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  1. Business Matters: Vevo Leapfrogs Viacom in Online Video Rankings

    December 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST Vevo Leapfrogs Viacom in Online Video Rankings - comScore's U.S. online video rankings for November 2010 show that Vevo ranks Number 3 in total unique viewers with 50.3 million. Viacom Digital, which includes MTV.com, VH1.com and CMT.com, ran ...

  2. Updated: Viacom To Sell Gaming Unit Harmonix

    November 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST Updated: Harmonix released a statement today asserting that Viacom’s sale plans won’t have any affect on its operations. "This morning's announcement does not affect the ongoing work at the studio as we continue to support our existing f ...

  3. Germans To Pay For MTV

    October 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT MTV Germany will only be available via pay-TV from Jan. 1, 2011. MTV Networks Germany's channel will shift from free-to-air access to all major German operators' digital subscription packages. The sister music channel VIVA will remain on ...

  4. Vevo, BET Close To Deal: Report

    October 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Vevo has reportedly finalized an agreement to syndicate its catalog of music videos to BET.com . A Bloomberg report cites two anonymous sources saying the deal is done. The interesting element here is that BET parent company Viacom also owns MTV, ...

  5. Business Matters: Harry Fox, Smule, Hulu Plus, Blockbuster Bankruptcy and more

    September 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Harry Fox Inks Deal With IODA -- Harry Fox has inked a deal with digital distributor IODA for a clearance and royalty digital process. One feature is the ability of IODA clients to clear digital l ...

  6. BACKBEAT: MTV Celebrates The VMAs With Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, Usher, Kanye And More

    September 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The 2010 MTV Video Music Awards took place in Hollywood on September 12 and played host to the biggest artists of 2010. Honored for their video work this year were Lady Gaga, for Video of the Year, Best Pop Video, Best Female video, and 5 other ca ...

  7. Business Matters: YouTube, Howard Stern, People's Music and more

    September 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. YOUTUBE LOSES GERMAN COURT CASE -- In contrast to the protections YouTube is given in the U.S., the company lost a court case in Germany regarding user-uploaded videos of performances by the singe ...

  8. Viacom Appeals YouTube Copyright Ruling

    August 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Viacom Inc is appealing a U.S. judge's dismissal of its $1 billion lawsuit accusing Google Inc of allowing copyrighted videos on YouTube without permission. Viacom's appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit in New York was ...

  9. Viacom Sees Ad Upswing

    August 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Viacom said it is seeing a continued strengthening of the U.S. advertising market. While the economic recovery is coming only in fits and starts, "the overall advertising market continues to strengthen," president and CEO Philippe Dauman ...

  10. Veoh, Universal Music Showdown Could Preview Viacom/YouTube Appeal

    July 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Veoh has a warning for justices at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals who will consider overturning a lower court's ruling in Universal Music Group's big copyright infringement case. "UMG's interpretation of the law would, if a ...

  11. Sun Valley Confab Kicks Off

    July 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Entertainment industry power players have descended on Sun Valley, Idaho, for the annual post-July 4 tradition known as summer camp for moguls. Several hundred media and tech execs, financial types, agents, lawyers and assorted sports, entertainme ...

  12. Business Matters: AEG, Copyright Reform, Another Planet and more

    July 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT LABELS + AEG, CONFLICT OF INTEREST? -- Would a conflict of interest prevent major labels from buying a stake in AEG ? The Deal tosses out Live Nation as an example, saying its artist management division’s quest for higher guarantees is fundamental ...

  13. Analysis: With MTV Partnership, Warner Continues Separate Path

    June 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music Group’s newly signed partnership with MTV illustrates how WMG would rather grow through online partnerships than own the channel. Warner is the lone major music group holdout from Vevo, the music site/network that launched late last y ...

  14. MTV To Sell Ads On WMG Digital Platforms

    June 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music Group has tapped MTV Music Group to sell advertising on all its digital platforms. The deal includes all WMG artist-branded websites, music videos (such as its custom YouTube channel), mobile services and other digital initiatives in ...

  15. Business Matters: Live Nation, Viacom, YouTube, The Pirate Bay and more

    June 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT SUMMER TOURS ALTER OUTLOOK -- Analysts do not share the dour outlook on the impact of this summer’s concert season felt by some in the industry. A Miller Tabak equity analyst David Joyce has reiterated a buy rating on Live Nation . But the rough c ...

  16. Viacom's Loss To YouTube: The Key Issue For The Music Biz + What Happens Next

    June 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Yesterday’s summary judgment in favor of YouTube in the ongoing lawsuit against it by Viacom has ramifications for the music industry far beyond its relationship with YouTube. Despite music industry organizations like ASCAP, BMI and SESAC filing b ...

  17. Analysis: What Viacom's Loss To YouTube Means To Content Owners

    June 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT How much of Wednesday’s court ruling against Viacom in its $1 billion copyright battle over YouTube tip the balance of power from professional content creators to online distributors? In ruling on summary judgment that the Google-owned video-shari ...

