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Universal goes All Around The World for UMTV management

By | Published on Monday 12 December 2011

Universal Music

Blackburn-based dance label All Around The World, perhaps best known as N-Dubz’s label, but also for its various dance compilation franchises, most notably Clubland, will take over the running of Universal’s compilations division UMTV, it has been announced.

AATW has worked with Universal on the distribution and marketing of many of its projects for ten years now, and the new deal expands on that existing relationship. AATW’s founders, Cris Nuttall and Matt Cadman, will become joint MDs of UMTV as part of the deal.

Confirming the new arrangement, Universal UK CEO David Joseph told CMU: “Cris and Matt are two of the most entrepreneurial executives in the business. As MDs of UMTV, they will be able to extend the innovative approach which has brought them such success in the dance market to compilations of all genres”.

Nuttall added: “We are delighted to extend our relationship with Universal after working with them for ten years. We look forward immensely to continuing UMTV’s success with current brands as well as seizing opportunities to bring new product into the marketplace”.

The new management team at UMTV will be assisted by Hadyn Williams, who previously worked for Sony Music’s compilations division, and will now be General Manager for UMTV. The new announcement also means a slightly new focus for Karen Simmonds, who has been overhauling UMTV as part of her role as Universal Music Strategic Marketing MD. She will now focus on catalogue at Universal.