The Universal Music Group has launched Caroline International, an independent distributor and label services provider; and has named Michael Roe and Jim Chancellor to head the London-based operation.
Roe, who founded the international arm of EMI Label Services in 2008, has been named managing director; while Chancellor, who also serves as managing director of Fiction Records, has been named joint managing director and head of music.
The company will cover UK, Continental Europe, Australia/New Zealand, Latin America and Asia and is housed under the Universal International umbrella, reporting into Universal Music's president of global marketing Andrew Kronfeld, although Chancellor, in his Fiction Records responsibilities, will also report into Universal Music U.K. chairman and CEO David Joseph.
The first release under the Caroline International umbrella will be Peter Gabriel's 'And I'll Scratch Yours' on Sept. 23. Other artists and labels now part of Caroline International family include KoRn, Yuck, Century Media, Metropolis and Welk Music Group.
The Universal Music Group has also revived Caroline in the U.S., under the leadership of president Dominic Pandiscia and EVP/GM Mike Harris but that operation reports into the Capitol Music Group.
Caroline International will provide services through its dedicated teams that include marketing, promotion, A&R, commercial, sync and administrative services while utilizing and leveraging the global reach of Universal Music's sales and distribution platforms and relationships.
"Having a label base in all major markets staffed with dedicated Caroline people supported by a significant and dedicated international marketing team and our colleagues at Caroline in the US gives us a unique global reach," Roe said in a statement.