Merck Mercuriadis
Jill Furmanovsky
United States Canada United Kingdom
2021

Hipgnosis Song Management

Merck
Mercuriadis

Founder / CEO

Mercuriadis continued the shopping spree that has made Hipgnosis the talk of the industry for the last three years, starting off with the January announcements of deals for the catalogs of Neil Young and Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham. Later in the year, Buckingham’s former bandmate Christine McVie added her works to the treasure chest, as did Latin star Shakira, veteran songwriter Carole Bayer Sager and producer Andy Wallace. With Patrick Joest leaving his post as global head of sync at BMG to sign on with the team led by Amy Thomson and Ted Cockle, Hipgnosis reported that sync placements accounted for 15% of the company’s revenue, up from 9% in the prior fiscal year. To keep the train in motion, Hipgnosis offered shares in June to accomplish a $210 million war chest.

Career

  • Hipgnosis Song Management
  • Sanctuary Records (DEFUNCT)
  • Virgin Records

Variety Honors

  • 2020 Variety500 Honoree
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