Most recently with FirstCom, a BMG library.
BMG Music Publishing North America has named Sam Kling VP Film & TV. He will oversee the film/TV synchronization departments of BMG Songs/Zomba Music Publishing and FirstCom, one of BMG's production music libraries.
While staff for the two departments will report to Kling, the departments will remain independent. Los Angeles-based Kling will report to Scott Francis, president of BMG Songs North America, and to Carol Riffert, VP/GM of FirstCom.
Kling was most recently VP Film & TV for FirstCom. Prior to joining the company in 2004, he was managing director of Madgroove Entertainment, an independent artist and producer management company.
“Sam is a real music guy with a keen sense of visual creativity, and possesses a perfect blend of business sense and musical knowledge for the job," says Francis. "Having Sam at the helm of both departments will create synergy, allowing both film/TV staffs to share information and opportunities.”
On the BMG/Zomba side, Kling replaces Ron Broitman, who departed BMG Music Publishing earlier this year. Marina Mena will take over Kling’s day-to-day duties at FirstCom.
BMG Music Publishing, a unit of Bertelsmann AG, has 36 offices in 25 countries. Songwriters under its umbrella include Justin Timberlake, Maroon5, Nelly, Limp Bizkit, R. Kelly, Robbie Williams, Linkin Park, Christina Aguilera, Coldplay, Britney Spears, Shania Twain, Chingy, Korn, Joss Stone and Keane. BMG Music Publishing is a unit of Bertelsmann AG, one of the world's leading media companies.
Bertelsmann is currently considering bids to sell off BMG Music Publishing.