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  1. VH1 Lays Off Majority of New York Development Team

    April 23, 2014 11:39 AM EDT “With ratings on an upswing and the pace of development increasing cross platform, we felt it was the right time to examine our overall production and development structure in New York," said the network in a statement. More changes are afoot ...

  2. Katy Perry, Kacey Musgraves to Team for 'CMT Crossroads' Airing June 13 (Exclusive)

    April 02, 2014 10:00 AM EDT The “CMT Crossroads” concert series that pairs country acts with artists outside their genre will celebrate its 50th episode on June 13 with Kacey Musgraves and Katy Perry, airing 10 p.m. ET on CMT. The intimate performance will tape in Los Angele ...

  3. What Viacom Has to Show for Seven Years of Pursuing YouTube (Analysis)

    March 18, 2014 5:45 PM EDT The content giant has spent millions of dollars to shape copyright law. In a Manhattan courtroom on Monday, an attorney for one of the nation's biggest copyright holders delivered closing arguments in a trial meant to determine whether one In ...

  4. Google, Viacom Settle YouTube Copyright Lawsuit

    March 18, 2014 10:44 AM EDT The two companies had been locked in a legal battle since 2007 Viacom and Google announced today that they have resolved a massive copyright case. The closely-followed lawsuit was filed in New York federal court in 2007. It was alleged that YouTub ...

  5. Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Sells Stock of SiriusXM Controller Liberty Media

    February 17, 2014 10:51 AM EST The billionaire investor's Berkshire Hathaway continues to own stakes in Viacom, Starz, DirecTV and Liberty Media. Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway has disclosed a small stake in John Malone's international cable company Liberty ...

  6. Country Executives on the Lack Of Female Artists at Radio

    February 06, 2014 4:27 PM EST With evidence continuing to mount that Nashville has a shortage of successful female artists right now, you might expect that Music Row has a corresponding lack of females in the executive ranks. You'd be wrong. While it's true that fewe ...

  7. Morning Fix: Is Twitter the Next Friendster?; Eminem's 'MMLP2' Marketing Juggernaut; Viacom, Twitter Partner with Cosmetics Firm

    November 08, 2013 8:45 AM EST Get the Morning Fix Delivered To Your Inbox HERE BUSINESS MATTERS: TWITTER SHARES SOAR, BUT IS IT ALL HYPE - OR THE NEXT FRIENDSTER? Twitter's debut on the New York Stock Exchange was so successful that "bubble" was a commonly hea ...

  8. Viacom, Twitter Sign up Cosmetics Firm for European Social Media Video Ad Campaign

    November 08, 2013 4:57 AM EST Viacom's Viacom International Media Networks unit and Twitter have reached an agreement with cosmetics company Cosnova that they said will make it the first firm to launch a social video advertising campaign via the tech firm's Twitter ...

  9. MTV Artists iPhone App Aims to Simplify Music Discovery

    October 31, 2013 9:02 AM EDT MTV is hoping its latest digital product will be many things to all people. Introduced Thursday, MTV Artists is an iPhone app takes the tasks routinely carried out by music fans and puts them under one roof.   MTV Artists is like a Swiss Army Kn ...

  10. Sean 'Diddy' Combs Betting Big on Revolt TV

    October 21, 2013 11:11 AM EDT Sean Combs is betting big on Revolt TV. At 5 p.m. EST Monday (Oct. 21), the all music channel goes live in the homes of about 22 million Comcast subscribers and 12 million Time Warner Cable customers, marking one of the biggest launches of a cab ...

  11. Digital Notes: UCLA's 'Future of Digital Music Delivery'; Berklee's Online Degrees; CreativeLive's Biz Model

    October 07, 2013 6:30 PM EDT Berklee to Award Online Degree Program The Internet has unbundled the music business. Now, it's also unbundling music education. The Berklee School of Music, which pioneered online courses a dozen ago, began taking applications on Monday fo ...

  12. Viacom Told to Pay Hundreds of Millions to 'Rock Band' Developer Harmonix

    July 18, 2013 4:17 AM EDT It's looking grim for Viacom in a dispute over payments to former Harmonix shareholders. This court battle seems to demand more attention given the newfound appetite for M&A in the entertainment sector and the amount of money at stake ...

  13. Intel Teams with MTV to Launch Second Year of Its 'Music Experiment' with Empire of the Sun in New York

    July 03, 2013 2:27 PM EDT Intel, the world's largest manufacturer of computer chips, sponsored 22 different experiential media events with various partners in 2012. Of those partners, only MTV Iggy was renewed for 2013 for a program called Music Experiment 2.0 ­ a c ...

