Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) has appointed Thomas Vidovic as MD, Germany and SVP, Austria and Switzerland.
Berlin-based Vidovic most recently served as head of UMPG Germany’s sync team. As senior director of music for advertising and film, he was responsible for overseeing creative, licensing and commissioned music operations in Germany, Austria and Switzerland for advertising, film & TV, games and stage productions.
Vidovic, who joined UMPG in 2011, also worked closely with the company’s A&R and sync teams to develop songwriters for film and TV.
Jody Gerson, UMPG chairman and CEO, said: “I am thrilled that Thomas is taking on this leadership role at our company. Since joining UMPG, he has been instrumental in developing innovative creative strategies for our German business, particularly in sync, that have been invaluable to our success. Marc Cimino and I have closely watched Thomas’ growth over the past four years as an executive and we have tremendous confidence in his ability to lead the fantastic UMPG teams in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.”
I am thrilled to shape the future of Universal Music Publishing with our exceptional team
Thomas Vidovic, UMPG
Vidovic said: “I would like to thank Jody and Marc [Cimino, UMPG COO] for their trust and support in giving me this opportunity. During my time at UMPG and in developing our sync business, they always believed in my ability to find new ways of creating opportunities for our songwriters. That vision and support is what makes UMPG the most innovative, proactive and creative-driven publisher. I am thrilled to shape the future of Universal Music Publishing with our exceptional team, both in Germany and globally.”
UMPG Germany’s roster includes Rammstein, Chima Ede, Udo Lindenberg, Philippe Heithier, Eno, RIN, Elif, Namika, Cro and Haftbefehl, among others.
The company has also promoted respected publishing exec Diana Muñoz to SVP, finance and administration. Muñoz had served as VP, finance and administration since 2018. Muñoz currently serves as a proxy member of the GEMA board and on the board of directors for DMV (the German Music Publishers Association).
Said Muñoz: “It is an exciting time to be in music publishing with many opportunities for growth and UMPG is well placed to shape the future for our songwriters. I am grateful to be part of a wonderful team and look forward to working with Thomas toward even bigger and better success."