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  1. 40 Under 40: Robb McDaniels

    August 02, 2012 3:05 PM EDT Robb McDaniels Founder/CEO, INgrooves Fontana Website: ingroovesfontana.com Twitter: @ingroovesfont Fluent In Music And Sports In a short decade, Robb McDaniels, 38, has built INgrooves from scratch into a dominant player in the independent distri ...

  2. Ron Spaulding Leaves Fontana

    June 29, 2012 9:55 AM EDT Ron Spaulding, who has lead Fontana for nearly five years, has left the company now that the company's integration into INgrooves has been completed. INgrooves acquired Fontana from the Universal Music Group in a deal that included UMG stayin ...

  3. Orchard, IODA Merging; Sony Music To Invest In New Company: Sources

    March 05, 2012 7:19 PM EST The Orchard and the Independent Online Distribution Alliance (IODA), the two largest digital aggregators in the United States, are merging. Sony Music Entertainment will be a strategic investor in the combined entity, sources tell Billboard.biz. A ...

  4. INgrooves to Purchase Fontana

    March 02, 2012 1:18 PM EST INgrooves, the digital aggregator launched in 2002, hs purchased Fontana, the indie distribution company owned by Universal Music Group, the company announced today. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The deal gives the digital distributor a fu ...

  5. Backbeat: Fontana Hosts Event for NYC Labels, We're Late But Rock the Joint Anyway

    December 09, 2011 10:33 AM EST Retail Track likes to be everywhere but sometimes writing stories in the office is a time consuming process that takes precedence over sharing goodwill with the industry. But when events are just around the corner from the Billboard office at a pl ...

  6. Jenni Rivera's 'Filly Brown' Heading To 2012 Sundance Film Festival

    November 30, 2011 9:13 PM EST Regional Mexican superstar Jenni Rivera's first film, "Filly Brown," is heading to the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, organizers of the festival announced on Wednesday. As part of the U.S. dramatic competition, the Edward James Olmos- ...

  7. Indie Shadoworld Signs With Fontana

    January 19, 2011 12:00 AM EST Shadoworld Records has signed an exclusive pressing and distribution pact with Universal Music Group's independent division Fontana Distribution Hollywood, Calif.-based Shadoworld is headed by CEO Julian T. Edwards, who told Billboard.biz exc ...

  8. Business Matters: Hastings, Rap-A-Lot, Echo Nest and More

    May 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Follow Glenn Peoples on Twitter -- Entertainment retailer Hastings reported a 4.9% increase in revenue to $129 million in the first quarter of 2010. Net income dropped to $1 million from $1.7 million. Comp store revenue increased 4.9%. Comp store ...

  9. Business Matters: UMPG, EMI, Seeqpod, President Obama and More

    February 05, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. Follow Billboard senior analyst Glenn Peoples on Twitter at twitter.com/billboardglenn . -- David Renzer, Universal Music Publishing Group 's ...

  10. Spaulding Named President Of Fontana

    December 01, 2009 12:00 AM EST Ron Spaulding has been promoted to president of Fontana, UMGD's independent distribution arm. Spaulding, who was formerly executive VP and GM of Fontana, will continue to report to Jim Urie, president and CEO of UMGD. Prior to joining Fontana ...

  11. Publishing Briefs: Spirit Music Group, Downtown, ASCAP

    November 24, 2009 12:00 AM EST --Spirit Music Group has signed a global, multi-year publishing administration deal with songwriter/artist Laurie Berkner, the children’s music performer. The deal marks Berkner’s first music publishing association since her debut, "What Do Y ...

  12. Fontana To Distribute Sonicstar Records

    April 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Independent distributor Fontana has signed an exclusive distribution deal with Sonicstar Records. The label is the newly formed independent entertainment company led by Scooter Ward and Toby McDonald. Ward is also the lead singer for metal band Co ...

  13. Fontana, Savoy Label Group Sign Distribution Deal

    April 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Fontana has signed an exclusive distribution deal with the Savoy Label Group (SLG), which includes 429 Records, Denon Classics, SLG Records, and Savoy Jazz. Artists on the 429 Records include Dr. John, Little Feat, Cracker and Gin Blossoms. Classi ...

  14. Original Signal Signs Marketing/Distro Deal With Universal

    April 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Original Signal Recordings and Universal Motown Records have entered a partnership under which the Universal imprint will provide select marketing and promotional services for certain OSR releases, while the major's indie distributor Fontana ...

  15. GrandVista, HiFive/Fontana Sign Distribution Deal

    March 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The GrandVista Music label, founded in Nashville in 2005 by veteran producer Paul Carrol Binkley and entrepreneur David Mastran, has signed a distribution deal with HiFive/Fontana. The label is preparing to launch a series of new releases that rep ...

