SANTA MONICA, CA (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Verve Music Group, the label behind upcoming releases from Mark Knopfler, Andrea Bocelli and The Fairground Saints announced Mike Rittberg has been promoted to general manager.
Rittberg is based in Santa Monica and oversees Verve's operations, artist development and release schedule. Rittberg will also work closely with Interscope Geffen A&M, which is now responsible for Verve's sales, marketing and film and TV licensing. Rittberg reports to Verve Chairman David Foster.
"I congratulate Mike on his well-deserved promotion," Foster said. "Mike has been a wonderful partner, and together I look forward to bringing new talent to Verve and building on our iconic label's vast accomplishments."
"I'm honored to carry on the tradition of great music coming from Verve as we redevelop its brand during the coming year," Rittberg said. "I'm especially grateful to David Foster, Michele Anthony, John Janick, Steve Berman and David Cohen for this incredible opportunity and for their support."
Prior to his promotion, Rittberg served as Senior Vice President of Branding and Marketing at Verve. He joined Universal Music Group in April 2012 as Verve's Vice President of Artist Development and Promotion. Before Verve, Rittberg was Senior Vice President of Promotion at Warner Music Group's Warner Bros./Reprise.
Verve has lined up both jazz and adult contemporary releases in store for 2015, building on the February 3rd debut of Diana Krall's new album "Wallflower." Verve plans to release new music this year from Andrea Bocelli, Brenna Whitaker, The Falls, The Fairground Saints and Charles Perry. The label is also developing a "We Love Disney" project, with more details to be provided soon. –by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers