Mediacom appoints new Universal Music Global Client Director
20 September, 2010
MediaCom has appointed Steven Abraham as Global Client Director of its recently secured Universal Music account. Steven, who will be based in MediaCom’s worldwide headquarters in London, will lead a specialist team tasked with coordinating Universal Music Group’s European planning and buying activities.
Universal Music, the world’s largest music company, appointed MediaCom in January 2010 to handle its media planning and buying across Europe, following an extensive review. The media agency has handled the Universal Music account in the UK for the past 20 years, and is now responsible for all European markets including Germany, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, the Nordic region and Central and Eastern Europe.
Steven joins MediaCom with a wealth of experience in the entertainment sector, having spent four years as Senior Director of International Media at Universal Pictures International. Prior to that, he was at United International Pictures. Of his appointment, he said: “For anyone working in entertainment oriented communications planning, music represents the ultimate challenge. Working with the team at MediaCom on the Universal Music Group business was just too good an opportunity to miss.”
Steven will support Fraser Riddell, Global chief Business Development officer, during a handover period. Fraser said: “We are delighted to have Steve on board and are confident that he can help us provide an outstanding level of service for the client. Universal Music Group is the world’s largest music company and one of the world’s biggest advertisers and Steve’s knowledge of the entertainment industry will ensure that we provide them with the very best results.”
Universal Music’s artist roster spans every genre of music and includes such superstars as U2, lady Gaga, Elton John, Mariah Carey, Take That, Eminem, Rihanna and Black Eyed Peas. Its other breakthrough artists include Justin Bieber, La Roux, Florence and the Machine and Drake. For media enquiries, please contact:
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