  16. UMGD Shuffles Sales Structure

    February 27, 2009 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group Distribution (UMGD) has changed its structure bringing digital and physical sales under the umbrella of Universal Music Distribution (UMD). The other divisions in UMGD are: Fontana, the indie distribution company; Vivendi Ent ...

  17. Fontana Inks Deal With McConaughey's j.k. livin

    February 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST Fontana has signed an exclusive distribution deal with actor Matthew McConaughey's recording label, j.k. livin. The first release under the deal will be reggae artist Mishka's debut album, "Above The Bones," released Feb. 17, w ...

  18. Downtown Links With Fontana, Interscope

    September 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Downtown Records has inked an exclusive distribution deal with Fontana and has also entered a strategic relationship with Interscope Records, Billboard has learned. Under the agreement, Interscope will provide strategic marketing and promotion for ...

  19. Amoeba Links With Fontana

    September 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Independent distributor Fontana will start distributing Amoeba Records, the label affiliated with independent record store Amoeba Music. The label focuses on releasing rare, previously unavailable and special albums; live in-stores; Amoeba compila ...

  20. Fontana Inks Thievery Corp's ESL

    April 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Universal Music Group Distribution's indie arm Fontana has signed the Thievery Corporation's ESL Music to an exclusive U.S. distribution agreement. ESL releases were previously distributed via Caroline. Founded by the Thievery Corpor ...

  21. Fontana Inks Distro Deal With Strange Music

    November 20, 2006 12:00 AM EST First release under the deal from Tech N9ne. Fontana has signed an exclusive distribution deal with Kansas City, Mo.-based Strange Music. Under the new agreement, Fontana will work closely with the indie label on expanding reach in the marketplace ...

  22. Fontana Inks Distro Deal With Strange Music.

    November 20, 2006 12:00 AM EST First release under the deal from Tech N9ne. Fontana has signed an exclusive distribution deal with Kansas City, MO-based Strange Music. Under the new agreement, Fontana will work closely with the indie label on expanding reach in the marketplace, ...

  23. Gullic Upped At Fontana

    November 09, 2006 12:00 AM EST Exec promoted to senior VP role. Ken Gullic has been promoted to senior VP of sales and marketing for Fontana. Gullic reports to Steve Pritchitt, executive VP/GM of Fontana, and is based in Universal City, Calif. "Ken has truly played an inst ...

  24. Gullic Upped At Fontana

    November 09, 2006 12:00 AM EST Promoted to senior sales and marketing VP. Ken Gullic has been promoted to senior VP of sales and marketing for Fontana. Gullic reports to Steve Pritchitt, executive VP/GM of Fontana, and is based in Universal City, Calif. "Ken has truly play ...

  25. Fontana Inks Deals With VH1, INgrooves

    November 01, 2006 12:00 AM EST Company expands with exclusive distribution pacts. Fontana has signed an exclusive distribution deal with digital media publisher and technology company INgrooves. Fontana will distribute the company's product in the U.S. and Canada, while IN ...

  26. Fontana, SoBe Sign Exclusive Deal

    October 23, 2006 12:00 AM EDT First release to be Brooke Hogan's 'Undiscovered.' Fontana has signed an exclusive distribution deal with Miami-based SoBe Entertainment. Under the new agreement, Fontana will work closely with SoBe on expanding the label's rea ...

  27. Fontana Ups Gullic

    July 28, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Assumes senior VP of sales and marketing role. Ken Gullic, VP of sales at Fontana, has been upped to senior VP of sales and marketing. He reports to executive VP/GM Steve Pritchitt and is based in Burbank, Calif. Fontana VP of marketing Bryan Mead ...

  28. Fontana Promotes Zierler To VP

    July 10, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Previously served as director of biz dev, finance. David Zierler was promoted to VP of business development and finance for Fontana, the independent distribution arm of Universal Music Group Distribution (UMGD). Zierler reports to Steve Pritchitt, ...

  29. UMVD Gets Name Change

    April 27, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Organized in three divisions. Universal Music & Video Distribution has been renamed Universal Music Group Distribution and organized into three divisions: Universal Music Distribution, the major-label distribution company; Fontana, the year-ol ...

  30. UPDATE: Fontana Staff Expanding

    November 23, 2004 12:00 AM EST Bill Follett named head of West Coast sales. Universal's indie distribution arm Fontana has named Bill Follett as head of West Coast sales and John Nutcher as label-relations manager, Billboard.biz has learned. Follett most recently worked in ...

  31. Warner Launches Two Baby-Band Labels

    September 03, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music Group is starting two incubator operations -- one for hip-hop and one for rock -- to offer label services to baby bands on indies or within the WMG family. Warner Music Group is starting two incubator operations -- one for hip-hop and ...