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BMG Ups Marian Wolf to Lead North American Publishing

BMG has promoted Los Angeles-based executive Marian Wolf to lead its North American publishing operations. With the official title of senior vp of music publishing, North America, Wolf now heads the company’s single largest business unit, leading employees in Los Angeles, New York, Nashville, and Canada.

He will report to Thomas Scherer, the newly appointed president of global catalog recordings and music publishing, North America.

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Wolf is a longtime member of the BMG team. He started at the company in Berlin in 2011 before relocating to Los Angeles in 2014 and has worked his way up through various roles, including vp of global writer services and China and senior vp of publishing and chief of staff. During his tenure, the company has added a number of key songwriters to its publishing roster including George Harrison, Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull, Riot Games, Jessie J, and Dave Gibson, among others.

Wolf has also played a key role in BMG partnerships. In 2016, Wolf developed the BMG SoundLab, its songwriting camp, which has collaborated with parters like American Idol, She Is The Music and major U.S. labels. The writing camp even once partnered with the United Nations and Holocaust survivor Ben Lesser. Wolf also has spearheaded opportunities between BMG and its parent company Bertelsmann, including a partnership with European broadcast and content leader RTL.

The news of Wolf’s promotion arrives after significant restructuring at BMG. In October, the company terminated about 40 employees, including those in its international marketing, film and theatrical divisions, to reconfigure the company. Thomas Coesfeld, the company’s recently appointed chief executive, said this was part of its new strategy, called BMG Next, to better position the company for the future.

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“With Marian’s expertise and success in the US and globally, he is the ideal leader for our North American music publishing business,” says Scherer. “We are confident he will continue to grow and transform the opportunities and digital services for our music publishing catalog clients, as well as frontline songwriter signings.“

“I am excited to lead our North American publishing teams into this next chapter,” says Wolf. “Publishing continues to be a corner stone of BMG’s business and I am thrilled to continuously innovate the way we serve our songwriters and publishing clients as creative partners.”

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