BMG has promoted Keith Hauprich to General Counsel & Senior Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs, North America.
Hauprich moves up from his role as Deputy General Counsel at BMG, where he secured the music publishing rights to major players in the entertainment business including AMC Networks, Activision/Blizzard Studios, Hasbro Studios and Netflix.
He also played a key role in BMG’s victory in a copyright infringement lawsuit against internet service provider Cox Communications, winning a $25m jury verdict and more than $8.5m in costs and disbursements.
In his new role, Hauprich is based in New York and reports directly to Zach Katz, BMG US President, Repertoire & Marketing.
“This is an incredibly well-deserved promotion for someone who has been a key driver of our US business over a prolonged period.”
zach katz, bmg
Katz said: “This is an incredibly well-deserved promotion for someone who has been a key driver of our US business over a prolonged period.
“In a company whose core values include fairness and transparency, the role of General Counsel has a particular resonance at BMG, helping drive revenue, fighting in the corner of artists and songwriters against external threats like piracy and ensuring that we treat our clients in as equitable a way as possible.
“I am delighted Keith has agreed to take on this role.”
Hauprich formerly served as General Counsel for Cherry Lane Music Publishing Company, Inc., prior to BMG’s acquisition in April 2010.
As a member of senior management and a corporate officer, he was responsible for all legal matters and played a vital role in executing the sale to BMG.
Prior to joining Cherry Lane in 2000, Hauprich was an associate at a New York City law firm where he worked closely with a range of entertainment-industry based clients including songwriters, producers, managers, and platinum-selling recording artists.
Music Business Worldwide