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Music maven tapped for Universal gig

Scott new topper for publishing, operations

Steven Scott has been named exec VP, music publishing and music operations, for Universal Pictures, where all film music licensing and operations have been moved from Universal Studios.

Scott will work in conjunction with Kathy Nelson, president of film music, to maximize licensing opportunities for Universal Pictures’ music assets as well as to handle day-to-day operations of the film music department. He will report to president and chief operating officer Rick Finkelstein.

Scott will focus on the marketing and exploitation of Universal Pictures’ music catalog. Nelson will continue to oversee film music and handle all creative aspects of music for Universal Pictures, Focus Features and Rogue Pictures.

He was most recently VP, new media, at Warner/Chappell Music, where he had worked since 1991. He was upped to VP in 1999 and spearheaded the music publisher’s adoption of emerging technologies for A&R and catalog development. He launched OneStopTrax.com, which offers pre-cleared and pre-priced licenses combining the music publishing and sound recording rights of the Warner Music Group.

“With these assets now back in the Universal Pictures fold, it is critical to have a dedicated executive to spearhead new licensing and distribution strategies,” Finkelstein said. “Steve has a proven track record as a creative thinker who can successfully implement innovative approaches to music licensing.”

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