September 3, 2008 |
The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization is in talks with major music companies to sell its catalog of Broadway musical show tunes for between $150 million and $200 million, according to people familiar with the matter. EMI Music Publishing, Sony Corp's Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Vivendi's Universal Music Publishing and Warner/Chappell Music Publishing are all looking over the catalog, which includes songs from shows such as "The Sound of Music," "The King and I" and "South Pacific."
June 29, 2012 |
Sony Corp.'s deal to acquire EMI's publishing assets has cleared U.S. and European regulatory hurdles and was closed Friday, the companies said. EMI's catalog will be merged with Sony's to create a library of more than 2 million songs, making the combined entity the world's largest music publisher. The deal, announced last November, called for an investor group led by Sony to pay $2.2 billion for EMI's rights to 1.3 million songs, including those written by David Bowie, Stevie Wonder and others.
March 18, 2008 |
The latest sign of a video-game "Revolution"? You may soon be able to plug in and play guitar in "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band." Martin N. "Marty" Bandier, the top executive at the music publishing company that owns the John Lennon-Paul McCartney copyrights, said he liked the idea of a dedicated Beatles edition of Guitar Hero, Activision Inc.'s hugely popular video-game franchise.
July 31, 2007 |
The world's largest music companies have expressed interest in buying Univision Communications Inc.'s music unit, with an auction expected to pick up this week, sources familiar with the matter said Monday. Potential bidders will start looking at the books of the Latin music unit. Univision decided in February to put it up for sale, according to a report in the Financial Times on Monday. The Los Angeles-based Spanish-language broadcaster is trying to trim debt since its $12.
May 31, 2007 |
Viacom Inc. said Wednesday it will sell its Famous Music publishing unit to Sony/ATV Music Publishing, the song catalog co-owned by pop star Michael Jackson. The deal is estimated to be worth $370 million in cash, people familiar with the talks said. Famous Music's catalog of more than 125,000 songs and sound cues includes music by Eminem and Shakira as well as soundtracks from "The Godfather" and "Mission: Impossible." Famous was founded to publish songs from movies.
August 3, 2007 |
Viacom Inc. posted a bigger-than-expected quarterly profit Thursday, boosted by DVD sales and the box-office hit "Shrek the Third," sending shares up 4%. Executives at the New York-based owner of MTV Networks, Paramount movie studios and the Nickelodeon cable channels also expected U.S. cable network advertising to improve in the third quarter, from a 4% gain in the second quarter. Viacom's second-quarter profit fell less than 1% to $434 million from $437.3 million a year earlier.