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January 24, 2004 | From Reuters
Internet provider America Online settled a trademark dispute with Playboy Enterprises Inc. after an appeals court backed Playboy in litigation dating back five years. Terms were not disclosed. Playboy sued Excite Inc. and Netscape, which used Excite technology, claiming those Internet companies had infringed the trademark on "playboy" and "playmate." AOL now owns Netscape.
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ENTERTAINMENT
September 5, 2003 | Steve Carney, Special to The Times
Playboy Radio: To the uninitiated, it's a concept that may seem as pointless as a driver's manual in Braille. But listeners to the company's "Night Calls" program know how uninhibited, frank and funny a talk show about sex and relationships can be and don't seem to miss the visual titillation. The show, which airs live weeknights from 4 to 7 PST on XM Satellite Radio, celebrated its first anniversary Wednesday.
BUSINESS
August 7, 2003 | From Bloomberg News
Playboy Enterprises Inc. said its second-quarter loss narrowed to $905,000, or 4 cents a share, from $3.1 million, or 12 cents, a year earlier. Sales rose 7.7% to $76 million. Circulation revenue for the flagship magazine rose more than 10% under the direction of new editorial director James Kaminsky, who went to Playboy in September from Maxim. Shares of Playboy fell 33 cents to $13.15 on the NYSE
BUSINESS
May 8, 2003 | From Bloomberg News
Playboy Enterprises Inc. earned $632,000 in the first quarter after 16 straight losses, a boost attributed to higher sales of sexually oriented material on the Web. Net income was 2 cents a share, compared with a net loss of 38 cents, or $9.4 million, a year ago, Chicago-based Playboy said in a statement. Sales rose 12% to $74.3 million. Playboy shares rose $1.48, or 15%, to $11.43 on the NYSE. Separately, Midway Games Inc.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 17, 2002 | MARY McNAMARA
It's the difference between a Kia and a Mercedes, between veal Milanese and a double cheeseburger, between a posh apartment building and a rivet and hardware supplier. This summer, Playboy Enterprises abandoned its longtime Beverly Hills offices for space in the new Media Center in Glassell Park.
BUSINESS
December 12, 2002 | Alex Pham, Times Staff Writer
Playboy Enterprises Inc. has linked with video game publisher Arush Entertainment to produce the first mainstream title that features a Playboy theme. The game, not due out until 2004, is expected to contain nudity. The companies are aiming for a "mature" rating that would allow only consumers older than 17 to purchase the title, said Arush spokesman Donald Case.
BUSINESS
November 8, 2002
posted a third-quarter loss much narrower than analysts' estimates, amid cost-cutting efforts and improved online sales. The Chicago-based company said its third-quarter net loss came to $639,000, or a penny a share, compared with a net loss of $2.1 million, or 9 cents, a year ago. Revenue dropped 7.9% to $67.4 million.
BUSINESS
December 4, 2001 | Reuters
Playboy Enterprises Inc. said it expects 2002 earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization will jump 70% to about $60 million from about $35 million this year. Playboy Chief Executive Christie Hefner said the company expects each of its businesses to report improved results next year, with the largest contributors being its entertainment and online units. Playboy shares closed up 20 cents to $14.85 on the New York Stock Exchange.
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