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BMG has named Zach Katz as executive vice president, creative, for North America, effective August 1. The position is based in Los Angeles, with Katz reporting to BMG Chrysalis president of creative and marketing for North America Laurent Hubert and working with the rest of the BMG creative team.
“Zach is a highly-respected player with a proven track record in signing and developing top talent,” said Hubert in a statement. “He will be a great asset to our team moving forward.”
Katz moves from Beluga Heights, the record label he co-founded with super producer J.R. Rotem and Rotem’s younger brother Tommy in 2006. Beluga Heights — created as a joint venture with EMI, before shifting to Warner in 2008 — had signed such artists as Sean Kingston, Jason Derulo, and IYAZ. Katz had managed the elder Rotem while he produced songs for Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, and Britney Spears, among others, and had played a variety of roles at Beluga, including co-CEO, co-president, co-A&R, and co-executive producer.
“I am honored and grateful for the opportunity to join the leadership of one of the most forward-thinking and fastest-growing companies in the world of music,” said Katz in his statement. “I am committed to helping support the culture and environment at BMG Rights Management where our clients can reach their greatest heights and truly impact the present and future musical landscape. BMG has one of the most internationally active rosters, and I look forward to maximizing the synergy of our worldwide creative team.”
Katz’s music industry career began while he worked as a music attorney in 1996, before he served as founding general manager of U.S. operations for Groove Attack USA in 2001, moving into management at Aftermath Entertainment from 2002-2005 (where he managed Rakim, among others) and handling endorsement opportunities for the company’s artists before co-founding Beluga.