Thomas Hesse

  1. Thomas Hesse Leaving Bertelsmann At End of Year

    November 29, 2013 9:09 AM EST Thomas Hesse is leaving Bertelsmann as Billboard reported yesterday. The German media conglomerate, which owns BMG, one of the globe's largest music publishers, issued a statement confirming that its supervisory board met today and Hesse will ...

  2. Breaking: Thomas Hesse, Bertelsmann President of Corp Development, Stepping Down (Report)

    November 28, 2013 9:16 AM EST Thomas Hesse, Bertelsmann president of corporate development and new businesses is reportedly stepping down and has asked the company's supervisory board to release him from his contract, according to sources. A Bertelsmann spokesperson decli ...

  3. Seven Ways iTunes Changed the Music Industry

    April 25, 2013 4:34 PM EDT In less than 10 years, iTunes has become so embedded in people’s everyday lives that it has all but disappeared into the overall fabric of our digital commerce. It’s hard to remember a time when selling a song by itself for $3.49 was an opti ...

  4. Bertelsmann Names Marcel Reichart Executive VP of Digital Development

    June 04, 2012 7:00 AM EDT COLOGNE, Germany - Media giant Bertelsmann has appointed Marcel Reichart to the newly-created position of executive VP in charge of digital development and partnerships. Reichart joins Bertelsmann from German publishing group Hubert Burda, where h ...

  5. Bertlesmann Announces Expansion In 2012

    March 30, 2012 9:58 AM EDT BERLIN- The Bertelsmann Media Group is planning further investments in the global music market in the coming year, according to Bertlesmann CEO Thomas Rabe who spoke at the company's annual press conference in Berlin on Wednesday. "Our p ...

  6. Thomas Hesse, Ex-Sony Music Exec, Joins RTL Group Board

    December 13, 2011 9:27 AM EST COLOGNE, Germany - More executive shuffling on the board of directors of European broadcasting giant RTL Group, as Thomas Hesse, formerly of Sony Music, takes the spot on RTL's board left vacant by Hartmut Ostrowski, the outgoing CEO of RTL p ...

  7. Thomas Hesse Officially Leaving Sony Music For Bertelsmann

    November 30, 2011 7:56 AM EST As Billboard first reported yesterday, the Supervisory Board of Bertelsmann AG has officially appointed Thomas Hesse to the international media company's Executive Board where his responsibilities will include managing the corporation's ...

  8. Thomas Hesse, Sony Music Global Digital President, Returning to Bertelsmann, Sources Say

    November 29, 2011 10:02 AM EST Thomas Hesse, 45, President of Global Digital Business at Sony Music Entertainment in New York -- who has managed Sony Music's worldwide digital business since 2004 and is in charge of corporate strategy -- is leaving Sony Music in New York t ...

  9. Listen to the Audience, Make a Better Experience, Panelists at Rethink Music Say

    April 26, 2011 6:28 PM EDT BOSTON - How can the music business grow instead of fighting over slices of a shrinking pie? Make a better mass market experience, said Thomas Hesse, president of global digital business for Sony Music. That means following consumers to smart phon ...

  10. Exclusive MIDEM Video: mSpot CEO Daren Tsui Responds To Cloud Locker Licensing Controversy

    January 23, 2011 12:00 AM EST After being savaged by Sony Music's Thomas Hesse and others during yesterday's MIDEM panel, Digital Music Future - Going Cloud or Getting Cloudy , mSpot CEO Daren Tsui more fully addressed the controversy surrounding his digital locker s ...

  11. MSpot Takes a Beating at MIDEM Panel For Unlicensed Locker Service

    January 22, 2011 12:00 AM EST CANNES, France -- Claiming 1 million U.S. users of its cloud-based music locker streaming service, mSpot unveiled an expansion into Europe at the MIDEM conference . But CEO Daren Tsui found himself on the defensive while on a panel discussing clou ...

  12. Sony Debuts Online Classical Store Ariama

    October 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Just when new ideas in digital downloads seemed to be dead, Sony Music Entertainment debuted a new consumer-oriented classical recorded music store called Ariama on Tuesday. Created to better serve classical consumers, the browser-based store has ...

  13. Sony Music, Indie Distro IODA Sign Partnership

    July 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sony Music Entertainment and indie digital distributor IODA have joined forces in a partnership that allows Sony and its independent distribution subsidiary RED to tap into IODA's digital distribution system worldwide. Sony has also made a st ...

  14. Sony BMG Ups Kooker

    October 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Dennis Kooker, Sony BMG Global Digital business and U.S. sales executive VP of operations has added GM stripes to his title and responsibilities. Kooker will continue to report to president of Global Digital Business and U.S. Sales Thomas Hesse an ...

  15. Sony BMG Appoints Schaidler Exec VP

    July 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Jennifer "J.J." Schaidler, a long-time key Best Buy music executive, has been named executive VP of sales at Sony BMG Music Entertainment’s sales division. For the last two years, Schaidler, who reports to Sony BMG Music Entertainment pr ...

  16. Label Execs Talk Digital Sales At NARM Closing

    May 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT At Sony BMG Music Entertainment digital sales are running at 40% of overall U.S. sales volume pace this year, and Thomas Hesse, president of global digital and U.S. sales predicts that the company will achieve a 50/50 split next year. That was one ...

  17. Updated: MySpace Announces Music Service

    April 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT As expected, MySpace today officially announced its MySpace Music service. The move clears up much of the speculation and conflicting reports surrounding the much-rumored launch, but not all. Set in stone are the participants. All major labels sav ...

  18. Mavericks Dominate MidemNet Day 1

    January 26, 2008 12:00 AM EST Digital technology entrepreneur Janus Friis, inventor of the original rogue P2P application Kazaa, told delegates at MidemNet today that his vision and energies these days are directed toward building legitimate, robust businesses. Friis said his ...

  19. NARM Coverage: Execs Discuss New Digital Initiatives

    May 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The top digital executives at the four major record labels assured a retailer-heavy crowd at NARM today that the digital music revolution would not pass them by. From searching for new physical music formats that bridge the digital/physical divide ...

  20. NARM Coverage: Majors Debate DRM

    May 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT During the "2007 Digital Strategies" Q&A session, EMI's Barney Wragg -- the architect of the major's recent decision to drop DRM protection technologies from its entire catalog -- found himself defending the move while flan ...

  21. Sony BMG Global Dig Cuts Staff, Shutters Offices

    February 26, 2007 12:00 AM EST Sony BMG Global Digital Business & U.S. Sales team cut staff and said it would close four field offices as the recently formed company internally announced its new organizational structure. The company will shutter its Seattle, Dallas, New Yor ...

  22. Sony BMG Merges Sales Divisions, Hesse Named President

    January 10, 2007 12:00 AM EST Sony BMG Music Entertainment Sales is merging its digital and physical distribution business into one operation, reporting to Thomas Hesse, who has been named president of the newly created Global Digital Business & U.S. Sales. As part of that ...

  23. Sony BMG Names Additional Execs

    October 05, 2004 12:00 AM EDT <b>Lisa Weiss</b> has been named senior VP/general counsel/secretary of Sony BMG Music Entertainment, reporting to CEO Andrew Lack. Legal: Lisa Weiss has been named senior VP/general counsel/secretary of Sony BMG Music Entertainment, r ...

  24. Sony BMG Names Digital, Legal Execs

    September 27, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Sony BMG Music Entertainment continues to make upper-level appointments. The company today (Sept. 27) announced key executives in its digital music and legal divisions, all based in New York. Sony BMG Music Entertainment continues to make upper-le ...