Video game development

  1. Report: Online Biz Models Need Rethink

    June 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Governments and businesses have yet to adapt to the growth in online music, a leading think-tank warned today (June 13). Governments and businesses have yet to adapt to the growth in online music, a leading think-tank warned today (June 13). The P ...

  2. Japanese Prefecture Restricts Sales Of 'Violent' Videogame

    June 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A state in Japan has decided to ban a U.S. videogame from being sold or rented to minors, after officials deemed it harmful and capable of inciting violence. TOKYO (AP) -- A state in Japan has decided to ban a U.S. videogame from being sold or ren ...

  3. Sony Cracks Down On British PSP Importers

    June 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A legal fight is brewing in Britain between Sony and the grey-market importers who are selling its highly sought-after PlayStation Portable (PSP) device ahead of the official Sept. 1 European launch d LONDON (Reuters) -- A legal fight is brewing i ...

  4. Plug Pulled On Spain's Weblisten

    June 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Spanish labels have won a lengthy campaign to close the country's oldest download site, weblisten.com. The service, which claimed 300,000 titles, shuttered its operations after a May 31 Madrid court d MADRID -- Spanish labels have won a lengt ...

  5. Plug Pulled On Spain's Weblisten

    June 01, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Spanish labels have won a lengthy campaign to close the country's oldest download site, weblisten.com. The service, which claimed 300,000 titles, shuttered its operations after a May 31 Madrid court d Spanish labels have won a lengthy campaig ...

  6. Plug Pulled On Spain's Weblisten

    June 01, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Spanish labels have won a lengthy campaign to close the country's oldest download site, weblisten.com. The service, which claimed 300,000 titles, shuttered its operations after a May 31 Madrid court d Spanish labels have won a lengthy campaig ...

  7. Right To Copy Aim Of French Class Action

    May 31, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A group of French lawyers on May 23 launched a legal challenge against some of the country's leading video and DVD publishers, accusing them of failing to respect an individual's right to make a priva PARIS (The Hollywood Reporter) -- A ...

  8. Activision Acquires Beenox

    May 31, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Activision said May 25 that it acquired Quebec-based game developer Beenox in a move to boost its presence in Canada. SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) -- Activision said May 25 that it acquired Quebec-based game developer Beenox in a move to boost its pr ...

  9. Hastings Q1 Net Income Falls Short Of 2004

    May 24, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Hastings Entertainment posted net income of $800,000, or six cents per diluted share, on revenues of $129.1 million for the three-month period ended April 30. That was off last year's pace when the co Hastings Entertainment posted net income ...

  10. Grainge To Succeed Larsen At UMI

    May 17, 2005 12:00 AM EDT In a surprise announcement, Universal Music International chairman/CEO Jorgen Larsen confirmed May 13 that he will be handing his responsibilities to current Universal Music U.K. and Ireland chairman/ LONDON -- In a surprise announcement, Universa ...

  11. EA Posts 91% Decline In Profit

    May 10, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Quarterly profits at Electronic Arts Inc. plunged 91% because of withering competition and disappointing sales of its most popular videogames, and executives said the company will likely lose money in SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Quarterly profits at ...

  12. Videogame Giant EA's Net Revenue Plummets 90%

    May 04, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Stocks of all major game publishers dip on news. Videogame industry bellwether Electronic Arts reported a 90% drop in net revenue for the quarter ending March 31, compared to the same quarter last year. This caused its stock to fall about 11%, acc ...

  13. Universal Music Publishing Clinches China Deal

    April 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Publishing has signed an agreement with Beijing-based digital-distribution platform R2G. TOKYO -- Universal Music Publishing has signed an agreement with Beijing-based digital-distribution platform R2G. In its first deal with a maj ...

  14. MLB Productions Inks With Shout, A&E

    April 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Major League Baseball Productions has signed two exclusive DVD distribution deals with Shout! Factory and A&E Home Video. Major League Baseball Productions has signed two exclusive DVD distribution deals with Shout! Factory and A&E Hom ...

  15. MLB Productions Inks With Shout, A&E

    April 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Four titles a year expected under exclusive DVD deals. Major League Baseball Productions has signed two exclusive DVD distribution deals with Shout! Factory and A&E Home Video. Shout! Factory will now be the official DVD distributor of new MLB ...

  16. Universal Music Publishing Clinches China Deal

    April 21, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Major links with local digital distributor R2G. Universal Music Publishing has signed an agreement with Beijing-based digital-distribution platform R2G. In its first deal with a major international company, R2G will help register UMP's catalo ...

  17. HFA Adds Bulk-Download Licensees

    April 18, 2005 12:00 AM EDT More than 300 companies on board. The Harry Fox Agency announced today (April 18) that it has signed more than 100 companies to its bulk-download licensing program so far this year, four times as many as during the same period last year. This brin ...

  18. Victory Re-Ups With RED

    April 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Chicago-based rock label Victory Records has renewed its contract with New York-based RED Distribution, sources tell Billboard.biz. Victory had fielded offers from nearly every major distributor, maki Chicago-based rock label Victory Records has r ...

