Universal Music Publishing Group Launched New Division

Universal Music Publishing Group has formed a new division, Universal Music Production Library, it was officially announced by David Renzer, Chairman and CEO, UMPG.

Universal\'s Music Production Library will encompass high quality production music by some of the hottest names in contemporary music responsible for some of the biggest releases today. The Universal Music Production Library will be unique in that it will be the first library to cull many of its tracks from Universal Music Publishing Group\'s top roster of contemporary talent as well as top names in the Film/TV and Trailer world. UMPL Composers have worked with an impressive and diverse roster of popular artists, from 50 Cent, G-Unit and KISS, to John Lee Hooker, Bob Dylan, and many more.

Emmy-winning composer/music supervisor, Jonathan Firstenberg has been recruited to lead the new initiative as the Creative Director. His background includes extensive experience in the production music library industry including roles at Zomba and other major music production companies, as well as experience in music supervision, and composing for TV and Daytime Dramas. Firstenberg has received Emmy awards for "Santa Barbara", "Guiding Light", and "General Hospital." In this new role, Firstenberg will oversee the acquisition of content for the library and promote the general business development of the company. Firstenberg will report to Scott James, SVP Film/TV and New Technologies.

The division will serve production and broadcasting entities, production companies, post-production houses, music supervisors, editors, advertising agencies, ringtone and call back applications, video games, studio music departments, and more.

David Renzer, Chairman, Universal Music Publishing Group, commented: "The Universal Music Production Library and related services that we are launching will offer exciting opportunities to both our writer/artists, as well as service the growing music needs of various production outlets with music they wouldn\'t find in any other Production Music Library."

With 47 offices in 41 countries worldwide, Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) is part of the Universal Music Group and one of the industry\'s largest global music publishing operations. Owning or administering more than 1 million copyrights, UMPG\'s writers and catalogs include: U2, Elton John, Ludacris, Shania Twain, 50 Cent, Dave Grohl, Prince, Diana Krall, Godsmack, Ice Cube, Vanessa Carlton, Mary J. Blige, The Corrs, Eve, Musiq, Jill Scott, Brian McKnight, No Doubt, Blink-182, 3 Doors Down, Beastie Boys, Anastacia, Fatboy Slim, DMX, Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Paul Simon, the catalog of Henry Mancini, among many others.

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