Universal Studios

  1. Court: Bing's Legal Privilege Ended in Death

    February 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST Communications from Bing Crosby's business associates half a century ago are no longer protected by client-attorney privilege decades after the entertainer's death, California's top court ruled yester Communications from Bing Crosby ...

  2. Uni South Launches Mgmt Division

    January 25, 2005 12:00 AM EST Veteran Dottore to head operation. Nashville-based Universal South Entertainment, the parent company of Universal South Records, has formed the artist management division Universal South Artists (USA). Veteran manager Marc Dottore comes aboard to ...

  3. Universal Pictures Int'l Names Korea Chief

    January 17, 2005 12:00 AM EST Universal Pictures International, the global home-entertainment distribution arm of Universal Pictures, has appointed Don Kim as managing director of its Korean operating company. LONDON (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Universal Pictures International ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. Uni Strikes Deal With Rust Records

    December 13, 2004 12:00 AM EST Cleveland-based indie Rust Records says it has entered into a distribution agreement with Universal's new indie distribution arm Fontana. The deal represents the first official announcement of a Fonta Cleveland-based indie Rust Records says i ...

  7. Universal Brazil Names Prez

    December 13, 2004 12:00 AM EST José Antonio Eboli has been promoted to president of Universal Music Brazil, effective January 2005. José Antonio Eboli has been promoted to president of Universal Music Brazil, effective January 2005. Eboli will continue to be based out ...

  8. Universal Brazil Names Prez

    December 13, 2004 12:00 AM EST José Antonio Eboli has been promoted to president of Universal Music Brazil, effective January 2005. José Antonio Eboli has been promoted to president of Universal Music Brazil, effective January 2005. Eboli will continue to be based out ...

  9. UMPG Ups Renzer To Chairman/CEO

    December 03, 2004 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Publishing Group will announce today (Dec. 3) that it has promoted David Renzer from worldwide president to chairman/CEO. Universal Music Publishing Group will announce today (Dec. 3) that it has promoted David Renzer from worldwid ...

  10. UMG Reports Q3 Gains

    November 18, 2004 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group posted a seven-fold increase in third-quarter operating income, thanks to improved sales margins and a series of cost-cutting initiatives. Universal Music Group posted a seven-fold increase in third-quarter operating income, ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. Vivendi, Viacom Sell Cinema Biz

    November 02, 2004 12:00 AM EST Vivendi Universal and Viacom Inc. on Oct. 28 confirmed the sale of UCI Cinemas in Europe to London-based private equity firm Terra Firma Capital Partners Limited for 270 million euros ($344.4 million) PARIS (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Vivendi Univ ...

  13. Universal Drops 'Video' From Name

    October 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Universal Studios Home Video is changing its name to Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Universal Studios Home Video is changing its name to Universal Studios Home Entertainment. According to a company statement, "the new name reflects the ...

  14. Retail Track

    October 18, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Universal's Fontana and Warner Music Group's incubator system add competition to indie distribution. Read Ed Christman's column. Universal's Fontana and Warner Music Group's incubator system add competition to indie distri ...

  15. Retail Track

    October 18, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Universal's Fontana and Warner Music Group's incubator system add competition to indie distribution. Read Ed Christman's column. Universal's Fontana and Warner Music Group's incubator system add competition to indie distri ...

  16. Retail Track

    October 18, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Universal's Fontana and Warner Music Group's incubator system add competition to indie distribution. Read Ed Christman's column. Universal's Fontana and Warner Music Group's incubator system add competition to indie distri ...

  17. Pritchitt Named Fontana GM

    September 27, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Steve Pritchitt, former senior VP/GM of Navarre Entertainment Media, has been hired as GM of Fontana Distribution, Universal Music Group's new independent firm, according to sources. Steve Pritchitt, former senior VP/GM of Navarre Entertainme ...

  18. UMVD Names Key Video Exec

    September 24, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music & Video Distribution has named Soumya Sriraman has VP of marketing and operations for visual entertainment. Universal Music & Video Distribution has named Soumya Sriraman has VP of marketing and operations for visual en ...

  19. UMVD Names Key Video Exec

    September 24, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music & Video Distribution has named Soumya Sriraman has VP of marketing and operations for visual entertainment. Universal Music & Video Distribution has named Soumya Sriraman has VP of marketing and operations for visual en ...

