UMGD EXPANDS EXECUTIVE TEAM AND ERASES LINES BETWEEN PHYSICAL & DIGITAL
Universal City, California, Friday, February 27, 2009 – Universal Music Group Distribution (UMGD), the award-winning sales, marketing and distribution arm of Universal Music Group, the world’s leading music company, has expanded its executive team with the promotions of Amanda Marks to Executive Vice President & General Manager of Universal Music Distribution (UMD) and Laura Saez to Senior Vice President of Sales, UMD, as well as with the appointment of Mitch Rotter to Vice President of Marketing, UMD. The announcements were made today by Jim Urie, President & Chief Executive Officer, Universal Music Group Distribution.
Following these appointments, UMGD becomes the first major music distribution company to formally do away with any division between physical and digital services. Instead, the company will continue to offer the most extensive array of personalized marketing and sales services in the industry, allowing artists and partner labels to move more seamlessly between digital and physical retail opportunities.
“With the appointments of Amanda, Laura and Mitch, along with the continued efforts of Gabriel Levy (VP, Product Development), UMGD will be even better positioned to maximize all of the opportunities from the many new revenue streams generated by our artists, while being even more innovative and aggressive on behalf of our physical and digital partners,” stated Mr. Urie. “Our partners want a frictionless environment where they can move easily between physical and digital offerings. So the demand for our market-leading full suite of services is at an all time high. This new approach will capitalize on that demand by providing our partners with a competitive edge in the market.”
Most recently, Ms. Marks served as Executive Vice President & General Manager of Digital Distribution for UMGD. With this promotion, she will now oversee activities for UMD, the division of UMGD responsible for the distribution, both physical and digital, of UMG’s recording labels. Prior to joining UMGD, Ms. Marks served as Executive Vice President of eLabs, UMG’s new media and technologies division. She will continue to report to Mr. Urie. Formerly, Ms. Marks helped launch Jimmy and Doug’s Farmclub.com, where she served as General Manager, responsible for its daily operations including finance, business and legal affairs, business development and human resources. In its time, farmclub.com was a frontrunner in interactive convergence — an innovative company which integrated a web site, television show and record label. Jimmy and Doug’s Farmclub.com was a subsidiary of Universal Music Group. Ms. Marks’ background also includes stints with UMG’s Business & Legal Affairs Department, Mercury Records, Rock-It Cargo USA, Viscount Airlines and their affiliated companies. She also worked as an associate with the law firm of McKenna & Cuneo in Los Angeles.
Ms. Saez had served as Vice President of Sales for UMD. In this new role, she will head the account management and sales teams, reporting to Ms. Marks. Formerly, Ms. Saez served as Vice President of Digital Strategy and Sales for Rhino Entertainment. She also possesses an extensive background in digital, marketing and new media strategies. Her tenure at Rhino as Vice President of Digital Strategy and Sales, and Senior Director of New Media Marketing, as well as time with Warner Bros. Records and Time Bomb Records, mark her years of experience in the music business.
Mr. Rotter joins the company from Thumbplay, and will oversee label marketing and consumer marketing for UMD. He will report to Ms. Marks. Prior to joining UMD, Mr. Rotter was Senior Vice President of Content Acquisition and Strategy for Thumbplay, where he was responsible for the company’s overall content, merchandising, and storefront strategy. He also oversaw Thumbplay’s numerous media, marketing and content partnerships. Formerly, Mr. Rotter served as Senior Vice President of Music Development and Soundtracks for New Line Cinema, responsible for monetizing New Line’s music assets and overseeing music supervision and soundtrack releases for the studio while launching its first record label, New Line Records. He has also held positions at Capitol Records and American Recordings.
About Universal Music Group Distribution
Universal Music Group Distribution has been the industry market share leader for the past ten years and consists of four major divisions: Universal Music Distribution (UMD), Fontana, Vivendi Entertainment (VE), and UMGD Digital. UMD handles the distribution and sales for such labels as Universal Motown Republic Group, Island Def Jam Music Group, Interscope Geffen A&M Records, A&M/Octone Records, MCA Nashville, Universal Records South, Lost Highway, Mercury Nashville, Verve Music Group, Decca Label Group, Universal Music Latino, Universal Music Enterprises, Hip–O, UTV, Sanctuary Records, Univision Music Group, Disa, Machete Music, ABKCO, Concord Music Group, Hollywood, Emusica, Lyric Street, RMM, Thump, Rounder, Fonovisa, Varese Sarabande, Walt Disney, Big Machine, Show Dog Records, VI Music, Sybersound, Hidden Beach, Palm Pictures, and Universal Music Christian Group among many others. Fontana is the company’s independent sales, marketing and distribution arm, VE is its theatrical and home entertainment division, and UMGD Digital manages and distributes all of Universal Music Group’s digital assets, including mobile.
About Universal Music Group
Universal Music Group is the world’s leading music company with wholly owned record operations or licensees in 77 countries. Its businesses also include Universal Music Publishing Group, the industry’s leading global music publishing operation.
Universal Music Group’s record labels include Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, Disa, Emarcy, Fonovisa, Interscope Geffen A&M Records, Island Def Jam Music Group, Lost Highway Records, Machete Music, MCA Nashville, Mercury Nashville, Mercury Records, Philips, Polydor Records, Universal Motown Republic Group, Universal Music Latino, Universal Records South, 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 includes the last 100 years of the world’s most popular artists and their recordings. UMG’s catalog 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, its new media and technologies division; Bravado, its merchandising company; Twenty–First Artists, its full service management division; and Helter Skelter, its live music agency.
Universal Music Group is a unit of Vivendi, a global media and communications company.