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#11  Сообщение Admin » 23 янв 2015, 20:22

Sony Musical Acts Could Be Targeted Next By Hackers
Другие артисты, работающие с Сони могут стать следующей жертвой хакеров


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One Direction, Adele and David Bowie are said to be bracing themselves for the possibility that they could become the next high-profile victims of the Sony hackers.

The music stars are all signed to Sony Music, which has apparently released a blanket apology in advance of a potentially embarrassing incident, as hackers are said to have threatened to publish a string of private emails, according to the Daily Mirror.

Information that Sony bosses fear could be exposed relates to the stars’ riders, salaries, contracts and personal information, and as well as the British musicians, other big names who could be left red-faced include Beyonce, Barbra Streisand, Bruce Springsteen and Meghan Trainor.

Sony’s movie division was hacked last year following controversy over its comedy The Interview, which features an assassination plot on North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, and the FBI claims to have traced hacking group Guardians of the Peace to Pyongyang in North Korea.

A source said: “There is a terrible amount of stress in Sony about what the hackers have found. Already personal information about many of their movie stars, including passport details, the pseudonyms they use and health records, have been leaked.

“Bosses now fear similar details have been hacked on their music stars, including the demands each artist makes while on tour. There is a lot of nervousness at Sony HQ.”

The hackers have already revealed a top secret plan by Sony Music and CEO Michael Lynton to sell off the music publishing arm Sony/ATV, which owns Michael Jackson’s estate and the copyright to most of The Beatles’ songs.

Sony denied the sale would happen and Lynton was said to have issued a blanket apology to Sony/ATV head Martin Bandier and CEO Doug Morris, apparently “in advance for whatever else comes out”.

However, other Sony staff say it was not an apology and was just Lynton talking to “two top executives about a couple of very specific issues”.

North Korea has denied any involvement in the Sony hacking.


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#12  Сообщение Admin » 28 апр 2015, 16:01

Sony Bosses Launch Legal Action Against Prince
Боссы Сони возбуждают иск против Принца


In a new lawsuit, the music executives allege the Purple Rain hitmaker disregarded the fact Judith Hill was signed exclusively to Sony and recorded a top secret album with her.



According to documents, obtained by TMZ.com, Hill, who appeared alongside the late King of Pop in his This Is It concert movie and then went on to appear on U.S. TV talent show The Voice, is currently working with Jolene Cherry, the producer who discovered Lady Gaga, under Sony’s supervision.


Despite warnings, Prince allegedly recorded an entire album with Hill and released the tracks as free Internet downloads at the beginning of the week (23Mar15).


Sony bosses and Cherry are demanding damages.




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#13  Сообщение Admin » 19 дек 2015, 03:01

Sony/ATV Said to Submit Takeover Offer for Warner Music
Сони/АТВ внесли предложение о приобретении Варнер Мюзик

Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, owned by Sony Corp. and Michael Jackson’s estate, submitted a bid for Warner Music Group Corp. ahead of yesterday’s deadline, two people with knowledge of the auction said. Sony/ATV made a joint bid with billionaire Ronald Perelman and Guggenheim Partners LLC, said the people, who weren’t authorized to speak publicly. Warner Music yesterday called a board meeting with the aim of picking a buyer in 48 hours, people said then. The entry of Sony/ATV increases the number of known bidders to three after billionaire investor Ron Burkle decided to walk away last week. Len Blavatnik, an ex- Warner Music director, and brothers Tom and Alec Gores also submitted bids ahead of the deadline, people familiar with the offers said yesterday. Sony/ATV’s bid is in the $3 billion range offered by Blavatnik and the Gores brothers, one person said. The company headed by Martin Bandier, is interested Warner Music’s publishing business, while its partners are focused on recorded music, one of the people said. Will Tanous, a spokesman for New York-based Warner Music and Liz Young, a spokeswoman for Sony Music in New York, had no comment. Christine Taylor, a spokeswoman for Perelman’s MacAndrews & Forbes in New York, didn’t respond to requests for comment.
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#14  Сообщение Admin » 17 янв 2016, 16:11

MARTIN BANDIER TO REMAIN BOSS OF SONY/ATV AS HE SIGNS NEW DEAL
МАРТИН БЭНДИЕР ОСТАЕТСЯ ГЛАВОЙ СОНИ/ATV, ТАК КАК ПОДПИСЫВАЕТ НОВЫЙ КОНТРАКТ


One of the music business’s biggest characters will be sticking around for a while yet.

