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MAVIS TAKEMOTO NAMED EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, ADMINISTRATION, UNIVERSAL MUSIC & VIDEO DISTRIBUTION

Universal City, California, July 25, 2005 - Mavis Takemoto has been named Executive Vice President, Administration for Universal Music & Video Distribution (UMVD), it was announced today by Jim Urie, President of the market leading company. Most recently, she was Senior Vice President of Administration for UMVD. Ms. Takemoto will continue to be based at the company's Universal City headquarters and reports directly to Mr. Urie.

In her new position, Ms. Takemoto will oversee all administrative and operational functions for the company's three main businesses which include UMVD, Fontana and Visual Entertainment.

"Over the course of her twenty year career, Mavis has grown into a first-rate executive and an integral member of the UMVD team," stated Mr. Urie. "She is truly the heart and soul of the company."

Ms. Takemoto began her career as an Advertising Coordinator for Record Rack and went on to hold sales and advertising positions at Motown and Arista Records. She later joined MCA Distribution as a Marketing Coordinator. Recently, she celebrated her twentieth anniversary with UMVD.

Universal Music and Video Distribution handles the distribution and sales for such labels as Universal Motown Records Group, Island Def Jam Music Group, Roadrunner, Interscope Geffen A&M Records, Machete Music, MCA Nashville, Universal South, Lost Highway, Mercury Nashville, Verve Music Group, Universal Classics, Universal Music Latino, Universal Music Enterprises, Hip-O, UTV, Univision Music Group, DreamWorks, Disa, ABKCO, Hollywood, Lideres Entertainment, Lyric Street, RMM, Thump, Ark 21, Rounder, Fonovisa, Varese Sarabande, Walt Disney, VI Music and Viva Discos. UMVD also handles the distribution and sales for Visual Entertainment, the company's home entertainment division and Fontana, its independent distribution arm.

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 Music Group, Deutsche Grammophon, DreamWorks Nashville, Interscope Geffen A&M Records, Island Def Jam Music Group, Lost Highway Records, Machete Music, MCA Nashville, Mercury Nashville, Mercury Records, Philips, Polydor, 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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