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  1. Edgar M. Bronfman Sr Dies at 84

    December 23, 2013 3:55 AM EST Edgar M. Bronfman Sr., the billionaire businessman and longtime president of the World Jewish Congress, which lobbied the Soviets to allow Jews to emigrate and helped spearhead the search for hidden Nazi loot, died Saturday. He was 84. The Canadia ...

  2. Music Companies: History Shows That a Successful IPO Does Not Guarantee a Good Investment

    June 15, 2011 12:12 PM EDT Today's IPO of Internet radio company Pandora is sure to put even more of a spotlight on digital music. The company raised its IPO price to $16 - it was originally slated to go between $9 and $11 - and it added another 1 million shares to the ...

  3. Warner Music Shares Soar On Sale Reports

    January 21, 2011 12:00 AM EST Shares of Warner Music Group surged nearly 23 percent on Friday on news that the world's No. 3 music company is up for sale. Warner Music has hired Goldman Sachs as an advisor to help with the process, a source familiar with the matter said o ...

  4. Warner Music Shares Soar On Sale Reports

    January 21, 2011 12:00 AM EST Shares of Warner Music Group surged nearly 23 percent on Friday on news that the world's No. 3 music company is up for sale . Warner Music has hired Goldman Sachs as an advisor to help with the process, a source familiar with the matter said ...

  5. Edgar Bronfman Jr., Warner Music Group CEO, Found Guilty of Insider Trading by French Court

    January 21, 2011 12:00 AM EST A French court, in a surprise ruling, on Friday convicted and fined Warner Music Group chairman and CEO Edgar Bronfman Jr. for insider trading and former high-flying Vivendi CEO Jean-Marie Messier for misusing company funds and misleading investor ...

  6. France Investigates Warner's Bronfman

    February 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST Warner Music Group Corp chief executive Edgar Bronfman Jr. has been placed under formal investigation by French authorities as part of a probe into insider trading at Vivendi, Warner said on Thursday. Bronfman was formerly a director of Vivendi an ...

  7. FunMobility Acquires InfoSpace

    June 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Mobile media company FunMobility has acquired InfoSpace Media Studios, formerly known as Moviso, gaining both the division's content library and staff. No purchase price was disclosed. Under the deal, FunMobility will also license InfoSpace&# ...

  8. AOL To Offer Movie, TV Show Downloads

    October 23, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Internet giant inks deal with Paramount. Movies and television shows from Paramount Pictures will be available for sale through AOL's new video portal under a deal announced Monday. Classics such as "Breakfast at Tiffany's" and ...

  9. AOL To Offer Movie, TV Show Downloads

    October 23, 2006 12:00 AM EDT AOL and Paramount Pictures have signed a deal that will allow AOL to sell downloadable versions of Paramount films and television shows through its new video portal. Consumers will own the movies and Movies and television shows from Paramount Pict ...

  10. Impala Ready To Do Battle On Warner/EMI

    June 30, 2006 12:00 AM EDT With EMI and Warner Music locked in a two-way $4.6 billion-plus takeover battle, European independents labels group Impala promised Friday (June 30) it would "forcefully oppose" any merger between the With EMI and Warner Music locked in ...

  11. Impala Ready To Do Battle On Warner/EMI

    June 30, 2006 12:00 AM EDT With EMI and Warner Music locked in a two-way $4.6 billion-plus takeover battle, European independents labels group Impala promised Friday (June 30) it would "forcefully oppose" any merger between the With EMI and Warner Music locked in ...

  12. Impala Ready To Fight Warner EMI Merger

    May 31, 2006 12:00 AM EDT European independent labels' group Impala pledged Wednesday (May 31) to oppose any plans by EMI Group to take over Warner Music Group, saying any such merger would squeeze small record companies. European independent labels' group Impala ...

  13. Impala Ready To Fight Warner EMI Merger

    May 31, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Indie trade body launches online petition. European independent labels' group Impala pledged Wednesday (May 31) to oppose any plans by EMI Group to take over Warner Music Group, saying any such merger would squeeze small record companies. The ...

  14. U.S. Judge Orders Labels To Reveal Documents

    April 24, 2006 12:00 AM EDT A U.S. federal judge has ordered major record labels to turn over privileged documents after finding they may have used misleading information to convince the government to abandon a major antitrust p A U.S. federal judge has ordered major record ...

  15. U.S. Judge Orders Labels To Reveal Documents

    April 24, 2006 12:00 AM EDT A U.S. federal judge has ordered major record labels to turn over privileged documents after finding they may have used misleading information to convince the government to abandon a major antitrust p A U.S. federal judge has ordered major record ...

  16. Vivendi Drops 'Universal'

    April 21, 2006 12:00 AM EDT French media, telecom giant voted to change name. The French media and telecom giant Vivendi Universal has voted to drop the word Universal from its name. The company will be now known as Vivendi. It had to jettison the Universal moniker as part o ...

