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Company TownSeismic Games became the latest start-up company to dive into social games, snagging $2 million in funding from DFJ Frontier, investor Tom Matlack and others -- all before releasing its first title....
Special to The TimesThis is a "transformative year," Mike Griffith, chief executive officer of Activision Publishing, said during a news conference this week. And while he was referring to his own newly expanded company (Activison recently merged with Vivendi Universal),...
Special to The TimesIs there any event as brazenly inattentive to the coolness of Los Angeles as the Electronic Entertainment Expo (or E3) week? Like mayflies, armies of suited video game industry executives and programmers and all other manner of power-geek descend on L.A....
Los Angeles Times Staff WritersThe folks at Warner Music Group Corp. are doing more than cutting records these days. They're also cutting jobs. In the year since Warner Music Chief Executive Edgar Bronfman Jr. and his fellow investors bought the once-venerated company, they have...
Los Angeles Times Staff WritersIrv "Gotti" Lorenzo once saw murder as a metaphor. Back in 1997, when the charismatic music producer got his own record label from Island Def Jam, he named it Murder Inc. because of what he called the moniker's "ill double meaning." "When you have a hot...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterMusic magnate Irv "Gotti" Lorenzo and his brother, Chris Lorenzo, probably will be indicted this week -- possibly as early as today -- on racketeering and money laundering charges, people close to the case said. The U.S. attorney's office in Brooklyn, N....
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterBroadening an investigation into criminal activity at music label The Inc., federal officials Wednesday arrested the manager of rap star Ja Rule for money laundering. Ron "Gutta" Robinson, 29, was arraigned on money laundering charges in a Brooklyn, N.Y....
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterA federal grand jury in New York handed up a money laundering indictment Monday against a bookkeeper for The Inc., a record label owned by Vivendi Universal's Universal Music Group, the world's largest record corporation. The indictment of bookkeeper...
Los Angeles Times Staff WritersJailhouse rap has turned out to be a bust for Def Jam Records. The New York label last year won a multimillion-dollar bidding war to sign imprisoned rapper Shyne. Before the release of his debut CD, "Godfather Buried Alive," Def Jam made sure its new...
Los Angeles Times Staff WritersEuropean regulators approved the merger of the music divisions of Sony Corp. and Bertelsmann on Monday -- a move expected to trigger massive restructuring that could include the loss of more than 2,000 jobs. The international deal still needs U.S....
Special to the TribuneAround this time last year, Atari's "Enter the Matrix" was to have been the definitive convergence of Hollywood and video games. But for gamers, the only two things that converged were boredom and disappointment, as "Matrix," with its clunky gameplay...
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For the TimesLooking back, the truest sign that then-Vivendi Universal honcho Jean-Marie Messier was toast may have come when he showed up for a public forum at the Beverly Hilton two years ago with Viacom Chief Executive Sumner Redstone and other entertainment...
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