UNIVERSAL MUSIC PUBLISHING GROUP (UMPG) ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL SENIOR APPOINTMENTS FOLLOWING BMG MUSIC ACQUISITION
Los Angeles, California, August 20, 2007 – David Renzer, Chairman & CEO of Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG), the world’s leading music publishing company, today announced additional senior executive appointments for the company’s Los Angeles and New York Creative, Business Affairs, and Film & Television departments. The announcement follows the successful close by Universal Music Group of its acquisition of BMG Music Publishing, making the new UMPG the largest publishing company in the world.
“UMPG already has strong staffs in the Creative, Business Affairs, and Film & Television departments, and now we are further strengthening these departments with the addition of these fine executives from the former BMG/Zomba companies,” stated Mr. Renzer. “With powerhouse teams in New York and Los Angeles, our mission in the coming months will be to build not just the biggest publishing company in the world, but the best. These executives will play a pivotal role as we take the newly combined company to even greater heights.”
Former BMG executives joining UMPG’s New York offices include:
* David Mantel, Executive Vice President, East Coast
* Jennifer Blakeman, Senior Vice President, Creative
* Jason Boyarski, Vice President, Legal & Business Affairs
* Deborah Keegan, Senior Director, Legal & Business Affairs
* Jessica Rivera, Director, Creative
* Peter Visvardis, Director, Creative
* Anne Wall, Director, Film & TV Music Licensing
Former BMG executives joining UMPG’s Los Angeles offices include:
* Monti Olson, Vice President, A&R
* Michelle Belcher, Senior Director, Film & TV
* Brad Aarons, Director, Creative
* Andrea Torchia, Senior Director, Creative
David Mantel will report directly to David Renzer, while Business Affairs executives will report to Robert Allen, UMPG’s Senior Vice President of Business Affairs. New York Creative staff will report to David Mantel, while Los Angeles Creative staff and Ethiopia Habtemariam, Vice President of Urban Creative Affairs, will report to Tom Sturges, Executive Vice President, Head of Creative. Film & Television staff will report to Scott James, Senior Vice President of Music for Motion Pictures, Television and New Technologies, Worldwide.
In addition, it was also announced today that Scott Francis, President of BMG Songs, North America, will be departing the company.
“I’d also like to take this opportunity to recognize all of the contributions that Scott Francis has made to BMG Songs over the years”, added Mr. Renzer. “While he will be leaving us, we certainly wish him the very best in all of his future endeavors.”
About Universal Music Publishing Group
With 47 offices in 41 countries worldwide, Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) is the industry’s largest global music publishing operation and is part of Universal Music Group. UMPG’s represents music in every genre from some of the world’s top songwriters and catalogs including U2, Elton John, Bernie Taupin, 50 Cent, Mariah Carey, R. Kelly, Coldplay, Nelly, Ciara, Dave Grohl, Prince, Diana Krall, Justin Timberlake, Maroon 5, Britney Spears, T-Pain, Mary J. Blige, 3 Doors Down, Beastie Boys, Bon Jovi, Robbie Williams, Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Paul Simon, Henry Mancini, Christina Aguilera and Linkin Park, among many others. UMPG is also a global leader in the areas of Production Music, Christian and Classical Music. For more information, visit: www.umusicpub.com.
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.