  17. Spitzer To Return Label Donations

    April 07, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Rebuffs Universal, Bertelsmann. New York attorney general Eliot Spitzer, who is running for governor of that state, will return two large campaign donations received from record label board members at Vivendi Universal and Bertelsmann AG, accordin ...

  18. France Drafts Copyright Law To Open Up iTunes

    March 20, 2006 12:00 AM EST French parliamentarians finished drafting a law on Friday (March 17) that would open up Apple's market-leading iTunes online music store to portable music players other than its popular iPods. The new French parliamentarians finished drafting ...

  19. France Drafts Copyright Law To Open Up iTunes

    March 20, 2006 12:00 AM EST French parliamentarians finished drafting a law on Friday (March 17) that would open up Apple's market-leading iTunes online music store to portable music players other than its popular iPods. The new French parliamentarians finished drafting ...

  20. UMG Profits Boost Vivendi Universal Results

    March 01, 2006 12:00 AM EST French media group offers dividend Universal Music Group made a significant contribution to parent company's Vivendi Universal's financial results for 2005. UMG's earnings from operations increased to €480 million ($570 million), up ...

  21. UMG Profits Boost Vivendi Universal Results

    March 01, 2006 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group made a significant contribution to parent company's Vivendi Universal's financial results for 2005. UMG's earnings from operations increased to €480 million ($570 million) Universal Music Group made ...

  22. Report: Amazon Close To Downloads Launch

    February 17, 2006 12:00 AM EST Online retailer Amazon.com Inc. is in advanced talks with four top music companies on starting a digital music service as early as this summer, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. Online retailer Amazon.com Inc. is in advanced talks with fo ...

  23. Industry Exec Joins Nellymoser

    February 13, 2006 12:00 AM EST Wingate previously with BMG, Arista, Epic. Music industry veteran Dick Wingate has joined mobile media technology firm Nellymoser as president of media development and chief content officer. A former executive at BMG Entertainment, Arista, PolyGra ...

  24. VH1 Promotes Ficarra To Integrated Mktg VP

    February 07, 2006 12:00 AM EST To oversee sponsor integration strategies. Chris Ficarra has been promoted to VP of integrated marketing for VH1, VH1.com, and VH1 Classic. Ficarra reports to Mark McIntire, senior VP of sponsorship development and integrated marketing at VH1. In ...

  25. France's Legal File-Sharing Plan Advancing

    February 06, 2006 12:00 AM EST The French government is moving ahead with plans for a controversial law that would legalize file-sharing of music and films, a move that could undo years of anti-piracy work by the entertainment indu The French government is moving ahead with pla ...

  26. France's Legal File-Sharing Plan Advancing

    February 06, 2006 12:00 AM EST The French government is moving ahead with plans for a controversial law that would legalize file-sharing of music and films, a move that could undo years of anti-piracy work by the entertainment indu The French government is moving ahead with pla ...

  27. Vivendi Universal Buys Out Matsushita

    February 02, 2006 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group parent Vivendi Universal today (Feb. 2) said that it will acquire from Matsushita the 7.66% share it owns of Universal Studios Holding I Corp. The deal is valued at $1.154 billio Universal Music Group parent Vivendi Universal ...

  28. Vivendi Universal Buys Out Matsushita

    February 02, 2006 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group parent Vivendi Universal today (Feb. 2) said that it will acquire from Matsushita the 7.66% share it owns of Universal Studios Holding I Corp. The deal is valued at $1.154 billio Universal Music Group parent Vivendi Universal ...

  29. UMG Revenues Decline In Q4

    January 30, 2006 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group today (Jan. 30) reported revenues of €1.682 billion ($2 billion), down 1.7% on a comparable basis and down 5.2% on a comparable basis at constant exchange rates. Universal Music Group today (Jan. 30) reported reven ...

  30. 50 Cent Game Tops 1 Mil Sold

    January 24, 2006 12:00 AM EST Bad reviews don't hurt sales Despite being roundly panned by critics throughout the gaming industry, the videogame "50 Cent: Bulletproof" has proven a successful retail hit, selling more than 1 million units since it was introduced ...

  31. SFR Teams With SDC For Mobile Subs Service

    January 24, 2006 12:00 AM EST Secure Digital Container has clinched a deal to provide the digital rights management solution for French mobile telephone operator SFR's new subscription-based music download service. Secure Digital Container has clinched a deal to provide t ...

  32. SFR Teams With SDC For Mobile Subs Service

    January 24, 2006 12:00 AM EST Swiss technology firm to provide DRM. Secure Digital Container has clinched a deal to provide the digital rights management solution for French mobile telephone operator SFR's new subscription-based music download service. Billboard.biz recen ...

