Sir Howard Stringer is a Welsh-born American businessman. He served as chairman of the board, president and CEO of Sony Corporation, he is the head of the board of trustees of the American Film Institute and now serves as a non-executive director of the BBC. Stringer was born in Cardiff, the son of Marjorie Mary, a Welsh schoolteacher, Harry Stringer, a sergeant in the Royal Air Force. In July 1978, he married Jennifer A. Kinmond Patterson, they have two children. His younger brother, Rob Stringer, was president of Sony Music Label Group. Stringer attended Oundle School in Northamptonshire and 11 other secondary schools by the time he was 16, he received a Master of Arts from the University of Oxford in Modern History. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II on 31 December 1999, appeared on Desert Island Discs in 2013. Stringer moved to the United States in 1965. After working at CBS's flagship station WCBS-TV for six weeks, he was drafted into the United States Army, served as a military policeman in Saigon for ten months in the Vietnam War.
He was awarded the Army Commendation Medal for meritorious achievement. Stringer returned to CBS, he started including answering backstage phones for The Ed Sullivan Show. He became a journalist and senior executive, he became a naturalised American citizen in 1985. He served as president of CBS from 1988 to 1995, where he was responsible for all the broadcast activities of its entertainment, sports and television stations. Executive producer of "CBS Reports" Executive producer of "CBS Evening News with Dan Rather" President of CBS News President of CBS, Inc. Sir Howard Stringer left CBS in 1995 to set up TELE-TV, a media and technology company formed by US telecoms Bell Atlantic, NYNEX, Pacific Telesis, Creative Artists Agency in February 1995, he left two years to join Sony. Stringer began work at Sony in May 1997 as president of its US operational unit, he was made a Sony group executive officer in May 1998. Since June 2005, he served as Chairman of Sony, overseeing businesses such as Sony Computer Entertainment, Sony Music Entertainment, Sony Electronics, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Sony Financial Holdings.
On 1 April 2009, he became president of Sony Corporation and ousted Ryoji Chubachi in what was seen as prelude to broader corporate restructuring. Stringer served as executive chairman and chief executive officer of Sony Corporation of America, as president of Sony Broadband Entertainment Corporation since March 2000. Stringer was promoted to the company's top position as the corporation overall was having trouble with losses and was facing increasing competition from rivals like Samsung, Apple Inc. and Panasonic. With his experience in the media industry, Stringer was responsible for the media business of Sony in the U. S. by overseeing the release of the Spider-Man film series, among others. As CEO, Stringer's initial focus was on streamlining Sony's electronics business, such as through its Bravia TV joint venture with Samsung. Stringer was instrumental in arranging Sony's investment in Spotify, which earned Sony a profit of nearly $1 billion upon Sony's partial exit in 2018. Nonetheless, Sony's stock price fell by 60 percent from when Stringer assumed the role of group chairman until his resignation as CEO was announced in 2012, due in part to exchange rates and the effects of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake.
