Nettwerk Music Group has fully acquired Robot of the Century Music, an independent music publisher founded out of Roadrunner Records by the fabled label’s former chairman Cees Wessels.
Nettwerk’s teams throughout North America and Europe will now work directly with the songwriters on the Robot of the Century roster, including rock artists/songwriters as Young The Giant (pictured), Black Stone Cherry, Jesse Leach (of Killswitch Engage) and Trivium.
The news comes just a month after Canada-based Nettwerk acquired a 50% stake in another indie publisher, Ten Ten Music Group.
Discussing the Robot Of The Century acquisition Nettwerk President/COO Simon Mortimer-Lamb says, “We are very excited to welcome the Robot of the Century roster of artists and songwriters to Nettwerk. They have established themselves as some of the best in their genre and have achieved a global reach. We look forward to utilizing our teams throughout the world to ensure their continued growth and success.”
Douglas Keogh, President of Robot of the Century, adds, “The artists of Robot of the Century, carrying the legacy of Roadrunner Records, have a new home with Nettwerk that shares the same foundation for success: hands-on ownership, self-determination, teamwork and vision. As Nettwerk further establishes its global strategy and embraces growth in their roster and repertoire, these artists will enjoy a new team with the same core values that helped launch their careers. Onward and upward!”
As well as buying its stake in Ten Ten, the past 12 months has seen Nettwerk add a Nashville office and launch a joint venture with Los Angeles-based 1916 Management.
Across its management, publishing and label divisions, the current Nettwerk roster includes Passenger, Family of the Year, fun., Guster, Wanting, Sinead O’Connor, Perfume Genius, Stereophonics, Olafur Arnalds and Chromeo, as well as sought after songwriters like Neil Mason, Jesse Jo Dillon and Andy Hill.Music Business Worldwide