Santa Monica, California, April 5, 2004 — Steve Wengert has been appointed Vice President of Catalog, Classics, Jazz and Associated Labels for Universal Music & Video Distribution (UMVD), it was announced today by Mike Davis, Senior Vice President, Sales, UMVD.

Based in Universal City, Mr. Wengert will report directly to Mr. Davis. In this position, he will manage the sales and marketing activities for catalog, classical, jazz and associated labels within North America. Additionally, he will be responsible for exploring new formats.

Mr. Davis commented, “Steve’s extensive background in retail, marketing and distribution makes him a perfect fit for this position. I’ve worked with Steve for many years and I’m thrilled to welcome him back to the UMVD family.”

Added Tom O’Malley, Executive Vice President, UMVD, “Steve’s proven track record and intimate knowledge of the music industry will enable him to make immediate and significant contributions. He will certainly be a valuable addition to our team.”

Most recently, Mr. Wengert was the West Coast National Label Representative for Interscope Geffen A&M Records where he played an integral role in creating national exposure for developing artists. Previously he held several sales positions at UMVD, including Senior Account Executive. Among many achievements, Mr. Wengert was named UMVD “Sales Person of the Year” for 1998-1999.

Universal Music and Video Distribution handles the distribution and sales for such labels as Universal Motown Records Group, Island Def Jam Music Group, Roadrunner, Interscope Geffen A&M Records, MCA Nashville, Universal South, Lost Highway, Mercury Nashville, Verve Music Group, Universal Classics, Universal Music Latino, Universal Music Enterprises, Hip-O, UTV, Univision Music Group, DreamWorks, Disa, ABKCO, Hollywood, Lideres Entertainment, Lyric Street, RMM, Thump, Ark 21, Rounder, Fonovisa Varese Sarabande, Walt Disney, VI Music and Viva Discos as well as theatrical video from Universal Studios.

About Universal Music Group

Universal Music Group is the world’s largest music company with wholly owned record operations or licensees in 71 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, DreamWorks Records, Interscope Geffen A&M Records, Island Def Jam Music Group, Lost Highway Records, MCA Nashville, Mercury Nashville, Mercury Records, Philips, Polydor, 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 Strategic Marketing & Commercial Affairs (outside the U.S.). Universal Music Group also includes eLabs, a new media and technologies division.

Universal Music Group is a unit of Vivendi Universal, a global media and communications company.