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  1. 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 ...

  2. NFL, VH1 Prepping Six Pre-Super Bowl Concerts (Exclusive)

    October 14, 2013 1:10 PM EDT The following excerpt is from Billboard magazine's special Sports & Music Package which examines how music can play a larger role in the nearly $14 billion brands will this year spend on sports. This special section includes "The ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. MTV To Relaunch in Russia

    May 31, 2013 1:10 AM EDT Russian audiences will get the chance to join the global MTV generation in October when the music channel's parent company Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) relaunches the flagship brand. Young Russians will be offered programming ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. Business Matters: 'Rock Band' Downloads to End in April

    February 19, 2013 9:10 PM EST Video game developer Harmonix has announced that it will stop releasing track downloads for the game "Rock Band" in the first week of April. The company has released more than 4,000 songs over 275 consecutive weeks -- in five years -- a ...

  9. Tr3s Names Maria Badillo Vice President of Programming and Production

    December 04, 2012 5:35 PM EST Maria Badillo has been named vice president of programming and production for cable network Tr3s, according to a spokesperson for Viacom International Media Networks/the Americas. In her new role, Badillo will oversee the company's programmin ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. 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. ...

  12. 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 ...

  13. 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 ...

  14. 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 ...

  15. 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 ...

  16. Viacom Blocks Online Episodes in DirecTV Carriage Fee Dispute

    July 12, 2012 8:36 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- Viacom is ramping up its war with DirecTV over how much it is paid for shows including "The Daily Show" and "SpongeBob SquarePants." Unfortunately, its latest tactic is causing some collateral damage. Viacom on ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. 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 ...

  20. MTV Tr3s Schedules New Shows, "Unplugged" and "Making the Video" Specials

    May 15, 2012 1:44 PM EDT MTV Tr3s executives have announced plans for new programs including a reality show by singer/actress Dulce Maria, "Unplugged" shows and "Making the Video" specials, according to network officials. The bilingual and bicultural n ...

  21. O Music Awards Return June 27, Take Aim at Guinness World Record

    May 04, 2012 2:00 PM EDT Viacom Music Group's O Music Awards are returning for their third installment this June 27th, and in addition to handing out awards to the biggest digital innovators in music today, they'll be taking aim at a Guinness World Record. This ...

  22. YouTube Copyright Infringement Suit Reinstated By Appeals Court

    April 05, 2012 1:46 PM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- A federal appeals court reinstated a copyright case against YouTube on Thursday, finding that a jury could conclude that the online video service knew it was infringing rights when it allowed the distribution of videos of popular ...

  23. MTV Announces 8 New Unplugged Performances With Florence + The Machine, The Civil Wars

    March 29, 2012 11:10 AM EDT MTV is bringing back its storied and award-winning "Unplugged" franchise for 2012, kicking things off with a performance by Florence + the Machine April 8. MTV Announces 'Hip-Hop POV,' New Late-Night Music Talk & Performanc ...

  24. 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, ...

  25. 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 ...

  26. Viacom First Quarter Earnings Shredded by 'Rock Band' Settlement

    February 03, 2012 7:00 AM EST NEW YORK (AP) - Viacom Inc., the owner of Paramount Pictures, MTV and Comedy Central, on Thursday posted a 65 percent drop in net income for the latest quarter, as it took a charge related to the "Rock Band" series of video games. Revenu ...

  27. Billboard Power 100: Van Toffler

    January 27, 2012 10:00 AM EST No. 35 Van Toffler President Viacom Music & Logo Group Reinventing Music TV For Every Generation... Van Toffler oversees MTV, MTV2, VH1, VH1 Classic, CMT, CMT Pure Country and the affiliated digital services as well as the Logo channel. The co ...

  28. Urban Power List: Debra Lee & Stephen G. Hill

    January 13, 2012 4:18 PM EST Debra Lee & Stephen G. Hill Chairman/CEO, BET Networks President of Music Programming & Specials, BET Networks Website: BET.com Twitter: @StephenGHill Dynastic Duo Consistency has become the hallmark of Black Entertainment Television. The ...

  29. Morning Heds: Tom Freston's Billion $ Revenge, HMV Bidders, Western Union Goes Hip-Hop

    January 04, 2012 9:21 AM EST Tom Freston's $1 Billion Revenge: Ex-Viacom Chief Helps Vice Become the Next MTV Forbes After Sumner Redstone fired Tom Freston from MTV, he helped Vice buy out Viacom's stake for an undisclosed amount and joined Vice as an advisor, one ...

  30. Viacom Owes $383 Million To Harmonix in 'Rock Band' Dispute Arbitrators Say

    December 28, 2011 7:00 AM EST After already paying $150 million to former shareholders of Harmonix, arbitrators have determined that Viacom owes an additional $383 million to the video game company that created Rock Band, according to a regulatory filing on Tuesday. The revela ...

  31. Viacom Announces Partnership With Ustream For Web-Exclusive Content

    December 15, 2011 7:45 AM EST Ustream has struck a web-exclusive content deal with Viacom. The announcement, released today, stated that the home of MTV, VH1, CMT and other media outlets has agreed to stream live, web-exclusive content solely through the live streaming company ...

  32. Viacom Demands to Be Repaid $131 Million From Shareholders of 'Rock Band' Maker

    September 19, 2011 3:30 PM EDT Shareholder lawsuits against big corporations are quite common. But rarely does a corporation turn around and sue its stockholders. That's what's happening at Viacom, which on Friday sued former stockholders of ex-subsidiary Harmonix Mus ...

  33. Sony Shares Hit 52-Week Low Amid Global Market Sell-Off

    August 05, 2011 7:56 AM EDT UPDATED: The stocks of entertainment conglomerates Walt Disney and Time Warner are now down for the year-to-date period, News Corp. closed at the same price as at the end of 2010, while CBS Corp. and Viacom remain ahead of their 2010 closing price ...

