Universal Studios

  1. Vivendi Visual Pacts With RuffNation

    July 10, 2006 12:00 AM EDT RFR to deliver five releases a year at minimum. Vivendi Visual Entertainment (VVE), a division of Universal Music Group Distribution, has entered into a multi-year, multi-film distribution agreement with RuffNation Films Releasing (RFR) to market ...

  2. Universal U.K. Sets Sights On Globe

    June 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music U.K. has diversified into TV production. The music major said today (June 26) it has launched Globe Productions, a division focused on creating new television formats and innovative TV Universal Music U.K. has diversified into TV p ...

  3. Visual Entertainment Renamed

    June 09, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Company rebrands as Vivendi Visual Entertainment. Universal Music Group Distribution's (UMGD) Universal Music Group Distribution's (UMGD) Visual Entertainment has been renamed Vivendi Visual Entertainment (V V E), which "bring the d ...

  4. Changes At UMGI's Int'l Marketing Unit

    June 08, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Frahm, Ballin, Hole take new roles. The U.S. repertoire division of Universal Music Group International’s marketing department in London is undergoing a revamp. Andrea Frahm has been appointed international marketing manager for Island Def Jam, wi ...

  5. V2 Pacts With Universal U.K. For Distribution

    June 02, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music U.K. has struck an agreement to provide distribution services for V2, the London-based independent record label founded and sold recently by Richard Branson, with effect from July 1. Universal Music U.K. has struck an agreement to ...

  6. The Indies

    May 01, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The launch of Fontana by Universal Music & Video Distribution a year ago has already proved that more distribution players can be squeezed into a crowded room. Read Todd Martens' column. The launch of Fontana by Universal Music & ...

  7. UMVD Gets Name Change

    April 27, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Organized in three divisions. Universal Music & Video Distribution has been renamed Universal Music Group Distribution and organized into three divisions: Universal Music Distribution, the major-label distribution company; Fontana, the year-ol ...

  8. Universal Italy Restructures

    April 27, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Italy, which has been without an official president and CEO since the departure of Piero La Falce in December, has unveiled a new management structure, with immediate effect. Universal Music Italy, which has been without an officia ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. Prince, Games Boost Vivendi Q1 Sales

    April 20, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Posted a forecast-beating 5.7% rise. Vivendi on Thursday posted a forecast-beating 5.7 percent rise in first-quarter sales, invigorated by strong performances by music artists such as Prince and online role-playing game World of Warcraft. The grou ...

  11. '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 ...

  12. The Indies

    February 14, 2006 12:00 AM EST As Fontana nears its one-year mark, the independent distribution arm of Universal Music & Video Distribution has initiated efforts to promote its catalog. Read Todd Martens' column. As Fontana nears its one-year mark, the independent ...

  13. Albertini Splits With WMI

    February 13, 2006 12:00 AM EST In a surprise move, Warner Music International chairman/CEO Paul-René Albertini has exited the company, with immediate effect. The French executive has been replaced by veteran U.S. broadcast exe In a surprise move, Warner Music Internati ...

  14. Albertini Splits With WMI

    February 13, 2006 12:00 AM EST In a surprise move, Warner Music International chairman/CEO Paul-René Albertini has exited the company, with immediate effect. The French executive has been replaced by veteran U.S. broadcast exe In a surprise move, Warner Music Internati ...

  15. Vivendi Universal Buys Out Matsushita

    February 02, 2006 12:00 AM EST Deal gives VU full ownership of Universal Music Group. Deal gives VU full ownership of Universal Music Group. News ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. Grainge Elevates Universal U.K. MDs

    January 13, 2006 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group International chairman/CEO Lucian Grainge has elevated the managing directors of its three front-line U.K. labels to become presidents. Separately, the company's Island Universal Universal Music Group International chair ...

  19. La Falce Exits Universal Music Italy

    December 28, 2005 12:00 AM EST Piero La Falce, president and CEO of Universal Music Italy, resigned just before Christmas, with immediate effect. His departure takes place some 12 months before his contract was due to expire. Piero La Falce, president and CEO of Universal Music ...

  20. 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 ...

  21. Movielink, Twentieth Century Fox Link

    November 21, 2005 12:00 AM EST Branches out to all major studios. Internet video-on-demand service Movielink is now offering films from all of the major studios. The company has signed a new distribution agreement with Twentieth Century Fox, bringing its total library to about ...

  22. UMPG Launches Library

    November 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Publishing Group has formed a new division, Universal Music Production Library, offering production music, music supervision and recording studio services. Universal Music Publishing Group has formed a new division, Universal Music ...

  23. UMPG Launches Library

    November 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Publishing Group has formed a new division, Universal Music Production Library, offering production music, music supervision and recording studio services. Universal Music Publishing Group has formed a new division, Universal Music ...

  24. Snocap, Warner Music Strike Pact

    November 14, 2005 12:00 AM EST All majors now on board. Snocap, the digital media company founded by Napster creator Shawn Fanning, yesterday (Nov. 13) said it reached a deal with Warner Music Group Corp. authorizing distribution of Warner's music across Snocap-enabled ret ...

  25. Ormond Joins Radio City Entertainment

    November 09, 2005 12:00 AM EST Industry vet will oversee bookings in New York. Melissa Miller Ormond has joined Radio City Entertainment in New York as executive VP of bookings, where she will be responsible for bookings at Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden and the T ...

