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Universal Music Takes TV Initiative With Launch Of Globe Productions
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Universal Music, the UK's leading record company, has moved into TV production with the launch of Globe Productions, a division focused on creating both new television formats and innovative TV platforms for its artists.

Globe is launching with a broad remit, which includes creating programming around its current and catalogue artists, alongside developing new television formats, both music-based and factual. It will develop programme ideas in-house, as well as working closely with independent production companies.

Among those working with the new enterprise are the TV producer Suzi Aplin and Anita Land, the leading talent agent whose broadcast clients include Jeremy Paxman.

Globe already has several programme ideas in development and has secured its first commissions, the latest being a documentary on Paul Weller via a new ongoing relationship with Double Jab Productions. A similar alliance with Monkey, the independent production company set up by Will Macdonald and David Granger, resulted in the six-week series on Girls Aloud which has already been a ratings hit for E4 and will be broadcast on Channel Four this autumn. Globe Productions owns a stake in these and all further joint commissions, as well as owning ancillary rights such as audio and DVD spin-offs.

Universal Music Group International Chairman and CEO Lucian Grainge says: "The launch of Globe is a natural progression for Universal Music. The opportunities for our artists in television are immense, and through Globe we are taking a more pro-active approach, closing the gap between artists and broadcasters. I hope we can find new ways of presenting music on television, and the promotional aspect is just the tip of the iceberg; my vision for Globe is to develop ground-breaking television formats which can be successful worldwide."

The new Globe division reports in to Universal Music Operations President David Joseph, and will be run day-to-day by General Manager Iain Funnell, who is moving to Globe from his role as Polydor Director of TV & DVD in September.

Suzi Aplin, one of the most respected producers working in music television, has been working alongside Universal Music and its TV production partners to explore opportunities for Globe. Her role is a part-time consultancy, and she continues her work with Open Mike, the BBC and Comic Relief among others.

In addition Anita Land is joining the Globe board as non-executive director. Land says: "What inspires me about the potential for Globe is looking at Universal's roster. It has extraordinary depth and breadth, and there are many angles which we can explore which go beyond the music-based formats people may expect to emerge from this."

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