On 1 February 2012, Sony announced that Stringer would step down as president and CEO, effective 1 April to be replaced by Kazuo Hirai, executive deputy president and chairman of Sony Computer Entertainment. Stringer relinquished his title of chairman of Sony and became chairman of the board of Sony in June. In June 2013, Stringer retired as chairman of the board of Sony. While serving as the chief of Sony in Tokyo, Stringer maintained a home in New York while his family lived in England, he received the U. S. Army Commendation Medal for meritorious achievement. In 1996, he was awarded the First Amendment Leadership Award by the Radio and Television News Directors Foundation. In 1996, he was inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame. In May 1999, he received the UJA-Federation of New York's Steven J. Ross Humanitarian Award. In November 1999, he was inducted into the Royal Television Society's Welsh Hall of Fame. On 31 December 1999, he received the title of Knight Bachelor from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
In February 2007, the Museum of Television and Radio awarded him with its Visionary Award for Innovative Leadership in Media and Entertainment. He has been honoured by Lincoln Center, Big Brothers Big Sisters, The New York Hall of Science and The American Theatre Wing, he received Honorary Doctorates from the University of Glamorgan in Wales and University of the Arts London. In 2000, he received an honorary fellowship from Oxford. In 2001, he received an honorary fellowship from Royal Welsh College of Drama; the Late Shift "Howard Stringer biography" - Sony Corporation website
Goldsmiths, University of London
Goldsmiths, University of London, is a public research university in London, specialising in the arts, design and social sciences. It is a constituent college of the University of London, it was founded in 1891 as Goldsmiths' Technical and Recreative Institute by the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths in New Cross, London. It was renamed Goldsmiths' College; the word College was dropped from its branding in 2006, but Goldsmiths' College, with the apostrophe, remains the institution's formal legal name. Nearly 20% of students come from outside the UK, 52% of all undergraduates are mature students. Around a third of students at Goldsmiths are postgraduate students. In 1891, the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, one of the City of London Livery Companies, founded Goldsmiths' Technical and Recreative Institute; the Goldsmiths' Company was established in the 12th century as a medieval guild for goldsmiths and jewellers. The Livery Company dedicated the foundation of its new Institute to "the promotion of technical skill, knowledge and general well-being among men and women of the industrial and artisan classes".
The original Institute was based in New Cross at the former Royal Naval School building. In 1904, the Institute was merged with the University of London and was re-established as Goldsmiths' College.. At this point Goldsmiths was the largest teacher training institution in the country. Training functions were expanded to include refresher courses for teachers, the University Postgraduate Certificate in Education and an Art teacher's Certificate course; the College ran its own Nursery School. Shortly after the merger, in 1907, Goldsmiths added a new Arts building, designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield, at the back of the main building. During the Second World War it was decided to evacuate the faculty and students of the College to University College, Nottingham, a decision which proved wise both at the time and in hindsight, since the main building was struck by an incendiary bomb and gutted in 1940. During the 1960s Goldsmiths experienced a rapid expansion in student numbers, it is during this period that Goldsmiths began to establish its reputation in the arts and social science fields, as well as offering a number of new teacher training qualifications.
The original main building was expanded, the Lockwood Building, Whitehead Building, Education Building, Warmington Tower and St James's Hall were all built to accommodate the influx of new students. The university acquired a number of historic buildings in the surrounding area, including the splendid former Deptford Town Hall and Laurie Grove Baths buildings; the Richard Hoggart Building, Deptford Town Hall and the Laurie Grove Baths all retain Grade II listed building status. In 1988, Goldsmiths became a full College of the University of London and in 1990 received its Royal Charter. Among its wardens have been Richard Hoggart, Andrew Rutherford and Ben Pimlott; the current Warden is Pat Loughrey. In 2018, the former boiler house and public laundry of Laurie Grove Baths was refurbished and opened as Goldsmiths CCA. Goldsmiths is situated in New Cross, a populated area of south-east London with a considerable art and music scene; the area is served by London Overground trains at New Cross Gate.
The main building, the Richard Hoggart Building, was designed as a school by the architect John Shaw, Jr. The former Deptford Town Hall Building, designed by Henry Vaughan Lanchester and Edwin Alfred Rickards, acquired in 1998, is used for academic seminars and conferences. In addition to this Goldsmiths has built several more modern buildings to develop the campus, including the RIBA award-winning Rutherford Building completed in 1997, the Ben Pimlott Building designed by Will Alsop and completed in 2005, the Professor Stuart Hall Building, completed in 2010; the library, or the Rutherford Building, has three floors and gives students access to an extensive range of printed and electronic resources. The third-floor library is believed to house the largest collection of audio-visual material in the UK. Goldsmiths' students, like all other students in the University of London, have full access to the collections at Senate House Library at Bloomsbury in central London; the seven-storey Ben Pimlott Building on New Cross Road, complete with its distinctive "scribble in the sky" has become a signature of modern Goldsmiths.
