Jody Gerson, One Of Industry's Most Accomplished Music Publishers, To Become
Chairman And CEO Of Universal Music Publishing Group
SANTA MONICA, Calif., Aug. 1, 2014
SANTA MONICA, Calif., Aug. 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Universal Music Group
(UMG), the world's leading music company, announced today that it has
appointed Jody Gerson as Chairman and CEO of the company's music publishing
division, Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG), effective January 1, 2015.
Gerson, who currently serves as Co-President of Sony/ATV Publishing, will be
based at UMPG's headquarters in Santa Monica, CA and will report to UMG
Chairman and CEO, Lucian Grainge. She will succeed Zach Horowitz who, after
leading UMPG to achieve strong creative and commercial results, has decided to
step down effective immediately to explore other opportunities.
In making the announcement, Grainge said, "Jody Gerson is simply one of the
best music publishers in the business, and we are thrilled that she will be
bringing her creativity, savvy and vast experience to UMPG. Jody represents a
new breed of music industry leadership, with a keen understanding of the
evolving role of music publishers in the digital era and a track record of
artist successes that places her among all-time greats. I'm excited for what
we will accomplish together."
Grainge continued, "On behalf of everyone at the company, let me extend our
profound gratitude to Zach for his adept stewardship of UMPG and his decades
of service to UMG. His versatility as an executive and leader is extremely
rare and we wish him only the best."
Gerson was appointed to her current role of Co-President for Sony/ATV Music
Publishing in 2008. Her first signing at Sony/ATV was then unknown
singer/songwriter Lady Gaga who soon after became one of the most successful
artists in the world. Gerson has also played an instrumental role in the
careers of Enrique Iglesias, Mac Miller, Pitbull, RedOne, Shakira and Pharrell
Williams, among others. Another one of her signings, Nasri Atweh, the lead
singer and primary songwriter for the band Magic!, currently has the No. 1
single ("Rude") on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the second week in a row.
Gerson began her publishing career at Chappell music (the predecessor to
Warner/Chappell) where she worked with numerous songwriters and recording
artists including Bernie Taupin,R.E.M. and Rod Stewart. After six years at
Chappell, Gerson joined EMI as head of the company's east coast publishing
After successfully managing the east coast operations, in 1991, Gerson was
tasked with revitalizing EMI's west coast division. It was there that she
assembled a roster of some of the most critically-acclaimed and successful
writers in music including Jermaine Dupri and Dallas Austin who went on to
write and produce songs for Janet Jackson, Madonna, Usher, Mariah Carey, and
TLC, among many others. In 1996, Gerson signed a 15 year-old artist named
Alicia Keys. Keys' first albumSongs in a Minorwas a worldwide hit, winning
five Grammy Awards in 2002, including "Best New Artist" and "Song of the
Year," and selling more than 10 million albums worldwide. Also that year,
Gerson signed Norah Jones, and in 2003, Jones earned five Grammy Awards for
her albumCome Away with Me.
Additionally, Gerson served as a producer of the successful filmsDrumlineand
ATL. She is currently serving as executive producer forDrumline 2 for VH1.
About Universal Music Publishing Group
UMPG is one of the world's leading music publishing companies and represents
music in every genre from some of the world's hottest songwriters and
catalogs, both old and new. These include ABBA, Adele, Alex Da Kid, Lily
Allen, Beach Boys, Beastie Boys, Irving Berlin, Justin Bieber, Leonard
Bernstein, Bjork, Ruben Blades, Mariah Carey, Desmond Child, The Clash,
Coldplay, Elvis Costello, The Cure, Ester Dean, Jorgen Elofsson, Danny Elfman,
Eminem, Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Billy Joel, Juan Gabriel, Al Green, Axl
Rose (Guns N' Roses), Jimi Hendrix, Hunter Hayes, Imagine Dragons, Elton
John/Bernie Taupin, Joy Division, R. Kelly, BB King, Luke Laird, Linkin Park,
the Mamas and Papas, Henry Mancini, Miguel, Mumford & Sons,Randy Newman, Rudy
Perez, Steve Perry, Otis Redding, Darius Rucker, Carole Bayer Sager, Gustavo
Santaolalla, Sex Pistols, Paul Simon, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake,
T-Pain, U2, Diane Warren, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and Bill Withers, among many
others. UMPG is also a global leader in the areas of Classical,
Christian/Gospel, and Production Music. Additionally, UMPG plays a major role
in film and TV, administering the music of Warner Bros Entertainment,
Universal Studios, HBO, DreamWorks, NBC and Sesame Workshop, among others. For
more information please visitwww.umusicpub.com.
About Universal Music Group
Universal Music Group is the global music leader, with wholly owned operations
in 60 territories. Its businesses also include Universal Music Publishing
Group, one of the industry's premier music publishing operations worldwide.
Universal Music Group's labels include A&M Records, Angel, Astralwerks, Blue
Note Records, Capitol Christian Music Group, Capitol Records, Capitol Records
Nashville, Caroline, Decca, Def Jam Recordings, Deutsche Grammophon, Disa,
Emarcy, EMI Records Nashville, Fonovisa, Geffen Records, Harvest, Interscope
Records, Island Records, Machete Music, Manhattan, MCA Nashville, Mercury
Nashville, Mercury Records, Motown Records, Polydor Records, Republic Records,
Universal Music Latino, Verve Music Group, Virgin Records, Virgin EMI Records,
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 catalogue of music in the industry, which includes the last 100
years of the world's most popular artists and their recordings. UMG's
catalogue 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 Global Digital Business, its new
media and technologies division and Bravado, its merchandising company.
Universal Music Group is a fully owned subsidiary of Vivendi.
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