Jody Gerson
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United States
2019

Universal Music Publishing Group

Jody
Gerson

Chairman / CEO

Universal has thrived since Gerson took the helm in 2015 — the first woman to run a major music publisher — with the $1 billion-plus music-pub unit both increasing revenue by 40% and scoring big gets like signees Billie Eilish, Idris Elba and Logic. In 2019, UMPG’s deals with Elton John, Paul Simon and Billy Joel were re-upped. Gerson has made UMPG the go-to for film and television producers as well, adding Lionsgate, Paramount, Disney Europe and Amazon to an already hefty studio roster. She played a key role in pushing through the Music Modernization Act, corralling industry support for updates to copyright issues to better regulate artists’ compensation. Gerson cofounded She Is the Music, a nonprofit aiming to increase female representation in the field.

Career

  • EMI Music
  • Warner Chappell Music
  • Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Education

  • Northwestern University (IL, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • Variety Hitmakers
  • Variety Power of Women
  • Women's Impact
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Five Years In, How Hitmakers' Top Executive Jody Gerson Remade UMPG in Her Image

Five Years In, How Hitmakers' Top Executive Jody Gerson Remade UMPG in Her Image

Universal Music Publishing Group dominates the 2019 chart with stakes in 18 of the 25 most consumed songs of the year, including hits by Post Malone, Ariana Grande and Shawn Mendes. It also racked up 72 individual Grammy nominations and represents 56 nominated songwriters at the 2020 ceremony. This came on the heels of a sweep at last month’s Latin Grammys with 23 awards. Credit the company’s omnipresence to global chairman and CEO Jody Gerson, who marks next month marks...

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