SANDY SMALLENS NAMED EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, PROGRAMMING AND CONTENT, GETMUSIC
NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 16, 1999 – Sandy Smallens has been named Executive Vice President of Programming and Content for GetMusic, the joint venture between BMG Entertainment and Universal Music Group to promote artists and sell their music online. Andrew Nibley, President and Chief Executive Officer of the company, made the announcement today.
Smallens will be responsible for the development and production of GetMusic’s online programs, channels and products. He will be accountable for long-range content planning and for developing and acquiring a continuous flow of successful services, products and programs. In addition, he will oversee and determine the direction of online executive producers, product managers, and project managers in the creation and delivery of Internet content.
“In Sandy, we are gaining an Internet veteran and music industry professional whose knowledge and leadership ability ensures that GetMusic will establish itself as the premier entertainment and e-commerce business in the very near future,” said Nibley. “He understands the significance of bringing artists and their fans closer together online, and I could not be more delighted that he is joining our team.”
Smallens served from 1998 as Senior Vice President of Programming at SonicNet (now a division of MTVi), where he oversaw creation, development, and delivery of content. He joined Prodigy in 1996 as Vice President/General Manager of Content, and from 1993 to 1996, he was Senior Director of Multimedia for Atlantic Records, where he launched one of the first major label Web sites.
Prior to Atlantic, Smallens accumulated over seven years of experience with music in several different capacities, including founder, bassist and vocalist with Giant/Warner Bros. punk-pop band Too Much Joy, freelance media writer for Spin magazine and various labels and Interactive Producer of the first floppy-disc press kit for The Cure, Gumball and SonicNet BBS, to name a few.
About BMG Entertainment
BMG Entertainment is the $4.6 billion worldwide music and entertainment division of Bertelsmann AG, one of the world’s leading media companies, with annual revenues of $16.4 billion. BMG owns more than 200 record labels in 53 countries, including Arista Records, RCA Records and Ariola. BMG also owns the world’s largest music club, one of the world’s largest music publishing companies, and one of the world’s leading compact disc and cassette manufacturing companies. Bertelsmann’s North America interests also includes the Random House Inc. book publishing group; and the Gruner + Jahr magazine publishing group, which includes McCall’s, Parents, Family Circle and YM magazines, among others.
About Universal Music Group
Universal Music Group is the world’s leading music company with wholly-owned record operations or licensees in 59 countries around the world. 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 A&M, Blue Thumb, Decca Record Company, Def Jam, Deutsche Grammophon, Geffen, GRP, Impulse!, Interscope, Island, MCA, MCA Nashville, Mercury, Mercury Nashville, Motown, Philips, Polydor, Universal, and Verve as well as a multitude of record labels owned or distributed by its record company subsidiaries around the world.
Universal Music Group is a unit of The Seagram Company Ltd., a global entertainment and spirits and wine company.