  14. MTV, VH1, CMT Partnering with Monster DNA to Promote, Fund Indie Artists on July 4

    July 02, 2013 12:31 PM EDT For 12 hours on July 4, MTV, CMT and VH1 are going to be all about music. The networks' owner, Viacom, and the headphones company Monster DNA are teaming up to promote "Music Independence Day," during which indie musicians will be ...

  15. CMT Awards Book Record Sponsors, Nationwide Expands Jana Kramer Relationship

    June 05, 2013 4:58 PM EDT Wednesday’s CMT Awards will be supported by “without a doubt the highest volume and probably the most meaningful advertiser integrations,” says Anthony Barton, CMT’s senior VP of integrated marketing. This year’s ceremony, held in the middle of ...

  16. MTV, VH1, CMT Partner With Pizza Hut for Coverage of Hangout Music Festival

    May 17, 2013 9:00 AM EDT Viacom networks MTV, VH1 and CMT are teaming up with Hangout Music Festival, a three-day concert series in Gulf Shores, Ala., for multi-platform news coverage that will air across the three flagship networks as well as MTV2, MTV Hits, MTV Jams, ...

  17. MTV's O Music Awards Announces Nominees, Set for June 19

    May 16, 2013 9:00 AM EDT MTV and Viacom today announced the nominees for the fourth iteration of its O Music Awards, which include Frank Ocean, PSY, Baauer, Bon Iver, internet meme Lil B, and more. The O Music Awards are digitally focused and targeted towards millennial ...

  18. MTV's O Music Awards to Return June 19 with 24-Hour Event

    May 01, 2013 6:43 PM EDT More than 50 bands will help keep the party rolling for 24 hours during the O Music Awards. The show put on by MTV, VH1 and CMT that celebrates music and counter culture will return June 19 with a 24-hour livestream event that will celebrate liv ...

  19. YouTube Scores Win in Viacom Lawsuit

    April 18, 2013 6:52 PM EDT Federal courts handed Google’s YouTube a victory Thursday in a six-year-old lawsuit filed by Viacom Inc. alleging copyright infringement. The case has flip-flopped in federal courts, with YouTube winning the first round in 2010 when U.S. Dist ...

  20. ASCAP Reports 2012 Financials: Distributed $827 Million

    March 04, 2013 3:32 PM EST ASCAP collected $941 million in revenue last year, down 4.5% from its 2011 total of $982 million. But royalty payments increased slightly to $827 million, up from $824 million in the previous year. This article first appeared in Billboard Mag ...

  21. Irving Azoff's Exit: The Invisible Hand of John Malone

    December 31, 2012 9:57 PM EST The exit of veteran music manager Irving Azoff as executive chairman at Live Nation comes two months after another media veteran, Mel Karmazin, stepped down as chairman and CEO of SiriusXM Satellite Radio. The person they have in common? Veteran m ...

  22. Business Matters: New Sirius XM CEO to Face New Set of Challenges

    December 19, 2012 9:00 PM EST It's a new era for Sirius XM Radio. The company announced Wednesday that James E. Meyer has been named company's interim CEO , effective immediately. Meyer, the president of sales and operations, takes over for Mel Karmazin, who had prev ...

  23. Russell Emmanuel: Taking It To Extremes

    November 19, 2012 12:54 PM EST Fourteen years ago, EMI production music chief Peter Cox summoned a punk rocker named Russell Emmanuel into his London office. Emmanuel had launched Extreme Music just a year earlier in 1997 and was the talk of London after he mailed out condoms ...

  24. Morning Fix: Pandora Pays Out Millions; Best Buy CFO Steps Down; Rolling Stones Adding Dates

    October 10, 2012 7:45 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters KOBALT TO INVEST $100 MILLION IN ADVANCES, COPYRIGHTS: The Kobalt Music Group, via funds raised by Kobalt Capital Ltd, plans to invest $100 million over the next 12 months ...

  25. Spreecast Signs Video Deal with Viacom's VH1, Logo

    October 10, 2012 7:30 AM EDT Spreecast, a social video platform founded by former StubHub chief executive Jeff Fluhr, on Wednesday announced a deal with Viacom to produce online video chats that let viewers interact with on-air hosts from Viacom's VH1 and Logo channels. ...

