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DAVID NOVIK APPOINTED SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT A&R, UNIVERSAL CLASSICS GROUP

May 10, 2005 - New York, NY – Chris Roberts, Chairman, Universal Classics Group is pleased to announce the appointment of David Novik to Senior Vice President of A&R for Universal Classics Group. David Novik will be based in New York in his new position, responsible for discovering new artists and projects in the classical crossover and adult music genres, including the development of new soundtrack opportunities for the Universal Classics Group of labels. Novik will also be involved in creative aspects of existing artist projects and recordings released on the various international classical labels. He reports to Chris Roberts.

A seasoned music executive with decades of experience in the field of artists and repertoire, Novik most recently cultivated his own successful consulting and production company, which included his work as executive producer on the Grammy Award-winning CD, Wire, by the band Third Day. Prior to his own venture, Novik was Senior Vice President of International A&R, as well as Senior Vice President, A&R for RCA Records in New York from 1992 through 2002, working with such platinum acts as the Dave Matthews Band, *NSYNC and Bruce Hornsby among others. He spent the late 1980’s handling A&R at Epic Records and Columbia Records as Vice President and Senior Vice President respectively, involved with such artists as Chris Whitley and the Indigo Girls.

Roberts comments, “Dave possesses an incredible ability to nurture talent in a variety of diverse genres. I believe he will contribute to the expanding breadth of talent that Universal Classics has to offer, as well as be a valuable asset in strengthening our A&R presence in the U.S. crossover market while maintaining our strong position in score- oriented soundtracks.”

About Universal Music Group

Universal Music Group is the world’s largest music company with wholly owned record operations or licensees in 77 countries. Its businesses also include Universal Music Publishing Group, one of the industry’s largest global music publishing operations.

Universal Music Group consists of record labels Decca Record Company, Deutsche Grammophon, DreamWorks Nashville, Interscope Geffen A&M Records, Geffen Records, Island Def Jam Music Group, Lost Highway Records, MCA Nashville, Mercury Nashville, Mercury Records, Philips, Polydor Records, Universal Music Latino, Universal Motown Records Group, and Verve Music Group as well as a multitude of record labels owned or distributed by its record company subsidiaries around the world. The Universal Music Group owns the most extensive catalog of music in the industry, which is marketed through two distinct divisions, Universal Music Enterprises (in the U.S.) and Universal Strategic Marketing (outside the U.S.). Universal Music Group also includes eLabs, a new media and technologies division.

Universal Music Group is a unit of Vivendi Universal, a global media and communications company.

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