Martin Bandier has just signed a contract extension to remain as Chairman and CEO of Sony/ATV Music Publishing.

74-year-old Bandier joined Sony/ATV as Chairman and CEO in 2007, following a 17-year spell running EMI Music Publishing, which he took over in 1989 after his company SBK was acquired by EMI.

The new deal – which Page Six rumoured last year was worth up to $7m per annum – arrives as speculation swirls around what the future will hold for Sony/ATV’s ownership.

The company – the biggest music publisher in the world, in control of over 3m copyrights – is a joint venture between Sony Corporation of America and the Estate of Michael Jackson.

Sony Music Entertainment last year triggered a buy/sell clause for Sony/ATV with its fellow co-owner.

One or the other of the parties could emerge as the sole owner of the company, which is believed to be worth $2bn, in 2016.

Bandier said: “I am thrilled to continue my role at Sony/ATV Music Publishing and continuing to work with a talented group of colleagues.

“Since my arrival, we have become the No. 1 music publisher and I am proud to say we represent many of the world’s best-loved songs alongside some of its greatest songwriters.

“I WOULD LIKE TO THANK SONY AND [THE JACKSON ESTATE] FOR THEIR SUPPORT AND CONFIDENCE IN ME, AND I LOOK FORWARD TO SHARING MANY MORE SUCCESSES WITH THEM OVER THE NEXT FEW YEARS.”

MARTIN BANDIER, SONY/ATV


“I would like to thank Sony and John Branca and John McClain, the co-executors of the Estate of Michael Jackson, for their support and confidence in me, and I am looking forward to sharing many more successes with them over the next few years.”

Michael Lynton, CEO of Sony Entertainment Inc. said: “Marty Bandier is a legend in the music industry, and we are thrilled that he will continue his work at Sony/ATV.

“Since he first joined in 2007, the company has reached amazing heights, and we expect that it will continue to flourish under his guidance.”

John Branca and John McClain, co-executors of the Estate of Michael Jackson, said: “Renewing Marty’s relationship with Sony/ATV avails the Estate of his enormous creative and executive talents as we strategically and profitably meet the challenges of our evolving business.”

Sony/ATV’s catalogue includes songs by contemporary superstars such as Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith and Pharrell Williams as well as works by all-time legends including The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Carole King, Queen, Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder.

“RENEWING MARTY’S RELATIONSHIP WITH SONY/ATV AVAILS THE JACKSON ESTATE OF HIS ENORMOUS CREATIVE AND EXECUTIVE TALENTS.”

JOHN BRANCA & JOHN MCCLAIN


In 2011 and 2012, Bandier played a key role in the $2.2bn acquisition of EMI Music Publishing by Sony Corporation of America, the Estate of Michael Jackson and an investment group headed by Mubadala Development Company, for whom Sony/ATV administers the EMI catalog.

While at Sony/ATV Bandier has also negotiated the acquisitions of both the Famous Music catalog – which includes scores for film such as The Godfather, Braveheart and Mission Impossible – and the Leiber & Stoller catalog whose hits include “Stand By Me”, “Hound Dog” and “Jailhouse Rock”.

Throughout his tenure the company and its songwriters have won numerous awards, including this last year when Sony/ATV was named Pop Publisher of the Year by both ASCAP and BMI in the U.S.

In February 2015 Bandier became the first ever music publisher to receive the Grammy Awards’ President’s Merit Award for his work in the music industry during a Grammy weekend when many of the company’s songwriters, including Sam Smith and Pharrell Williams, were also honored.

He has been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, while among his many industry roles he serves on the boards of the City of Hope, ASCAP, the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA).

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#15  Сообщение Liberian Girl » 15 мар 2016, 14:13

Sony выкупит долю Майкла Джексона в совместной компании за $750 млн

Японская корпорация Sony заключила соглашение с наследниками певца Майкла Джексона о выкупе у них 50-процентной доли в крупнейшем мировом музыкальном издательстве Sony/ATV Music Publishing, передает Би-би-си.

Сумма сделки составит $750 млн.

В настоящее время стороны подписали обязывающее соглашение по сделке. К 31 марта предполагается подписать окончательное соглашение. Таким образом, Sony станет единственным владельцем издательства, которому принадлежат права на тысячи музыкальных композиций, в том числе на песни The Beatles.

Джексон приобрел музыкальный каталог в 1985 году. Тогда он заплатил за каталог $47,5 млн. Через десять лет певец договорился с Sony о слиянии каталога с издательским бизнесом корпорации. В результате была образована компания Sony/ATV Music Publishing.

