EMI, Warner Renew, Expand Middle East-India-Turkey Deal
December 10, 2008 at 11:07 AM (PT)
EMI MUSIC and WARNER MUSIC GROUP are expanding their existing marketing and distribution deal in INDIA and the MIDDLE EAST and have inked a new deal covering TURKEY. Under the new multi-year license agreement, EMI MUSIC will continue to serve as the local physical distributor of WMG product in INDIA and the MIDDLE EAST and will become WMG's local digital distributor as well. In TURKEY, WMG is switching from a local physical distributor to EMI for both physical and digital distribution. WMG says that it will continue to develop and operate global digital partnerships, which will include these territories. Terms of the new deal were not disclosed.
EMI MUSIC Pres.-International ADRIAN CHEESLEY said, "These markets have exciting growth potential, especially in digital. We are delighted to be extending our successful relationship with WARNER MUSIC to include digital rights to their fantastic artist roster and catalogue and to cover TURKEY as well."
WARNER MUSIC INTERNATIONAL Vice Chairman JOHN REID said, "With us currently serving as EMI’s distributor in SOUTH EAST ASIA, and with EMI serving as our distributor in INDIA, the MIDDLE EAST and TURKEY, we have developed a strong partnership that we’re pleased to be expanding with this deal. Since WMG does not have local operations in these territories, it was extremely important that we partner with one of the strongest players in the region, which is why I’m confident that EMI’s efforts, local resources and expertise will be of great benefit to our artists."
Covered under the deals are INDIA, TURKEY, SAUDI ARABIA, the UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, LEBANON, BAHRAIN, QATAR, OMAN, JORDAN , SYRIA, YEMEN, KUWAIT, and EGYPT, plus an extension of EMI's physical distribution deal with WMG for LIBYA, MOROCCO, ALGERIA and TUNISIA and certain digital rights.