UMG Taps Two From Hollywood, Broadway To Lead Film, TV and Theatrical Development
January 7, 2016 at 12:10 PM (PT)
UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP has named prominent producers DAVID BLACKMAN and SCOTT LANDIS to lead its development and production of film, television and theatrical projects. Both report jointly to UMG EVP MICHELE ANTHONY and UMPG Chairman/CEO JODY GERSON. In a statement, the company says the hirings "reflect the unique and important role that publishing and recorded music play in creating film, television and theatrical properties."
BLACKMAN, who was involved with films such as "Last Vegas," "The Devil Wears Prada" and a variety of music-driven projects while running the company of "Dreamgirls" producer LAURENCE MARK, has been named to the newly created role of Head of Film and Television Development and Production. He will oversee film, television and other video projects globally across UNIVERSAL MUSIC, working closely with its labels, as well as coordinate projects with other VIVENDI companies including STUDIO CANAL.
LANDIS, a TONY- and DRAMA DESK AWARG-winning theater producer behind such productions as the first-ever LONDON revival of "Funny Girl," and the BROADWAY productions of "Twelfth Night/Richard III," starring MARK RYLANCE, "Nice Work If You Can Get It," starring MATTHEW BRODERICK and "Venus In Fur," among others, will serve as a special advisor on theatrical development and production, assisting in forging stronger ties with the theater community, building partnerships and helping develop and produce projects based on UMG’s roster of artists and music library.
Commented GERSON: “Music is not only essential to film, television and theater, but the stories behind our artists and their music offer narratives that provide a natural foundation to build exciting and compelling experiences for audiences around the world. With DAVID and SCOTT, we’re focused on working with the HOLLYWOOD and BROADWAY communities on delivering stories that will delight fans, reach new audiences and open up new commercial opportunities for our songwriters and our legendary music catalog.”
Added ANTHONY; “DAVID and SCOTT will further grow UNIVERSAL MUSIC’s presence in film, television and theater by creating rich new opportunities beyond recorded music for our artists, labels and our unparalleled roster of current and catalog recordings. This is yet another important step in the evolution of UNIVERSAL MUSIC into a music-based entertainment company.”
BLACKMAN will be based at the company’s SANTA MONICA headquarters, and LANDIS will remain in NEW YORK.
BLACKMAN said: “UNIVERSAL MUSIC has already proven to be a fertile ground for film and television, and I’m looking forward to helping shepherd many, many more projects from the development stage to the screen. I can’t thank JODY and MICHELE enough for allowing me to take charge of this important priority for the company.”
LANDIS commented: “There’s a glorious treasure trove of possibilities in UMG’s amazing artist roster and song library, and I’m looking forward to helping unlock those gems and opening the door even wider to the theatrical community. I thank JODY and MICHELE for this incredible opportunity.”
Among UNIVERSAL MUSIC's recent film projects are documentaries on AMY WINEHOUSE and KURT COBAIN as well as RON HOWARD's upcoming BEATLES documentary. In April 2014, UMG acquired EAGLE ROCK ENTERTAINMENT, a film producer with 800 concert films and documentaries, to produce more video content in a wide variety of physical and digital formats (NET NEWS 4/8/14).