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Jody Gerson named Variety Hitmakers’ Executive of the Year

Photo credit: Michael Buckner for Variety 

UMPG Chairman and CEO was named by Variety as their 2019 Hitmakers’ Executive of the Year. The prestigious honor was awarded due to UMPG’s representing 18 of Variety’s list of the 25 most consumed songs this year.

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Universal Music Publishing Group signs DaBaby to global administration deal

Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) has signed breakout superstar DaBaby to an exclusive global administration deal. A Charlotte, North Carolina native, DaBaby is a songwriter/rapper/performer who has become one of the hottest rising sensations in hip-hop today. He is signed to South Coast Music Group (SCMG) in partnership with Interscope, which along with UMPG is owned by Universal Music Group (UMG).

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Universal Music Publishing Group sweeps 23 awards at 20th annual Latin Grammys

Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG), a leading global music publisher, earned 23 wins at the 20th Latin Grammy Awards in Las Vegas. The publisher’s world-class songwriters were honored across major categories including Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Album, Best Pop Song and Best Urban Song, among many others.

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UMPG Nashville signs Brad Tursi to global co-publishing and catalog acquisition deal

Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG), a leading, global music publisher, today announced that Brad Tursi has been signed to a global co-publishing deal for his future works. In addition, UMPG has acquired Tursi’s catalog of hit songs. A talented songwriter, artist and performer, Tursi is a member of hugely popular country music band Old Dominion (RCA), the reigning CMA and ACM vocal group of the year.

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Killer Tracks rebrands as Universal Production Music

Killer Tracks, a leading production music company, has rebranded as Universal Production Music. The new name strengthens alignment with parent company Universal Music Group, the world leader in music-based entertainment. In addition, the rebrand highlights Universal Production Music’s premier global offerings including a catalog of unprecedented quality and depth, international talent, flexibility in licensing, leading-edge technologies, and personalized client support and expertise.

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UMPG names Thomas Vidovic as Managing Director, Germany and Senior Vice President, Austria & Switzerland

Diana Muñoz promoted to SVP, Finance and Administration

Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG), a leading, global music publisher, today announced that Thomas Vidovic has been named as Managing Director, Germany and Senior Vice President, Austria and Switzerland. Based in Berlin, Vidovic reports to UMPG COO Marc Cimino and begins in his new role effective immediately.

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Stephen J. Dallas appointed Senior Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs and Digital Business Development at UMPG

Universal Music Publishing Group announced today that Stephen J. Dallas has been appointed as Senior Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs and Digital Business Development. Based in Santa Monica, he will report to David Kokakis, Chief Counsel, Business Affairs at UMPG & Digital Rights Management at UMG / UMPG.

In his new role, Dallas is responsible for the negotiation of high-level digital deals both domestically and internationally, including creating and exploring new digital business opportunities globally on behalf of UMPG’s songwriters and rights holders. He will also be responsible for helping to expand commercial partnerships, develop and implement digital strategy and policy initiatives for the company including working with industry trade organizations and other industry stakeholders, handling the negotiation and drafting of core publishing deals and oversee coordination of litigation, and managing UMPG’s adverse claims team.

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UMPG signs iconic songwriter and artist Alicia Keys

UMPG today announced that 15-time Grammy Award-winning artist, songwriter, and record producer Alicia Keys has been signed to an exclusive administration deal. Through the new partnership, UMPG will support Keys’ iconic music - both existing songs and future works - for creative opportunities around the world.
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UMPG signs multitalented artist Idris Elba

Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG), a leading global publishing company, today announced that multi talented artist Idris Elba has been signed to an exclusive, worldwide publishing agreement. 
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