It contains studio and teaching space for the Department of Art, as well as housing the Goldsmiths Digital Studios and the Centre for Cognition and Culture. The Professor Stuart Hall Building, situated next to the green, is home to the Media and Communications Department and the Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship. Facilities include a 250-seat lecture theatre and teaching rooms, as well as a cafe with outdoor seating; the Department of Art at Goldsmiths is one of the leading fine art teaching and practice-based research centres in the world. The Head of Department is Dr Richard Noble. Notable alumni include Damien Hirst, Sarah Lucas, Steve McQueen, Gillian Wearing, Sabina Goldsmith and Graham Coxon; the university is a member of the Screen Studies Group, London. The Depart
Manic Street Preachers
Manic Street Preachers are a Welsh rock band formed in Blackwood in 1986. The band consists of cousins James Dean Bradfield, Sean Moore, plus Nicky Wire, they are colloquially known as "the Manics". Following the release of their debut single "Suicide Alley", the band was joined by Richey Edwards as co-lyricist and rhythm guitarist; the band's early albums were in a punk vein broadening to a greater alternative rock sound, whilst retaining a leftist political outlook. Their early combination of androgynous glam imagery and lyrics about "culture, alienation and despair" has gained them a loyal following and cult status. With their debut album, Generation Terrorists, the Manic Street Preachers proclaimed it would be the "greatest rock album ever", as well as hoping to sell "sixteen million copies" around the world, after which they would split up. Despite the album's failure to meet this level of success, the band carried on with their career; the group became a trio after Richey Edwards disappeared in February 1995.
The band went on to gain commercial success in spite of his absence. Edwards was "presumed dead" in 2008. Throughout their career, the Manics have headlined several festivals including Glastonbury, T in the Park, V Festival and Reading, won eleven NME Awards, eight Q Awards and four BRIT Awards, they have been nominated for the Mercury Prize in 1996 and 1999, have had one nomination for the MTV Europe Music Awards. The group has reached number 1 in the UK charts three times: in 1998, with the album This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours and the single "If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next", again in 2000 with the single "The Masses Against the Classes", they have sold more than ten million albums worldwide. Manic Street Preachers formed in 1986 at Oakdale Comprehensive School, South Wales, which all the band members attended. Bradfield and the older Moore are cousins, shared bunkbeds in the Bradfield family home after Moore's parents divorced. During the band's early years, alongside the classically trained Moore wrote the music while Wire focused on the lyrics.
The origin of the band's name remains unclear, but the most often-told story relates that Bradfield, while busking one day in Cardiff, got into an altercation with someone who asked him "What are you, some kind of manic street preacher?"Original bassist Flicker left the band in early 1988 because he believed that the band were moving away from their punk roots. The band continued as a three-piece, with Wire switching from guitar to bass, in 1988 they released their first single, "Suicide Alley". Despite its recording quality, this punk ode to youthful escape provides an early insight into both Bradfield's guitar work and Moore's live drumming, the latter of which would be absent from the band's first LP; the Manics intended to restore revolution to rock and roll at a time when Britain was dominated by shoegaze and acid house. The NME gave "Suicide Alley" an enthusiastic review, citing a press release by Richey Edwards: "We are as far away from anything in the'80s as possible."After the release of "Suicide Alley," Edwards joined the band on rhythm guitar and contributed to lyrics alongside Wire. Edwards designed record sleeves and artwork, drove the band to and from gigs.