Согласно условиям сделки, Sony не имела права заниматься издательским бизнесом иначе, кроме как через совместную компанию. В результате Майкл Джексон и его наследники получали отчисления как по старым копирайтам, так и по новым, приобретенным компанией позже, отмечает Би-би-си.
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#17  Сообщение Liberian Girl » 16 мар 2016, 04:40

БРЭД САНДБЕРГ. МОИ ДВА ЦЕНТА НА ЭТУ ТЕМУ

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Брэд сегодня откликнулся на информацию о продаже каталога ATV. Большое спасибо за перевод Лене escaped

"Позволю себе два слова. У меня «нет собаки в этой борьбе» (я не принадлежу ни к одной из сторон конфликта), при этом я эмоционально не вкладываюсь в это, так что позволю себе всего лишь пару замечаний. Во-первых, эта сделка не включает в себя что-либо из личного каталога Майкла, что, я уверен, вы прочли. Estate, а в конце концов дети Майкла будут владеть музыкой Майкла. Во-вторых, финансовая "ценность" музыки падает почти каждый месяц (не уверена, что я тут правильно перевела — Л.). Музыкальная индустрия сейчас представляет собой лишь часть того, что было в конце 90's- начале 2000-х. Учитывая, что Spotify стоит больше, чем вся музыкальная индустрия США - и я знаю не слишком много художников / авторов песен, которые любят Spotify — это, может быть, не такая уж ужасная сделка. По моим вычислениям, примерный рост от первоначальных инвестиций Майкла составил 1600% (!), причем это в том бизнесе (издание музыки), ценность которого нынче, как мне кажется, падает. Люди больше не покупают музыку, и я не думаю, что это изменится в ближайшем будущем. Вот это мои 2 цента ..."

Пы.Сы. И мои два цента. Мне хотелось бы верить Брэду. Брэд мудрый человек и он давно в этом бизнесе и у меня нет оснований ему не верить, в чем-то он безусловно прав. Очень хотелось бы поверить, что продажа каталога сейчас только на пользу наследникам, но.. не может быть все так просто там, где крутятся миллиарды долларови сталкиваются интересы, из-за которых Майклу пришлось так сильно пострадать.

Да и фото в инсте Пэрис неделю назад говорит о многом и достаточно красноречиво ..........


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#20  Сообщение Liberian Girl » 30 мар 2016, 03:33

The MJCast : Lynton Guest provides insights to Sony/ATV purchase

The news of Sony purchasing Michael’s 50% share in Sony/ATV has resulted in anger, emotional outbursts and heated discussions among the MJ fans. Recently The MJCast had a Sony/ATV purchase roundtable at their 27th podcast. The podcast started with a quite balanced discussion of all sides and all possibilities surrounding the purchase of MJ’s share. The podcast also featured an interview with Lynton Guest – the author of “The Trials of Michael Jackson”. While listening to the show, I realized Lynton Guest provided some new and interesting insights to the Sony/ATV purchase. We as fans operate on limited available information so for me any piece of new information is quite valuable to better understand the situations. Therefore with permission from The MJCast, I prepared a transcript of a short section of the Lynton Guest interview.

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Q of The MJCast: Just in a nutshell what is the history of the catalog in question?

Lynton Guest: Catalog you refer to is known as Sony/ATV music publishing. It was originally just called ATV publishing. British publishing company formed in the 1960s as a division of the television franchise. It happened to acquire hundreds, and then thousands and now almost 2 million songs. The most famous of which of course Lennon and McCartney songs of the Beatles. ATV was suffering in the 1980s and 1990s and was sold and it was Michael Jackson that bought the company. That’s how he acquired it.

In fact you could say the investment that Michael made was one the shrewdest business investments ever not just in the music industry but in any industry. I would like to say that music publishing is one of the most lucrative areas of music money making. […] Anyway Michael Jackson paid somewhere between 40 and 50 Million dollars for ATV Music. He used the huge amount of income he received from the Thriller album to invest in that. Contrary to what you might read elsewhere, he then sold 50% of that company to Sony for between 40 and 50 Million dollars. Therefore he got this publishing catalog for nothing. Today Michael’s Estate has sold or close to selling the whole company to Sony for $750 Million. Now if you can find me a better investment than that anywhere in the world I’ll be very interested to hear it.

