Video game development

  1. Paulson's Points

    March 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT In his 40 years in the music business, Navarre Corp. chairman Eric Paulson has built quite a reputation for himself. He has been alternately described as visionary and entrepreneur, a super-slick salesman with a colorful personality and a hardnose ...

  2. Babinet's MXP4 Gets $6.5M Funding

    March 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT MXP4 Interactive Music, the new Paris-based interactive-music technology venture, has secured $6.5 million from French venture capital firms Ventech and Sofinnova Partners in its first round of funding. MXP4 is helmed by co-founder and chairman Gi ...

  3. Cecillon Reshuffles EMI's Global Marketing Team

    March 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music's global marketing team is to undergo a major reshuffle, Billboard.biz has learned. The changes, which are expected to be formally announced later today (March 16), will see the departure of Matthieu Lauriot-Prevost, previously head ...

  4. HFA Reports 2006 Collections

    March 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT At the Harry Fox Agency, mechanical royalty collections were down while overall collections were up for 2006. Total collections reached $379.4 million, up 2% from the prior year due primarily to the agency's royalty compliance examinations of ...

  5. WMI Promotes Digital Music Exec Daugan

    March 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music International digital music veteran Eric Daugan has added stripes. The music major today elevated Daugan to VP, digital business for its operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Daugan, who until now was WMI's VP of digi ...

  6. Friday Feature: Plugged and Unplugged

    March 09, 2007 12:00 AM EST PLUGGED: Videogame publishers like Electronic Arts and 2K Sports are becoming the music industry's best friends. They are coming up with more innovative ways to promote artists and their music than more traditional outlets like radio or MTV. ...

  7. Videogame Consoles Flood Households

    March 06, 2007 12:00 AM EST The number of U.S. households with videogame consoles has jumped 18.5% since 2004, according to research from Nielsen Wireless and Interactive Services. In the fourth quarter of 2006, there were 45.7 million homes with videogame consoles, a penetr ...

  8. Mushroom Grows Aussie Interactive Division

    March 06, 2007 12:00 AM EST Australia's Mushroom Group today launched an interactive division, to produce PS3 and Xbox 360 games for the global market. Mushroom Interactive is 50/50 owned by Mushroom chairman Michael Gudinski and Vincent Donato, who also runs and co-own ...

  9. EMI Music Pub Eyes Gamers

    March 05, 2007 12:00 AM EST Mobile game distribution firm Player X is teaming with game developer Hollywood Gaming and EMI Music Publishing to create the "Lyric EMI" game. The game features a "hangman" style theme where players attempt to fill in the lyri ...

  10. Electronic Arts Opens Digital Music Store

    March 01, 2007 12:00 AM EST In what is a first for the videogame industry, publisher Electronic Arts has opened a digital music store on its Web site, dubbed EA Trax. The store is limited to music found on the company's various videogame soundtracks. Instead of operatin ...

  11. Report: German Digital Biz On The Up

    February 28, 2007 12:00 AM EST Digital music sales in Germany last year rose by about one third compared with 2005, according to a new report. The volume of legitimate download sales of tracks and bundles climbed to 26 million, compared to 20 million in 2005, generating sales o ...

  12. Warner/Chappell Inks Microsoft Deal

    February 28, 2007 12:00 AM EST Warner/Chappell Music landed a worldwide administration deal with Microsoft. A first-of-its-kind deal for the software company, Warner/Chappell will administer several thousands compositions owned and controlled by Microsoft. They include songs us ...

  13. EMI Cuts Continue

    February 22, 2007 12:00 AM EST EMI has laid off an undisclosed number of employees in its EMI Canada unit, sources familiar with the situation confirm. The move is part of the label's North American restructuring efforts, which have already seen the merger of EMI's Ca ...

  14. Koch To Be Acquired By Private Equity Firm

    February 14, 2007 12:00 AM EST Entertainment One Income Fund, the company that owns Koch Entertainment, has agreed to be acquired by Marwyn Investment Management LLP, a London-based private equity firm. The deal calls for unitholders of Entertainment Once Income Fund, which tra ...

  15. EA Buys SingShot, Eyes Social Networking Space

    February 13, 2007 12:00 AM EST Videogame publisher Electronic Arts bought online karaoke service SingShot Media as part of the company's plan to enter the growing social networking space. SingShot is a Web-based social networking site focused music-allowing members to uplo ...

  16. CenterStaging Ups Schmidman To President

    February 06, 2007 12:00 AM EST CenterStaging Corp. has promoted industry veteran Paul "Schmidi" Schmidman to president. He most recently served as COO, which he held since July of 2006. Schmidman will continue to serve as COO, and will be based in the company's h ...

  17. VP Records, UMG Team For Digital Distro Deal

    February 06, 2007 12:00 AM EST Reggae label VP Records has signed a digital distribution deal with Universal Music Group for both online and mobile music sales. Under the deal, WMG will distribute the VP catalog over all digital channels worldwide, excluding North America, Japa ...

