Universal Music Group announced today that Celine Joshua has been appointed to the newly created position of General Manager, Commercial, Content and Artist Strategy, working across UMG’s labels, publishing company and global territories to maximize commercial opportunities, promote product innovation and implement new artist development strategies. Her role becomes effective on May 1.
Additionally, Joshua will form a new UMG label called 10:22 pm and lead a staff charged with signing and developing recording artists, social media influencers and digital media creators with a focus on creating multimedia content and advancing new forms of storytelling, according to a press release.
Joshua will report to UMG Chairman and CEO Lucian Grainge and be based at the company’s global headquarters in Santa Monica.
In making the announcement, Grainge said, “Universal Music continues to lead the industry in developing new creative and commercial opportunities for our artists and labels around the world. Our success will only accelerate with the addition of Celine, who has built an exceptional track-record of identifying projects that drive tangible results. I’m looking forward to having her work with our label and territory leaders to find even more opportunities across digital services and platforms, while building 10:22 pm into a progressive home for new forms of digital content.”
Joshua said, “We have only begun to scratch the surface of what’s possible on digital platforms in terms of building the artist fanbase, delivering content for a digital-first audience and driving new sources of revenue. Universal Music has continued to be at the forefront of these efforts and I’m thrilled to take this next step in my career with an entrepreneurial-minded executive team.”
During a career spanning increasingly senior roles at Warner Music, Walt Disney Records and Sony Music, Joshua has built a successful track record of combining data analysis and sharp artistic instincts to develop innovative commercial opportunities for artists and labels.
Joshua began her career in music at Warner Music Group in the IT department, transitioning to a global e-commerce role at the company’s Rhino Entertainment. Next, she joined Disney Music as Head of Digital, working across Hollywood Records and Walt Disney Records as well as the company’s film studios and consumer products division. In 2013, she joined Sony Music Entertainment as Senior Vice President, overseeing digital sales across the company’s labels, before moving to Epic Records, where she oversaw all aspects of commerce and strategy for several top artists, social influencers and digital stars including 21 Savage, Future, DJ Khaled, Fifth Harmony, French Montana, Travis Scott and Camila Cabello.