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EMI establishes new one stop North American sync & licensing unit

Brian Monaco to head new US sales operation, as EMI Music Publishing’s industry leading sales team begins to represent EMI Music master recordings

New York, NY, 6 April 2011 — EMI has announced that it is creating a new enlarged synchronization and licensing division, as it looks to expand the music licensing service it offers to clients on behalf of artists and songwriters.

The move is the latest step in the rollout of the company’s global rights management strategy, encouraging greater co-operation between its recorded music and publishing divisions as it drives for further successful outcomes for the creative talent that EMI represents.

The partnership will see EMI Music Publishing’s renowned music sales team join forces with EMI Music’s sync staff to take responsibility for representing and selling master recordings by EMI Music artists as well as its own award-winning roster of songwriters. The new unit will enable EMI to offer the greatest possible catalog of music from a single source to clients in advertising, film, TV, video games and other licensing sectors.

The expanded sales group will be staffed by sync and licensing staff from both divisions, and will be led by Brian Monaco, who is promoted to Executive Vice President for North American Sales & Strategic Marketing at EMI Music Publishing. Monaco, who joined EMI Music Publishing as Chief Operating Officer of EMI Music Publishing’s MusicResources sales team in 2007, will report to EMI Group CEO Roger Faxon and EMI Group COO Leo Corbett. He will continue to be based at EMI Music Publishing’s New York offices.

Doug James, formerly Senior Vice President of EMI Music Publishing’s film & TV unit, has now been appointed SVP and Director at EMI Music, with responsibility for managing the relationship between the sales team and EMI Music and its artists. James will report to Faxon and EMI Music North America Chief Operating Officer Colin Finkelstein in his new role.

Roger Faxon commented: “This move creates an even stronger music licensing operation that reflects the way our North American clients want to do business. Creating this new operation will enable what I believe to be the strongest combined catalog of master recordings and compositions in the world to be represented by a strong sales force under unified management. That is good news for the people who license music, and it’s good news for songwriters and artists.

“Brian Monaco is a proven leader who has played a key role in establishing a proactive world-class sales force at EMI Music Publishing, and his expertise and knowledge will be invaluable to our key creative and commercial partners.”

Colin Finkelstein said: “This is great news for the artists we are privileged to represent, bringing even greater resource and capability to bear on their behalf. We’re delighted to have Doug on board to manage the collaboration from EMI Music’s perspective, and we’re looking forward to this innovative and exciting collaboration between the two divisions.”

Brian Monaco said: “We’ve worked incredibly hard over the last few years to make music licensing easier for customers across North America. The combined sync and licensing representation of EMI Music and EMI Music Publishing will enable clients to use our sales team as even more of a one-stop shop for all their music needs, and so allow us to create further opportunities for artists and writers across all genres and eras.”

Brian Monaco joined EMI Music Publishing in 2007 from Worldwide Talent Group, the full-service talent agency specializing in the sports, entertainment, celebrity personal appearances that he founded in July 1995. Monaco began his career in public relations before moving into talent management with Connecticut-based agency International Talent Associates.

EMI Group is one of the world’s leading music companies. Its EMI Music and EMI Music Publishing divisions operate around the world to deliver successful outcomes for artists and songwriters through EMI’s global rights management strategy. EMI Music represents artists spanning all musical tastes and genres through record labels including Angel, Astralwerks, Blue Note, Capitol, Capitol Latin, Capitol Records Nashville, EMI Classics, EMI CMG, EMI Records, EMI Records Nashville, Manhattan, Parlophone, Virgin Classics and Virgin Records. EMI Music Publishing is the leading publisher of popular music, representing more than one million copyrights including some of the best known songs ever written. Iconic songs in the EMI Music Publishing catalogue include “New York New York”, “The James Bond Theme”, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”, “Always On My Mind”, “Over The Rainbow” and “Singin’ In the Rain”.

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