DAVID BENJAMIN NAMED SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, ANTI-PIRACY, UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP
UMG Establishes New Executive Position To Combat Piracy
Santa Monica, California, July 15, 2002 — Highlighting Universal Music Group’s commitment to confronting piracy in all forms, David Benjamin has been appointed Senior Vice President, Anti-Piracy, it was announced today by Zach Horowitz, President and Chief Operating Officer, UMG.
Based in New York, Mr. Benjamin will oversee and coordinate UMG’s anti-piracy activities. In this position, he will work closely with the company’s record and publishing companies and their artists and songwriters, as well as the various departments within UMG including eLabs (new media and technologies division), Business and Legal Affairs, Corporate Communications and Vivendi Universal’s Government Relations. He will also work in cooperation with sister companies within Vivendi Universal and the music industry’s trade groups.
Mr. Horowitz commented, “At a time when two out of every five albums sold globally are pirated recordings and online piracy jeopardizes the livelihood of artists, songwriters, and all those who work in our industry, we believe it is especially critical to have a fully-dedicated position to focus on protecting creative content. In addition to an extensive background in the music business, which includes law and technology experience, David has a unique talent for being able to think ‘outside-the-box’ in dealing with challenges. This makes him especially valuable to us as we confront widespread piracy problems.”
Mr. Benjamin commented, “I am proud to join Universal Music Group and its tremendous roster of labels in the fight against this rampant problem. Complementing UMG’s ongoing efforts to find new ways to make music available to consumers, we intend to use a combination of consumer education, technology and litigation to aggressively combat piracy. By working closely with UMG’s talented executive team as well as the music industry’s representatives, I look forward to furthering the industry’s anti-piracy efforts.”
Mr. Benjamin joins UMG with a diverse background in law, music programming, and artist representation. He most recently served as a Co-Founder and Senior Vice President of Entertainment for ClickRadio, the only fully-licensed, interactive digital radio service. At ClickRadio, Mr. Benjamin was responsible for the site’s music content and relationships with major record companies and publishers. Prior to this, he worked as a music attorney representing artists such clients as LL Cool J, Mary J. Blige, Sony Music, and DreamWorks Records. For ten years, Mr. Benjamin also produced music programming for NBC, most notably the shows “Friday Night Videos” and “Saturday Morning Videos.” Prior to his tenure at NBC, he served as Associate General Counsel for CBS Records, creating the label’s West Coast office before overseeing its international business affairs. Mr. Benjamin began his legal career representing superstar artists Bruce Springsteen and Paul Simon.
Mr. Benjamin received his B.A. from Hofstra University and J.D. from Hofstra Law.
About Universal Music Group
Universal Music Group is the world’s leading music company with wholly-owned record operations or licensees in 63 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, Interscope Geffen A&M Records, Island Def Jam Music Group, Lost Highway Records, MCA Nashville, MCA Records, Mercury Records, Motown Records, Philips, Polydor, Universal Music Latino, Universal Records, 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 UM3 (outside the U.S.). Universal Music Group also includes eLabs, Universal Music Group’s new media and technologies division.
Universal Music Group is a unit of Vivendi Universal, a global media and communications company.