Canada’s Bell Media has named Randy Lennox, most recently president and CEO of Universal Music Canada, as president, entertainment production and broadcasting.
The move comes as Phil King, president of broadcast net CTV, sports and entertainment programming departs from the media company.
In the newly created position, Lennox will oversee all of Bell Media’s English independent and in-house entertainment productions for conventional, specialty, pay-TV and digital platforms – a move that will bring all of the company’s production teams under one leader. Reporting to Bell Media president Mary Ann Turcke, Lennox will also oversee all English and French radio and local television broadcasting and associated digital assets.
As the topper at Universal Music Canada, Lennox has shepherded the recording careers of such international superstars as Justin Bieber, Drake, Shania Twain, Nickelback and recent R&B sensation The Weeknd. Through the numerous twists and turns experienced by the music industry over the past decade, Lennox grew market share and revenue for Universal Music through savvy signings and strategic partnerships.
“Randy joins us at a pivotal time as the media industry experiences significant change,” said Turcke in a statement. “He brings to Bell Media an unparalleled record of success, a deep understanding of the complexities of the entertainment industry, and a passion for creative multimedia content. We look forward to his expertise in creating new revenue opportunities in television, radio and digital, including building strategic alliances and special, tent-pole events for our key brands.”
At Universal Music Canada, Jeffrey Remedios, co-founder of Toronto-based indie label Arts & Crafts – home to artists such as Feist and Broken Social Scene and distributed by Universal Music – is succeeding Lennox as president and CEO, effective September 21.