Video game development

  1. Rapino Email: CCE Spinco Restructures for Spinoff

    November 17, 2005 12:00 AM EST In preparation for its upcoming spinoff, CCE Spinco has downsized from 14 business lines to six, according to an internal email from Spinco CEO Michael Rapino obtained by Billboard. In preparation for its upcoming spinoff, CCE Spinco has downsized ...

  2. Disney Raising Games Profile With Living Buy

    November 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST The Walt Disney Internet Group said Nov. 7 it has acquired Munich-based mobile games developer and publisher Living Mobile, creator of such games as "Hudson Soft's Bomberman," "Lode Runner" and "Resid LONDON (The Holl ...

  3. Movie Gallery Anticipates Slow Quarter

    November 11, 2005 12:00 AM EST Movie Gallery anticipates a soft fourth quarter due to a weakness in popular DVD releases and the maturation of game platforms. Movie Gallery anticipates a soft fourth quarter due to a weakness in popular DVD releases and the maturation of game pl ...

  4. Victory Re-Ups With RED

    November 09, 2005 12:00 AM EST Chicago rock label home to Hawthorne Heights, Atreyu. Chicago-based rock label Victory Records has renewed its agreement with New York-based RED Distribution. The deal comes after months of industry speculation as to where the sought-after label w ...

  5. AtomShockwave Boosts Profile With Gaming Acquisition

    November 08, 2005 12:00 AM EST AtomShockwave Corp., a provider of Internet-based films and games, said it has acquired AddictingGames.com, boosting the company into a more powerful position in the growing arena of online gaming. SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- AtomShockwave Corp., a p ...

  6. UMG Year-To-Date Revenues Up 5%

    November 03, 2005 12:00 AM EST Despite a slight drop in the third quarter, Universal Music Group revenues for the nine months ending Sept. 30 rose to $3.8 billion, up 5% at constant currency levels compared to the same period last Despite a slight drop in the third quarter, Uni ...

  7. UMG Year-To-Date Revenues Up 5%

    November 03, 2005 12:00 AM EST Despite a slight drop in the third quarter, Universal Music Group revenues for the nine months ending Sept. 30 rose to $3.8 billion, up 5% at constant currency levels compared to the same period last Despite a slight drop in the third quarter, Uni ...

  8. HANDLEMAN CRAVES ENTRY INTO GAME SPACE

    November 02, 2005 12:00 AM EST Handleman's recent agreement to acquire videogame distributor Crave Entertainment Group is part of an ongoing strategy to diversify beyond the music business. Read the full story here. Handleman's recent agreement to acquire videogame di ...

  9. Movie Gallery Lets Go 100 Staffers

    October 28, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Consolidation with Hollywood continues. In its continued consolidation with Hollywood Entertainment, rental chain Movie Gallery will be letting go about 100 employees in an effort to reduce expenses and streamline operations. "Unfortunately, ...

  10. Snocap Names CEO

    October 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Electronic Arts exec tapped for role. Shawn Fanning's Snocap digital licensing and copyright service has named Rusty Rueff as it's new CEO. Rueff comes to the company from Electronic Arts, where he was executive VP for human resources. P ...

  11. Navarre Tightens Staff

    October 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Navarre Entertainment Media has restructured its national sales staff in Minneapolis, according to VP/GM Bob Freese. A total of four employees were let go last week, including director of content acqu Navarre Entertainment Media has restructured i ...

  12. Jim Litwak Named As Trans World President

    October 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Retail vet previously held exec post with the chain. Jim Litwak has rejoined Trans World Entertainment, the company where he was previously an executive VP, as president/COO. From 1996 to 2000 Litwak was executive VP of merchandising and marketing ...

  13. Clear Channel Layoffs Expected

    October 14, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Reports that Clear Channel Entertainment will lay off more than 200 people in preparation of its forthcoming spinoff from parent Clear Channel Communications are exagerrated, a source inside the conce Reports that Clear Channel Entertainment will ...

  14. 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 ...

  15. U.K.'s OCC Alters Chart Rules

    October 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Releases linked to competition prizes no longer eligible. Music releases linked to consumer competition prizes are no longer eligible for the U.K. official sales charts, according to newly amended rules at the London-based Official U.K. Charts Com ...

  16. Movie Gallery Q3 Revenue Down 9%

    October 11, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Chain claims figures above industry average. Movie Gallery, the No. 2 rental chain, reports today (Oct. 11) that same-store revenues in the third quarter decreased 9% compared to last year. The chain claims that it is performing more favorably tha ...