  18. YouTube Wins Viacom Copyright Lawsuit

    June 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT YouTube has won its legal battle with Viacom . In a statement posted at the YouTube blog on Wednesday, Kent Walker, Google’s VP and general counsel, announced the court’s decision and linked a copy of its summary judgment . The court ruled YouTube ...

  19. Business Matters: Live Nation, IODA, Google, Android Market and More

    April 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Live Nation will get a second ruling from the UK's Competition Committee as early as next week, reports Bloomberg. The Ticketmaster-Live Nation merger was first approved by anti-trust regulators in December, but a tribunal ordered a review ...

  20. MTV To Collaborate With Yangaroo

    April 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT MTV Networks' music group has recruited Canadian content distributor Yangaroo to build a secure digital bridge between record labels and its music-driven TV channels. As part of a multi-year deal to be unveiled Thursday, MTV Networks has agre ...

  21. Viacom, Google Accuse Other Of YouTube Hypocrisy

    March 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Viacom Inc accused Google Inc of turning a blind eye to illegal video clips on its YouTube site in a bid to attract viewers, according to court documents. Google countered that Viacom managers continued to secretly upload content to YouTube even a ...

  22. Business Matters: The Orchard, YouTube, Devo, Sirius XM and more

    March 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT - The Orchard unveiled a new online data analytics tool for clients that compiles weekly sales activity from the various digital retailers it supports, including iTunes, eMusic, Verizon Wireless, Deezer and YouTube . The tool includes a geolocatio ...

  23. Comedy Central, Live Nation Deal Expands

    February 18, 2010 12:00 AM EST Comedy Central and live entertainment firm Live Nation on Thursday unveiled a broadened and deepened alliance that will include the launch of "Comedy Central's House of Comedy Live from House of Blues," a monthly branded stand-up sh ...

  24. 'Suena Conmigo' Production To Begin Next Month

    February 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST Nickelodeon Latin America, Televisa and Illusion Studios will begin co-production in Buenos Aires next month on tween musical novela "Sueña Conmigo." Casting has begun for the 120 episodes executive produced by Sofia Ioannou, managing di ...

  25. Business Matters: Viacom, Mel Karmazin, Susan Boyle and More

    February 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. Follow Billboard senior analyst Glenn Peoples on Twitter at twitter.com/billboardglenn . -- Viacom is seeking a refund on its 2008 earn-out paymen ...

  26. Viacom CEO: We Need To Pay Less For Music In Videogames

    February 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST During Viacom’s Q4 earnings call , on Thursday, Philippe Dauman, Viacmon’s president and CEO, pointed to lower rates paid to record labels as a part of a broader attempt to boost its struggling video games division. As we go forward, we are contin ...

  27. MTV Australia To Replace VH1, 2010 Awards Off

    February 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST MTV Australia is poised to switch on a new, retro channel in the place of VH1. The music TV broadcaster has also decided to place its annual awards gala on ice. The MTV Classic channel will be ushered in May 1 on the Foxtel, Austar and Optus pay-T ...

  28. Ad Recovery Remains Elusive For MTV Nets

    February 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST The advertising marketplace in the fourth quarter began limping down the long road to recovery, as was demonstrated by earnings reports issued by a half-dozen media companies over the course of the last 10 days. And while some programmers have cov ...

  29. Money Clip: The Legality Of Fan-Created Music Videos

    January 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST Ben Sheffner is a copyright attorney who has represented movie studios, TV networks and record labels. Sheffner currently works as an attorney in the NBC Universal Television Group, which is 20% owned by Vivendi, the parent of Universal Music Grou ...

  30. Report: Google/Viacom Case Set For Ruling

    January 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST Viacom's $1 billion copyright lawsuit case against YouTube is reportedly heading towards a ruling. According to All Things Digital, three years after the case started both parties have requested a meeting with the federal court judge to discu ...

  31. 'The Beatles: Rock Band' Going Fast

    September 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sales of "The Beatles: Rock Band" have blown past expectations, so much so that Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman said one of the most expensive iterations of the video game might not be available to Christmas shoppers. The "Limited Editio ...

  32. MTV Reveals Best U.K. New Act Nominations

    September 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Alt-rock band Florence and the Machine, rapper Tinchy Stryder and pop act La Roux have been named nominees in the 2009 best U.K. and Ireland new act category for the MTV Europe Music Awards (EMAs). Girl group the Saturdays and pop act Pixie Lott a ...

  33. MTVNLA Opens Colombia Office

    August 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT MTV Networks Latin America has opened a new office in Bogota, Colombia. Headed by country manager Christian Prada, who formerly represented Televisa Networks in Colombia, the office will handle ad sales, affiliate sales and marketing for MTV, VH1, ...

  34. MTV Networks Expands HD Service

    July 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Germany, Hungary and Switzerland have become the latest territories to launch the international high-definition service from MTV Networks International (MTVNI), MTVNHD. The service will be hosted by Deutsche Telekom in Germany, Hello HD in Hungary ...

