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Hartwig Masuch

BMG Rights Management
Hartwig Masuch is the CEO and co-founder of BMG, the fastest growing music company of the 21st century. Key to BMG’s innovative approach is the fact it represents the traditionally separate music publishing and recording rights off the same state-of-the-art platform internationally.

After working as a freelance music producer, running his own independent music publishing company and working with Warner Music Publishing (Germany), Hartwig Masuch joined the former BMG Music Publishing as Managing Director & Senior Vice President GSA in 1991. He held the position until 2007 when the company was acquired by Universal Music Group. Subsequently, he advised Bertelsmann, BMG’s parent company, as a consultant during the sale of Bertelsmann’s 50 percent shareholding in Sony BMG Music Entertainment.

In October 2008, Hartwig Masuch was appointed CEO of the new BMG, steering the continuous growth story of the newly formed music rights management company which is now the fourth biggest music company in the world.

Since its launch BMG has established a presence in twelve core music markets and now represents the rights to more than 2.5 million songs and recordings, including the catalogues of Chrysalis, Bug, Virgin, Mute, Sanctuary, Primary Wave, Talpa Music and BBR.