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Career Announcements (more headlines) 03-01-2014

Thomas Scherer To Head BMG's Worldwide Writer Services From Los Angeles

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BMG is moving the hub of its worldwide Writer Services operation to Los Angeles under newly-promoted EVP Writer Services Thomas Scherer.

BMG Writer Services embraces BMG's successful international songplugging operation which works with the company's roster of renowned songwriters including Steve Mac, Will.i.am, Juicy J, Sterling Fox, Sacha Skarbek, Al Shux and busbee.

Thomas Scherer, previously SVP International Repertoire Coordination, already oversees BMG Writer Services teams across the company's 10 international offices. Scherer has been a key member of BMG's core executive team since the company's launch in 2008. He took on his work in LA this month and will continue to report to BMG CEO Hartwig Masuch.

Hartwig Masuch said, "Thomas Scherer is a linchpin of BMG's Writer Services and his move to LA will further strengthen our ability to create opportunities for our writers in the centre of the worldwide entertainment industry."

Recent BMG chart successes include:

* Miley Cyrus 'Wrecking Ball' co-written by Sacha Skarbek;
* Eminem feat. Rihanna 'The Monster' co-written by Jon Bellion and Bebe Rexha;
* One Direction's Midnight Memories, which features nine songs by John Ryan
* Will.i.am's 'Scream & Shout' ft. Britney Spears

BMG has represented shares of every US Number One singles for the past two months, and has forthcoming cuts from the likes of Beyonce, Shakira, Anastacia, Jason Derulo, Kylie Minogue and Rihanna.

Thomas Scherer will continue to oversee BMG's Writer Services teams in the Europe and the US, providing central coordination to deliver US opportunities for European writers and opportunities in Europe for US writers. He will also continue to contribute to BMG acquisitions, signings and the striking of joint venture deals.

Said Masuch, "Our unique ‚one-company-many-offices' philosophy ensures BMG writers benefit from the most joined-up songplugging operation of any major music publisher, a function which Thomas Scherer literally built from scratch. I am delighted that Thomas is now taking his expertise to the heart of the world's entertainment capital."

Thomas Scherer has spent over 20 years with BMG and other Bertelsmann companies, with stints at the former BMG Ariola in A&R, marketing and as a producer and with his own label Dolce Vita through BMG Hansa.

Said Scherer, "We are very proud of the growing success of BMG's songwriting roster. Contemporary songwriting is a collaborative art and BMG's collaborative philosophy and our commitment to service, fairness and transparency really seems to strike a chord with writers. We are committed to establishing BMG Writer Services as the first point of call for labels and managements worldwide."

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