  26. Business Matters: Can Seth Goldstein's DJZ Disrupt As Well As Entertain?

    September 13, 2012 2:21 PM EDT That Seth Goldstein is aiming his new startup, the content and advertising-driven DJZ at the growing electronic dance music (EDM) scene is not a surprise. Goldstein is chairman at Turntable.fm, the DJ-minded music service that shot to fame in 2011 ...

  27. Backbeat: The Wanted, Karmin Hit XBOX 360 Event, Rita Ora Performs At MTV/Time Warner VMAs After Party

    September 07, 2012 4:55 PM EDT The Wanted poses for photos with the members of the U.S. Olympic women's gymnastics team. (Photo: Tiffany Rose/WireImage) Rita Ora tweeted to her 1.2 million fans that she'd be performing at a VMA after-party, but getting in to see the 2 ...

  28. Backbeat: Kaskade Rocks Katy Perry, John Mayer, Ne-Yo, Execs at House of Hype Post-VMAs Party

    September 07, 2012 1:39 PM EDT Sam Keywanfar, founder/CEO, House of Hype, the evening's honoree Kaskade, and Noel Lee, CEO, Monster Products, arrive to the 5th Annual House Of Hype Music Awards at Beverly Hills Hotel on September 6, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Phot ...

  29. Viacom Ordered To Pay $300 Million Over 'Rock Band' Acquisition

    August 13, 2012 5:26 PM EDT Viacom has suffered a $300 million loss in a Delaware court tied to its 2006 acquisition of Harmonix, the studio that created the Rock Band video games. Although Viacom sold Harmonix in 2010 , it is still paying for the decision to buy the game st ...

  30. Business Matters: Samsung's Music Hub Shows the Future of Digital Music

    August 01, 2012 6:24 PM EDT Samsung's Music Hub Shows the Future of Digital Music -- Samsung's new Music Hub isn't going to get much credit for being visionary, but the multi-faceted music service is ahead of its time. Music Hub's combination of services ...

  31. Viacom, DirecTV Reach New Carriage Agreement

    July 20, 2012 7:21 AM EDT Viacom and DirecTV have reached a new carriage agreement, they said early Friday. The deal ends a two-week standoff that led to a blackout of such networks as MTV, Comedy Central, BET and Nickelodeon in the about 20 million homes of the satellite ...

  32. DirecTV Drops 26 Viacom Channels Following Carriage Fee Negotiation Impasse

    July 11, 2012 7:33 AM EDT Satellite TV operator DirecTV today dropped 26 Viacom channels from its service following negotiation impasse over the network's carriage fees. Those include music channels MTV, BET, VH1, CMT as well as Nickelodeon and Comedy Central. DirecTV ...

  33. Viacom Stock Rating Cut by Analyst, Cites 'Ongoing Ratings Weakness'

    July 10, 2012 7:47 AM EDT UBS analyst John Janedis on Tuesday downgraded his rating on Viacom's stock from "buy" to "neutral" citing "concerns related to ongoing ratings weakness" at Nickelodeon and MTV. "While the stock is cheap&quo ...

  34. Debra Lee & Stephen G. Hill, BET

    June 27, 2012 11:44 AM EDT Dynastic Duo Consistency has become the hallmark of Black Entertainment Television. The cable channel’s leader, Debra Lee, has been with the Viacom-owned company for more than 25 years. Hill has handled music programming and specials for ...

  35. Billboard and Pepsi Team up for Summer Beats Concert Series

    June 21, 2012 7:10 PM EDT Billboard, pepsi team for summer beats concert series, songs of the summer chartBillboard has teamed with Pepsi for its first "Summer Beats" concert series, a three-city concert program that is an extension of Pepsi's previously ann ...

  36. Pepsi and Billboard Join Forces for Summer Beats Concert Series

    June 20, 2012 7:50 AM EDT Pepsi and Billboard today announced the first-ever "Summer Beats Concert Series." This new program will include three Twitter-enabled shows during the summer season featuring performances by Billboard chart-topping artists across multipl ...

  37. Universal-Veoh Lawsuit May Be Revisited, Define New Copyright Infringement Standards

    June 08, 2012 10:34 AM EDT In a surprising twist of events, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals might re-examine the standards by which Internet Service Providers qualify for "safe harbor" from copyright infringement liability by directly addressing what happened two ...