  34. Tom Freston, Fired From Viacom for Failing to Buy Myspace in 2005, 'Smiling' Over Sale

    June 30, 2011 4:07 PM EDT Six years ago, Myspace was the darling of the Internet, a fast growing company that many larger organizations were vying to make a crown jewel in their business. Rupert Murdoch and News Corporation won the race, acquiring the company in 2005 for $ ...

  35. Universal Music Group, Viacom Latest Hack Victims

    June 29, 2011 11:56 AM EDT It seems that 2011 is the Year of the Hack, with all the high-profile data breeches secured against Sony and other organizations by the likes of the recently disbanded LulzSec , Anonymous , and others. This time, Universal Music Group seems to be ...

  36. Viacom Sues Cablevision over iPad Streams

    June 24, 2011 8:33 AM EDT NEW YORK - Viacom Inc sued Cablevision Systems Corp to halt what it called the unauthorized streaming of its programing on devices such as Apple Inc's iPad. The lawsuit was filed on Thursday in Manhattan federal court, one day after court doc ...

  37. Business Matters: Pandora Goes Public During Market Downturn, Not That it Matters

    June 15, 2011 5:10 PM EDT Pandora Goes Public During Market Downturn -- Not That it Matters -- Pandora's successful IPO arrives as the broader stock market has gone through a slump. But the timing isn't necessary bad. A cloudy market shouldn't be a problem f ...

  38. Viacom's Philippe Dauman Tops Wall Street Journal's Highest-Paid CEOs List

    May 09, 2011 12:11 PM EDT CEOs of media, entertainment and TV giants claimed five of the top 10 spots on a Wall Street Journal list of executives with the highest compensation for 2010 . The median value of salaries, bonuses and long-term incentive awards for the CEOs of 3 ...

  39. Anonymous to Sony: Data Breach Wasn't Caused by Us

    May 06, 2011 9:08 AM EDT The Internet vigilante group Anonymous denied responsibility for a cyber-attack on Sony Corp's networks that exposed the personal data of more than 100 million video gamers. "Let's be clear, we are legion, but it wasn't us. You ...

  40. Judy McGrath Left MTV the Day After 'Electric Barbarellas' Premiere -- Coincidence?

    May 05, 2011 6:45 PM EDT You may recall that last year, MTV Networks CEO/Chairman Judy McGrath -- who stepped down today after 30 years at the company - was engaged in a battle of the wills with Sumner Redstone over a reality show involving a scantily clad, all-female gro ...

  41. Judy McGrath, MTV Networks Chairman/CEO, to Step Down

    May 05, 2011 11:33 AM EDT Judy McGrath is resigning from her position as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of MTV Networks, parent company Viacom announced in a statement Thursday (May 5). McGrath, who began her career with the company as a copywriter at MTV in 1981, to ...

  42. Vice Media Secures Investments From Tom Freston, Others

    April 05, 2011 7:41 AM EDT Vice Media Inc., the company spawned from a Montreal-based punk magazine that now includes music, film and book divisions, has secured investments from a trio of heavy hitters in an effort to boost its expanding business. The company is set to ann ...

  43. Rhapsody Extends Free Trials To 60 Days For March

    March 01, 2011 10:24 AM EST This month Rhapsody is bumping up the length of a free trial to its music streaming service from 14 days to 60 days, the company announced today . The "60 Day Free-For-All" campaign embeds the Rhapsody experience throughout MTV Networks& ...

  44. Harmonix CEO Alex Rigopulos' First Interview Since MTV Sold Rock Band

    February 28, 2011 12:05 AM EST About two months ago, MTV and parent company Viacom sold off its Harmonix subsidiary-the videogame development unit responsible for the Rock Band and Dance Central franchises that it acquired in 2006 for $175 million. It's been a difficult ti ...

  45. Viacom to Pay $2.75 Million To Settle BET Music Claims

    January 28, 2011 2:56 PM EST Viacom and Black Entertainment Television ("BET") have agreed to fork over $2.75 million to resolve a pending class action lawsuit from the owners of sound recordings. The class action was led by The Music Force, which commenced action i ...

  46. Viacom Promotes Robert Bakish to New International CEO Position, Network Focusing On Foreign Markets

    January 19, 2011 12:00 AM EST Viacom is looking to deliver on its hopes to further grow its international TV business. The company has promoted Robert Bakish to the newly created position of president and CEO of Viacom International Media Networks. He was previously president ...

  47. Did Viacom Sell Rock Band Developer Harmonix for $50?

    January 04, 2011 12:00 AM EST File this under "who knows?" but Peter Kafka over at All Things Digital's Media Memo blog is reporting that Viacom sold its Rock Band developer unit Harmonix late last year for as little as $50. Now that's a hook-worthy but som ...

  48. Comedy Central's Daily Show & Colbert Report Negotiating Online Video Return to Hulu

    January 03, 2011 12:00 AM EST Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report could soon return to online video site Hulu after a payment disagreement led to their removal in early 2010, the New York Times reported Monday. Executives from Hulu and ...

  49. Analysis: Viacom's Sale of Harmonix Is No Surprise

    December 27, 2010 12:00 AM EST Viacom's decision to sell video game maker Harmonix last week may have seemed out of the ordinary, but the odds of success are often stacked against many such acquisitions. Last week, Viacom sold Harmonix to investment firm Columbus Nova for ...

  50. Viacom Parts Ways With Rock Band

    December 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST Viacom Inc has sold Harmonix Music Systems, the developer behind the Rock Band franchise, to the investment firm Columbus Nova, ending a failed foray into the video game business. Analysts have long questioned the value of Rock Band for a company ...

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