New leader for Lloyd Webber company

Barney Wragg has been appointed managing director of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group.

The move follows the previously announced division of the company, wholly owned by Lloyd Webber, with Wragg assuming responsibility for the management and development of all aspects of Lloyd Webber’s copyrights including music, film, TV, music publishing, first-class licensing and production, stock and amateur, digital and merchandising.

The other half of the organization will maintain ownership and operation of its seven West End theaters and will continue under the guidance of the current management team.

Former senior veep of the digital division of Universal Music, Wragg later headed global digital business at EMI. Since 2007 he has run a consultancy developing digital presence with clients including the BRIT awards, Robbie Williams and Adele. He will take up the RUG post fulltime by Dec. 1.

Mark Wordsworth, RUG chair, said: “The single defining element of Barney’s career has been business development. In his new role Barney will oversee the expansion of ‘Brand Lloyd Webber’ and all of Andrew’s works and creative content into new formats, revenue streams and markets. This is a significant first step in establishing Really Useful Group as a standalone company.”

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