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Gaming Partners With Sony And 'ModNation Racers' -
3rd June 2010
Branson's plan to bring Virgin back to gaming may
have been too big to wait on a formal E3 announcement
to set sail. The landing page for VirginGaming.com
currently only displays a logo and a countdown clock,
contains quite a bit more.
copies of "ModNation Racers" have been directing
players to a multi-logo'd contest page there, according
to a report on CVG. Those who have followed SCEA's
directions have found a few registration fields there
where numerous Sony-related prizes are listed and
a Virgin Gaming tab is marked "Coming Soon."
looks to involve a contest from July 7 through July
14 with prizes ranging from PSP bundles and a Bravia
TV to a trip to Las Vegas with some spending money.
There's a leaderboard on the site that is also labeled
"Coming Soon," and that appears to be where
all of this competition jazz will be taking place.
The FAQ has more details, such the fact that the event
will be free to enter.
many, many more things will be said of this when Virgin
rolls out its intentions at E3. Until then, start
practicing your kart skills if you want to win a trip
Marvel Slots Gold
reports lower profit as high-margin licensing ebbs,
by Michael White - 5th May 2009
Entertainment, maker of the "Iron Man" movie,
reported first-quarter profit fell 1.8 percent as
the company took in less from licensing fees on characters
income slipped to $44.6 million (€33.3 million),
or 57 cents a share, from $45.4 million, or 58 cents,
a year earlier, the New York-based company said today
in a statement distributed by Business Wire. Sales
rose 75 percent to $197 million, beating the $140.6
million average of 14 analysts’ estimates compiled
company earned less from high-margin character licensing,
while film production lifted total sales. Marvel benefited
a year ago from products related to the “Spider-
Man 3” movie and video game. The film had $891
million (€665 million) in worldwide ticket sales,
according to researcher Box Office Mojo LLC.
there’s a ‘Spider-Man’ movie they
have a really good next three quarters,” Michael
Pachter, a Los Angeles- based analyst with Wedbush
Morgan Securities, said before results were released.
He recommends investors purchase the shares and doesn’t
fees accounted for 41 percent of sales, down from
76 percent a year ago. Last year’s results were
also bolstered by $19.3 million Marvel received for
the termination of video-game licenses.
rose 88 cents to $31.10 yesterday in New York Stock
Exchange composite trading. It has risen 1.1 percent
March, Marvel postponed the openings of “Thor”
and “The Avengers” films to 2011 and 2012,
respectively, after Sony said it would release the
next “Spider- Man” sequel in 2011. Sony
licenses the “Spider-Man” character from
Corporation is a multinational conglomerate corporation
headquartered in Minato, Tokyo, Japan, and one of
the world's largest media conglomerates with revenue
exceeding US$88.7 billion (as of 2008). Sony is one
of the leading manufacturers of electronics, video,
communications, video game consoles, and information
technology products for the consumer and professional
markets. Its name is derived from Sonus, the Greek
goddess of sound.
Corporation is the electronics business unit and the
parent company of the Sony Group, which is engaged
in business through its five operating segments—electronics,
games, entertainment (motion pictures and music),
financial services and other. These make Sony one
of the most comprehensive entertainment companies
in the world. Sony's principal business operations
include Sony Corporation (Sony Electronics in the
U.S.), Sony Pictures Entertainment, Sony Computer
Entertainment, Sony Music Entertainment, Sony Ericsson,
and Sony Financial Holdings. As a semiconductor maker,
Sony is among the Worldwide Top 20 Semiconductor Sales
Leaders. The company's slogan is Sony. Like no other.
BMG Music Entertainment is a global recorded music
company with a roster of current artists that includes
a broad array of both local artists and international
superstars, as well as a vast catalog that comprises
some of the most important recordings in history.
Sony BMG Music Entertainment is a wholly owned subsidiary
of Sony Corporation of America.
acquisitions, and joint ventures
* 1988 — Acquired CBS Records Group from CBS.
