Universal Music Latino and Machete are shifting their operations from Miami to Los Angeles. The move is the latest following the restructuring of Universal's Latin division and the creation of Universal Music Latin Entertainment last year following the acquisition of Univision Music Group.
Universal Music Latino and Machete are the pop and urban/tropical labels that fall under the umbrella of Universal Music Latin Entertainment (UMLE). The former was this year's Hot Latin songs label of the year and home to Enrique Iglesias and Luis Fonsi, among others. Universal's regional Mexican labels, Fonovisa and Disa, already operate out of Los Angeles.
As a result of the move, Universal's entire digital team will relocate to Los Angeles, as will upper management, including Universal Music Latino/Machete president Walter Kolm and managing director Luis Estrada. Those remaining in Miami will include national promotion director Gabriel Buitrago and A&R director Pedro Guzman.
As a result of the move and restructure, about a half dozen people were laid off, in A&R, marketing, promotion and other areas. Among them were strategic marketing director Carolina Arenas, Disa A&R Humberto Gomez and promotions/marketing manager Carlos Castillo.