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Universal Music launches Mercury Studios

By | Published on Friday 4 December 2020

Alice Webb

Universal Music has launched a new media division called Mercury Studios which will create music-centric film, TV and podcast content. The new division basically ramps up the major’s existing music film unit Eagle Rock and will be headed up by the former BBC exec that has been running that unit since last year, Alice Webb.

Fans of official blurbs might be interested to know that Mercury Studios – which bases in London and LA – will be “a new multi-faceted content studio established to develop, produce, and invest in innovative, music-based storytelling” building on Eagle Rock’s “award-winning library that includes nearly 2000 hours of programming and more than 800 titles of original documentaries”.

Confirming all this, Universal UK boss David Joseph says: “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”.

“Mercury will be about bold ideas, exciting new talent but above all compelling visual storytelling”, he adds, “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”.

Webb herself chips in: “Music is a passion – it touches every part of our lives, which is why Mercury Studios is such an exciting proposition. We are unique – bringing together expertise from across music, film and television in factual, scripted, premium audio, performance and so much more”.

“We can offer creators a vibrant space to realise the projects they are truly passionate about, tapping into the wealth of expertise we have access to”, she goes on. “We are also keen to welcome new blood: talented, ambitious people who want to make distinctive, relevant content with music at its heart”.