  20. Doug Morris In Re-Up Talks

    September 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A source confirms that Doug Morris is in negotiations to re-up as chairman/CEO of Universal Music Group, although his current contract does not run out until mid-2005. The new deal, which would run fo A source confirms that Doug Morris is in negot ...

  21. Vertigo Inks Deal With Universal's Focus Features

    August 24, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Roy Lee and Doug Davison's Vertigo Entertainment has inked a multiyear first-look deal with Universal Pictures and its specialty films unit, Focus Features. LOS ANGELES (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Roy Lee and Doug Davison's Vertigo Enter ...

  22. 321 Studios, Film Studios Settle Lawsuits

    August 17, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The major film studios and software company 321 Studios have resolved their litigation. LOS ANGELES -- The major film studios and software company 321 Studios have resolved their litigation. According to a statement released Aug. 10 by the Motion ...

  23. 321, Film Studios Settle Lawsuits

    August 10, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The major film studios and software company 321 Studios has resolved their litigation. The major film studios and software company 321 Studios has resolved their litigation. According to a statement released today (Aug. 10) by the Motion Picture A ...

  24. 321, Film Studios Settle Lawsuits

    August 10, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The major film studios and software company 321 Studios has resolved their litigation. The major film studios and software company 321 Studios has resolved their litigation. According to a statement released today (Aug. 10) by the Motion Picture A ...

  25. Universal Says It Will Appeal Hallyday Case

    August 09, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music France is planning to appeal a decision by a French labor tribunal ordering the company to hand over to one of its leading artists the masters to his complete catalog. LONDON -- Universal Music France is planning to appeal a decisi ...

  26. UMVD To Distribute Palm Pictures

    August 02, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Palm Pictures and Universal Music and Video Distribution (UMVD) have signed a distribution deal. Starting in September, most of Palm's music and video product will be distributed through UMVD's recent Palm Pictures and Universal Music an ...

  27. UMVD To Distribute Palm Pictures

    August 02, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Palm Pictures and Universal Music and Video Distribution (UMVD) have signed a distribution deal. Starting in September, most of Palm's music and video product will be distributed through UMVD's recent Palm Pictures and Universal Music an ...

  28. Music Growth Softens Vivendi's Sales Slide

    July 29, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Media and telecoms conglomerate Vivendi Universal today said sales fell 12% in the second quarter, less than the market had forecast, as a swing to growth at its music unit and gains in its mobile-pho Media and telecoms conglomerate Vivendi Univer ...

  29. Report: Vivendi, Largadere in Merger Talks

    July 22, 2004 12:00 AM EDT France's Vivendi Universal and Lagardere, the world's largest magazine publisher, are negotiating a potential merger, a French weekly newspaper reports. France's Vivendi Universal and Lagardere, the world's largest magazine pub ...

  30. Report: Vivendi, Largadere in Merger Talks

    July 22, 2004 12:00 AM EDT France's Vivendi Universal and Lagardere, the world's largest magazine publisher, are negotiating a potential merger, a French weekly newspaper reports. France's Vivendi Universal and Lagardere, the world's largest magazine pub ...

  31. UMVD Getting Into Indie Biz

    July 15, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Look for Universal Music & Video Distribution to start a U.S. independent distribution company in the next few months. Sources say the company is still on the drawing board, but the plan is to see Look for Universal Music & Video Distr ...

  32. UMVD Getting Into Indie Biz

    July 15, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Look for Universal Music & Video Distribution to start a U.S. independent distribution company in the next few months. Sources say the company is still on the drawing board, but the plan is to see Look for Universal Music & Video Distr ...

  33. French Court Frees Solaar From Universal Contract

    July 12, 2004 12:00 AM EDT French rapper MC Solaar has won a legal battle against Universal Music France that started nearly seven years ago. The court ordered Universal to give all of Solaar's recording masters, along with th PARIS -- French rapper MC Solaar has won a ...

  34. Recent Cases & Filings

    July 05, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Publisher Universal-PolyGram alleges that EMI has wrongfully retained royalties derived from the score of the 1984 film "The Terminator." Case : Universal-PolyGram International Publishing Inc., et al., vs. EMI April Music Inc. Issue: Pu ...

  35. Ex-Vivendi CEO Defends Controversial Buy-Backs

    June 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Former Vivendi Universal SA chief executive Jean-Marie Messier today (June 28) defended the massive share buy-backs carried out by the media/telecoms company three years ago in an effort to prop up it Former Vivendi Universal SA chief executive Je ...

