Jody Gerson
Courtesy of Universal Music Group
United States
2020

Universal Music Publishing Group

Jody
Gerson

Chairman / CEO

She grew UMPG into a billion-dollar enterprise in four years and didn’t let up in her fifth, reporting a 56% revenue gain. The December 2020 acquisition of Bob Dylan’s catalog was one of music publishing’s biggest stories in a year when the company also signed Taylor Swift, Brandi Carlile, Surfaces, Kenny Chesney and Luke Combs, the last two aided by the 2019 hiring of UMPG Nashville chairman Troy Tomlinson. Mobile app UMGP Window, an analytics-rich royalty portal, launched in February. Plus, UMPG China opened new offices in Beijing, with Jay Fong joining as managing director. After signee Billie Eilish scored big at the Grammys, Gerson’s team won ASCAP’s Latin Publisher of the Year, with UMPG writer/artists Bad Bunny and Romeo Santos also winning big as client Daddy Yankee’s “Con Alma” net ASCAP’s song of the year.

Career

  • Warner Chappell Music
  • Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Education

  • Northwestern University (IL, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • Variety Hitmakers
  • Variety Power of Women
  • Women's Impact
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Bob Dylan Sells Entire Catalog of Songs to Universal Music Publishing

Bob Dylan Sells Entire Catalog of Songs to Universal Music Publishing

UPDATED: The song-catalog bonanza of 2020 just hit a peak that is not likely to be topped: Universal Music Publishing Group has acquired Bob Dylan’s entire catalog of songs in a blockbuster agreement encompassing more than 600 copyrights spanning 60 years, ranging from 1962’s “Blowin’ in the Wind” to this year’s “Murder Most Foul.”His catalog was previously administered in the U.S. by his own company; a rep for Sony/ATV Music Publishing tells Variety that it will continue to administer Dylan's...

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