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March 29, 1989
Thorn EMI PLC has named Jim Fifield president and chief executive of EMI Music Worldwide, effective Saturday. Fifield is currently president and chief operating officer at EMI Music Worldwide. Bhaskar Menon will remain chairman of EMI Music Worldwide, Capitol-EMI Music Inc. and EMI Music Limited, and will continue as an executive director of the Thorn EMI main board.
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March 18, 2009 | Associated Press
One of the world's leading music publishers struck a deal Tuesday with the estate of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and will work to bring the civil rights leader's words to a wider audience by encouraging their use in songs. EMI Music Publishing will also use its copyright expertise to police the use of King's name, image, likeness and recorded voice in recordings and music and in online and digital media. EMI represents songwriters and licensing for media as diverse as CDs and commercials, but this is the first time it has taken on the licensing of a non-music-based intellectual property catalog.
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BUSINESS
April 5, 2008 | Michelle Quinn and Jessica Guynn, Times Staff Writers
Douglas Merrill remembers driving past the Capitol Records Tower at Hollywood and Vine and wishing he could stop in and look around. Now he's getting an office there, in the West Coast headquarters of EMI Music. On April 28, Merrill will start his new job as president of digital business at the label that's home to artists such as Coldplay and Norah Jones. His hire, announced last week, surprised many in the technology and music industries.
BUSINESS
July 2, 1997 | CHUCK PHILIPS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Some of the most revered hits in American pop music, including classic compositions made famous by such Motown Records stars as the Temptations, Four Tops, Supremes, Miracles, Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye, were acquired Tuesday by EMI Music. The $132-million acquisition of a half-stake in the world-famous Jobete Music publishing catalog will help the British conglomerate pursue its strategy of exploiting popular tunes in advertising, film soundtracks and other media.
BUSINESS
August 10, 1993 | CHUCK PHILIPS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
British conglomerate EMI Music said Monday that Jeff Ayeroff and Jordan Harris, founders and co-chairmen of Virgin Records' American division, have resigned. Succeeding them as chief executive is Phil Quartararo, 37, who has been president of Virgin Records America Inc. since last year. The much-anticipated resignations could cost the company as much as $12 million in contract buyouts, sources said. Ayeroff and Harris are leaving despite the three years each has remaining on his contract.
BUSINESS
April 5, 2008 | Michelle Quinn and Jessica Guynn, Times Staff Writers
Douglas Merrill remembers driving past the Capitol Records Tower at Hollywood and Vine and wishing he could stop in and look around. Now he's getting an office there, in the West Coast headquarters of EMI Music. On April 28, Merrill will start his new job as president of digital business at the label that's home to artists such as Coldplay and Norah Jones. His hire, announced last week, surprised many in the technology and music industries.
BUSINESS
July 18, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Services
Warner Music Group Corp. confirmed that it had decided not to make an offer for EMI. The two music companies have held talks off and on for years.
BUSINESS
May 24, 1995 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
EMI Music Earnings Up 24%: The British music conglomerate reported record results for the fiscal year ended March 31, with both sales and earnings showing double-digit gains. EMI said revenue grew to $3.5 billion, up 24% from a year earlier, and that profit increased by 20% to $478 million. The results reflect EMI's purchase of a controlling interest in its Japanese joint venture, Toshiba-EMI. EMI Music includes Virgin, Capitol, Liberty and Blue Note.
BUSINESS
December 9, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Thorn-EMI Unit Sues Turner: EMI Music Publishing, which administers music copyrights for the company, said it sued Turner Entertainment Co. in federal court in New York for $15 million. EMI claims it is owed the money for video sales of films in Turner's MGM library that contain EMI music. Some of the films include "Blackboard Jungle," "Jailhouse Rock," "Meet Me in St. Louis" and "The Wizard of Oz." Turner spokesmen could not be reached.
BUSINESS
July 18, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Services
Warner Music Group Corp. confirmed that it had decided not to make an offer for EMI. The two music companies have held talks off and on for years.
BUSINESS
June 1, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
EMI Music has reached an agreement with Google Inc.'s YouTube that lets the website carry music videos and other content from EMI artists and clears the way for users to post videos with select EMI content, the companies said. San Bruno, Calif.-based YouTube now has permission to host videos from all four of the major recording companies.
BUSINESS
March 27, 2007 | Joseph Menn, Times Staff Writer
Bertelsmann said Monday that it had settled the last lawsuit filed by a record company over the German media conglomerate's role in funding the original Napster electronic file-swapping service that was once the scourge of the music industry. The deal all but ends years of effort to settle scores over the program that brought file-swapping to the masses, letting more than 40 million users download music without paying for it.
BUSINESS
February 24, 2005 | From Associated Press
EMI Music became the fourth major recording company to agree to make its music available over a legal peer-to-peer service that hopes to lure customers from illegal sharing programs. Peer Impact, which Wurld Media Inc. plans to roll out by the end of March, had announced licensing deals in November with the three other major companies: Universal Music Group, Sony BMG Music Entertainment and Warner Music Group.
BUSINESS
August 18, 2001 | JEFF LEEDS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A record executive in charge of marketing black music for EMI Music's Capitol label has alleged in a lawsuit that she was fired after complaining about racist conduct by a supervisor. The lawsuit, filed Aug. 9, contends that Brenda Jones, former vice president for R&B marketing, was castigated by her supervisor in the presence of co-workers and denied business travel expenses while white colleagues received them routinely.
BUSINESS
August 19, 2000 | P.J. HUFFSTUTTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
EMI Music Publishing, one of the world's biggest music publishing houses, has filed a copyright suit against a Santa Monica "dot-com" that helps people change the simple ring of their cell phones into beeping melodies of popular tunes. The target of the suit, YourMobile.com, has become a cult hit among cell phone users eager to customize their phones in order to make their rings easier to differentiate in crowds.
BUSINESS
January 30, 2000 | MARJORIE MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Behind the applause and promises of "a marriage made in heaven," there were audible sighs of regret in Britain last week over the proposed union between the country's last great music company, EMI, and the music assets of its Yankee competitor, Time Warner.
BUSINESS
September 18, 1998 | From Bloomberg News
EMI dropped out of the bidding for PolyGram Filmed Entertainment a day before the deadline, prompting speculation that Canada's Seagram Co. may have a hard time getting the price it wants. Britain's largest music company was considered a contender for PolyGram, the maker of films including "Bean" and "Four Weddings and a Funeral." Seagram wants to sell the unit to help offset the $10.4-billion cost of acquiring parent PolyGram, the world's largest recorded-music company.
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