Universal Motown Lays Off Most Of Staff; Consolidates Roster Into Universal Republic
June 17, 2011 at 12:09 PM (PT)
The rumors have been flying for weeks ... and today, reality hit home as the UNIVERSAL MOTOWN roster, including the remainder of CASH MONEY and SRC artists, migrated over to sister label UNIVERSAL REPUBLIC, with most of the UNIVERSAL MOTOWN staff leaving the company.
Meanwhile, the UNIVERSAL MOTOWN imprint becomes part of ISLAND DEF JAM MUSIC GROUP.
In addition, the UNIVERSAL MOTOWN REPUBLIC GROUP (UMRG) and ISLAND DEF JAM MUSIC GROUP (IDJMG) have outlined a new centralized back-office structure to dramatically increase artist investments across its labels.
While UMRG and IDJMG will continue to operate as separate label groups, they will benefit from the centralization of select back-office functions which include legal, finance, international and digital.
With the reorganization, a number of promotions have taken place:
STEVE GAWLEY promoted to EVP/Business & Legal Affairs
GEORGE MAROLDA now CFO
MATT VOSS promoted to SVP/International
JON VANHALA now SVP/Digital, Brand Integration & New Business
MEREDETH OLIVER now VP/A&R Administration
Below is a list of those UNIVERSAL MOTOWN staffers leaving the company. If these are your friends, please reach out to them to offer support, good wishes and job leads.
TOMMY NAPPI VP/Top 40 Promotion
h (516) 593-3270, or c (917) 902-3025
SUJIT KUNDU SVP/Rhythmic Crossover Promotion
FRANK PALOMBI VP/Field Operations
h (972) 717-2244, or c (214) 914-8436
KELLEY ASHTARI SF and PACIFIC N.W. Regional
MITCH MILLS VP/Adult Formats
STEPHANIE HARTY VP/Alternative
SAL GUASETLLA VP/A&R
MARGEAUX RAWSON SVP/Media Relations
DINA RIZZOTTO Nat'l Dir. Top 40
RICKY PLOTKIN NY Regional Promotion
ANDREW GOVATSOS New England Regional Promotion
LYNNE SALIVARAS Midwest Regional Promotion
LORI LAMBERT Strategic Marketing
At this point, UNIVERSAL MOTOWN SVP/Promotion TODD GLASSMAN and VP/Urban Promotion MICHAEL HORTON were still with UMG. More on these changes as ALL ACCESS hears about them.