Sony/ATV Music Publishing To Acquire Famous Music LLC – PRESS RELEASE Famous is one of the largest independent music publishers in the U.S. NEW YORK, May 30 /PRNewswire/ — Sony/ATV Music Publishing and Viacom Inc. today announced that they have signed an agreement for Sony/ATV to acquire Famous Music LLC from Viacom. Sony/ATV Music Publishing is co-owned by Sony and trusts formed by Michael Jackson. “The Famous Music catalogue is a world-class asset filled with evergreen songs that people know and love,” said Martin N. Bandier, Chairman and CEO, Sony/ATV Music Publishing. “The depth and breadth of the catalogue is what truly makes it great, and I strongly believe that the addition of the Famous catalogue and its songwriters to Sony/ATV is another step in our long-range growth plans. In addition, we are pleased to be entering the production music business through Famous’ Extreme division. Extreme’s valuable creative team and unique business model will be a terrific complement to our core music publishing business.” “Famous Music is one of the iconic names in music publishing,” said Philippe Dauman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Viacom. “We are very pleased that Sony/ATV Music Publishing has recognized its great value and potential. We have benefited greatly from the talent and experience of the very able management team at Famous Music, particularly its long time CEO, Irwin Robinson, as well as Ira Jaffe, President and Chief Operating Officer; and Margaret Johnson, Executive Vice President Finance and Administration. We know that Famous and its fine executives have many great days ahead and want to thank them for their tremendous accomplishments.” “Famous Music is one of the world’s largest independent music publishers, and this acquisition, following on the heels of the Leiber Stoller acquisition, further enhances Sony/ATV’s position in the global music publishing industry,” said Rob Wiesenthal, Chief Financial Officer, Sony Corporation of America. [b]”This is a milestone event for Sony/ATV Music Publishing,” said Michael Jackson. “The diverse collection of songs in this catalogue range from timeless classics to contemporary hits, and I am pleased to add the acquisition of Famous Music to Sony/ATV.”[/b] (Read on)
Sony/ATV, the music publishing company owed both by Michael Jackson and Sony, is growing…again! Check out this new article, “Viacom to Sell Music Publishing Unit”, from the Wall Street Journal below:
Some new info about Aphrodite Jones’s upcoming appearances has been released. Check out the following info (thanks TSCM): In support of the marketing of Michael Jackson Conspiracy, Aphrodite Jones is appearing as the featured author by her publisher, iUniverse, at BookExpo America (BEA) next week in New York City….(read on)
Many new pics of Michael Jackson at a private party have been added to the photo gallery! Check ’em out: (click for larger view) See more pics HERE!
Thomas Mesereau gave an interview last week about “Celebrity Criminal Cases”. [i](shout out to TSCM)[/i] Check out the transcript and link to the 30 minute audio file below:
Jackson Items on the Auction Block – MiniBullet #42
MAY 28 2007 – Yet another person other than Michael Jackson is preparing to make money off of the superstar's fame and legacy. Universal Express (UE) is executing plans in preparation to auction off memorabilia possibly worth millions of dollars.
According to previous reports, it appears most of the items purchased by UE are not possessions belonging to Michael Jackson but rather other members of the Jackson family. However, there seemed to have been a significant enough amount to warrant the superstar to sue UE after allegations that the materials belonging to Michael and Janet were illegally put on the market in the first place by Henry Vacarro.
London Updates : MJ to Attend Party? – MiniBullet #41
MAY 24 2007 – New updates about Michael Jackson’s visit to London are coming by way of MJJFORUM and MJNO today (May 24). According to the latest information, Jackson is staying at the Royal Gardens Hotel in Kensington, London.
He was spotted there Tuesday night by fans outside the hotel. To be clear, as of now, this information is solely based on fan reports. MJEOL cannot independently confirm this info. We’re just trying to keep you up to date on what the fans are reporting.
“What Would Greta Say?” – MediaBistro Celebrity lawyers Tom Mesereau and Mark Geragos don’t like Nancy Grace. At a Loyola Marymount Law School event recently, Mesereau labeled “Nancy Dis-Grace” as one of the “absolute monstrosities” among TV pundits.
Wednesday, May 23 [b]Aphrodite Jones: “Shame On Us”[/b] One of the gazillion reporters assigned to the Michael Jackson trial has a tell-all book about how the media got the story wrong. On June 10, she’ll be in L.A. to be honored by the Brookins Community A.M.E. Church for her work — and, presumably, to hock some books. Aphrodite Jones, wrote Michael Jackson Conspiracy, after two years of reviewing official transcripts and evidence provided by the court.
Jackson Pops Up in London – MiniBullet#40
MAY 22 2007 – Guess who popped up in London? King of Pop Michael Jackson made what some consider to be a surprise visit to London today (May 22). [gallery]285[/gallery]Jackson reportedly flew in to Heathrow Airport, with a police escort, from Los Angeles California.
He was sans Prince, Paris & Blanket, his three children, at the airport according to reports. At the moment, there is only speculation as to why the singer is in London. Some claim he will be meeting with record executives and others speculate he would be meeting old family friend David Gest. These reports are unconfirmed as of now.