It was renamed "Sony Music Entertainment".
* 1989 — Acquired Columbia Pictures Entertainment
from the Coca-Cola Company for US$3.4 billion. It
was subsequently renamed "Sony Pictures Entertainment"
* 1993 — Acquired Psygnosis Limited a computer
games company based in Liverpool, UK. Psygnosis director
Ian Hetherington was made Managing Director of Sony
Computer Entertainment Europe.
* 1995 — Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, a 50:50
joint venture of Sony Corporation of America and Michael
* 1997 — ST Liquid Crystal Display Corporation
(STLCD), a 50:50 joint venture of Sony Corporation
and Toyota Industries Corporation.
* 2001 — Sony Ericsson, a 50:50 joint venture
of Sony Corporation and Ericsson AB, was established
* 2002 — Aiwa Corporation in October.
* 2004 — S-LCD Corporation, a joint venture
of Sony Corporation and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd
(Samsung Electronics: 50% plus 1 share, Sony: 50%
minus 1 share) was established in April.
* 2004 — On 20 July 2004, the EU approved a
50-50 merger between Sony Music Entertainment and
BMG. The new company was named Sony BMG Music Entertainment
and, as of 2005, holds a 21.5% share in the global
music market, behind worldwide leader Universal Music
Group, which has a 25.5% share.
* 2005 — On 8 April 2005, The MGM Company (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
and United Artists) was acquired by a Sony-led consortium
(Providence Equity Partners 29%, Texas Pacific Group
21%, Sony 20%, Comcast 20%, DLJ Merchant Banking Partners
7% and Quadrangle Group 3%) finalised the deal to
purchase the film studio for about $4.8 billion, including
$2bn in debts from Armenian-American Kirk Kerkorian.
* 2006 — Sony NEC Optiarc Inc, a 55:45 (Sony
55%, NEC 45%) joint venture of Sony Corporation and
NEC Corporation, was established in April.
* 2006 — Obtained an option to acquire half
of Michael Jackson's 50% stake in Sony/ATV Music Publishing.
* 2006 — Acquired digital Single Lens Reflex
(Digital SLR) cameras section from Konica Minolta
including digital camera support and servicing.
* 2006 — Acquired Grouper Networks (now Crackle,
Inc.), a Sausalito-based startup company that created
a user generated video sharing platform and P2P technology
* 2006 — Field Emission Technologies Inc., a
carve-out of Sony's nano-Spindt FED technology. Established
in December 2006 by Technology Carve-Out Investment
LLP (62.2%) and Sony (37.8%).
* 2007 — Qreatic Design Inc, a 50:50 joint venture
of Sony Corporation and Qimonda AG.
* 2007 — Moversa GmbH, a 50:50 joint venture
of Sony Corporation and NXP Semiconductors.
* 2008 — Acquired Gracenote, Inc. for $260M.
* 2008 — Acquired Bertelsmann AG's 50% stake
in Sony BMG Music Entertainment. (Credit:
Pictures Industries, Inc. is an American film production
and distribution company. It was one of the so-called
Little Three among the eight major film studios of
Hollywood's Golden Age.
as part of the Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group—owned
by Sony Pictures Entertainment, a subsidiary of the
Japanese conglomerate Sony—it is one of the
leading film companies in the world, a member of the
so-called Big Six. It has no connection with CBS (Columbia
studio, founded in 1919 as Cohn-Brandt-Cohn Film Sales
by brothers Jack and Harry Cohn and Joe Brandt, released
its first feature film in August 1922. It adopted
the Columbia Pictures name in 1924 and went public
two years later. In its early years a minor player
in Hollywood, Columbia began to grow in the late 1920s,
spurred by a successful association with director
Capra and others, Columbia became one of the primary
homes of the screwball comedy. In the 1930s, Columbia's
major contract stars were Jean Arthur and Cary Grant
(who was shared with RKO Pictures). In the 1940s,
Rosalind Russell, Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford, and William
Holden became major stars at the studio.