  38. Grace Potter, Gary Clark Jr., Grimes to Play O Music Awards Opening for Flaming Lips' Guinness Record Run

    June 07, 2012 12:05 AM EDT The Flaming Lips will be flirting with the Guinness World Record for most live concerts within a 24 hour period (multiple cities) at this month's O Music Awards, and today Viacom Music Group announced the eclectic and exciting series of opene ...

  39. Business Matters: Music and Entertainment Stocks Got Beat Down Friday But Are Faring Well in 2012

    June 01, 2012 6:44 PM EDT Stocks Down Friday, But Doing Well Overall Friday was rough for the U.S. stock market but was especially brutal for music-related stocks. Some declines were triple -- or close to it -- the declines of 2.2% for the Dow and 2.8% for the Nasdaq. Even ...

  40. Viacom Increases Quarterly Dividend

    May 24, 2012 7:45 AM EDT Viacom said Wednesday (May 23) that its board has approved a 10 percent increase in its quarterly dividend to 27.5 cents per share from 25 cents. Viacom Launches New Blog The increase will take effect starting with Viacom's next quarterly div ...

  41. Exclusive: Whitney Houston To Be Honored in Next 'VH1 Divas' Tribute

    May 08, 2012 5:15 PM EDT Whitney Houston (right) and Mary J. Blige performing at the "VH1 Divas" concert in 1999. VH1 will pay tribute to Whitney Houston for its next installment of "VH1 Divas," Billboard has learned. The network will tape the performa ...

  42. Business Matters: fun., Gotye, Justin Bieber Drive Big YTD Gain in Digital Track Sales

    May 04, 2012 4:13 PM EDT Top Few Songs Behind Digital Boost A handful of songs have accounted for a big share of the 31.6-million unit - equal to 7.2% -- gain in track sales in 2012 through April 29. The top 3 songs represent 10.3% of the gain. The top 10 songs account fo ...

  43. Business Matters: RapidShare Plays Good Citizen with New Best Practices Policy, But Should You Buy It?

    April 20, 2012 5:51 PM EDT RapidShare Encourages Customers to Comply With Copyright Law File hosting service RapidShare is playing the role of good corporate citizen with the release of a four-page "Responsible Practices for Cloud Storage Services" document. The p ...

  44. Megaupload Adds Superstar Lawyer Andrew Schapiro to Defense Team

    April 06, 2012 1:40 PM EDT In advance of a criminal trial, Megaupload has added a legal superstar to its defense. Andrew Schapiro, a partner at Quinn Emanuel, has reportedly agreed to defend Megaupload's executives, including founder Kim Dotcom, on charges of massive c ...

  45. Topspin's New Partnership With MTV's Artists.MTV Music Hub Will Expand Company's Footprint

    March 15, 2012 6:31 PM EDT A company built in the 00's to help artists sell and market direct to their fans stands to get a big boost from a 30-plus-year-old company looking to bring artists and fans together: New artists pages to launch at MTV.com will feature direct- ...

  46. Viacom Launches New Blog

    March 12, 2012 8:34 PM EDT Viacom, the corporate parent of MTV, VH1, CMT, Logo, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central, to name a few of their networks, launches a new blog Tuesday (March 12). Blog.Viacom.com will feature contributions from employees in every sector of the company, ...

  47. Entertainment, Other Stocks End Flat After Dow Exceeds Milestone

    February 22, 2012 7:30 AM EST NEW YORK - U.S. stocks, including shares of entertainment conglomerates, finished Tuesday's trading day flattish after initial gains that pushed the Dow Jones Industrial Average index above 13,000 for the first time since May 2008. Higher oil ...

  48. Billboard Power 100: Debra Lee

    January 26, 2012 8:20 PM EST No. 94 Debra Lee Chairman/CEO BET Holdings Power, according to Debra Lee, "means being able to set your own destiny. And, in my instance, it means being able to navigate BET, Centric and our other platforms in the direction that's approp ...

  49. Senzari, New Internet Radio Service, Launches On Three Continents

    January 20, 2012 7:40 AM EST Senzari, a new music service that offers Internet radio with personalized recommendations and a full integration with Facebook, is preparing to officially launch at an international level by the end of February. Like Pandora, Senzari is Internet s ...

  50. Ryan Seacrest Launching TV Network With Mark Cuban, AEG, CAA

    January 18, 2012 8:45 PM EST Ryan Seacrest is getting his own TV network after all. The multi-hyphenate, along with partners AEG and talent agency CAA, have struck a deal with billionaire entrepreneur Mark Cuban to rebrand Cuban's HDNet as AXS TV (pronounced Access) begi ...

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