Jonathan McHugh, Chris Hicks among those exiting
Island Def Jam senior VP of film, TV and soundtrack Jonathan McHugh is among approximately 20 employees of the Universal Music Group division who exited the company last week.
McHugh, who joined IDJ in April 2010 ( Daily Variety , April 13, 2010), is reactivating his licensing and music supervision company, Song Stew Entertainment. He previously held executive posts at Zomba Label Group and New Line Cinema.
A source confirmed a report that IDJ executive VP Chris Hicks also ankled the company. Hicks will now serve as a consultant, working with acts like Justin Bieber.
IDJ cuts on Aug. 12 affected nearly a dozen administrative personnel, plus marketing staffers and regional promotion reps.
A spokesperson for Universal Republic and Island Def Jam said in a statement, “Our plan to expand our creative investments is on track. And while the process of restructuring is always difficult, we’ve made substantial progress already in reducing costs and enabling our labels to be even more effective and nimble in this challenging marketplace. With efficiencies now in place, we are focused on growing each of our companies.”
going streamlining of UMG’s label staffs. Only last week, UMG announced that Motown Records would share sales, marketing and distribution personnel with IDJ ( Daily Variety , Aug. 11).
Concurrently, Universal Republic and Island Def Jam announced Monday that Brandon Creed had been named as a creative consultant, reporting to chairman-CEO Barry Weiss. Creed manages Bruno Mars and production team the Smeezingtons (Mars, Philip Lawrence and Ari Levine).