1982, the studio was purchased by Coca-Cola; that
same year it launched Tri-Star Pictures as a joint
venture with HBO and CBS. Five years later, Coca-Cola
divested Columbia, which merged with Tri-Star. After
a brief period of independence, the combined studio
was acquired by Sony in 1989.
Sony years to present
Columbia Pictures empire was sold in 1989 to electronics
giant Sony, one of several Japanese firms then buying
American properties. Sony then hired two producers,
Peter Guber and Jon Peters to serve as co-heads of
production when Sony also acquired Guber-Peters Entertainment.
Guber and Peters had just signed a long-term contract
with Warner Bros; to extricate them from this contract,
Sony ended up paying hundreds of millions of dollars,
gave up a half-interest in its Columbia House Records
Club mail-order business, and bought from Warner the
former MGM studio in Culver City which Warners had
acquired in its takeover of Lorimar in 1990. Sony
spent $100 million to refurbish the rechristened Sony
Pictures Studios. Guber and Peters set out to prove
they were worth this fortune, and though there were
to be some successes, there were also many costly
flops. Peters resigned in 1991, to be followed soon
after by Guber.
entire operation was reorganized and renamed Sony
Pictures Entertainment (SPE) in 1991, and at the same
time, TriStar (which had officially lost its hyphen)
relauched its television division. Publicly humiliated,
Sony suffered an enormous loss on its investment in
Columbia, taking a $2.7 billion write-off in 1994.
John Calley took over as SPE president in November
1996, installing Amy Pascal as Columbia Pictures president
and Chris Lee as president of production at TriStar.
By the next spring, the studios were clearly rebounding,
setting a record pace at the box office. In 1998,
Columbia and TriStar merged to form the Columbia TriStar
Motion Picture Group (a.k.a. Columbia TriStar Pictures),
though both studios still produce under their own
names. Pascal retained her position as president of
the newly united Columbia Pictures, while Lee became
the combined studio's head of production.
1994, Columbia Pictures Television and TriStar Television
were integrated into Columbia TriStar Television (CTT).
In 1994 as well, the television library expanded when
Susan Stafford sold Barry & Enright Productions,
which included the post-scandal Jack Barry Productions
(excluding those owned by NBC), to CTT. The company
also purchased Bob Stewart Productions. In 1999, Sony
Pictures Entertainment relaunched the Screen Gems
brand as a horror and independent film distribution
company and TriStar Television was folded into CTT.
Two years later, CPT was folded into CTT as well.
the 1990's, Columbia announced plans of a rival James
Bond franchise, since they owned the rights of Casino
Royale and were planning to make a third version of
Thunderball with Kevin McClory. MGM and Danjaq, LLC,
owners of the franchise, sued Sony Pictures in 1997,
with the legal dispute ending two years later in an
out-of-court settlement. Sony traded the Casino Royale
rights for $10 million, and the Spider-Man filming
rights. The superhero has since become Columbia's
most successful franchise, with the first movie coming
out in 2002 and having since since gained two sequels,
with plans for two more.
the 2000s, Sony broadened its release schedule by
creating Sony Pictures Classics for arthouse fare,
and by backing Revolution Studios, the production
company headed by Joe Roth. In 2002, Columbia TriStar
Television was renamed Sony Pictures Television. Also
in 2002, Columbia broke the record for biggest domestic
theatrical gross, with a tally of $1,575.1 billion,
which was raised by such blockbusters as Spider-Man,
Men in Black II and xXx. The studio was also the most
lucrative of 2004, with over $1.4 billion dollars
in the domestic box office with movies such as Spider-Man
2, 50 First Dates and The Grudge, and in 2006, Columbia,
helped by such blockbusters as The Da Vinci Code,
The Pursuit of Happyness and Casino Royale, not only
regained first place, but it reached an all time record
high cume of $1,710.9 billion, which is still an all-time
yearly record for any studio.
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