Santa Monica, California, December 17, 2001 –Underlining its commitment to artistry and artist development, Universal Music and Video Distribution (UMVD) has launched a new and fully-realized business-to-business web site, designed and developed to provide its labels and business partners the capability to exchange a full range of artist information and digital assets. New features include an enhanced look-and-feel, streamlined navigation, national and regional sales rankings for all releases, and extensive tour and events information. The password-protected, easy-to-navigate website (www.umvd.com) serves as a central, one-stop source for media, merchants, marketers, vendors and other business partners to obtain instant access to a wide range of information from Universal Music Group’s extensive artist catalogue and related digital assets.

“We are thrilled to provide our music retailers and business partners with a fully-enhanced business-to-business site that is a one-stop source for up-to-date artist and release information,” said Jim Urie, President of Universal Music and Video Distribution. “After successfully launching our original B2B site, we developed new enhancements and made improvements based on user feedback. We feel we are now providing our business partners with an extranet site that is second to none.”

The Extranet features extensive publicity materials, over 15,000 album covers, new release solicitation books, label, artist and retail logos, and audio clips for more than 12,000 albums. In addition, it contains expanded search capabilities for specialty catalogues, product lines, and newly uploaded assets. By nature, the site is designed to reduce costs and create process efficiencies associated with the exchange of label-branded information and publicity content.

Universal Music and Video Distribution handles the distribution and sales for such labels as The Universal/Motown Records Group, The Island/Def Jam Music Group, Interscope, Geffen, A&M Records, MCA Records, MCA Nashville, Mercury Nashville, The Verve Music Group, Universal Classics, Universal Music Latino, Universal Music Enterprises, Univision Music Group, Disa, Sonic Images, ABKCO, Hollywood, Lideres Entertainment, Lyric Street, Northsound, Playboy, RMM, Thump, Varese Sarabande, Walt Disney, and Viva Discos International 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 around the world. 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 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, its division dedicated to strategy, business development, and management of new businesses in the online and advanced technology space.

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