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UMPG Launches UMPL

(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) —

Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) has formed a new division–Universal Music Production Library (UMPL), which will encompass high quality production music by some of the hottest names in contemporary music responsible for some of the current biggest releases. The Universal Music Production Library will be unique in that it will be the first library to cull many of its tracks from Universal Music Publishing Group's top roster of contemporary talent as well as top names in the film/TV and trailer world. UMPL composers have worked with an impressive and diverse roster of popular artists, from 50 Cent, G-Unit and KISS, to John Lee Hooker, Bob Dylan and many more.

UMPL will also offer music supervision, recording studio services and immediate access to UMPL composers, producers, mix and master engineers with Composer's Custom Lab. Additionally, a new UMPL web site has been launched at with a user friendly search engine and integrated with links to, UMPG's popular music licensing destination.

Emmy-winning composer/music supervisor Jonathan Firstenberg has been recruited to lead the new initiative as the creative director. He has extensive experience in the production music library industry including roles at Zomba and other major music production companies as well as experience in music supervision, and composing for TV and daytime dramas. Firstenberg has received Emmy awards for "Santa Barbara," "Guiding Light," and "General Hospital." In this new role, Firstenberg will oversee the acquisition of content for the library and promote the general business development of the company. Firstenberg will report to Scott James, SVP Film/TV and New Technologies.

The division will serve production and broadcasting entities, production companies, post-production houses, music supervisors, editors, advertising agencies, ringtone and call back applications, video games, studio music departments and more.

David Renzer, Chairman, Universal Music Publishing Group, commented: "The Universal Music Production Library and related services that we are launching will offer exciting opportunities to both our writer/artists, as well as service the growing music needs of various production outlets with music they wouldn't find in any other Production Music Library."

"I am thrilled to begin this new venture with Universal and look forward to breaking new ground for the company," said Firstenberg. –Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen