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BMG here now
BMG has launched its 15th international office, in Hong Kong, to further drive its expansion in Asia. It is headed by newly appointed MD BMG Hong Kong, Kenney Shiu. He has previously worked at Kobalt, Peermusic, Warner Music and Rock Music Publishing.
The opening follows the expansion of BMG Production Music into Hong Kong and Singapore, headed by Andy Wong, at the end of 2018.
BMG operates in 12 core music markets around the world, including Germany, the US, UK, Australia, France, Canada, Italy, Spain, Scandinavia, Benelux, Brazil and China.
Bauer Media buys again
Bauer Media Group UK will acquire UKRD Group – 10 radio stations across Yorkshire, East Anglia and the South and South West of England. UKRD stations, with a weekly reach of 722,000 listeners, build on Bauer’s previous acquisitions earlier this year of Wireless local stations, Celador Radio and Lincs FM Group.
Paul Keenan, CEO Bauer Media UK and European Radio said: "These stations are an excellent addition to our business and further extend our reach into completely new areas of the UK“.
Universal Music Publishing Nashville has signed Nashville singer-songwriter Claire Wright. She is managed by Red Light Management and represented by CAA.
Kent Earls, UMPG Nashville EVP/GM, said: “Claire is full of positive light and shares that glow through her songs. It’s very rare to meet someone with such an identity and vision for not only her music but herself. We’re excited to help bring her songs to the world.”
Position Music has signed hip-hop artist and producer Andy Mineo to a publishing deal. Tyler Bacon, president & CEO of Position Music, said: “Andy Mineo is a world class rapper, performer, hook writer and a true creator. We are thrilled to be a part of his team."
Ole has appointed Gilles Godard to the role of SVP, publishing, reporting to Helen Murphy, CEO. Godard will work closely with Murphy in developing and executing Ole’s new growth strategy for publishing worldwide, as well as working with key songwriters and catalogue.
Godard, who has been with ole since 2006, was previously VP, corporate affairs and development.