  17. EA Settles Workers' Class Action Suit

    October 11, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Videogame publisher Electronic Arts Inc. said Oct. 5 it would pay $15.6 million to settle a class action lawsuit by computer graphic artists seeking overtime compensation. SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Videogame publisher Electronic Arts Inc. said Oct. ...

  18. Sanctuary To Cut Staff By 25%

    October 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT North American offices to run with reduced staff. The Sanctuary Group will reduce its headcount by 175 employees (25% of its worldwide staff) by the end of this year, reveals a memo from CEO Andy Taylor that was emailed to the staff earlier today ...

  19. Sony BMG Readies UMD Titles

    October 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Releases for PlayStation Portable. Releases for PlayStation Portable. News ...

  20. First-Half World Sales Dip 6.3%, Digital Sales Triple

    October 03, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Digital revenues on the rise. The global music industry recorded another downbeat tune in the first half of 2005 when total sales of physical recordings slumped 6.3% in value to $12.4 billion in retail value, and 6.6% in unit sales. The negative f ...

  21. 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 ...

  22. 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 ...

  23. Sounding Off On Ringtones: Creativity Is Key To Future

    September 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Introduced six years ago in the United States, mobile ringtones have become one of the market's most significant agents of change in the music business. Ralph Simon is chairman of the Mobile Entertainment Forum-Americas and CEO of Mobilium, a ...

  24. U.S. Agents Taking Piracy Fight Overseas

    September 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Government experts in intellectual property will be sent to Brazil, India, Russia, Thailand and the Middle East to monitor and encourage local anti-piracy efforts, U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutie LOS ANGELES (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Govern ...

  25. Radio Show Panel: Reporting Adds 'Root Of A Lot Of Evil'

    September 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Radio and recording industry executives grappled with their changing relationship in the post Eliot Spitzer-Sony BMG settlement climate at the National Assn. of Broadcasters Radio Show on Sept. 23. PHILADELPHIA -- Radio and recording industry exec ...

  26. Rockstar Nabs 'Driver,' Enters Film Distribution

    September 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Rockstar Games, the game publisher best known for its controversial and best-selling "Grand Theft Auto" franchise, has entered the film business with a new R-rated documentary, "Sunday Driver." (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Rocks ...

  27. NAB Discusses Add Reporting Fate

    September 23, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Dickey: 'It's the root of a lot of evil.' Radio and recording industry executives grappled with their changing relationship in the post Eliot Spitzer-Sony BMG settlement climate at the National Assn. of Broadcasters Radio Show today ...

  28. U.K. Vid Retailers Amp Up Piracy Campaign

    September 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Britain's video industry on Sept. 12 launched the second phase of its campaign to raise consumer awareness of the damaging effects of piracy not just on the entertainment industry but on society as a LONDON (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Britain ...

  29. Activision's Vrabeck Resigns

    September 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Activision said in a regulatory filing Sept. 8 that Kathy Vrabeck has resigned as president of the company's publishing division. (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Activision said in a regulatory filing Sept. 8 that Kathy Vrabeck has resigned as pr ...

  30. Edge Management Launches

    September 08, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Venture to be based in L.A., London. Diversified Entertainment Properties (DEP), a Los Angeles-based entertainment, brand development and marketing company, is teaming with Hook Entertainment on a new management and label venture called Edge Manag ...

  31. Making The Brand

    September 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT When interactive entertainment software company Activision was searching for punk sounds for the latest game in its massively popular "Tony Hawk" series, Vagrant Records CEO Rich Egan was struck with When interactive entertainment softwa ...

  32. EA Plays Executive Shuffle

    September 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Electronic Arts Worldwide Studios president Don Mattrick has left the company after 23 years "to seek other opportunities." Executive VP Bruce McMillan also has exited. (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Electronic Arts Worldwide Studios presid ...

  33. German Biz Agrees On Friday Release Sked

    September 02, 2005 12:00 AM EDT In a strategy to raise consumer awareness of new titles, German record companies have decided to shift their release schedules to Friday instead of Monday. In a strategy to raise consumer awareness of new titles, German record companies have decid ...

  34. California Pols Defend Incentive Bill

    August 30, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Stung by criticism, California state Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez and Sen. Kevin Murray insisted Aug. 24 that their proposed production incentive was more about preserving middle-class jobs than enri LOS ANGELES (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Stung ...

