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Career Announcements (more headlines) 12-28-2013

BMG Promotes Casimir To Run Worldwide Recordings Business

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BMG, the new model music rights management business, has appointed Fred Casimir to run its recordings business worldwide as Executive Vice President International Repertoire.

Casimir will have responsibility for both new recordings released through BMG Artist Services and for BMG's substantial catalogue recordings business, including the Sanctuary and Mute Records catalogues.

BMG CEO Hartwig Masuch said, "Developing our recordings business is a key strategic area for BMG. Fred has strongly contributed to the expansion of BMG's business and to the development of BMG Artist Services. I am delighted that Fred is to take on worldwide responsibility for recordings."

BMG, founded in 2008, is unique among major music companies in housing both music publishing and recording rights under the same roof. In contrast to other major companies, BMG's local teams are able to negotiate both publishing and recording deals, and remain the main contact point for all international projects.

Fred Casimir, formerly SVP European Repertoire and Managing Director BMG Germany, joined BMG in June 2009. Previously Casimir held positions at Fremantle Media Entertainment, Fremantle Licensing Germany, Mercury Records, EMI Electrola and worked as an independent music manager.


BMG Artist Services

BMG Artist Services is BMG's response to the increasing desire of artists for a partnership model which gives them full creative control, financial transparency and a far more beneficial share of revenues for the artist than the traditional record deal. BMG supervises the entire release process and provides a bespoke suite of marketing and promotional services customized to the needs of each artist. More than 75 albums have been released through BMG Artist Services since 2009 from artists including Bryan Ferry, RAF 3.0, OMD, Nena, Backstreet Boys, The Feeling and The Fratellis.

Under the new structure headed by Fred Casimir, BMG Artist Services will be run internationally by VP of New Recordings Dominique Kulling, based in Berlin, with local A&R and product management teams reporting to her alongside their existing local reporting lines.

Catalogue

BMG's catalogue recording business comprises over 200,000 recordings comprising the Sanctuary, Mute Records and several other catalogues featuring artists ranging from Black Sabbath, Motorhead and The Kinks to Depeche Mode, Goldfrapp and Nick Cave to Jean-Michel Jarre.

BMG's integrated technology platform, centralized copyright and royalties hub and outsourced exploitation model aims to deliver the most efficient catalogue operation in the business.

Under the new structure, BMG's international catalogue recordings business will be run by Didier Dehauteur, Director Master Catalogue International, based in London, with a series of product managers in key territories.

Operations & Finance

Operations and back office functions for BMG's recordings business, both Artist Services and Catalogue, will report to newly-appointed BMG group COO John Dobinson. Finance and accounting will be handled through BMG's finance team, headed by group CFO Maximilian Dressendörfer.

Fred Casimir said, "BMG is committed to bringing something genuinely new to the recordings business, whether it is our ground-breaking Artist Services model or our streamlined approach to catalogue exploitation. We are the only major music company which empowers local executive and A&R teams to negotiate and sign both publishing and recording contracts. I am confident our fresh approach provides a very strong platform for growth."

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