In 1990 the Manic Street Preachers signed a deal with label Damaged Goods Records for one EP. The four-track New Art Riot E. P. attracted as much media interest for its attacks on fellow musicians as for the actual music. With the help of Hall or Nothing management, the Manics signed to indie label Heavenly Records; the band recorded their first single for the label, entitled "Motown Junk". Their next single, "You Love Us", sampled Krzysztof Penderecki's "Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima" as well as Iggy Pop; the video featured Nicky Wire in drag as Marilyn Monroe and contained visual references to the film Betty Blue and to Aleister Crowley. In an interview with then-NME journalist Steve Lamacq, Edwards carved the phrase "4REAL" into his arm with a razor blade to prove their sincerity, he received seventeen stitches. NME subsequently ran a full page story on the incident, including a phone interview with Richey on his motivations for doing it. A recording of the editorial meeting discussing whether or not they could publish the image was included as a b-side on the band's 1992 charity single Theme from M.
A. S. H. Featuring Lamacq, then-editor of NME Danny Kelly and James Brown; as a result of their controversial behaviour, the Manics became favourites of the British music press, which helped them build a rabidly dedicated following. Columbia Records of Sony Music UK signed the band shortly afterwards and they began work on their debut album; the band's debut album, Generation Terrorists, was released in 1992 on the Columbia Records imprint. The liner notes contained a literary quote for each of the album's eighteen songs and the album lasted just over seventy minutes; the album's lyrics are politicised like those of the Clash and Public Enemy, with the album's songs switching from a critical focus on global capitalism to more personal tales of despair and the struggles of youth. About the musical style of the album Pitchfork writer Joe Tangari wrote that Generation Terrorists "walked a weird line between agit-punk, cock rock, romantic melodicism and glam, was so patterned after the Clash's London Calling that it was kind of cute."Other tracks combine personal and political themes, implicating a connection between global capitalism and p
Columbia Records is an American record label owned by Sony Music Entertainment, a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America, the North American division of Japanese conglomerate Sony. It was founded in 1887, evolving from the American Graphophone Company, the successor to the Volta Graphophone Company. Columbia is the oldest surviving brand name in the recorded sound business, the second major company to produce records. From 1961 to 1990, Columbia recordings were released outside North America under the name CBS Records to avoid confusion with EMI's Columbia Graphophone Company. Columbia is one of Sony Music's four flagship record labels, alongside former longtime rival RCA Records, as well as Arista Records and Epic Records. Artists who have recorded for Columbia include Harry Styles, AC/DC, Louis Armstrong, Tony Bennett, Beyoncé, Dave Brubeck, The Byrds, Johnny Cash, Mariah Carey, The Chainsmokers, The Clash, Miles Davis, Rosemary Clooney, Neil Diamond, Celine Dion, Bob Dylan, Wind & Fire, Duke Ellington, 50 Cent, Erroll Garner, Benny Goodman, Adelaide Hall, Billy Joel, Janis Joplin, John Mayer, George Michael, Billy Murray, Pink Floyd, Lil Nas X, Frank Sinatra and Garfunkel, Bessie Smith, Bruce Springsteen, Barbra Streisand, Andy Williams, Pharrell Williams, Bill Withers, Paul Whiteman, Joe Zawinul The Columbia Phonograph Company was founded in 1887 by stenographer and New Jersey native Edward D. Easton and a group of investors.
It derived its name from the District of Columbia. At first it had a local monopoly on sales and service of Edison phonographs and phonograph cylinders in Washington, D. C. Maryland, Delaware; as was the custom of some of the regional phonograph companies, Columbia produced many commercial cylinder recordings of its own, its catalogue of musical records in 1891 was 10 pages. Columbia's ties to Edison and the North American Phonograph Company were severed in 1894 with the North American Phonograph Company's breakup. Thereafter it sold only phonographs of its own manufacture. In 1902, Columbia introduced a molded brown wax record, to use up old stock. Columbia introduced black wax records in 1903. According to one source, they continued to mold brown waxes until 1904 with the highest number being 32601, "Heinie", a duet by Arthur Collins and Byron G. Harlan; the molded brown waxes may have been sold to Sears for distribution. Columbia began selling disc records and phonographs in addition to the cylinder system in 1901, preceded only by their "Toy Graphophone" of 1899, which used small, vertically cut records.