  19. MusicNet Acquired By Private Firm

    April 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT New York-based private equity firm Baker Capital has acquired digital music service MusicNet. Baker Capital says the deal will have no affect on its ongoing services, and MusicNet will continue to ope New York-based private equity firm Baker Capit ...

  20. Atari Moving To NY

    April 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT As part of its restructuring plan from videogame publisher to broader entertainment media company, Atari Inc. will close down its Santa Monica, Calif., and Beverly, Mass., publishing studios by June a (The Hollywood Reporter) -- As part of its res ...

  21. Eidos Nixes Elevation Deal, Turns To SCi

    April 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT U2's Bono might not get involved in the videogame industry after all. NEW YORK (The Hollywood Reporter) -- U2's Bono might not get involved in the videogame industry after all. About two weeks after accepting an all-cash takeover bid by ...

  22. Universal To Distribute Victory In Canada

    April 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Victory Records has announced that Universal Music Canada will be its exclusive distributor in Canada. LOS ANGELES -- Victory Records has announced that Universal Music Canada will be its exclusive distributor in Canada. The deal takes effect July ...

  23. China Caught In Web Of Games

    April 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Online videogame revenue is the driving force for China's gaming market that comprises 28.8 million users, a new report has found. After all, Chinese gamers spend more money on online games than PC, c (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Online videog ...

  24. Blockbuster Mulls Layoffs

    March 31, 2005 12:00 AM EST Up to 300 Blockbuster employees may be losing their jobs. According to public reports, the potential layoffs are a result of cost-cutting efforts. Up to 300 Blockbuster employees may be losing their jobs. According to public reports, the potential ...

  25. Eidos Accepts Elevation Buyout; SCi Makes Play

    March 29, 2005 12:00 AM EST U.K. videogame maker Eidos Plc. said March 22 that it has agreed to a $136.3 million all-cash acquisition by Silicon Valley private equity firm Elevation Partners, whose partners include U2 singer Bon NEW YORK (The Hollywood Reporter) -- U.K. vide ...

  26. VU Games Acquires Canadian Developer Radical

    March 29, 2005 12:00 AM EST Videogame maker VU Games has acquired independent console developer Radical Entertainment for an undisclosed sum, parent company Vivendi Universal said March 23. PARIS (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Videogame maker VU Games has acquired independent c ...

  27. NBA Tosses Ball Around Via 5 Vid Game Deals

    March 29, 2005 12:00 AM EST The National Basketball Assn. signed long-term videogame licensing deals with five publishers on March 22, bucking the trend of sports leagues making exclusive arrangements with a single company. (Reuters) -- The National Basketball Assn. signed l ...

  28. Activision, Viacom Settle 'Trek' Suit

    March 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST Activision and Viacom Consumer Products have settled a lawsuit over the "Star Trek" franchise. (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Activision and Viacom Consumer Products have settled a lawsuit over the "Star Trek" franchise. Videogame ...

  29. In The Spirit

    March 11, 2005 12:00 AM EST Patrice Wilson kicks off her career as the first artist to release an album through startup label Tulut Entertainment. Read Deborah Evans Price's column. Patrice Wilson kicks off her career as the first artist to release an album through star ...

  30. NMPA Mulls Blanket License For Sub Services

    March 09, 2005 12:00 AM EST The head of the National Music Publishers' Assn. told House lawmakers yesterday (March 8) that the group is open to licensing changes and has entered into discussions with labels and online companies The head of the National Music Publishers& ...

  31. Loudeye Launches In Poland

    March 08, 2005 12:00 AM EST Seattle-based Loudeye Corp. is powering Poland's first digital-music service, which launched Feb. 28 on Onet.pl, one of the country's leading Internet portals. Seattle-based Loudeye Corp. is powering Poland's first digital-music ser ...

  32. Movie Gallery Buying Canada's VHQ

    March 08, 2005 12:00 AM EST Movie Gallery, through its Canadian subsidiary, has made a takeover bid to buy all outstanding shares of VHQ's common stock for $1.15 (Canadian) per share. VHQ owns and operates 61 stores in Alberta, LOS ANGELES -- Movie Gallery, through its ...

  33. Spark Partners With Atari

    March 08, 2005 12:00 AM EST Los Angeles-based game developer Spark Unlimited has partnered with Atari to create a new franchise -- designed from its inception for television and movie screens as well as for multiple game platfor (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Los Angeles-based ...

  34. In The Spirit

    March 07, 2005 12:00 AM EST Patrice Wilson kicks off her career as the first artist to release an album through startup label Tulut Entertainment. Read Deborah Evans Price's column. Patrice Wilson kicks off her career as the first artist to release an album through star ...

  35. Movie Gallery Buying Canada's VHQ

    March 03, 2005 12:00 AM EST U.S. company also has bid for Hollywood. Through its subsidiary Movie Gallery Canada, the chain has made a takeover bid to buy all outstanding shares of VHQ's common stock for $1.15 (Canadian) per share. VHQ owns and operates 61 stores in Alb ...

