Santa Monica, California, April 24, 2003 — Universal Music and Video Distribution (UMVD), the U.S. sales and distribution division of Universal Music Group, announced today that Bruce Bench and the Seattle Region are the winners of the Henry Droz Award for Outstanding Achievement in Artist Development ¾ the company’s highest honor.

Each year, UMVD honors one region with the prestigious award, named for UMVD’s late Chairman Emeritus Henry Droz. “The Seattle Region is a shining example of focused teamwork, strategic planning and great execution resulting in extraordinary results. We are very proud of their accomplishments in winning this award,” commented Jim Urie, President, UMVD.

“The award is a direct reflection of the Seattle Region’s total dedication to artist development,” said Jim Weatherson, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing, UMVD. “The Seattle team was instrumental in breaking many Universal Music Group artists in the past year, such as Jack Johnson, Truth Hurts, Blackalicious, India.Arie and Jimmy Eat World.”

Seattle’s Regional Director Bruce Bench added, “We are very proud to have won this award, honoring the memory of Henry Droz and his commitment to Artist Development.”

Pictured is the UMVD Seattle Regional Team (from left): Louise Walsh, Deane Sienega, Lenny Cordero, Craig Hammond, Mike Marshino, Kisha Guyton, David Groves, Jim Reymann, Jackie Scialdo, Brett Patjens, Regional Director Bruce Bench and Marketing Manager Timothy Spence.

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 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, Varese Sarabande, Walt Disney, VI Music and Viva Discos as well as theatrical video from Universal Studios.

Universal Music and Video Distribution is a unit of Universal Music Group, 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 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.