I don’t think Michael bought it simply for money making in the first place. I think he had two motives. One was that he had this pile of money from Thriller which had to be invested somewhere. And he was someone who actually had a great sense of music history. Of course owning the Beatles songs and a lot of other 1950s Rock n Roll titles contained in that ATV catalog. He thought that he would like to preserve them and make sure that they had a home which would not exploit them outlandishly. […] I think those were the two motives. As it happened of course it was a massive money spinner and hence why there has been so much involvement in other companies trying to get ahold of it. Now it’s going to Sony. I don’t know whether if Michael was still alive, he would want to do that but he is not and Estate has sold it to Sony.

Jamon of The MJCast: What extent do you think Sony planned to try to acquire that catalog when Michael was alive after the mid-90s?

Lynton Guest: There are two reasons. First of all because they wanted to make money from the total ownership of the company. When they bought the 50%, they were quite happy with that at the time. However they were not allowed by Michael to exploit the catalog as much as they would like. I mean on numerous occasions Michael would veto how some of the songs used. Would not allow Sony to license some of the songs for projects which Michael didn’t think commensurate with how he saw the value of the songs outside the simple money making. So Sony started to coming around the view that they would like to acquire the whole catalog so they would not have to go and ask Michael for permission every time they wanted to license a song say to be used in a movie or a TV advertisement or something like this. So that’s when the beginnings of this came. As the time went on […] more moral campaign. When Michael was accused originally in 90s in the child molestation of Jordan Chandler. Sony started to get cold feet about their association with Michael. They couldn’t do a lot about it at the time but at the end of Michael’s trial in the 2000s Sony saw a chance to be able to get ahold of this whole catalog. This eventually 10 years later what they have done. I got to explain how that works. You might be interested in why the Estate in this point in time is selling this catalog when a lot of people as you said earlier agree this was one of Michael’s proudest achievements and probably if he was still alive wouldn’t want to sell it.

Q of The MJCast: I’d like to hear that if you’d like to share

Lynton Guest: Well this goes back to, you can trace this back to the release of the Bad album. Bad sold around the world 20-25 million copies which for any other artist would be the most fantastic thing. Michael’s problem was Thriller sold over 50 million copies. What he had done was create an organization in the belief that Bad would sell equally around the world as Thriller had done. When it didn’t, Michael was [..] to change the organization but unfortunately he did not have the income [..] over a large amount of time. He therefore borrowed something like $220 Million from Bank of America. As time went on he was always in difficulty […]. It was particularly difficult for him when he was put on trial to actually service his loan. Of course during the trial he had massive amount of legal fees he had to pay out.

At the end of trial, his debts, they were almost about to foreclose on his debts. Sony stepped in, this is in 2006. Created a structure where by they assumed the responsibility for the debts, the interest on that debt was frozen. In return Michael signed a deal where by within the next 10 years Sony could buy Michael’s share of Sony/ATV or Michael could buy Sony’s share of Sony/ATV. Had Michael been alive possibly he might have been able to raise the money to buy Sony’s share. But because he is not alive and now it’s the Estate that’s dealing with it. That 10 year agreement is set to expire this year in 2016. Sony therefore last year opened negotiations with MJ Estate to resolve this issue, this 10 year issue of total ownership. MJ Estate claims they went into it to try and see if there was a way they could buy out Sony. That may be true but it was never a realistic possibility. Therefore Sony really had all the cards. So the only question then was how much will it be sold for. We hear that it’s $750 Million. That’s how Sony acquired it because of this 10 year agreement relating to Sony assuming Michael’s huge debts following his trial.

It’s not as if MJ Estate will receive $750 Million in cash. There is still the issue of the historic debts so my guess is they would probably receive somewhere in the region of $250 million because of debts will take care of the other $500 Million. I would like to say one other thing everyone is saying what a fabulous amount of money they sold it for. I don’t agree with that. In my book I predicted that the income from this catalog will rise year on year exponentially and in my opinion that 50% worth over $1 Billion. That’s just my opinion.

Jamon of The MJCast: Ultimately what are your thoughts on the sale?

Lynton Guest: Well my thoughts are basically the Estate had no choice. It was locked into this 10 year agreement. It was also the case of historic debts. Now when you got those two things in the end they were between a rock and a hard place. They could not raise the finances to buy the Sony share and even if they had they would have the problem of administrating the company etc. So much as we might think that it is not a very nice move on the part of the Estate to sell it, in the end I don’t think they had a choice.

The interview call with Lynton Guest continues with discussing Branca being on Sony/ATV board and whether Estate is doing a good job both from a financial and legacy perspective. For the full Lynton Guest interview as well as the roundtable discussion about Sony/ATV purchase please listen to the The MJCast podcast. Below you will find all the links for the The MJCast.

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