  36. Loudeye Q4 Net Loss Grows

    March 02, 2005 12:00 AM EST Loudeye Corp.'s fourth-quarter net loss more than tripled to $5.5 million, or seven cents per share, on a year-over-year basis. Loudeye Corp.'s fourth-quarter net loss more than tripled to $5.5 million, or seven cents per share, on a yea ...

  37. Wilson Back At Blockbuster

    March 01, 2005 12:00 AM EST Former Blockbuster executive Dean Wilson is rejoining the company to help expand its video distribution channels. Former Blockbuster executive Dean Wilson is rejoining the company to help expand its video distribution channels. Wilson has been nam ...

  38. Montreal Fest Flap A Legal Matter

    March 01, 2005 12:00 AM EST Serge Losique, the embattled founder and president of the Montreal World Film Festival, has launched a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against the rival New Montreal Film Festival and its operator, L'Equi OTTAWA (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Serge ...

  39. Viacom Posts $18 Billion Loss

    March 01, 2005 12:00 AM EST Viacom Inc. on Feb. 24 posted a massive quarterly loss after $18 billion in charges for writing down the value of its radio and outdoor advertising businesses in the face of a soft radio market and he NEW YORK (Reuters) -- Viacom Inc. on Feb. 24 p ...

  40. Clear Channel Posts Big Q4 Loss

    February 28, 2005 12:00 AM EST Live-entertainment revenues dip; radio flat. Clear Channel Communications Inc. on Friday reported a loss of $4.7 billion in the fourth quarter of 2004, due to an accounting change to comply with new federal regulations. Excluding the charge, Clear ...

  41. Bronfman Urges Lawyers To Be Creative

    February 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST Edgar Bronfman, Jr., Warner Music Group chairman/CEO, presented the keynote speech at the Grammy Foundation's seventh annual Entertainment Law Initiative luncheon and scholarship presentation Feb. 11 Edgar Bronfman, Jr., Warner Music Group ch ...

  42. Behind the Deal: Israelite To Set Tone For NMPA

    February 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST The National Music Publishers' Assn. envisions a transformation under David Israelite, its new president/CEO. The National Music Publishers' Assn. envisions a transformation under David Israelite, its new president/CEO. Israelite was dep ...

  43. Hollywood Board Rejects Blockbuster Bid

    February 17, 2005 12:00 AM EST Hollywood Entertainment Corp.'s board of directors today (Feb. 17) rejected Blockbuster's acquisition bid and recommended that shareholders vote in favor of a merger with rental chain Movie Gallery. Hollywood Entertainment Corp.'s b ...

  44. Napster Posts Q3 Revenue Gains

    February 10, 2005 12:00 AM EST Subscribers up 50% from Q2. Napster says revenues for its third fiscal quarter, which ended Dec. 31, 2004, increased 30% from the second quarter to $12.1 million. Year-over-year revenues from continuing operations more than tripled from $3.6 milli ...

  45. Borders To Cut Back On Music

    February 09, 2005 12:00 AM EST Although the Borders Group will hit its fiscal fourth-quarter company guidance by posting earnings per share in the range of $1.61-$1.62 on total sales of $1.37 million, the company said it was disapp Although the Borders Group will hit its fiscal ...

  46. Borders To Cut Back On Music

    February 09, 2005 12:00 AM EST Although the Borders Group will hit its fiscal fourth-quarter company guidance by posting earnings per share in the range of $1.61-$1.62 on total sales of $1.37 million, the company said it was disapp Although the Borders Group will hit its fiscal ...

  47. Take-Two President Adds CEO Title

    February 08, 2005 12:00 AM EST Videogame publisher Take-Two Interactive Software said Feb. 1 that president Paul Eibeler has added the CEO title, replacing Richard Roedel, who will remain chairman. (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Videogame publisher Take-Two Interactive Software sa ...

  48. Echo Bridge Links With Platinum Disc

    February 07, 2005 12:00 AM EST Distributors ink multimillion-dollar deal. Independent distribution company Echo Bridge Entertainment will merge with distributor Platinum Disc Corporation, it was revealed today (Feb. 7). The multi-million dollar deal brings Echo Bridge's fi ...

  49. Echo Bridge Links With Platinum Disc

    February 07, 2005 12:00 AM EST Distributors ink multi-million deal. Independent distribution company Echo Bridge Entertainment will merge with distributor Platinum Disc Corporation, it was revealed today (Feb. 7). The multi-million dollar deal brings Echo Bridge's film lib ...

  50. Hollywood Mulling Blockbuster Bid

    February 03, 2005 12:00 AM EST Hollywood Entertainment Corp. announced today (Feb. 3) that it is considering Blockbuster's new acquisition bid. At the same time, Hollywood chairman/CEO Mark Wattles has resigned. Hollywood Entertainment Corp. announced today (Feb. 3) that i ...

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