  36. Ex-Vivendi CEO Defends Controversial Buy-Backs

    June 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Former Vivendi Universal SA chief executive Jean-Marie Messier today (June 28) defended the massive share buy-backs carried out by the media/telecoms company three years ago in an effort to prop up it Former Vivendi Universal SA chief executive Je ...

  37. Former Vivendi Chief in Police Custody

    June 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Messier held for alleged financial crimes. PARIS (AP) Jean-Marie Messier, the former chief executive of Vivendi Universal, was taken into police custody Monday (June 21) in an investigation into financial wrongdoing during his time at the media an ...

  38. Former Vivendi Chief in Police Custody

    June 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Messier held for alleged financial crimes. PARIS (AP) Jean-Marie Messier, the former chief executive of Vivendi Universal, was taken into police custody Monday (June 21) in an investigation into financial wrongdoing during his time at the media an ...

  39. Leher Brings Rolling Stones To Greenberg Traurig

    June 07, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Richard Leher, who has represented the Rolling Stones continuously for 24 years, has joined the law firm of Greenberg Traurig. Richard Leher, who has represented the Rolling Stones continuously for 24 years, has joined the law firm of Greenberg Tr ...

  40. Uni Germany Dumps Copy-Protected CDs

    June 04, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Germany has removed copy-protection technology from all national CD releases, Billboard.biz has learned. The move means that releases by top local acts such as Jeanette, Die Ärzte Universal Music Germany has removed copy-p ...

  41. UMG Cuts Losses In First Quarter

    May 27, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group, the market leader of the world's recorded-music industry, had an operating loss of €16 million ($19.6 million) in the first quarter 2004, a 43% improvement over a &#x20AC Universal Music Group, the market ...

  42. Lawyer Has Vivendi Unit In His Sights

    May 17, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Canoy is representing APPAC, which is taking on behemoths of the French stock exchange. One of their primary targets is Vivendi Universal, whose management misdeeds lost stockholders up to $48.4 billi PARIS (Hollywood Reporter)-- Mention David and ...

  43. Uni Canada Pacts With Navarre

    May 11, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Canada has entered into an exclusive long-term distribution agreement with the Navarre Corporation in Los Angeles. Universal Music Canada has entered into an exclusive long-term distribution agreement with the Navarre Corporation i ...

  44. Uni Canada Pacts With Navarre

    May 11, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Canada has entered into an exclusive long-term distribution agreement with the Navarre Corporation in Los Angeles. Universal Music Canada has entered into an exclusive long-term distribution agreement with the Navarre Corporation i ...

  45. Uni Canada Pacts With Navarre

    May 11, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Canada has entered into an exclusive long-term distribution agreement with the Navarre Corporation in Los Angeles. Universal Music Canada has entered into an exclusive long-term distribution agreement with the Navarre Corporation i ...

  46. UMG Nash Finalizes DreamWorks Merger

    May 07, 2004 12:00 AM EDT DreamWorks Records' Nashville operation has been merged into Universal Music Group Nashville. The move follows Universal Music Group's <A HREF="http://www.billboard.com/bb/biz/newsroom/business_financ DreamWorks Records' Nas ...

  47. Vivendi Reports First-Quarter Loss

    May 05, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Vivendi Universal reports Universal Music Group's first quarter revenues dipped 11% to $1.2 billion (&#x20AC;978 million). Vivendi Universal reports Universal Music Group's first quarter revenues dipped 11% to $1.2 billion (€978 mill ...

  48. Japanese Firm Sinks $100M Into DreamWorks

    May 03, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Japanese publisher Kadokawa Holdings will acquire a 2.83% stake in DreamWorks SKG for $100 million. LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter)--Japanese publisher Kadokawa Holdings will acquire a 2.83% stake in DreamWorks SKG for $100 million. Under the dea ...

  49. Universal Canada, Distributor Form Pact

    April 29, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Canada and DEP Distribution Exclusive have entered a joint-venture relationship in which Universal Music Canada assumes a minority shareholding interest in the 8-year-old Montreal-base Universal Music Canada and DEP Distribution Ex ...

  50. UMG Execs Discussing Future

    April 27, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Top executives of Universal Music Group are scheduled to meet with analysts in Europe and the United States this week to map out the future of the world's biggest music company. Top executives of Universal Music Group are scheduled to meet wi ...

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