No. 23

Executive VP/head of acquisitions and strategic projects, Universal Music Publishing Group


As head of acquisitions and strategic projects, Linda Newmark handled Universal Music Publishing Group’s biggest investment in music publishing during the year: the acquisition of Criterion Music, a 60-year-old company that began its life as the publishing arm of Capitol Records. “It was wonderful to be involved in bringing such a fabulous catalog of music” to UMPG, Newmark says. The catalog includes “These Boots Are Made for Walkin’,” written by Lee Hazlewood, and “Doctor My Eyes,” written by Jackson Browne. Newmark also was responsible for extending administration deals for the Bangles and Tom Tom Club catalogs as well as signing administration deals for the catalogs of Jefferson Airplane and Vernan Duke, the latter of which includes Duke’s co-written “April in Paris.” Going forward, Newmark says that “given the proliferation of all the different digital music sites,” UMPG’s top challenge is ensuring the company crafts deals that adequately compensate its songwriters and publishing clients. —Ed Christman