UMG Nash Finalizes DreamWorks Merger

DreamWorks Records' Nashville operation has been merged into Universal Music Group Nashville. The move follows Universal Music Group's recent purchase of DreamWorks.

James Stroud, who had been president of DreamWorks' Nashville operation, will become co-chairman of UMGN, sharing duties with current UMGN chairman/CEO Luke Lewis. The label group includes MCA Nashville, Mercury and DreamWorks.

Eight staffers have lost their jobs as a result of the merger. They include MCA/Mercury executive VP of A&R David Conrad, UMGN senior VP of promotion and artist development Michael Powers, DreamWorks publicists Summer Harman and Tricia Cramer, MCA Nashville publicist Heather Bohn and UMGN promotion manager Diana Klein.

The merger also resulted in several staffers being given additional duties. UMGN executive VP/GM Ken Robold adds those duties for DreamWorks. DreamWorks' senior VP of promotion and artist development Scott Borchetta adds those duties for MCA and Mercury. Ben Kline, senior VP of sales and marketing at UMGN adds those duties at DreamWorks, where Johnny Rose remains VP of sales and marketing.

UMGN VP of media, artist relations and creative services Jason Owen adds those duties for DreamWorks. Allison Jones, VP of A&R for DreamWorks, adds those duties for MCA and Mercury.

In the promotion departments, John Ettinger continues as VP of national promotion for Mercury. Royce Risser and Bruce Shindler keep their corresponding duties at MCA and DreamWorks.

Sister labels Lost Highway and Universal South are unaffected by the merger. Lewis remains president of Lost Highway. Universal South continues to be helmed by senior partners Tony Brown and Tim DuBois.


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