-1980s through the mid-1990s, major labels cracked down on retailers carrying import albums as a matter of course—at one point, CBS Records even sued Tower Records over the practice. For the most part, such import battles have since rece ...

  33. Source: Universal To Embrace Sanctuary's 360-Degree Model

    June 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal will not break up the Sanctuary Group, but plans to embrace the music group's diverse business interests, according to sources familiar with its £44.5 million ($87.68 million) bid to take over the troubled company. The Sanctuary boa ...

  34. 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 ...

  35. Source: EU To Approve Universal/BMG Deal This Month

    May 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Vivendi's Universal Music will receive approval from the European Commission to buy Bertelsmann's BMG Music Publishing, a source familiar with the matter said on Thursday. The approval will come this month after Vivendi offered to sell s ...

  36. Universal, V2 Join Forces For German Independent Network

    May 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Germany and indie label V2 Records have teamed-up to form a joint-sales and distribution unit, with effect from July 1. Both parties have agreed to forge an independent sales and distribution unit for indie labels, dubbed the Unive ...

  37. Universal To Drop Rondor?

    March 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music has added Rondor Music U.K. to the list of names it is prepared to drop from its catalog in order to secure European Commission approval for its purchase of Bertelsmann's BMG Music Publishing, industry sources have confirmed. ...

  38. Sources: BMG May Spin-Off Zomba Pub, 19 Songs

    March 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT In a move to assuage the European Commission's merger concerns, a raft of assets could be offloaded as part of Universal Music's acquisition of Bertelsmann's BMG Music Publishing, industry sources have revealed. BMG Music Publishing ...

  39. Heller Takes DVD Post With Uni U.K.

    March 02, 2007 12:00 AM EST Simon Heller is to take the position of GM, music DVD and audio-visual formats at Universal Music U.K. Heller will join Universal Music U.K. on March 5 from Warner Vision U.K., where he worked for eight years as GM. He previously held senior marke ...

  40. EC Delays Deadline On Universal's BMG Pub Bid

    January 11, 2007 12:00 AM EST The European Commission has put back by five weeks its deadline for ruling on Universal Music's €1.63 billion ($2.05 billion) bid to buy Bertelsmann's BMG Music Publishing. The delay --- pushing the decision to June 1 -- came after Viven ...

  41. UMGD Launches Christian Group

    December 14, 2006 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group Distribution is plotting a further expansion into the Christian market, opening Universal Music Christian Group (UMCG). The division will be headed by Rhoda Lawrence, VP Urban Sales & Marketing at UMGD. As of yet, no othe ...

  42. Universal Teams On N.E.O. Video Player

    November 10, 2006 12:00 AM EST Universal Music France and French manufacturer MCA Technology have partnered on the new 1Go digital music player N.E.O. Universal Music France and French manufacturer MCA Technology have partnered on the new 1Go digital music player N.E.O. The dev ...

  43. Vivendi Requests Commission Clear BMG Takeover

    November 03, 2006 12:00 AM EST If approved publishing unit will have 22% market share. Vivendi, the owner of Universal Music Publishing Group, Friday (Nov. 3) formally asked the Commission to clear its €1.63 billion ($2.1 billion) takeover of BMG Music Publishing. "We have ...

  44. Vivendi Visual Inks Deal With Salient Films

    October 18, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Agreement for multiple years and films. Vivendi Visual Entertainment (V V E) has entered into a multi-year, multi-film distribution agreement with Salient Films to market and distribute its upcoming slate of home entertainment product. Upcoming re ...

  45. UMGI Promotes Exec Pair

    October 10, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group International has upped technology executives Stephan Garandet and John Jefferson. Universal Music Group International has upped technology executives Stephan Garandet and John Jefferson. Garandet rises to VP, digital operati ...

  46. LEGAL MATTERS: THE PRICE FOR A SONG

    October 07, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Lawyers are still questioning the unprecedented €1.63 billion ($2.05 billion) price Vivendi's Universal Music Group (UMG) agreed to pay for BMG Music Publishing. They wonder if cash will change hand Lawyers are still questioning the unprecede ...

  47. Universal, WPP Team To Link Bands, Brands

    September 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music is teaming up with advertising conglomerate WPP Group to link bands and brands. The London-based venture called BrandAmp is a 50-50 partnership revealed by the two companies on Tuesday Universal Music is teaming up with advertising ...

  48. Ishizaka Upped At Universal Japan

    September 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music K.K. president/CEO Keiichi Ishizaka has been promoted to chairman/CEO, effective immediately. Based in Tokyo, he will report to Universal Music Group Asia Pacific region president Max Universal Music K.K. president/CEO Keiichi Ishi ...

  49. UMGI Promotes Scott

    September 21, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Will work on projects across all Universal Music labels. Universal Music Group International has promoted Ed Scott to director of international promotions, effective immediately. In his new post, London-based Scott reports to and serves as deputy ...

  50. Vivendi Seals BMG Publishing Purchase

    September 06, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Vivendi's Universal Music is vaulting to the top spot in music publishing after agreeing to buy BMG Music Publishing for €1.63 billion ($2.1 billion). Vivendi's Universal Music is vaulting to the top spot in music publishing af ...

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