For a decade, Columbia competed with both the Edison Phonograph Company cylinders and the Victor Talking Machine Company disc records as one of the top three names in American recorded sound. In order to add prestige to its early catalog of artists, Columbia contracted a number of New York Metropolitan Opera stars to make recordings; these stars included Marcella Sembrich, Lillian Nordica, Antonio Scotti and Edouard de Reszke, but the technical standard of their recordings was not considered to be as high as the results achieved with classical singers during the pre–World War I period by Victor, England's His Master's Voice or Italy's Fonotipia Records. After an abortive attempt in 1904 to manufacture discs with the recording grooves stamped into both sides of each disc—not just one—in 1908 Columbia commenced successful mass production of what they called their "Double-Faced" discs, the 10-inch variety selling for 65 cents apiece; the firm introduced the internal-horn "Grafonola" to compete with the popular "Victrola" sold by the rival Victor Talking Machine Company.
During this era, Columbia used the "Magic Notes" logo—a pair of sixteenth notes in a circle—both in the United States and overseas. Columbia stopped recording and manufacturing wax cylinder records in 1908, after arranging to issue celluloid cylinder records made by the Indestructible Record Company of Albany, New York, as "Columbia Indestructible Records". In July 1912, Columbia decided to concentrate on disc records and stopped manufacturing cylinder phonographs, although they continued selling Indestructible's cylinders under the Columbia name for a year or two more. Columbia was split into one to make records and one to make players. Columbia Phonograph was moved to Connecticut, Ed Easton went with it, it was renamed the Dictaphone Corporation. In late 1922, Columbia went into receivership; the company was bought by its English subsidiary, the Columbia Graphophone Company in 1925 and the label, record numbering system, recording process changed. On February 25, 1925, Columbia began recording with the electric recording process licensed from Western Electric.
"Viva-tonal" records set a benchmark in tone and clarity unequaled on commercial discs during the 78-rpm era. The first electrical recordings were made by Art Gillham, the "Whispering Pianist". In a secret agreement with Victor, electrical technology was kept secret to avoid hurting sales of acoustic records. In 1926, Columbia acquired Okeh Records and its growing stable of jazz and blues artists, including Louis Armstrong and Clarence Williams. Columbia had built a catalog of blues and jazz artists, including Bessie Smith in their 14000-D Race series. Columbia had a successful "Hillbilly" series. In 1928, Paul Whiteman, the nation's most popular orchestra leader, left Victor to record for Columbia. During the same year, Columbia executiv
MGMT is an American rock band formed in 2002 in Middletown, Connecticut. It was founded by multi-instrumentalists Andrew Ben Goldwasser. Along side VanWyngarden and Goldwasser MGMT's live lineup consists of drummer Will Berman, bassist Simon O'Connor, guitarist and keyboard James Richardson. Signed to Cantora Records by the nascent label's co-founder, NYU undergrad Will Griggs, MGMT signed with Columbia and RED Ink in 2006 and released their debut album Oracular Spectacular the next year. After the release of Oracular Spectacular Asti and Berman joined the core band in the studio for Congratulations, released on April 13, 2010. In January 2011 they began work on their eponymous third studio album, it was released on September 17, 2013, was released as an early exclusive on Rdio on September 9, 2013. The group's fourth studio album, titled Little Dark Age, was released in February 2018. On October 5, 2007, Spin named MGMT "Artist of the Day". In November Rolling Stone pegged MGMT as a top ten "Artist to Watch" in 2008.
