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Samit garners Sony strategy gig

Sr. VP to develop new business models

Just days after announcing that he had ankled his post in the new-media department of EMI, music exec Jay Samit has taken up a new position as senior vice president of strategy at Sony Music Entertainment, reporting to corporate exec VP Robert Bowlin.

In his new gig, Samit will work with Sony Music chief technology officer Phil Wiser and others to develop new business models for the music major, particularly in the digital media space. He’ll also act as a liaison with other divisions of parent Sony Corp. on new initiatives.

Oversaw EMI revamp

Exec parted company with EMI earlier this month after four years on the job amid a major restructuring of the British music major’s new-media operations. During his tenure Samit made investments in a rash of budding tech firms working in the music sector and moved EMI to the forefront of digital media developments in the industry.

“Jay Samit brings to this newly created position a solid reputation as one of the most effective and forward thinking strategists in the digital arena,” Bowlin said.

Before his tenure at EMI, Samit was VP of original content at Universal Studios New Media Group, developing the company’s Internet and Games division. Simultaneously, he founded online entertainment site Animalhouse.com, geared toward the college market.

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