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Radio Facts: BMG is moving the hub of its worldwide Writer Services operation to Los Angeles under newly-promoted EVP Writer Services Thomas Scherer. BMG Writer Services embraces BMG's successful international songplugging operation which works with the company's roster of renowned songwriters including Steve Mac, Will.i.am, Juicy J, Sterling Fox, Sacha Skarbek, Al Shux and busbee. Thomas Scherer, previously SVP International Repertoire Coordination, already oversees BMG Writer Services teams across the company's 10 international offices. Scherer has been a key member of BMG's core executive team since the company's launch in 2008. He took on his work in LA this month and will continue to report to BMG CEO Hartwig Masuch. Hartwig Masuch said, "Thomas Scherer is a linchpin of BMG's Writer Services and his move to LA will further strengthen our ability to create opportunities for our writers in the centre of the worldwide entertainment industry." Recent BMG chart successes include: * Miley Cyrus 'Wrecking Ball' co-written by Sacha Skarbek; * Eminem feat. Rihanna 'The Monster' co-written by Jon Bellion and Bebe Rexha; * One Direction's Midnight Memories, which features nine songs by John Ryan * Will.i.am's 'Scream & Shout' ft. Britney Spears BMG has represented shares of every US Number One singles for the past two months, and has forthcoming cuts from the likes of Beyonce, Shakira, Anastacia, Jason Derulo, Kylie Minogue and Rihanna. Thomas Scherer will continue to oversee BMG's Writer Services teams in the Europe and the US, providing central coordination to deliver US opportunities for European writers and opportunities in Europe for US writers. He will also continue to contribute to BMG acquisitions, signings and the striking of joint venture deals. Said Masuch, "Our unique ‚one-company-many-offices' philosophy ensures BMG writers benefit from the most joined-up songplugging operation of any major music publisher, a function which Thomas Scherer literally built from scratch. I am delighted that Thomas is now taking his expertise to the heart of the world's entertainment capital." Thomas Scherer has spent over 20 years with BMG and other Bertelsmann companies, with stints at the former BMG Ariola in A&R, marketing and as a producer and with his own label Dolce Vita through BMG Hansa. Said Scherer, "We are very proud of the growing success of BMG's songwriting roster. Contemporary songwriting is a collaborative art and BMG's collaborative philosophy and our commitment to service, fairness and transparency really seems to strike a chord with writers. We are committed to establishing BMG Writer Services as the first point of call for labels and managements worldwide."
Radio Facts: In less than a year Kobalt STIM Aggregated Rights AB, the partnership between Kobalt Music Group (Kobalt) and STIM, has concluded agreements with all major music companies including iTunes, Spotify, YouTube, Google, Amazon, Napster and Vevo. In March 2013 STIM and Kobalt launched a new one-stop European licensing solution for multi-territorial digital music service providers. The partnership has since demonstrated it can implement licensing faster in digital markets than any other licensing service, having already signed deals with a majority of the European online music market. Through a simple licence, major digital music services that have signed an agreement have received Europe-wide online rights for Kobalt's entire repertoire of over 300,000 songs including some of the most popular hits across Europe. "It's fantastic that the business model we launched together with Kobalt has resulted in so many important agreements and also in record time. It's a big step on the way towards a common European market for music rights and STIM's aim is to be a key player on the market," says Kenth Muldin, CEO of STIM. "Through our one-stop digital licensing service and our unique shared technology platform, we are very pleased to be able to quickly satisfy the market need while uniquely giving our clients transparency and significantly accelerated access to their money," said Willard Ahdritz, Founder and CEO of Kobalt. "I am very pleased with the speed and ease of which the Kobalt STIM partnership has executed the licensing process to enable quick delivery of our music to digital services and to the benefit of the market and consumers. The speed and efficiency sets a new standard which benefits the DSP's and the industry as a whole," added Tomas Ericsson, Kobalt President of Society Relations.
Radio Facts: [caption id="attachment_129961" align="alignleft" width="600"] Pictured L-R: Anthony Zameczkowski, Head of Music - Asia Pacific, YouTube; Albert Pastore, Sr. Legal Counsel – Entertainment Nokia; Anil Wanvari, Founder, CEO & Editor in Chief, Indiantelevision.com Group & Radioandmusic.com; Hari Nair, Director - Digital, Sony Music India; Pawan Agarwal, VP & Business Head, Gaana.com; Simon Wheeler, Director of Digital, Beggars Group and BMI’s Brandon Bakshi.[/caption] Broadcast Music, Inc.’s Executive Director Writer/Publisher Relations, Europe & Asia, Brandon Bakshi participated in a panel discussion about streaming at the 5th Nokia Music Connects forum, whereby BMI was the proud lanyard partner, on November 26, 2013, in Mumbai. Other panelists included Anthony Zameczkowski, Head of Music - Asia Pacific, YouTube; Simon Wheeler, Director of Digital, Beggars Group; Pawan Agarwal, VP & Business Head, Gaana.com; Albert Pastore, Sr. Legal Counsel - Entertainment, Nokia; and Hari Nair, Director - Digital, Sony Music India. Shortly after "The Streaming Story Panel," BMI also hosted a Breakaway Workshop - Copyright Law & International Publishing Update with Atul Churamani (Content Head, OnMobile) & Brandon Bakshi (Executive Director - Writer/Publisher Relations, Europe & Asia, BMI).