Universal Music Group announced it has promoted Michael Seltzer to senior vice president, business and legal affairs for its east coast labels, which include Island Def Jam and Universal Republic. He will report to Steve Gawley, executive vice president of business and legal affairs for the company’s east coast labels.
Previously, Seltzer worked in the same capacity for Island Def Jam, meaning his responsibilities now extend to overseeing the legal department of Universal Republic in addition to IDJ.
“It has been my absolute privilege to work alongside Michael Seltzer for these past 9 years,” Gawley said in a statement. “Michael’s critical relationships, business acumen and breadth of experience make him one of the most formidable business affairs executives in entertainment today. His aggressive and skillful pursuit of our executive team’s business objectives continue to help make us a fiercely competitive label group.”
Seltzer entertained the field of entertainment law as an attorney at PolyGram Records in 1990, eventually moving on to posts as vice president of business at Island Records and as chief operating officer of Palm Pictures/Rykodisc. At Island Def Jam, he oversaw label and new media deals for artists such as Jay-Z, Kanye West, Rihanna, Mariah Carey, Bob Marley, and Johnny Cash, among others.
“UMG’s East Coast Label Group has an unparalleled roster of artists, and an exceptionally talented management team. I look forward to working closely with Steve Gawley to aggressively support them on all fronts, while exploring new opportunities to grow our business,” said Seltzer in his statement. “I am grateful to Steve for this opportunity, and equally grateful for his friendship and leadership.”