Ann Tausis has joined Kobalt Neighbouring Rights (KNR) as Managing Director.
In her new London-based role, which begins June 1, her initial objectives will include streamlining day-to-day operations and building up KNR’s staffing across the world.
Tausis takes the mantle from Sabine Jones, Managing Director from KNR’s launch, who is to pursue a consultancy career.
Most recently, Tausis was Director of European Regional Administration at Universal Music Publishing, having previously held the position of Global Copyright Director from 2005-2012.
Said Hans Van Berkel, Executive Chairman of KNR and one of the pioneers in the field: “Ann brings fantastic experience from her time at Universal, and PolyGram before that, to the role. Her stability and clarity of vision gained across the publishing sector will stand her in great stead in the rapidly developing sphere of Neighbouring Rights, where complex distribution policies and qualifying criteria vary widely from society to society in a patchwork of countries covered by relevant treaties.”
Said Tausis: “I am delighted to be joining a thriving, industry-leading company that operates in an area of the recordings business that is developing fast, both at a commercial and at a policy level. Opportunities abound for an efficient global Neighbouring Rights agency, and it is testament to KNR that it has been able to attract the cream of the crop in terms of clients in such a short space of time.”
IFPI’s 2013 Recording Industry in Numbers Report estimates that global Neighbouring Rights are worth €735 million a year.
Although a separate limited company, KNR operates as part of the Kobalt Music Group. Recent signings to KNR include Ellie Goulding, Tom Odell, Gotye and the estate of Michael Jackson.