The band placed ninth in the BBC's Sound of 2008 Top Ten Poll. They were named as Last.fm's most played new artist of 2008 in their Best of 2008 list. At the 51st Grammy Awards, the Justice remix of "Electric Feel" won the Grammy Award for Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical; the group was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best New Artist and "Kids" was nominated for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals at the 52nd Grammy Awards. Ben Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden formed the band while attending Wesleyan University during their freshman year. "We weren't trying to start a band," remarked Goldwasser. "We were just hanging out and showing each other music that we liked." They experimented with noise rock and electronica before settling on what Paco Alvarez of Spin calls "their current brand of shape-shifting psychedelic pop." The band formed under the name The Management, two demo albums were unofficially released under the name, but since the name was being used by another band, they changed it to MGMT.
While at Wesleyan, they were schoolmates of Francis and the Lights, with whom they have since toured. VanWyngarden and Goldwasser graduated in 2005 and toured extensively in support of the Time to Pretend EP released in the same year, opening for indie pop band Of Montreal. In the autumn of 2006 Maureen Kenny signed the band to Columbia Records; when the band received a call from the A&R department of Columbia Records saying they were interested in their music, they thought it was a joke. The duo recorded with Flaming Lips/Sleater-Kinney music producer Dave Fridmann in 2007 for their major label debut, Oracular Spectacular. MGMT opened for Of Montreal on tour in autumn 2007 as a five-piece touring band including Matthew Asti, James Richardson, Hank Sullivant. In November 2007, they performed for the first time in Europe, supporting the band Samantha and The Courteeners at Koko in London, England. After March 2008, Hank Sullivant left the band to pursue Kuroma. Will Berman joined as the new drummer, James Richardson switched from drums to guitar, Matthew Asti remained on bass.
The band supported Radiohead on the Manchester date of their world tour and went on a headline tour of the UK during November 2008, playing at venues such as Manchester Academy and Shepherd's Bush Empire. MGMT opened for M. I. A. on the Vassar College date of her 2008 tour, played several shows with Beck during his 2008 tour. They appeared at the 2009 editions of the Bonnaroo Music Festival. Bruce Springsteen was in attendance during their 2009 Bonnaroo late-night set, which followed his headlining appearance on What Stage, they toured Australia with a headlining spot on the Meredith Music Festival line-up. The group played a show at the Virgin Music Festival on the Toronto Islands on September 6, 2008, playing nine songs off their Oracular Spectacular album, they played the 2008 Street Scene festival in San Diego, California. On February 27, 2009, MGMT performed alongside Spectrum at The Dome in Finsbury Park. MGMT played another show in Australia at the 2009 Splendour in the Grass Festival, they headlined this music festival along with other well known bands such as Bloc Party, The Flaming Lips, Happy Mondays, Jane's Addiction.
MGMT opened for Paul McCartney, an admitted fan, at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts, on August 5 and 6, 2009. On August 15, 2009, MGMT played in Hamburg, Germany, at the Dockville Festival and performed several songs from their upcoming album. MGMT was one of the headlining bands for the Treasure Island Music Festival on Treasure Island in San Francisco, California, on October 17, 2009. MGMT's Congratulations was released on April 13, 2010; the band, including Matthew Asti, James Richardson, Will Berman from the live band, spent the summer of 2009 in Malibu, recording the album with Pete Kember of Spacemen 3 and Spectrum, serving as producer/guru, long-time friend Billy Bennett, as engineer. MGMT suggested that they might not release any singles from the album. By July 2010, four single releases from the album had been confirmed; the album cover art for Congratulations was created for MGMT by Anthony Ausgang and the overall design of the packaging is by Josh Cheuse of Sony Entertainment.
