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BRYAN MEAD APPOINTED VICE PRESIDENT, MARKETING AND LABEL RELATIONS, FONTANA DISTRIBUTION

Universal City, California, October 3, 2005 —Fontana Distribution, the independent music division of Universal Music Group (UMG), the world’s leading music company, has promoted Bryan Mead to Vice President of Marketing and Label Relations, it was announced today by Steve Pritchitt, General Manager of Fontana.

Based in Universal City, Mr. Mead will work in conjunction with Fontana's distributed labels and lead a team of label managers to develop marketing and merchandising initiatives for all releases. He will also work closely with Fontana's family of labels on the strategic development of their artists.

"Bryan is a true professional with tremendous energy, and has shown exceptional capabilities within the sales, marketing and artist development fields,” commented Mr. Pritchitt. “His expertise, leadership qualities and outstanding people skills will make him a valuable contributor to our growing team.”

Prior to joining Fontana, Mr. Mead served as Senior Director of Marketing and Artist Development for Universal Music & Video Distribution (UMVD), where he managed national marketing campaigns for developing artists. While at UMVD, he received several honors including “National Star Performer” in 2004 and “National Marketing Representative of the Year” in 2001. Previously he was employed in various sales and marketing positions for Sony Music in Seattle, Washington and Boulder, Colorado.

Mr. Mead graduated with a bachelor of sciences degree from the University of Colorado in 1993.

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, 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, Machete Music, 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.

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, Machete Music, 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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