Lisa Zbitnew, who has been president of BMG Canada since 1998, has been named president of Sony BMG Music Canada. She will report to Tim Bowen, who heads Sony BMG's operations in the United Kingdom, C
Lisa Zbitnew, who has been president of BMG Canada since 1998, has been named president of Sony BMG Music Canada. She will report to Tim Bowen, who heads Sony BMG's operations in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.
Denise Donlon has left her post as president of Sony Music Canada, according to sources.
Zbitnew has held several senior positions in the Canadian music industry. She was managing director of Toronto-based indie label Alert Music in the '80s, then joined Sony Music Canada in 1990 as marketing director before moving to EMI Music Canada as VP of marketing in 1993.
While both Sony and BMG have had success in the past year with Canadian acts, many of them are, in fact, U.S.-based signings. These include Avril Lavigne and Carolyn Dawn Johnson (Arista), Three Days Grace (Zomba) and Finger Eleven (Epic).
BMG's domestic roster consists of Jacksoul, Shawn Desman, Natalie McMaster and In Essence, as well as the "Canadian Idol" franchise, which includes first-season winner Ryan Malcolm and finalist Audrey. BMG also distributes SHE Records, home to Canadian singer/songwriter Simon Wilcox.
Sony Canada's domestic roster consists of key veteran acts such as Celine Dion, Garou, Leonard Cohen, Our Lady Peace and Chantal Kreviazuk, as well as promising singer/songwriters Jeremy Fisher and Liam Titcomb. Sony also handles domestic distribution of Canadian labels Capitol Hill and BlackCorner and licenses Bumpstead Record act the Trews, which made its mainstream breakthrough in Canada earlier this year.