  35. Google, YouTube Win Dismissal Of Some Damages Claims

    July 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A U.S. judge dismissed some damages claims in a copyright infringement lawsuit against Google Inc and its video-sharing Web site YouTube.com but left open the possibility that non-U.S. based rights owners could seek damages for live broadcasts, if ...

  36. Latin Briefs: Orfeon, LAMC, Flakiss

    May 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -Mexican independent label Orfeon has secured worldwide digital distribution through IODA. Orfeon’s catalog includes Agustin Lara, Celia Cruz, Pedro Infante and many other heritage acts in such genres as cumbia, tejano, vallenato and salsa. The la ...

  37. BET J and VH1 Soul To Join For New Channel

    April 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Viacom's VH1 Soul and BET J Networks are combining channel resources to create a new program outlet called Centric. Set to launch in October, the new network will take aim at Comcast/Radio One-owned TV One in targeting the 25-to 54-year-old A ...

  38. Kenya To Host MTV Africa Music Awards

    April 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Kenya will host the second MTV Africa Music Awards on Oct. 10, 2009. The announcement was made in Nairobi by MTV Networks Africa and telecommunications company Zain, which is again the sole sponsor of the pan-African awards. The inaugural MAMAs to ...

  39. Digital Briefs: Sony, YouTube, 'Rock Band' Suit, Shazam

    February 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST - Sony Music Entertainment has finalized a new licensing deal with YouTube, although no formal announcement has been made. The All Things D blog initially reported the deal, which Billboard has since confirmed. Details include an upfront payment t ...

  40. Viacom Profit Slumps With Charges, Ad Troubles

    February 12, 2009 12:00 AM EST Viacom Inc, owner of MTV Networks and Paramount movie studio, reported sharply lower fourth quarter earnings, battered by an advertising slump, poor ratings at some of its key TV networks and a softening DVD market. Viacom's results for the q ...

  41. Viacom, Time Warner Cable Strike Deal

    January 01, 2009 12:00 AM EST After running past the initial midnight deadline and into 2009, Viacom and Time Warner Cable reached a tentative deal to keep MTV Networks' 19 channels on the MSO's 13.3 million households nationwide. Although Viacom threatened to shut o ...

  42. Blackout Looms As Time Warner, Viacom Talks Stall

    December 31, 2008 12:00 AM EST Viacom Inc and Time Warner Cable remained at a standoff on Wednesday, but were hopeful that top executives would step in to resolve a dispute that threatens to prevent more than 13 million U.S. subscribers from seeing "Dora the Explorer" ...

  43. Viacom Cuts Hit MTV Tr3s

    December 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST This week’s announcement of 850 job cuts at Viacom did not leave two-year-old bilingual channel MTV Tr3s unscathed. Among those let go was Michael Galbe, VP of music and talent for MTV Tr3s; “Karlifornia” host Karli Henriquez; director of integrat ...

  44. MTV Cuts To Be Revealed Today

    December 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST The exact toll that media conglomerate Viacom Inc.'s just announced jobs cuts will take on the staff and structure of MTV will be delivered to that division's department heads today, according to an internal memo sent to employees from J ...

  45. Viacom To Cut 850 Jobs

    December 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST The media conglomerate Viacom Inc. said Thursday that it will slash about 850 jobs and freeze some senior-level raises in a move to weather the global economic downturn. The owner of MTV Networks, BET Networks and Paramount Pictures said the job c ...

  46. Berlin To Host 2009 MTV EMAs

    November 26, 2008 12:00 AM EST MTV Networks International has unveiled Berlin as the city that will host the 2009 MTV Europe Music Awards (EMAs) on Nov. 5. It will be the fourth time that the awards ceremony, which is broadcast on MTV across Europe and screened in the U.S., has ...

  47. Giglinger Departs MTV Networks

    November 20, 2008 12:00 AM EST Elmar Giglinger, senior VP music channels, will be leaving MTV Networks in Berlin on Dec. 31. Details of his replacement are to be announced shortly. "The almost nine years at MTV Networks were an extraordinary and exciting time for me in eve ...

  48. Viacom's Q3 Income Drops 37%

    November 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST A deteriorating television advertising market and movies that couldn't compete with last year's "Transformers" juggernaut caused Viacom on Monday to post third-quarter net income that fell 37%. Last year also benefited from a $ ...

  49. MySpace, MTV Test Piracy-Profit Plan

    November 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST A new technology that essentially allows content owners to profit from piracy will get a high-profile test this month from MySpace and MTV Networks. Instead of triggering the usual take-down notices, copyright-infringing footage of select MTV Netw ...

  50. Take That Comeback At MTV Europe Music Awards

    October 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT U.K. pop act Take That has joined the line-up for the 2008 MTV Europe Music Awards, to be held on Nov. 6 at Liverpool's Echo Arena. It will be a return to the MTV Awards stage for the boy band, which performed at the very first MTV EMAs, stag ...

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