UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP LAUNCHES MERCURY STUDIOS
New audio-visual content studio to include global film and television producer, Eagle Rock Entertainment
Respected Media Executive and Eagle Rock CEO, Alice Webb to Serve as CEO of Mercury Studios
LONDON, 3 December, 2020—Universal Music Group (UMG), the world leader in music-based entertainment, announced the formation of Mercury Studios – a new multi-faceted content studio established to develop, produce, and invest in innovative, music-based storytelling. In addition to content development and production, Mercury Studios will include global film and television producer, Eagle Rock Entertainment (ERE) and build upon ERE’s award winning library that includes nearly 2,000 hours of programming and more than 800 titles of original documentaries. Mercury Studios will produce content with music continuing to serve as the foundation for projects across performance/live, factual/reality, scripted, artist and filmmaker partnerships and remastering and audio originals via film and television content, podcasts and short form content. In addition, Mercury will leverage ERE’s global sales division alongside home video and digital media distribution.
Mercury Studios will be led by highly respected and accomplished media executive, Alice Webb, who was appointed CEO of Eagle Rock by Universal Music UK, Chairman and CEO, David Joseph in 2019, following a successful 15-year career at the BBC. Joseph will position Mercury as a key contributor to UMG’s global, multifaceted audio-visual strategy, reporting to UMG’s Chairman and CEO, Sir Lucian Grainge.
David Joseph, Chairman and CEO of Universal Music UK, says: “Mercury Studios will bring together the very best in the business under the exceptional leadership of Alice, who has already proved herself as a dynamic creative innovator, not least during her time at the BBC. Mercury will be about bold ideas, exciting new talent but above all compelling visual storytelling, all of which will be demonstrated with the exciting projects we will be announcing over the coming weeks. Music is a world full of the most extraordinary stories, with so many yet to be told.”
Alice Webb, CEO of Mercury Studios, says: “Music is a passion – it touches every part of our lives, which is why Mercury Studios is such an exciting proposition. We are unique – bringing together expertise from across music, film and television in factual, scripted, premium audio, performance and so much more. We can offer creators a vibrant space to realise the projects they are truly passionate about, tapping into the wealth of expertise we have access to. We are also keen to welcome new blood: talented, ambitious people who want to make distinctive, relevant content with music at its heart.”
Mercury Studios will carry on ERE’s rich history of filming live performances most recently in the form of live-streamed concerts for artists including Sam Smith, Glass Animals and The Streets, the last of which won the UKMVA’s Best Music Film Award for 2020. ERE’s library of nearly 2,000 hours of programming and more than 800 titles of original documentaries, television and film content including the Grammy Award-nominated documentary Miles Davis: The Birth of Cool and current Grammy Award nominee, That Little Ol’ Band from Texas, the story of ZZ Top, will be housed in Mercury Studios. ERE’s catalogue also includes some of the most iconic performances and concert footage in history from artists such as The Rolling Stones, Ella Fitzgerald, Queen and Dr Dre.
With an audio logo created by award-winning artist and composer Isobel Waller-Bridge (“Fleabag”, “Emma”, “Black Mirror”), Mercury Studios has utilised the iconic ‘Mercury Man’ graphic logo from the original Mercury Records label – updated to reflect its next-generation approach to content and future vision, while honouring the legacy of the brand.
Mercury Studios will have offices in London and Los Angeles.
About Universal Music Group
Universal Music Group (UMG) is the world leader in music-based entertainment, with a broad array of businesses engaged in recorded music, music publishing, merchandising and audiovisual content in more than 60 countries. Featuring the most comprehensive catalog of recordings and songs across every musical genre, UMG identifies and develops artists and produces and distributes the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful music in the world. Committed to artistry, innovation and entrepreneurship, UMG fosters the development of services, platforms and business models in order to broaden artistic and commercial opportunities for our artists and create new experiences for fans. Universal Music Group is a Vivendi company.