BMG has promoted Dominique Kulling to executive vp Continental Europe repertoire & marketing and Maximilian Kolb to managing director, Germany, Switzerland and Austria (GSA).
BMG is responsible for signing, promoting and servicing artists and songwriters across 15 territories and with a specific brief to build BMG’s recorded music business in Continental Europe. Kulling, previously the MD of the GSA region, will continue to report directly to BMG CEO Hartwig Masuch. Kolb was previously director A&R recorded music BMG GSA.
BMG’s Continental European operation includes offices in Berlin, Paris, Hilversum, Milan, Madrid and Stockholm.
“Dominique lives and breathes the BMG philosophy,” said Masuch. “She has helped shape our recordings business from its very beginnings. In Germany she has attracted high-profile big-selling artists such as Adel Tawil, KitschKrieg and Max Giesinger. As we prepare to ramp up our recordings business right across Continental Europe, she is the ideal person to take it forward.”
BMG Continental Europe music publishing clients include Tim Bendzko, The BossHoss and Alice Merton (DE); Afrojack and Nicky Romero (Benelux); BigFlo & Oli and Jeanne Added (FR) and Francesco Gabbani (IT). Under Kulling’s supervision, BMG Germany grew its recordings business by 30 percent in 2018, reported Masuch.
BMG’s recordings roster in Continental Europe includes artists including Lenny Kravitz, Adel Tawil and Max Giesinger (DE), Marianne Faithfull and Nakhane (FR), Paolo Conte and Francesco Gabbani (IT), Per Gessle (SCAN) and Alice Wonder and Nena Daconte (ESP).
Kulling replaces Fred Casimir who stepped up to pursue full-time his previously parallel role driving BMG’s international recordings business with his promotion announced to staff earlier this week.
Said Kulling, “BMG is the only major international music company headquartered in Continental Europe. We know and understand the importance and dynamism and talent of Europe’s artists and songwriters. I am delighted to have the opportunity to develop our local recordings business in these 15 markets and to deliver our artists and songwriters the service they deserve. In a streaming world there are no borders.”
Kulling joined BMG in 2008, a few months after the company opened for business, playing an important role in developing the blueprint for BMG’s artist-friendly recordings business and building its European marketing team. After working many productions she was promoted to Managing Director BMG GSA at the end of 2016.
In his new role, Kolb will oversee both publishing and recordings for Germany, Switzerland and Austria. Kolb, who joined BMG from Sony/ATV in 2012, will lead a team of over 40 based in Berlin and will report to Kulling.
While at BMG, Kolb has signed recording clients including Kontra K, Max Giesinger, Adel Tawil, Cypress Hill and Lina, has brought in artists like KitschKrieg and Trettmann for both recordings and publishing and has signed publishing clients like Mighty Oaks, Denyo, Daniel Nitt and Robin Grubert to BMG.
Said Kulling, “Maximilian has been a driving force in expanding BMG’s roster in Germany. He is that rare combination – a genuine music guy with an incredible rapport with artists who also has a business brain and leadership skills. I am confident he will lead our BMG Germany team to even greater success.” Maximilian
Kolb added, “What first brought me to BMG was the unique opportunity to work across both publishing and records. No other major company offers that. Under Dominique BMG has proven that it can compete at every level. I am honored to have inherited such a talented team and an excellent roster and look forward to further contributing to our success.”