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[PIAS] expands US operations

By | Published on Thursday 31 March 2016


[PIAS] has announced further expansion of its US operations, including the launch of an LA office as a result of its recent acquisition of classical, jazz and world music label Harmonia Mundi.

That office will be headed up by new General Manager Matthew Owen, and will expand to oversee classical and jazz repertoire from across the group, including labels such as Alia Vox, Channel Classics, Hyperion, Onyx Classics, Howe Records and Ponderosa.

Elsewhere, the firm’s existing New York office has hired Allan Benedict as National Radio Promotion Manager and Sally Hedberg as National Publicity Manager. The company has also renewed its US sales and distribution deal with Sony’s Red.

“The US expansion of [PIAS] including our new West Coast office, a growing label roster and a new team in LA reinforces our commitment to sensibly grow our presence in North America”, says [PIAS] MD Edwin Schröter. “In Sean [Maxson, NY office General Manager] and Matthew we have two highly experienced executives who together with their specialist teams will add real weight to both our US and global offering”.

He continued: “Our alliance and close relationship with the Red team will provide a unique combination of dedicated specialist expertise and independent label culture with marketing and sales leverage for the great roster of independent labels we will be working with”.