TORONTO/LOS ANGELES, September 20, 2017 - Entertainment One (eOne) Global Music President Chris Taylor today announced that Michael Olsen has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Operations and Business & Legal Affairs, Music.
In his expanded role, Olsen will oversee operations as well as business and legal affairs across eOne’s Music division on a global basis and will continue to work alongside Michael Healy, Executive Vice President Finance/General Manager, Music.
Since joining eOne in 2010, Olsen has served in a number of capacities including SVP, Business Development where he was responsible for the new business activities across music. He was also responsible for leading eOne’s Nashville labels, the acquisition of Dualtone Music Group in 2016, forging the strategic relationship with Hardlivings and Nerve artist management companies, charting the transition of eOne’s physical distribution to Warner ADA in North America and SPV in Europe, as well as the worldwide publishing administration partnership with Ole Media Management, among other key initiatives.
“Michael has been a true leader and has played a vital role in growing our music business over many years,” said Taylor. “I’m delighted that he’ll continue to source, build and broaden strategic relationships for us across all genres as we expand our footprint and truly up our game.”
“This is an exciting time for eOne’s music business and I’m thrilled to be more deeply involved in all of the great developments,” said Olsen. “Chris and the entire team are doing some incredible things in the industry and bringing more and more standout artists into the eOne family. And this is just the beginning.”
Prior to eOne, Olsen served as CEO at indie music labels Sheridan Square Entertainment, Artemis Records, V2 Records and the Indieblu Music Group. Olsen has overseen multiple Grammy winning or nominated projects by artists including Lalah Hathaway, Erica Campbell, William McDowell and Donald Lawrence as well as projects by the White Stripes, the Raconteurs, Moby, Black Label Society, Joan Osborne, Merle Haggard, George Clinton, Peter Cetera, Kansas and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Before that, Olsen was VP/GM of the Denver Symphony Orchestra. Outside the industry, Olsen has served in various senior business and legal affairs capacities across multiple categories.
The appointment is effective immediately. Olsen continues to be based in eOne’s Nashville office and reports to Taylor.
About Entertainment One
Entertainment One Ltd. (LSE:ETO) is a global independent studio that specializes in the development, acquisition, production, financing, distribution and sales of entertainment content. The Company’s diversified expertise spans across film, television and music production and sales, family programming, merchandising and licensing, and digital content. Through its global reach and expansive scale, powered by deep local market knowledge, the Company delivers the best content to the world.
Entertainment One’s robust network includes film and television studio The Mark Gordon Company; content creation venture Amblin Partners with Steven Spielberg, DreamWorks Studios, Participant Media, Reliance Entertainment, Alibaba Pictures and Universal Filmed Entertainment; newly-launched MAKEREADY with Brad Weston; leading feature film production and global sales company Sierra Pictures; unscripted television production company Renegade 83; world-class music labels Dualtone Music Group and Last Gang; and award-winning digital agency Secret Location.
The Company’s rights library is exploited across all media formats and includes more than 100,000 hours of film and television content and approximately 40,000 music tracks.