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Universal leads in Variety’s ‘women in entertainment’ report

By | Published on Thursday 9 October 2014

Jody Gerson

So Variety magazine has shared its ‘Women’s Impact Report’ for this year, a longlist of the ladies it deems most shape what’s going on in the (mainly American) entertainment world right now.

And here’s a thing, it doesn’t feature all that many humans-with-vaginas working in the music industry. Though that possibly tells us more about the team compiling this list than it does the music industry which, while having plenty of issues to tackle on-stage and behind-the-scenes when it comes gender equality, could nevertheless have easily filled every one of the 63 slots on this poll.

Of the music industry women highlighted, other than hit-machine Sia, all three are execs at the Universal Music Group. Namely UMG’s EVP US Recorded Music, Michelle Anthony, who was appointed in 2013; Capitol Music Group co-EVP Michelle Jubelirer; and Jody Gerson (pictured), who was recently announced as a replacement for Zach Horowitz as CEO at Universal Music Publishing.

Appraising the list, UMG headmaster/Chairman/CEO Lucian Grainge, says: “Our leadership is simply the best in the business and these three talented and hard-working executives prove the point. I, along with the rest of our UMG family, congratulate Michele, Michelle and Jody in being recognised on this year’s Women’s Impact Report”.