  18. Metropolitan Talent Secures Major Capital Investment

    February 01, 2007 12:00 AM EST Metropolitan Talent received a major capital injection through its new strategic partnership with Plainfield Asset Management LLC of Greenwich, Conn. "We are now in a position with Plainfield to financially compete for any deal that's ou ...

  19. EC Report Optimistic On Digital Future

    January 26, 2007 12:00 AM EST European revenues from online creative content will leap fourfold over the next four years to €8.3 billion ($10.7 billion), according to a European Commission study. The report found that online content will represent a significant share of total ...

  20. Live Nation Reorganizes, Eskowitz Promoted

    January 24, 2007 12:00 AM EST Live Nation has consolidated its North American Music operations under the leadership of Bruce Eskowitz, who has been promoted to the newly created position of CEO, North American Music. The reorganization, which comes in the wake of the departure ...

  21. BMG Pub Enters Indian Biz

    January 23, 2007 12:00 AM EST BMG Music Publishing has formed a joint venture with New Delhi-based Deep Emotions Publishing, a publisher that has licensed BMG's catalog for several years. Under the deal, the two publishers will jointly sign local lyricists and composers t ...

  22. Midem Day Two: Video Games, Advertising, Brand Marketing

    January 22, 2007 12:00 AM EST The mutual benefits of music makers getting involved in video games, movie advertising and consumer brand marketing were on parade Monday (Jan. 22) as the Music for Images strand took center stage on day two of the Midem conference. Veteran rocker ...

  23. Midem Day One: DRM Takes Center Stage

    January 21, 2007 12:00 AM EST A buzzing and busy Midem opened for business today (Jan. 21), on what would otherwise have been a sunny, lazy Sunday. The annual music industry convention, now in its 41st year, continued to play host to the MidemNet conference, the specialist tec ...

  24. MidemNet 07 Kicks Off

    January 20, 2007 12:00 AM EST MidemNet sprung to life today (Jan. 20) with a heated first-up panel debate. The digital music conference, which precedes the annual Midem music trade fair, began with a "touchy feely" morning discussion which quickly turned into a high- ...

  25. Consumers Downloading More Sheet Music

    December 08, 2006 12:00 AM EST Musicnotes, which offers sheet music to purchase online, reported a 48% year-over-year increase in digital sheet music sales during the first two weeks following Thanksgiving. Sales of digital sheet music, now the majority of the Madison, Wisc.-ba ...

  26. Independents' Day

    December 01, 2006 12:00 AM EST It was not that long ago that the words "independent label" were generally construed to mean "a quick way for an aspiring artist to be bilked out of their life savings by disreputable operators." H Times have changed. Independe ...

  27. Merge Opens Download Store

    November 21, 2006 12:00 AM EST Label -- home to M. Ward, Arcade Fire -- stars selling digital albums from site, and does so without breaking its own bank. Indie labels still looking to enter the digital revolution and offer their own downloads for sale may want to look at Merge ...

  28. Sanctuary Reactivates Sequel, Slogan Imprints

    November 21, 2006 12:00 AM EST Sanctuary Records, the label division of publicly-listed U.K. company Sanctuary Group, has reactivating the Sequel and Slogan labels. Sanctuary Records, the label division of publicly-listed U.K. company Sanctuary Group, has reactivating the Seque ...

  29. China's Hurray Reports Mixed Results

    November 20, 2006 12:00 AM EST Hurray, a Beijing-based company involved in wireless music distribution, artist development and music production, reported a year-on-year sales increase for the third quarter ended Sept. 30 but a dras Hurray, a Beijing-based company involved in wi ...

  30. Trans World Down In Third Quarter

    November 17, 2006 12:00 AM EST Trans World Entertainment posted a loss of $11.4 million, or 37 cents per diluted share, on sales of $297.7 million, for the fiscal third quarter ended Oct. 28. The loss would have been greater, but the company enjoyed an extraordinary gain of 6 c ...

  31. Trans World Posts Third Quarter Loss

    November 16, 2006 12:00 AM EST Company blames music for continued declines. Trans World Entertainment posted a loss of $11.4 million, or 37 cents per diluted share, on sales of $297.7 million, for the fiscal third quarter ended Oct. 28. The loss would have been greater, but the ...

  32. Trans World Posts Third Quarter Loss

    November 16, 2006 12:00 AM EST Trans World Entertainment posted a loss of $11.4 million, or 37 cents per diluted share, on sales of $297.7 million, for the fiscal third quarter ended Oct. 28. The loss would have been greater, but t Trans World Entertainment posted a loss of $11 ...

  33. IODA Taps Weitzner For Biz Role

    November 14, 2006 12:00 AM EST Weitzner was formerly with AAIM. The Independent Online Distribution Alliance (IODA) has named Rob Weitzner its VP of business development. Weitzner is taking over for the business responsibilities from VP of marketing Tim Mitchell, who will now f ...

