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Bits & Pieces: BMG Reveals UK Structure, UMPG Inks More Hollywood Heavyweights & Will Sony Music Have a New CEO Next Month?

BMG unfolds plan for UK Pubco

The new structure of the BMG Rights Management operation in the UK, now known as BMG Chrysalis UK, has been tipped with the placing of Alexi Cory-Smith in a role overseeing creative, marketing and business affairs, along with COO John Dobinson taking over operations. Cory-Smith was named SVP of legal and corporate development at BMG back in January, leaving her previous position at the firm Lee & Thompson, where her clients included finalists from multiple seasons of the X Factor. The new arrangement also sees the exit of longtime head of creative in the UK, Alison Donald, a highly respected A&R veteran, who those in the know share had been hotly courted by rival publishers and labels throughout her tenure. Music Week‘s report mentions that no indication has been made as to how group CEO Jeremy Lascelles will fit into the new company structure, though insiders share that Lascelles will likely be leaving the pubco as well. A&R executives Ben Bodie and Alan Pell will remain in key creative positions. Observers are wondering if the moves by BMG indicate a larger overall shift away from the new artist business, and how it fits into the KKR-backed venture’s plans moving forward. Questions also remain about how the structure of the U.S. operation will shake out. Stay tuned… In more rights management news, Songtrust, a new division of Downtown Music, has announced a new partnership with MySpace Music, which will see the company offering its music publishing management services to the large number of unsigned and DIY artists among the social network… Universal Music Publishing Group has bolstered its standing in the film & TV music publishing arena by announcing new deals with HBO, DreamWorks and James Newton Howard. The deal sees UMPG getting administration rights to current and future projects for the three heavyweight Hollywood companies…  And time is running out on Sony Music CEO Rolf Schmidt Holtz‘s contract, which ends March 31st, and there’s still no word yet of a replacement. Doug Morris is widely believed to be the one Sony Corp. brass wants to takeover, but his current contract with Universal Music Group owner Vivendi runs until January of next year, with an early release rumored to be unlikely before the summer.