November 16, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
ENTERTAINMENT ONE MUSIC ANNOUNCES
THE FORMATION OF
eOne MUSIC NASHVILLE
- New subsidiary includes 5 distinct operating groups
- Michael Olsen named head of eOne Music Nashville
(New York, NY) ? Entertainment One Music announces the formation of eOne Music Nashville along with several executive appointments. eOne Music Nashville will house the assets of IndieBlu Music, which the company acquired in April, with its existing Christian, Country, Licensing and Music Publishing operations. IndieBlu is now known as eOne Music Nashville or simply eOne Music.
eOne Music Nashville will be the umbrella for 5 distinct operating groups. These include Light Records, the company’s Black Gospel music label, eOne Christian Music, which specializes in contemporary Christian music, and eOne Music Nashville focusing on Americana, country, and regional-based music. In addition to the music labels, eOne Music Licensing is responsible for all synch and third party master use licensing for all of eOne’s music assets and eOne Music Publishing licenses and administrates all of eOne’s musical compositions. In future months, eOne Nashville will also become the focal point for the acquisition and development of faith-based film and television programming.
Michael Olsen, the former CEO of IndieBlu, has been named President of eOne Music Nashville. Michael Olsen is based in Nashville and reports to Michael Koch, CEO of Entertainment One Music. Olsen has more than 25 years experience in the indie record business. He has been President/ CEO of Sheridan Square Entertainment whose labels included V2, Artemis, Light Records, Vanguard Classics and Musicrama, Compendia Music Group, and CampusVibe.com. Previously he was Executive VP for Business Affairs of Platinum Entertainment and VP/General Counsel of Intersound in Atlanta. Mike is also an entertainment lawyer and prior to working in the indie record industry served as VP/General Manager of the Denver Symphony Orchestra.
In addition, the following executive appointments have been made, all of whom report to Olsen and are based in Nashville:
James Robinson has been appointed Senior Vice President and General Manager of Light Records. James has spent the last 24 years working in Gospel and Christian music. He has been the VP of A&R for Light Records for the last 5 years. He is also a co-founder of Gospelfava.com, the leading news and information website in the Gospel industry. Prior to joining Light, James founded Evidence Records where he signed Youthful Praise.
Bob Morrison has been appointed Vice President of eOne Christian Music. Bob has been involved in the business of music for over 30 years, and most recently was SVP of Sales & Operations for Midas Records. While with Midas he grew the label's Christian Division to national prominence with both Jessie Daniels and Rush of Fools. Previously, Morrison was head of sales at emerging internet label J-Bird Records.
Van Fletcher has been appointed Vice President of eOne Americana and Country Music. Most recently, Fletcher was SVP of Sales and Operations at Universal Records Nashville. He also held positions as Senior VP/GM of Universal South Records, and Executive Vice President/GM of EMI Christian Music Group, among others.
Mick Lloyd has been appointed Vice President of eOne Music Licensing. As a label executive, he was formerly President of Advantage/Polygram Records, Vice President of Little Giant Records, and Vice President of Indieblu Music. In his current position with eOne he has placed company music in major films, TV shows, and commercials, such as Ford, the Red Cross, “American Idol,” “So You Think You Can Dance,” An Education,” “House,” “Free Willy 3,” and “Californication.” Lloyd maintains high visibility in Nashville as a successful record producer, songwriter, publisher and label executive. He has produced such major label artists as Johnny Lee, Reigning Mercy, Slim Whitman, Ride The River, and Lew DeWitt.
About Entertainment One
Entertainment One (LSE:ETO) is a leading international entertainment company that specializes in the acquisition, production and distribution of film and television content. The company’s comprehensive network extends around the globe including Canada, the U.S., the UK, Ireland, Benelux, France, Germany, Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Through established Entertainment and Distribution divisions, the company provides extensive expertise in film distribution, television and music production, kids programming and merchandising and licensing. Its current rights library is exploited across all media formats and includes more than 20,000 film and television titles, 2,400 hours of television programming and 45,000 music tracks.