BMG has promoted Zach Katz to head all creative teams for U.S. music publishing. Katz, based in Los Angeles, was previously the company’s Chief Creative Officer. Katz will be reporting to Laurent Hubert, BMG president of creative and marketing.
In his new position as president of music publishing in the U.S., Katz will lead the creative teams across the company’s three U.S. offices in Los Angeles, New York and Nashville.
“Zach is an exceptional leader whose track record for identifying and nurturing talent is second to none,” Hubert says in a statement. “He truly understands the power of a song and works tirelessly to promote BMG’s songwriters and bring out the best in them. BMG has reached new heights in the U.S. on Zach’s watch and our current chart success speaks for itself.”
In the last year, BMG’s share of the top 100 radio songs (from Billboard‘s quarterly publisher rankings) reached 10 percent, after spending 2014 hovering around half that, at 5 to 6 percent. BMG’s songwriters contributed to hits like Mark Ronson‘s “Uptown Funk” featuring Bruno Mars; Fetty Wap‘s “Trap Queen” and “My Way”; Jason Derulo‘s “Want to Want Me”; David Guetta‘s “Hey Mama”; Justin Bieber‘s “What Do You Mean?”; One Direction‘s “Perfect”; and Meghan Trainor‘s “I’m Gonna Lose You.”
“Last year was a breakthrough for BMG,” Katz tells Billboard. “We are building a real footprint here.”
In addition to building on its success, BMG will “continue to fight for our writers’ rights,” Katz says. “[Writers] are not fully acknowledged for [their] contribution in the streaming market.”
Prior to joining BMG, Katz co-founded indie record label Beluga Heights with his client/partner J.R. Rotem; worked closely with Dr. Dre‘s Aftermath Entertainment; and served as GM of Groove Attack USA, according to the announcement. He began his career in 1996 as a music attorney.