Universal Music UK has appointed senior BBC executive Alice Webb as Chief Executive Officer of Eagle Rock Entertainment.
The move sees one of the UK’s most respected media executives take the reins of Universal Music’s producer and distributor of music programming for broadcast, DVD, Blu-Ray, TV and digital media.
Webb joins from the BBC where she spent 15 years working across a number of departments. From 2011 to 2014, Webb was Chief Operating Officer of BBC North where she successfully orchestrated the biggest BBC move outside of London when key BBC departments including Sport, BBC Children’s, 5 live and BBC Learning moved to Salford.
Around 35,000 hours of output a year across TV, Radio and the Red Button are now made in the North, with 3,000 staff based at MediaCityUK.
She was also Director of BBC North from May 2016 – May 2019.
Webb’s most recent role was Director of the Children’s and Education department.
Founded in 1997, Eagle Rock Entertainment releases over 50 productions a year and controls the distribution of over 2,000 hours of music programming.
The catalog includes work by award-winning filmmakers such as Martin Scorsese, Brett Morgan, Stanley Nelson, Paul Dugdale, Bob Smeaton, Jeremy Marre, Mike Figgis, Leslie Woodhead and Michael Epstein.
Eagle Rock works with a wide spectrum of artists including the Rolling Stones, Eminem, Madonna, Eric Clapton, Muse, Steven Wilson, Slash, Iggy Pop, Jeff Beck, Paul McCartney, Shania Twain and Van Morrison.
“Alice is an outstanding executive whose track record as a commercial and operational leader speaks for itself.”
David Joseph, Universal Music UK
Universal Music UK chairman David Joseph said: “Alice is an outstanding executive whose track record as a commercial and operational leader speaks for itself.
“The combination of her exceptional eye for creative output and digitally-savvy leadership will help build upon Eagle Rock’s award-winning formula for success in one of our industry’s fastest evolving areas”.
“The opportunity to tell the stories of some of the world’s best known artists – past, present and future – is one I couldn’t turn down”.
Webb added: “Universal Music is an extraordinary organisation – it puts creativity at the heart of everything it does – which is why after 15 happy years at the BBC it is a privilege to be joining Universal Music and Eagle Rock Entertainment.
“The opportunity to tell the stories of some of the world’s best known artists – past, present and future – is one I couldn’t turn down”.Music Business Worldwide