BMG bolsters Production Music team as US regional head Mitch Lijewski steps down

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BMG Production Music (BMGPM) has promoted UK Managing Director John Clifford to a global role as US regional head Mitch Lijewski steps down.

Clifford’s title now includes SVP, Global Sales, Marketing & Repertoire.

The promotion is one of four in BMGPM’s international executive team, which has been bolstered by two new hires after a year of rapid expansion following its launch a year ago.

Lijewski will continue to work for the company in a consultancy role, focusing on the production of content for X-Ray Dog, the trailer label BMG acquired from him in 2014.

Sinéad Hartmann, who has been promoted from VP to SVP, BMG Production Music US, and Darrel Shirk, whose new title is VP, Operations, BMG Production Music US & Global, will jointly take over the management of BMG’s Production Music operation in the US from Lijewski.

Clifford (pictured, left)  joined BMG Production Music in September 2017 and is based in London.

Together with Geert-Willem Koolhof (pictured, right), who is Managing Director at BMG Production Music, he will oversee international business development and management.

Koolhof said: “I’m really thrilled that John joined us and brings his 25 years of production music knowledge and experience to BMG. 

“John and I will work closely together to help define and implement the future business and creative direction for BMG Production Music globally.

“It’s a very exciting time for BMG Production Music, we are growing fast – and we are confident that we have the right people in the right place to create a production music company of the future!”

Geert-Willem Koolhof, bmg production music

“It’s a very exciting time for BMG Production Music, we are growing fast – and with all of the promotions announced we are confident that we have the right people in the right place and will together build on our success to date and create a production music company of the future!”

Clifford added: “I couldn’t be more excited and enthusiastic about joining BMG and stepping into this global role.

“BMG Production Music is one of the fastest growing companies in the space.

“By creating synergies between previously separate and now united companies we have the opportunity to create a new kind of production music company and do things differently to our competitors.

“Through a combination of exciting global expansion plans and label partnerships as well as substantial organic growth in all territories, we are committed to delivering over and above expectations.

“There is lots to be done but the future for BMG Production Music is very bright!”

In GSA and Benelux, Laura Bell has been promoted to Managing Director in the region, with Paul Gulmans joining the international management team as VP, IT, Systems & Licensing. Both are based in Hilversum.

Also joining the international management team is Philipp Hintz, who has been appointed worldwide Finance Director, based in Berlin.

Clifford, Hartmann, Shirk, Bell, Gulmans and Hintz will all report directly to Koolhof.

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