  35. Active Industry Research Closes Its Doors

    August 29, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Many A.I.R. execs recently exited. Once known for handing cars and cash to programmers for their hit radar, Active Industry Research has shut its doors, Billboard.biz has learned. The shuttering follows the recent exit of a handful of upper echelo ...

  36. Platinum Disc President Named

    August 18, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Tim Clott was CEO of Lyrick Studios. Home video distributor Platinum Disc Corp. now has a new president. With the retirement of president Dave Thompson, officially announced today (Aug. 18), Tim Clott has been named the new head of the company. Th ...

  37. WMI Reinforces Digital Exec Team

    August 16, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music International has augmented the executive structure of its London-based digital team in a strategic attempt to step-up its position in the digital space. Warner Music International has augmented the executive structure of its London-b ...

  38. Capital, First Look Merge

    August 09, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Henry Winterstern's Capital Entertainment Corp. works with First Look Media to focus on home entertainment, theatrical production and distribution and foreign sales. (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Henry Winterstern's Capital Entertainment C ...

  39. German Biz Down In First Half

    August 04, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The volume of the German recorded music market shrank in the first half of 2005 to 64.7 million units, down 10.2% compared to the same period last year, according to figures issued today (August 4) by The volume of the German recorded music market ...

  40. Home Vision Goes For $8 Mil

    August 02, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Independent DVD producer and distributor Image Entertainment has purchased Home Vision Entertainment, a fellow independent DVD supplier known for the Criterion Collection line, in an $8 million deal. Independent DVD producer and distributor Image ...

  41. The Indies

    July 29, 2005 12:00 AM EDT When a major retailer is given an exclusive window to sell a new album, there's a general outcry from the independent retail community. Of late, however, a number of strong-selling artists for indie s When a major retailer is given an exclusi ...

  42. Report: File-Sharers Spend More On Digital Music

    July 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Computer users in the United Kingdom who illicitly share music files via the Internet spend more than four times as much on legal downloads than traditional record buyers, a new survey claims. Computer users in the United Kingdom who illicitly sha ...

  43. Report: File-Sharers Spend More On Digital Music

    July 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Computer users in the United Kingdom who illicitly share music files via the Internet spend more than four times as much on legal downloads than traditional record buyers, a new survey claims. Computer users in the United Kingdom who illicitly sha ...

  44. Retailers Call For Simultaneous Releases

    June 28, 2005 12:00 AM EDT European retail group GERA-Europe has urged record labels to stop offering exclusive material for digital downloads and instead carry a policy of simultaneous release of digital and physical products. BRUSSELS -- European retail group GERA-Europe ...

  45. Retailers: Stop Digital Only Exclusives

    June 24, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Trade groups GERA and IFPI meet in London. European retail group GERA-Europe has urged record labels to stop offering exclusive material for digital downloads and instead carry a policy of simultaneous release of digital and physical products. The ...

  46. Retailers Call For Simultaneous Digital And Physical Releases

    June 24, 2005 12:00 AM EDT European retail group GERA-Europe has urged record labels to stop offering exclusive material for digital downloads and instead carry a policy of simultaneous release of digital and physical products. European retail group GERA-Europe has urged re ...

  47. Game Over On Ubisoft Sale To EA

    June 21, 2005 12:00 AM EDT French videogame maker Ubisoft Entertainment, in reporting improved full fiscal-year financials, said June 16 that it has no intention of selling to 20% shareholder and U.S. sector giant Electronic Ar (The Hollywood Reporter) -- French videogame m ...

  48. Best Buy Profit Soars 85 Percent

    June 15, 2005 12:00 AM EDT First-quarter profits at Best Buy Co. Inc. leaped 85 percent, far ahead of analyst expectations, and the nation's largest consumer electronics retailer raised its guidance for the entire year. First-quarter profits at Best Buy Co. Inc. leaped ...

  49. Making The Brand

    June 14, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Marc Ecko's latest move is into videogames. In September, Atari will release "Marc Ecko's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure." Developed and created by Ecko, the game revolves around urban culture an Marc Ecko's latest mo ...

  50. CEO Caparro Latest To Step Down At Atari

    June 14, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Videogame company Atari said June 7 that CEO Jim Caparro, who joined the company late last year after an illustrious career in the music industry, has resigned. (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Videogame company Atari said June 7 that CEO Jim Caparro, ...

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