Entertainment One has been quietly growing its presence in the music world in recent months – and it looks set to have a real crack at the UK market.
Best known for its film and TV production work, Entertainment One also runs a thriving music division which operates across management, label and publishing.
And guess what? MBW’s Job Of The Week, revealed today, is for a Director of eOne Music in the UK. Intriguing.
The successful candidate, according to the ad, will be, “Responsible to ensure strategic marketing, promotion, sales, branding and maximization of revenue for Last Gang and priority Entertainment One client roster in the UK market.”
In addition, they will be expected to “maintain strong collaborative working relations with eOne/Last Gang International to strategize innovative ideas and implement marketing plans for artist campaigns to be executed in the UK as part of the overall global marketing campaigns”.
eOne Music became particularly intriguing to the industry in March, when it acquired independent Canadian recording, publishing and artist management company Last Gang.
The move was mainly a route to draft in Last Gang founder Chris Taylor (pictured inset) who is now CEO of eOne Music – and expanding the company fast.
In addition to his label and management work, Taylor is a veteran music lawyer, whose legal practice Taylor Klein Oballa LLP has represented Drake, Nelly Furtado and Avril Lavigne.
He has already built eOne Music to running a catalogue of more than 45,000 tracks, following some other interesting recent changes:
- In January, eOne acquired Americana/folk specialist Dualtone Records, home of The Lumineers (pictured). The band’s latest album on Dualtone, Cleopatra, topped the Billboard 200 in April;
- In the same month, Taylor personally hired Meg Symsyk – who spent the previous eight years in artist management at Toronto’s SRO Management/Anthem Entertainment Group – to help run eOne Music internationally.
eOne Music parent Entertainment One has offices in Canada, the US, the UK, Ireland, Spain, the Benelux, France, Germany, Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.
In addition to Dualtone and Last Gang, its sub-labels include gospel brand Light Records and Broadway specialist DRG Records.
Its label roster includes top-selling rapper The Game and former Destiny’s Child member and gospel artist Michelle Williams.Music Business Worldwide