FUGA, a high-end tech partner for content owners and distributors, has singed a new digital distribution agreement with US label Tommy Boy Entertainment.
The deal will see FUGA handling catalogue from artists including Afrika Bambaata, Ghostface Killah, Naughty by Nature and Method Man. It comes as FUGA finalises plans for a new American hub.
Due to open in New York later this year, the office will allow FUGA to offer localised operational support and marketing services to a growing customer base across the US, Canada and Latin America, including longstanding clients such as Epitaph Records, Ultra Records and Curb Records.
The hub will be managed by David Driessen (pictured), director of sales and client services, who is relocating from Europe to take up the role.
Driessen’s first hire is Anna Siegel, who joins to take care of business development and client relations, having previously served as director of marketing and communications at 7digital.
Rosie Lopez, president, Tommy Boy, commented: “It’s great to be working with FUGA. Their high-end technology will streamline delivery of our repertoire to digital providers across the globe.”
Pieter van Rijn, CEO, FUGA added: “We’re excited about Tommy Boy joining our tight knit family and honoured to be working with Tom, Rosie and their exceptional team.
“Demand for FUGA’s technology and distribution services has guided our decision to set up a dedicated Americas hub, in the capable hands of one of our directors, Dave Driessen. Anna Siegel has fantastic experience and knowledge of the American market, and will be a great asset to that end.”
Tom Silverman, founder, Tommy Boy, said: “It is increasingly important for independent record labels to remain competitive in this period of industry adjustment. FUGA is an important part of the operational setup Tommy Boy has developed to foster artist and catalogue growth.”