  33. Waits Wins Spanish Appeal On Ad Sound-Alike Case

    January 19, 2006 12:00 AM EST Tom Waits has won a landmark legal intellectual property case in Spain brought against car manufacturer Volkswagen-Audi and production firm Tandem Campany Guasch. Tom Waits has won a landmark legal intellectual property case in Spain brought again ...

  34. Waits Wins Spanish Appeal On Ad Sound-Alike Case

    January 19, 2006 12:00 AM EST Tom Waits has won a landmark legal intellectual property case in Spain brought against car manufacturer Volkswagen-Audi and production firm Tandem Campany Guasch. Tom Waits has won a landmark legal intellectual property case in Spain brought again ...

  35. 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 ...

  36. Global Anti-Piracy Coalition Launched

    October 11, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A coalition of cross-industries business leaders from some of the world's top companies launched Oct. 4 an initiative to address the theft of intellectual property at the highest international level. LONDON -- A coalition of cross-industries ...

  37. Global Anti-piracy Coalition Launched

    October 04, 2005 12:00 AM EDT BASCAP is a cross-industry initiative. A coalition of cross-industries business leaders from some of the world's top companies launched today (Oct. 4) an initiative to address the theft of intellectual property at the highest international le ...

  38. Report - Microsoft Ends Talks With Labels

    October 04, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Sofware giant planned subscription music service. Microsoft Corp. has broken off licensing talks with the four global music companies, raising questions about the software giant's plans to start a subscription-based music service, the Wall St ...

  39. Top Executives To Meet In London

    October 03, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Cross-sector initiative to fight global piracy. Chief executives from companies representing a broad range of industry sectors will gather in London tomorrow (Oct. 4) to devise a global strategy against counterfeiting and piracy. Attendees include ...

  40. Mashboxx Names Bebel As President/CEO

    September 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Mashboxx appointed Mike Bebel as its president/CEO. He will take on the role immediately, replacing Wayne Rosso, who will remain chairman of Mashboxx. (Reuters) -- Mashboxx appointed Mike Bebel as its president/CEO. He will take on the role immedi ...

  41. Mashboxx Names Bebel As President/CEO

    September 23, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Industry veteran was chief executive of Pressplay. Mashboxx LLC, a company formed to establish a legal peer-to-peer music service, appointed yesterday (Sept. 22) Mike Bebel as its president and chief executive officer. Music industry veteran Bebel ...

  42. Scissor Sisters, U2 Help Lift Vivendi In H1

    September 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The success of artists U2 and Scissor Sisters helped Vivendi Universal beat first half profit forecasts and raise its target for the year. Vivendi's music business Universal Music Group performed stro The success of artists U2 and Scissor Sis ...

  43. Report: Universal Grows Global Share In 2004

    August 03, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group has widened its share of the global $33.6 billion music market in 2004, despite the creation of rival Sony BMG, according to data published yesterday (Aug. 2) by the IFPI. Universal Music Group has widened its share of the gl ...

  44. Sony BMG Near Radio Tactics Settlement

    July 24, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Company expected to admit misconduct. New York state's attorney general and Sony BMG Music Entertainment are close to a settlement over accusations that the record company giant used improper tactics to influence radio programmers to play its ...

  45. Top European Media Chiefs Back New Technologies

    July 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The heads of 10 of Europe's top media companies have agreed to back plans for a new generation of media and communications technologies, the European Commission said July 11. BRUSSELS (The Hollywood Reporter) -- The heads of 10 of Europe' ...

  46. Universal, SFR Join Forces In France

    July 11, 2005 12:00 AM EDT New interactive 3G services on offer. French mobile operator SFR is enhancing its wireless music offering through an exclusive partnership with Universal Music Group. The two Vivendi Universal-owned units unveiled last week an agreement that will ...

  47. Universal, SFR Join Forces In France

    July 11, 2005 12:00 AM EDT French mobile operator SFR is enhancing its wireless music offering through an exclusive partnership with Universal Music Group. French mobile operator SFR is enhancing its wireless music offering through an exclusive partnership with Universal Mu ...

  48. Diller Sells Stake In VUE

    June 14, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Barry Diller's Internet juggernaut IAC/InterActiveCorp took its foot out of the Hollywood door June 8, unveiling a $3.4 billion cash and stock deal to sell a minority stake in a part of NBC Universal NEW YORK (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Barry ...

  49. UMG Helps Swing VU Q1 Profit

    May 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Music division registers $45M earnings. A financial turnaround at Universal Music Group helped parent company Vivendi Universal register better-than-expected first-quarter results today (May 19) Greater margins on higher sales volumes and lower re ...

  50. 50 Cent, Zingy Team For Videogame Series

    May 09, 2005 12:00 AM EDT G-Unit members Banks, Buck, Yayo also featured. 50 Cent is looking to extend his dominance of the mobile world beyond ringtones with a new videogame series created exclusively for the mobile phone that will feature the entire G-Unit lineup. Workin ...

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