July 11, 2012 |
Industry veteran Doug Morris, the chief executive of Sony Music Entertainment and founder of Vevo Inc., has issued a threat to Google Inc.: Give us a better rate for our music videos or we'll take them elsewhere. Morris, who launched his music career in the mid-1960s by writing the Chiffons' song "Sweet Talkin' Guy," now is talking tough when it comes to renewing Vevo's contract to distribute its videos on Google's YouTube when the deal expires at the end of the year. That's a serious threat given that Vevo - which features videos of Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Rihanna and about 11,000 other artists - is YouTube's most popular channel, according to ComScore Inc. In May, Vevo's videos generated 617.8 million views on the site, which Google acquired in 2006 for $1.65 billion.
March 3, 2011 |
Doug Morris has been named the new chief executive of Sony Music Entertainment, an appointment that was widely expected when Morris last year said he would step down as head of Universal Music Group at the end of 2010. Morris, 72, will succeed Rolf Schmidt-Holz on July 1, and Schmidt-Holz will exit Sony at the end of the month, when his contract expires. In the interim, Sony Corp. Chairman Howard Stringer will helm the music company. In a high-level corporate talent swap, a number of Sony executives are expected to move to Universal over the next few months, including Barry Weiss, the chairman of Sony's RCA/Jive Label Group, who is expected to lead Universal's operations in New York.
October 13, 2002 |
As the head of the world's largest record company, Universal Music Group Chairman Doug Morris could spend all morning hobnobbing with the power-breakfast crowd at the Peninsula Hotel. Here comes Dave Glew now, Epic Records Group chairman and Morris' old friend. "Dave, you're looking great. Everything OK?" Morris, in town from New York for the week, could be talking about his latest successes: the mounting sales of the Eminem album or the critical back flips over the new Beck CD.
December 13, 2000 |
Industry veteran Doug Morris has signed a five-year contract to continue running Vivendi-owned Universal Music Group, the world's largest record conglomerate with such stars as Eminem and Shania Twain. Morris was hired in 1995 by Seagram and has seen its Universal music arm through a series of mergers with Dutch giant PolyGram and French utility behemoth Vivendi. Morris, a songwriter whose credits include the Chiffons' hit "Sweet Talkin' Guy," joined Universal after being forced out as U.S.
May 12, 1999 |
Doug Morris has come a long way since his first big hit: the Chiffons' 1966 smash, "Sweet Talkin' Guy." Sitting in an office on Broadway near the tiny storefront where he co-wrote that song, Morris now heads the world's largest record corporation, Seagram Co.'s Universal Music Group. Morris' emergence as arguably the most powerful figure in music follows some very bizarre twists.
June 24, 1998 |
One day after signing an agreement to buy PolyGram for $10.4 billion, Seagram Co. designated Doug Morris the future head of the combined music entity--the largest record company in the world. Morris, a former songwriter and highly regarded industry veteran, will take over as chairman and chief executive of the record giant, to be named Universal Music Group, following approval of the deal by government regulators--a process that could take five months or more.