On March 9, 2010, MGMT released the song "Flash Delirium" for free download on their official website. On March 20, the band allowed users to stream their new album from their website. MGMT started their Congratulations Tour on April 12, 2010, in San Francisco, California, at The Fillmore. They
Doug Morris is an American record executive. He is the current chairman of Sony Music Entertainment, he served as chairman and CEO of the Universal Music Group from 1995 to 2011 and Sony Music Entertainment from 2011 to 2017. Born to Jewish parents, Morris is a graduate of Columbia University, he began a career in the music industry as a songwriter for Inc. a music publisher. Morris wrote "Sweet Talkin' Guy", a 1966 hit for The Chiffons, produced the hit "Smokin' In the Boys Room" for Brownsville Station. After joining Laurie Records as a songwriter and producer in 1965, Morris became vice-president and general manager of the record label, he started his own label, Big Tree Records, acquired by Atlantic Records in 1974, which led to Morris becoming president of Atco Records and an association with Warner Music. Morris became president of Atlantic Records in 1980, became co-chairman and co-CEO of the Atlantic Recording Group, alongside Ahmet Ertegun, in 1990. Morris played an integral role in making Atlantic the leading company in the Warner Music Group.
In 1994, Morris shifted to the position of president and chief operating officer of Warner Music U. S. and was soon named chairman. Morris lost an executive battle at Warner leading to his departure from Warner Music in 1995. Morris began working with MCA Records in July 1995 by forming a joint venture record label, which became Universal Records when Morris was appointed chairman and CEO of MCA Music Entertainment Group in November 1995; the company was renamed Universal Music Group the following year. He was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Morris was criticised by music journalists for his approach to streaming services the infamous PressPlay. Lucian Grainge replaced Morris as CEO on January 1, 2011, replaced him as chairman on March 9, 2011. Morris became chairman and CEO of Sony Music Entertainment on July 1, 2011. After Morris' arrival, Sony Music restructured two of its label groups; the RCA/Jive Label Group had been split in half. Peter Edge was promoted to CEO of the RCA Music Group.
L. A. Reid became the CEO of Epic Records shortly after Morris' arrival; some Jive artists have been moved to Epic while others have been moved to the RCA. In addition to splitting the RCA/Jive Label Group, the Columbia/Epic Label Group was split. In October 2011 Morris announced that Mel Lewinter had been appointed executive vice president of Label Strategy at Sony Music. On April 1, 2017, he was replaced as CEO of Sony Music Entertainment by Rob Stringer, the CEO of Columbia Records. In 2018, Morris founded the label 12 Tone Music Group under Warner Music Group, his first signing to the label was singer Anderson Paak. Morris’s progressive digital strategies led him to become the first media executive to monetize online music videos helping to create the music video-on-demand market online, and nowhere is this more apparent than with the success of VEVO. As the founder of VEVO, Morris partnered with Google Chairman Eric Schmidt to launch the new premium music video and entertainment service in late 2009.
Within its first month of launch, VEVO amassed an unprecedented 35 million unique viewers in the U. S. making it the #1 music entertainment destination on the Web, according to comScore. In 2013, Morris served as co-producer and lead financier of the Broadway musical "Motown: The Musical." Based on the life story of legendary Motown founder Berry Gordy, featuring classic songs from the Motown catalog, “Motown: The Musical” was nominated for four Tony Awards and was the top-selling new musical of the 2012–13 season. Morris serves on the board of directors of CBS Corporation, The Robin Hood Foundation, The Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, The Rock -N- Roll Hall of Fame Foundation. In 2003, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences awarded Morris with the President’s Merit Award, honoring his consistent creative commitment to artistic and entrepreneurial excellence and longstanding support for the music and world communities. In 2008, Morris was honored with City of Hope’s Spirit of Life award, in 2009, he received the NARAS Icons award as well as a star on the world-famous Hollywood Walk of Fame.
In 2014, Morris was honored by the Songwriters Hall of Fame with the Howie Richmond Hitmaker Award in recognition of being a star maker in the music industry, responsible for a substantial number of hit songs. In 2015, he received an honorary doctorate from the Berklee College of Music in recognition for his achievements and influence in music, for his enduring contributions to American and international culture. CEO Exchange biography on PBS Vivendi Management Board Bio "Universal's CEO Once Called iPod Users Thieves. Now He's Giving Songs Away", on Wired Doug Morris biography from Sony Music Guide to the Douglas Morris Collection