SANTA MONICA, CA, August 1, 2006 – Richie Gallo has been named Executive Vice President of New Door Records, a division of Universal Music Enterprises (UMe), the industry’s leading catalog division. The announcement was made today by Mike Davis, Executive Vice President and General Manager, UMe, to whom Gallo reports. Formerly, Gallo served as Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing for UMe. He willl continue to be based out of UMe’s Santa Monica, CA, headquarters.

New Door Records is primarily dedicated to producing new music from historically significant UMG recording artists. Artists from all genres such as Styx, Smokey Robinson, Todd Snider, Joe Cocker, Nanci Griffith, Tears for Fears, The Temptations, Billy Ray Cyrus, Alien Ant Farm, and a brand new signing, Joseph Israel, have made New Door Records their home for their new recordings. As head of the label, Gallo will oversee all areas of the specialty company.

“Since joining UMe, Richie has not only demonstrated true leadership in a variety of situations, but an unwavering commitment to our artists,” stated Davis. “We are delighted to expand the playing field for him even further with this well deserved promotion.”

Prior to joining UMe, Gallo served as Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing for A&M Records. He also spent a number of years at BMG in various positions.

About Universal Music Enterprises

Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) is a division of Universal Music Group, 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.