SANTA MONICA, May 9, 2017 – Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG), a leading global music publishing company, announced today that, effective immediately, Michael Sammis has been appointed President of Universal Publishing Production Music (UPPM), a division of UMPG that creates, produces, and licenses a broad style of music for use in film, television, advertising, broadcast and other media. He succeeds Gary Gross, who previously served as President of UPPM.
Sammis, a 21-year veteran of UMPG, where he most recently served as the company’s Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Operations, will continue to be based in Santa Monica and report to Jody Gerson, Chairman and CEO of UMPG. A successor will be named at a later date.
In making the announcement, Gerson said, “As a senior member of our executive management team, Mike has played a central role in helping transform UMPG into the premiere home for the world’s greatest songwriters. With his experience integrating two of the largest publishing acquisitions in the history of the business and building a finance and administration structure second to none, I can’t think of anyone better to lead our production music business to the next level.”
“Great production music helps drive narrative and creates lasting impressions with audiences. This is what appealed to me about UPPM,” Sammis said. “I’m thrilled to move over to lead our brilliant production music company and help them build toward an even stronger future. I would like to thank Jody and Marc Cimino, UMPG’s Chief Operating Officer, for their faith in me and for giving me this incredible opportunity.”
By owning both the master and the copyright for compositions, UPPM provides clients with efficient and cost-effective licenses and solutions. The company’s production music libraries include Chronic Trax, EVO, FirstCom, Killer Tracks, MasterSource, Network Music, and OneMusic from the U.S.; Galerie, Koka Media and Kosinus from France; Match Music from Sweden; UBM from Germany; RCAL from Italy; Vitamin A from Australia; and Atmosphere Music, Match Music, Bruton and Chappell in the U.K. UPPM has production music library operations throughout the world, including the U.S., U.K., France, Germany, Benelux, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Scandinavia, South Africa, Australia, Spain, Greece, Turkey and Asia.
About Universal Publishing Production Music
Universal Publishing Production Music is a music catalogue of unrivalled breadth and depth, crafted specifically for media use. Our music catalogue covers all genres, moods, emotions and project types and is created by an ever expanding roster of hugely talented artists and composers around the globe; along side in-house creative teams dedicated to diversity, quality and authenticity. We produce imaginative music and form creative partnerships to form a suite of meaningful labels that add depth and individuality to our catalogue – each with its own unique style and heritage. From our own world renowned in-house labels such as The Universal Trailer Series, Atmosphere, Bruton, Chapell, Match, Koka, Killer Tracks, Gallerie, Vitamin A and Evo, through to partnership labels including BBC Production Music, Immediate Music and Lo Editions – we are dedicated to helping our clients create emotional and memorable audio visual experiences no matter what type of production they are working on.
About Universal Music Publishing Group
Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) is a leading global music publisher with 43 offices in 36 countries. UMPG represents music in every genre from some of the world’s most important songwriters and catalogs. These include ABBA, Adele, A Great Big World, Jhené Aiko, Alabama Shakes, Axwell & Ingrosso, Bastille, Beach Boys, Beastie Boys, Irving Berlin, Leonard Bernstein, Jeff Bhasker, Justin Bieber, Chris Brown, Mariah Carey, The Clash, Coldplay, J.Cole, Elvis Costello, Miley Cyrus, Jason Derulo, Neil Diamond, Disclosure, Danny Elfman, Eminem, Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Florence + the Machine, Future, Martin Garrix, Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande, Al Green, Haim, Halsey, Emile Haynie, Jimi Hendrix, Kacy Hill, Sam Hunt, Imagine Dragons, Demi Lovato, Carly Rae Jepsen, Billy Joel, Elton John/Bernie Taupin, Tobias Jesso Jr., Joe Jonas, Nick Jonas, the Mamas and Papas, Pearl Jam, Linkin Park, Steve Mac, Post Malone, Maroon 5, Shawn Mendes, Metallica, Miguel, Nicki Minaj, Mumford & Sons, Jimmy Napes, R. City, Randy Newman, Red Hot Chili Peppers, New Order, Ne-Yo, Steve Perry, Otis Redding, R.E.M., Carole Bayer Sager, Gustavo Santaolalla, Sex Pistols, Paul Simon, Britney Spears, Stax (East Memphis Music), Harry Styles, Swedish House Mafia, Justin Timberlake, U2, Keith Urban, Diane Warren, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Zedd and many more.
Date: May 10, 2017