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Label Mergers: Bigger ‘n’ Better ‘n’ Rougher ‘n’ Tougher?
18th May 2004 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
|Keynote:||Nick Ashton-Hart||Executive Director, IMMF|
|Panel:||Pete Jenner||Sincere Management|
|Robert Horsfall||Partner, Lee & Thompson Solicitors|
|Marc Marot||Terra Firma Management and former MD, Island Records|
|David Stopps||FML Ltd|
|Chairman:||Keith Harris||Keith Harris Music Ltd / MusicTank Chairman / PPL Director|
This think tank, which takes place on the eve of the European Commission’s expected publication of its Statement of Objections, will consider the rationale and likely consequences of the proposed Sony / BMG merger.
Mergers mean bigger companies with increased economies of scale and greater negotiating power. Is this the only way for the majors to compete with even larger media conglomerates, or are there better ways for the music business to increase its share of the public’s entertainment pound?
With traditional methods of supplying recorded music becoming less seductive, some argue that we need to see less, rather than more concentration in order to increase competition and broaden consumer choice. This think tank will discuss possible solutions.
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