GINA HARRELL APPOINTED SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT VIDEO PRODUCTION, UNIVERSAL MOTOWN RECORDS GROUP
May 22, 2006 (New York, NY) Gina Harrell has been appointed Senior Vice President of Video Production for the Universal Motown Records Group (UMRG), it was announced today by Mel Lewinter, Chairman and CEO of UMRG. Ms. Harrell will work closely with Sylvia Rhone, President, Universal Motown and Monte Lipman, President, Universal Republic Records.
"Gina is one of the most respected video executives in our business," states Mr. Lewinter. "Her professionalism and ability to deliver the all-important visual component in breaking our artists makes her an invaluable resource for UMRG."
"Gina brings an incredible knowledge and passion about video production," stated Ms. Rhone. "She possesses a passionate creative vision, a unique sensitivity to artists, and a keen ability to cultivate new director talent."
"Gina’s track record of historic videos speaks for itself … she’s a true innovator," stated Mr. Lipman
"I'm thrilled to be working with a truly innovative executive like Sylvia Rhone again, and look forward to developing relationships with the great Universal Motown Records Group staff assembled by both Mel Lewinter and Monte Lipman," stated Ms. Harrell. "The breakthrough roster of artists at UMRG is sure to inspire established and up-and-coming directors in the business, as we work to make the video production department an intricate and strategic of Universal's already vital arsenal of resources."
Previously Gina Harrell was Vice President of Video Production for the Elektra Entertainment Group, producing and developing videos for artists including Missy Elliott, Metallica, Busta Rhymes, Tracy Chapman, Jet, Staind, Fabolous, Tamia, and others. Prior to her tenure with Elektra, Ms. Harrell was a freelance producer, responsible for developing such groundbreaking videos as Method Man and Mary J Blige’s "You’re All I Need," and House Of Pain’s "Jump Around," as well as Mariah Carey’s "Dreamlover."
After Elektra Ms. Harrell developed two upcoming feature film projects, contributed to the re-design of the new Motown logo, and produced Franz Ferdinand’s "Do You Want To," and Nas’ "Bridging The Gap" (featuring Olu Dara) videos, among other works.
Ms. Harrell began her career with Elektra in 1995 as a Director of Video Production.
About Universal Music Group
Universal Music Group is the world's largest music company with wholly owned record operations or licensees in 75 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, 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, and Universal Music Mobile.
Universal Music Group is a unit of Vivendi, a global media and communications company.