Global music corporation Universal Music Group (UMG), a division of French media conglomerate Vivendi, has launched Mercury Studios.
Led by accomplished media executive Alice Webb (pictured), Mercury Studios will serve as an audio-visual content house focused on developing, producing and investing in innovative, music-based storytelling.
Webb was appointed as CEO of Eagle Rock Entertainment in 2019, following a successful 15-year career at the BBC, most recently serving as children’s director for the British pubcaster.
Mercury Studios will produce music-driven content through artist and filmmaker partnerships across multiple genres, including performance and live; factual and reality; scripted; and audio originals via film and television content, podcasts and short form content.
The division will additionally integrate global film and television producer Eagle Rock Entertainment under its roof, enabling Mercury to build upon Eagle Rock’s current library that includes nearly 2,000 hours of programming and more than 800 titles of original documentaries.
In addition, Mercury will leverage Eagle Rock’s global sales division alongside its home video and digital media distribution.
“Mercury Studios will bring together the very best in the business under the exceptional leadership of Alice, who has already proved herself as a dynamic creative innovator, not least during her time at the BBC,” said David Joseph, chairman and CEO of Universal Music UK. “Mercury will be about bold ideas, exciting new talent but above all compelling visual storytelling, all of which will be demonstrated with the exciting projects we will be announcing over the coming weeks. Music is a world full of the most extraordinary stories, with so many yet to be told.”
“We can offer creators a vibrant space to realize the projects they are truly passionate about, tapping into the wealth of expertise we have access to,” added Webb. “We are also keen to welcome new blood: talented, ambitious people who want to make distinctive, relevant content with music at its heart.”
Universal acquired Eagle Rock in 2014 after the company launched in 1997. The producer specializes in filming live performances and concert footage for music artists including Sam Smith, Glass Animals, Queen, The Rolling Stones, Ella Fitzgerald and Dr. Dre.