Structure of combined Universal/EMI Nashville confirmed
By CMU Editorial | Published on Tuesday 30 October 2012
Following the news that Universal had last week merged its Nashville division with that of EMI, one of the first big consolidations since the mega-major’s acquisition of the EMI record company was approved by regulators last month, details abut the newly combined unit have emerged.
The UMG Nashville division will have four units, two taking Universal brands and two EMI names – Capital Records, Mercury Records, MCA Records and EMI Records. Each imprint will have its own marketing and radio promotions teams, with back office functions like sales and finance being handled at a UMG Nashville level.
The division will headed by CEO Mike Dungan, who pre-empted the Universal/EMI merger by switching from the top job at Capitol Nashville to Universal’s equivalent division back in February. His top team will have a combination of Universal and former EMI staffers, with Tom Becci as COO, Brian Wright as cross-label VP A&R, Cindy Mabe as cross-label VP Of Marketing, and Royce Risser as cross label VP Of Promotions.
Billboard says about fifteen people will be let go as part of the merger of Universal/EMI’s Nashville operations, slightly more than originally thought. As previously reported, Universal’s US distribution division has also been merged with its EMI counterpart, leading to around 50 job losses, mainly thought not exclusively on the EMI side.