Vivendi

  1. Vivendi To Buy BMG Music Publishing

    September 05, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Vivendi will close a deal to buy BMG Music Publishing from German media giant Bertelsmann tomorrow afternoon in Paris for €1.63 billion ($2.05 billion), Billboard.biz has learned. Vivendi is th Vivendi will close a deal to buy BMG Music ...

  2. Grainge Hails Retailers For Debut Successes

    August 22, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Lucian Grainge, Universal Music Group International's chairman/CEO, is attributing the label's recent major success in the United Kingdom to a robust retail sector that is supporting new acts. Lucian Grainge, Universal Music Group Intern ...

  3. Island Appoints Lowenberg Senior Marketing VP

    July 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Most previously held same role at Virgin. Adam Lowenberg has been appointed senior VP of marketing at Island Records. He reports to Steve Bartels, president of Island Records and COO of Island Def Jam Music Group, and is based in New York. In his ...

  4. Report: UMG Makes BMG Publishing Bid

    July 21, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Bids coming in between $1.5 - $2 million. Vivendi's Universal Music has made a bid of close to $2 billion in the auction of Bertelsmann AG's music publishing arm, the Financial Times said on Friday (July 21), citing two people familiar w ...

  5. Vivendi Visual Pacts With RuffNation

    July 10, 2006 12:00 AM EDT RFR to deliver five releases a year at minimum. Vivendi Visual Entertainment (VVE), a division of Universal Music Group Distribution, has entered into a multi-year, multi-film distribution agreement with RuffNation Films Releasing (RFR) to market ...

  6. Visual Entertainment Renamed

    June 09, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Company rebrands as Vivendi Visual Entertainment. Universal Music Group Distribution's (UMGD) Universal Music Group Distribution's (UMGD) Visual Entertainment has been renamed Vivendi Visual Entertainment (V V E), which "bring the d ...

  7. V2 Pacts With Universal U.K. For Distribution

    June 02, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music U.K. has struck an agreement to provide distribution services for V2, the London-based independent record label founded and sold recently by Richard Branson, with effect from July 1. Universal Music U.K. has struck an agreement to ...

  8. IMF, EchoStar Form New Deal

    May 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Financial terms were not disclosed. Satellite television operator EchoStar Communications has entered into a new multi-year deal with Universal Music Group to carry the major label’s new music TV network IMF: The International Music Feed. Financia ...

  9. Universal Music Group's Q1 Earnings Up 136%

    May 18, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Aided by recovery $64M connected to lawsuit. Universal Music Group’s first quarter earnings from operations increased 136% to €90 million ($115.5 million), aided by the margin on higher sales volumes, and the recovery of a €50 million ($64.2 milli ...

  10. Brummels Promoted At Universal Motown

    May 09, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Named VP of creative services for the records group. Sandra Brummels has been named VP of creative services for Universal Motown Records Group. She reports to David Ellner, CFO and senior VP of operations for UMRG, and is based in New York. Previo ...

  11. IDJMG Launches New Promo Units

    May 03, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Def Con II to focus on joint-venture projects Island Def Jam Music Group has created a specialized unit within its promotion department called Def Con II. Def Con II will focus on projects released through Def Jam's joint venture partners, wh ...

  12. UMVD Gets Name Change

    April 27, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Organized in three divisions. Universal Music & Video Distribution has been renamed Universal Music Group Distribution and organized into three divisions: Universal Music Distribution, the major-label distribution company; Fontana, the year-ol ...

  13. 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 ...

  14. Prince, Games Boost Vivendi Q1 Sales

    April 20, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Posted a forecast-beating 5.7% rise. Vivendi on Thursday posted a forecast-beating 5.7 percent rise in first-quarter sales, invigorated by strong performances by music artists such as Prince and online role-playing game World of Warcraft. The grou ...

  15. Geffen Co-President Forms Suretone Records

    March 13, 2006 12:00 AM EST Label to be housed at Interscope. As expected, Geffen co-president Jordan Schur has formed Suretone Records, a joint venture with Interscope Records. In doing so, Schur leaves Geffen Records, where he was president for more than six years. The mov ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. Universal Motown Splits In Two

    February 23, 2006 12:00 AM EST Rhone, Lipman to head two distinct labels. As has been rumored, Universal Motown Records Group is expanding into two distinct labels. Sylvia Rhone will be president of Universal Motown and Monte Lipman will be president of Universal Republic. The ...

  19. 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 ...

  20. 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 ...

  21. 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 ...

  22. 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 ...

  23. 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 ...

  24. 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 ...

  25. Report: Nas Splits Columbia For Def Jam

    January 23, 2006 12:00 AM EST Feud with Def Jam Pres Jay-Z ended in Oct. Feud with Def Jam Pres Jay-Z ended in Oct. News Jay-Z ...

