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  • Blog Post: Sony And Viacom Reach Deal For Streaming Internet Television Service

    In a deal that could be a landmark in the transition from cable television to streaming Internet TV service, Sony and entertainment industry giant Viacom has tentatively agreed to bring live TV to a new Sony streaming service. The New York Times says, "The agreement is believed to be the first of... More
  • Blog Post: Viacom Ordered To Pay Harmonix Millions In Overdue Performance Bonuses

    If this headline seems familiar, that's because it is . Viacom purchased Harmonix in 2006, and it sold the developer in 2010. Following the sale, Harmonix sued Viacom claiming that the media company was owed unpaid performance bonuses. The dispute made it to the Delaware Supreme Courts, and it ruled... More
  • Blog Post: Game Companies Sign On To Oppose DOMA

    Electronic Arts, Zynga, and Microsoft have signed on to a brief urging the 9 th Circuit Court of Appeals to find the law, which outlaws gay marriage, unconstitutional. The 9 th Circuit is currently hearing an appeal to an earlier decision (Golinski vs. the U.S. Office of Personal Management), which found... More
  • Blog Post: Viacom Ordered To Pay $383 Million To Former Harmonix Shareholders

    Viacom and Harmonix have been passing the bill back and forth to one another like a ping-pong ball. The latest update is that Viacom has been ordered by an arbitrator to pay former Harmonix shareholders $383 million. The dispute is all over promised bonuses that were only partially delivered when Viacom... More
  • Blog Post: Viacom Suing Harmonix Stockholders

    As far as corporate break-ups go, the split between Viacom and Rock Band developer Harmonix late last year seemed to go about as smoothly as possible. Apparently all is not well, though, as Viacom has filed a lawsuit seeking over $130 million from Harmonix stockholders who benefited from Viacom's... More
  • Blog Post: 345 Games To Develop Games Based On Comedy Central And Spike TV Properties

    MTV Networks may have shuttered its MTV Games division and sold off Harmonix in the last year, but it's not giving up on video games. Today the company announced a new video game label called 345 Games. The unit will be making games based on properties owned by MTV Networks Entertainment Group and... More
  • Blog Post: Reader Discussion: Do You Still Play Music Games?

    Well, according to Activision's recent execution of the DJ and Guitar Hero brands, the answer to that question is no. And then there are the Harmonix layoffs and Viacom ditching the company all together. The music game genre has gone beyond turbulent times, and appears to be in a full-on nosedive... More
  • Blog Post: Rest In Peace: MTV Games

    Following the sale of Harmonix to Columbus Nova, many wondered what Viacom's plans for its MTV Games division were. Sadly, there were no plans, as MTV Games has announced that it is shutting its doors. The company's international office closed its doors last week, and the New York office is now... More
  • Blog Post: Investment Group Paid $49.99 For Harmonix?

    Viacom's intent to divest itself of Rock Band developer Harmonix Music Systems was unceremoniously announced in November in a financial report, and rumors swirled that another games publisher would pounce on Harmonix. Instead, a few weeks ago, Viacom announced that it had sold the studio to investment... More
  • Blog Post: Viacom Sells Harmonix To Columbus Nova

    In a brief statement released this morning, Viacom Inc. announced that it has sold Harmonix Music Systems. The buyer is one Harmonix-SBE Holdings LLC, marked as an affiliate of investment firm Columbus Nova, LLC. The amount of the deal remains undisclosed. In 2006, MTV Games bought Harmonix for $175... More
  • Blog Post: UPDATE: Viacom Responds To Latest Harmonix Lawsuit

    UPDATE: Viacom has responded to the lawsuit from ex-Harmonix shareholders (including its founders) regarding alleged non-payment of performance-based royalties. Gamasutra has the response from Viacom, which basically blames the lawyer representing the ex-Harmonix shareholders, Walter Winshall, saying... More
  • Blog Post: EA Not Interested In Harmonix

    Electronic Arts used to have a distribution deal for the Rock Band series with publisher MTV Games and series' developer Harmonix, but Electronic Arts CEO John Riccitiello says that the company is not interested in purchasing the studio. Harmonix was recently put up for sale by parent company Viacom... More
  • Blog Post: UPDATE: Viacom Planning to Sell Off Rock Band's Harmonix

    UPDATE: Both Viacom and developer Harmonix have released statements on the pending sale of the developer. Harmonix: “This morning’s announcement does not affect the ongoing work at the studio as we continue to support our existing franchises, Rock Band and Dance Central. As stated earlier... More
  • Blog Post: Konami & Harmonix Make Peace In Legal Battles

    Konami and MTV Games/Harmonix parent company Viacom have agreed to stop waging legal war against each other after years of back-and-forth lawsuits. Although terms of the settlement haven not been disclosed, the pair have agreed to drop all "claims and counterclaims." Since 2008 the two have... More
  • Blog Post: Viacom Demands Refunds of Harmonix Rock Band Bonuses

    Viacom didn't become one of the most trusted and beloved companies in the world by accident; it's moments like this that remind us just why giant media conglomerates are right up there with puppies, rainbows, and free beer in the hearts of Americans. In 2008, when the music genre was booming... More
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