  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. New Marketing VP At UMMI

    October 14, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Hansdotter to develop music mobile strategies. Universal Music Mobile International has appointed Nina Hansdotter VP of marketing and A&R, effective immediately. She is based in London and reports to Paris-based UMMI president Cedric Ponsot. H ...

  28. UMG To Tap Into New Revenue Streams

    October 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music said it is transforming itself into a broader entertainment company that derives more revenue from untapped sources like advertising. UMG senior executives discussed their strategy wit Universal Music, the world's largest reco ...

  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. Warner, Universal Enter Int'l Pact

    September 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Distrib agreement includes China, Russia. Warner Home Video and Universal Pictures International have entered into distribution agreements for the China and Russia markets. Under the terms of the new deals, WHV will distribute Universal product in ...

  31. Warner, Universal Enter Int'l Pact

    September 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Distrib agreement includes China, Russia. Warner Home Video and Universal Pictures International have entered into distribution agreements for the China and Russia markets. Under the terms of the new deals, WHV will distribute Universal product in ...

  32. Scissor Sisters, U2 Help Lift Vivendi In H1

    September 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The success of artists U2 and Scissor Sisters helped Vivendi Universal beat first half profit forecasts and raise its target for the year. Vivendi's music business Universal Music Group performed stro The success of artists U2 and Scissor Sis ...

  33. Par, Uni Split Worldwide Distribution

    September 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT "There's a revolution going on," said a London-based major company distribution executive as people woke up Sept. 7 to learn that Paramount Pictures and Universal Pictures have struck a deal to radica VENICE, Italy (The Hollywood Re ...

  34. Hohenboeken Elevated At Universal Germany

    August 15, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Germany has appointed Frank Hohenboeken as head of sales. Universal Music Germany has appointed Frank Hohenboeken as head of sales. Previously senior director sales, Hohenboeken replaces Peter Mucha, who is leaving the company on O ...

  35. Grainge Unveils New UMGI Management Team

    August 11, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A new management structure has been put in place at the newly-renamed Universal Music Group International, Billboard.biz has learned. The company's chairman/CEO Lucian Grainge, who took over from Jorg A new management structure has been put i ...

  36. 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 ...

  37. 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 ...

  38. 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 ...

  39. 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 ...

  40. 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 ...

  41. First Quarter Revenue Up For UMG

    May 03, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Vivendi Universal reports Universal Music Group's fiscal first quarter revenues increased 6% to €1.03 billion ($1.35 billion), thanks to strong sales in North America, Europe and Australia. NEW YORK -- Vivendi Universal reports Univ ...

  42. Universal Publishing Ups German Execs

    April 29, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Publishing Germany has promoted two key staffers. Universal Music Publishing Germany has promoted two key staffers. Tommy Kommer, director of finance at Universal's Berlin-based publishing affiliate, is upped to director of fi ...

  43. First Quarter Revenue Up For UMG

    April 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Vivendi Universal reports Universal Music Group's fiscal first quarter revenues increased 6% to €1.03 billion ($1.35 billion), thanks to strong sales in North America, Europe and Australia. Vivendi Universal reports Universal Music ...

  44. Paramount Continues Executive Shuffle

    April 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT As the executive overhaul at Paramount Pictures continues, Alli Shearmur was promoted April 14 to co-president of production. She will report to newly named Paramount president Gail Berman, who steps (The Hollywood Reporter) -- As the executive ov ...

  45. McCluggage, Sagansky Buy Ardustry

    April 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Kerry McCluggage and Jeff Sagansky have acquired the independent international distribution company Ardustry Home Entertainment, it was announced here April 12 at MIPTV, the audiovisual and digital co CANNES, France (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Ker ...

  46. Gibson Nabs Universal Amphitheatre Naming Rights

    April 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Nashville-based Gibson Guitar Corp. has locked up a 10-year naming-rights deal for Universal Amphitheatre in Universal City, Calif. The venue will now be known as the Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal NASHVILLE -- Nashville-based Gibson Guitar Corp ...

  47. Gibson Nabs Universal Amphitheatre Naming Rights

    April 04, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Guitar-maker scores 10-year deal for L.A. venue. Nashville-based Gibson Guitar Corp. has locked up a 10-year naming-rights deal for Universal Amphitheatre in Universal City, Calif. The venue will now be known as the Gibson Amphitheatre at Universa ...

  48. Universal Builds Kidvid Unit

    March 08, 2005 12:00 AM EST In a move designed to take advantage of the demand for family fare on DVD, Universal Pictures has tapped home video veteran Glenn Ross to head the newly created Universal Studios Home Entertainment Fa (The Hollywood Reporter) -- In a move designed ...

  49. Universal Starts Family Vid Unit

    March 04, 2005 12:00 AM EST Universal Pictures has formed a family video division, Universal Studios Home Entertainment Family Productions. Universal Pictures has formed a family video division, Universal Studios Home Entertainment Family Productions. The company has named G ...

  50. Uni Launches Video Distribution In Russia, CIS

    March 01, 2005 12:00 AM EST Universal Pictures International, the London-based home-entertainment arm of Universal Pictures, said Feb. 22 that it has set up a local distribution company in Russia. LONDON (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Universal Pictures International, the Londo ...

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