  26. Grainge Elevates Universal U.K. MDs

    January 13, 2006 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group International chairman/CEO Lucian Grainge has elevated the managing directors of its three front-line U.K. labels to become presidents. Separately, the company's Island Universal Universal Music Group International chair ...

  27. 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 ...

  28. 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 ...

  29. 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 ...

  30. 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 ...

  31. 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 ...

  32. 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 ...

  33. Universal Shuts Down DreamWorks Nashville

    September 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT On the heels of losing its only superstar, DreamWorks Records Nashville is being shuttered by its parent company, Universal Music Group. NASHVILLE -- On the heels of losing its only superstar, DreamWorks Records Nashville is being shuttered by its ...

  34. Def Jam Introduces Roc La Familia

    July 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Houston-based Colombian rapper Aztek Escobar is the first artist signed to Def Jam Recordings' new label, revealed July 21 as Roc La Familia. LOS ANGELES -- Houston-based Colombian rapper Aztek Escobar is the first artist signed to Def Jam Re ...

  35. Universal Promotes Rich To Sales VP

    July 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Completing a two-part plan to expand its entertainment sector, She was national director of sales. Universal Music Group Nashville has promoted Kelly Rich to VP of sales for its Mercury, MCA Nashville, Lost Highway and DreamWorks Nashville labels. ...

  36. Def Jam Introduces Roc La Familia

    July 21, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Houston-based Colombian rapper Aztek Escobar is the first artist signed to Def Jam Recordings' new label, revealed today (July 21) as Roc La Familia. The New York-based division is headed by president Houston-based Colombian rapper Aztek Esco ...

  37. 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 ...

  38. 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 ...

  39. Damon Dash, IDJ Call It Quits

    May 17, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Damon Dash and Island Def Jam are calling off their joint venture for the Damon Dash Music Group just three months into the deal, sources familiar with the situation confirm. NEW YORK -- Damon Dash and Island Def Jam are calling off their joint ve ...

  40. Damon Dash, IDJ Call It Quits

    May 09, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Joint venture off after three months. Damon Dash and Island Def Jam are calling off their joint venture for the Damon Dash Music Group just three months into the deal, sources familiar with the situation confirm. Word of an official split could co ...

  41. Damon Dash, IDJ Call It Quits

    May 09, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Damon Dash and Island Def Jam are calling off their joint venture for the Damon Dash Music Group just three months into the deal, sources familiar with the situation confirm. Damon Dash and Island Def Jam are calling off their joint venture for th ...

  42. First Quarter Revenue Up For UMG

    May 03, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Vivendi Universal reports Universal Music Group's fiscal first quarter revenues increased 6% to €1.03 billion ($1.35 billion), thanks to strong sales in North America, Europe and Australia. NEW YORK -- Vivendi Universal reports Univ ...

  43. First Quarter Revenue Up For UMG

    April 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Vivendi Universal reports Universal Music Group's fiscal first quarter revenues increased 6% to €1.03 billion ($1.35 billion), thanks to strong sales in North America, Europe and Australia. Vivendi Universal reports Universal Music ...

  44. Ruling: EchoStar Must Carry UMG Vid Network

    April 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT EchoStar Communications' Dish network must honor a contractual obligation to carry a new music video network from Vivendi Universal and Universal Music Group, a U.S. District Court in Manhattan has ru NEW YORK -- EchoStar Communications' ...

  45. Russell Simmons Starts Label With IDJ

    April 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Island Def Jam Music Group chairman Antonio "L.A." Reid announced April 13 that the company has formed a 50/50 joint-venture deal with Russell Simmons' latest venture, the Russell Simmons Music Group NEW YORK -- Island Def Jam Music ...

  46. Ruling: EchoStar Must Carry UMG Vid Network

    April 14, 2005 12:00 AM EDT EchoStar Communications' Dish network must honor a contractual obligation to carry a new music video network from Vivendi Universal and Universal Music Group, a U.S. District Court in Manhattan has ru EchoStar Communications' Dish networ ...

  47. Rhythm & Blues

    March 30, 2005 12:00 AM EST Grammy Award-nominated songwriter/producer Sean Garrett shows no signs of slowing down: He is set to executive-produce the debut album by Roc-a-Fella/Def Jam signee Teairra Marí. Read Gail Mitche Grammy Award-nominated songwriter/producer ...

  48. 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 ...

  49. UMG Posts Major Gains

    March 10, 2005 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group posted a big financial rebound in 2004, driven by improved album sales and effective cost-management strategies. Universal Music Group posted a big financial rebound in 2004, driven by improved album sales and effective cost- ...

  50. Milian's 'Dip It Low' At Center Of Suit

    March 01, 2005 12:00 AM EST A group of copyright owners filed an infringement lawsuit on Feb. 22 over Christina Milian's "Dip It Low." The Island Def Jam track peaked at No. 5 on The Billboard Hot 100 in August 2004 and was nomi NEW YORK -- A group of copyrigh ...

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