UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP DISTRIBUTION (UMGD) EXPANDS DIGITAL TEAM
Los Angeles, California, July 9, 2007 – Universal Music Group Distribution (UMGD), the sales, marketing and distribution division of Universal Music Group (UMG), has expanded its digital team with the appointments of Adam Flick to Vice President of Marketing/Digital, Laura Saez to Vice President of Sales/Digital and Gabriel Levy to Vice President of Product Development. The announcement was made today by Jim Urie, President of UMGD and Amanda Marks, the company’s Executive Vice President and General Manager of Digital Distribution. Mr. Flick, Ms. Saez and Mr. Levy report to Ms. Marks.
“These appointments further fill out our digital ranks,” stated Mr. Urie. “As the industry continues to transition to digital, the combination of our mobile and online sales teams strengthens our ability to serve our artists and partner labels with the most extensive suite of services, while remaining nimble enough to fully capitalize on the many new opportunities evolving in the digital retail marketplace.”
To date, UMGD has grown to include the industry’s market-leading sales and music distribution company (Universal Music Distribution), a rapidly growing independent distribution company (Fontana), an award-winning home entertainment division (Vivendi Visual Entertainment), as well as the management and distribution of Universal Music Group’s digital assets, including mobile (UMGD Digital Distribution).
“As we continue to aggressively expand our digital initiatives, we need to have the very best executives on our front lines,” added Ms. Marks. “And I’m pleased that we’re assembling a top-notch team that possesses a wealth of experience, wide-ranging innovation and strong partner relationships, so that we can better service UMG’s artists, labels and business partners with a broad array of initiatives across all digital platforms.”
Prior to joining UMGD, Mr. Flick served as Vice President of Marketing for Universal Music Mobile (UMM). His 12+ years of experience as a digital media and marketing executive include key roles at Airborne Entertainment Inc., Sony Pictures Entertainment (Mobile), and AT&T Wireless. Mr. Flick will now oversee all marketing strategies for both online and mobile initiatives.
Most recently, Ms. Saez served as Vice President of Digital Strategy and Sales for Rhino Entertainment. She has an extensive background in digital sales, 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. Ms. Saez will head the account management and sales teams.
Formerly. Mr. Levy served as GM of Label Relations, Worldwide, for RealNetworks. Mr. Levy possesses a global perspective from his experience in music, radio, mobile, online marketing, and business development, and from key roles in London at RealNetworks Europe to EMI and BMG strategic positions in New York. Mr. Levy will head UMGD’s product development initiatives for online and mobile, and will be based in New York.
About Universal Music Group Distribution
Universal Music Group Distribution has been the industry market share leader for the past seven years and consists of four major divisions: Universal Music Distribution (UMD), Fontana, Vivendi Visual Entertainment (V V E) and UMGD Digital. UMD 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 Music Classics Group, Universal Music Latino, Universal Music Enterprises, Hip-O, UTV, Univision Music Group, Disa, Machete Music, ABKCO, Hollywood, Lideres Entertainment, Lyric Street, RMM, Thump, Ark 21, Rounder, Fonovisa, Varese Sarabande, Walt Disney, VI Music and Viva Discos, among many others. Fontana is the company’s independent sales, marketing and distribution arm, V V E is its home DVD and 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 largest global music publishing operations.
Universal Music Group consists of record labels Decca Label Group, Deutsche Gramophone, Interscope Geffen A&M Records, Geffen Records, Island Def Jam Music Group, Lost Highway Records, MCA Nashville, Mercury Nashville, Mercury Records, Philips, Polydor Records, Universal Music Latino, Universal Motown Records Group, Universal South 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 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.