  34. Survey: More Aussies Seeing Live Entertainment

    November 14, 2006 12:00 AM EST Australians are heading out in droves to see live entertainment, according to new figures issued by Melbourne-based Live Performance Australia. Australians are heading out in droves to see live entertainment, according to new figures issued by Mel ...

  35. Survey: More Aussies Seeing Live Entertainment

    November 14, 2006 12:00 AM EST Australians are heading out in droves to see live entertainment, according to new figures issued by Melbourne-based Live Performance Australia. Australians are heading out in droves to see live entertainment, according to new figures issued by Mel ...

  36. Bugs Interactive Looks To Taiwan

    November 13, 2006 12:00 AM EST Leading South Korean online music company Bugs Interactive is set to join the already crowded market in Taiwan through a joint venture. Leading South Korean online music company Bugs Interactive is set to join the already crowded market in Taiwan ...

  37. Indie Labels Look To Post-Tower World

    November 11, 2006 12:00 AM EST Labels rethinking marketing, staffing in wake of chain's closure. With independent labels slowing down their releases for the fourth quarter, the long-term effects of Tower Records' closing may not be realized for a while in the indie re ...

  38. Game On For MTV, Nexon Partnership

    November 09, 2006 12:00 AM EST MTV Networks and South Korean online gaming company Nexon unveiled a global strategic partnership Thursday (Nov. 9) in which MTVN will bring its marketing clout to Nexon's online games and Nexon will MTV Networks and South Korean online gamin ...

  39. RealNetworks Reports Leap In Quarterly Earnings

    November 07, 2006 12:00 AM EST Third quarter revenue rose 14% to $93.7 million. RealNetworks Inc. on Monday (Nov. 6) reported a sharply higher net profit, boosted by proceeds from the settlement of its antitrust litigation against Microsoft Corp. and commercial agreements with ...

  40. Shazam Names Ex-Virgin Radio CEO Chairman

    November 02, 2006 12:00 AM EST Pearson takes over for Chowdhury. London-based Shazam Entertainment, the international digital music service provider famous for its pioneering mobile music recognition service, has appointed John Pearson its new chairman of the board. Pearson, co ...

  41. French Online Retailers Join The No-DRM Front

    October 20, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Two groups selling unprotected tracks for first time. Leading online retailers in France are for the first time selling songs without digital rights management (DRM) protection. Yesterday (Oct. 19), FnacMusic (Fnac, PPR group) released French sing ...

  42. EMI Takes H1 Hit

    October 16, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Major blames album release roll-out. Despite strong performances from the likes of Janet Jackson, Hikaru Utada, Chingy and Bob Seger, EMI Group said today (Oct. 16) it anticipated a drop in first-half revenue. Total revenues for the six-months end ...

  43. Qmobile Pacts With Disney

    September 13, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Offerings will include personalization content. Qmobile Inc. and Walt Disney Internet Group (WDIG) have inked a mobile content distribution deal. Under the terms of the deal, Qmobile will make available select content from WDIG’s publishing labels ...

  44. Handleman Posts Q1 Loss, Music Sales Down

    September 06, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Lost $5.9 million in the first quarter. The Handleman Co posted a deeper loss in the first quarter of this year compared to last, with plummeting music sales cited as the key reason for the weak performance. Overall, the Troy, Mich.-based wholesal ...

  45. Handleman Posts Q1 Loss, Music Sales Down

    September 06, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Lost $5.9 million in the first quarter. The Handleman Co posted a deeper loss in the first quarter of this year compared to last, with plummeting music sales cited as the key reason for the weak performance. Overall, the Troy, Mich.-based wholesal ...

  46. UMG Backs Free Music Download Service

    August 29, 2006 12:00 AM EDT SpiralFrog to launch in December. SpiralFrog, the music download destination scheduled to start its public testing phase this year, signed an agreement with Universal Music Group to make songs from the catalog of the world's largest record co ...

  47. Sony BMG, PlayStation Paint Europe Pink

    August 24, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Sony BMG Music Entertainment Europe has joined forces with Sony Computer Entertainment Europe to release a version of the PlayStation computer-game console dedicated to U.S. pop star Pink. Sony BMG Music Entertainment Europe has joined forces with ...

  48. Trans World Sales, Losses Up In Q2

    August 18, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Trans World Entertainment released its fiscal second quarter earnings report that revealed an 18% increase in sales, thanks to its March acquisiton of 350 Musicland stores, but posted a net loss of $7 Trans World Entertainment released its fiscal ...

  49. Musicbrigade, EMI Ink Pan-Euro Content Deal

    August 10, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Musicbrigade, the Sweden-originated music-video digital service, has clinched its first major-label pan-European multi-platform deal. The agreement with EMI Music means Musicbrigade subscribers in 23 Musicbrigade, the Sweden-originated music-video ...

  50. Musicbrigade, EMI Ink Pan-Euro Content Deal

    August 10, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Musicbrigade, the Sweden-originated music-video digital service, has clinched its first major-label pan-European multi-platform deal. The agreement with EMI Music means Musicbrigade subscribers in 23 Musicbrigade, the Sweden-originated music-video ...

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