Randy Lennox Moves To Bell Media, Jeffrey Remedios takes over at UMG

Randy Lennox is taking on a key executive role with Bell Media. A veteran entertainment executive with more than 25 years of industry experience, Lennox will oversee all of Bell Media’s English independent and in-house entertainment productions for conventional, specialty, pay television, and digital media, bringing the company’s production teams together under one leader. Lennox will also oversee all English and French radio and local television broadcasting and their associated digital assets. Reporting directly to Mary Ann Turcke, Lennox becomes a member of Bell Media’s Senior Leadership Team.

Effective September 21st, Jeffrey Remedios will be the new President and Chief Executive Officer of Universal Music Canada

Remedios, co-founder of Arts & Crafts, Canada’s premiere independent music company, succeeds Lennox, who has been appointed President of Entertainment Production and Broadcasting at Bell Media, Canada’s largest television, radio and digital media company.

“I want to thank Randy for transforming our Canadian company into the market leader both commercially and creatively,” Grainge said. “He will be missed at UMG, and I’m confident he will achieve great things in his new role. I congratulate Jeffrey on his appointment. We are fortunate to have found an executive with his creative instincts and proven entrepreneurial track record to lead Universal Music Canada.” 

Lennox said, “It has been a pleasure working with Lucian Grainge and his executive team in building Universal Music Canada into the home for Canadian artists who have made an impact around the world. Jeffrey is a talented executive who represents continued great leadership at Universal Music Canada. This company has been my home for many years and I leave with the confidence that it’s in excellent hands, with a senior executive team who will lead the business into a bright future.”

“I want to thank Lucian for this incredible opportunity,” Remedios said. “Randy will be a tough act to follow, having created one of the best companies in the music industry. I’m looking forward to working with Universal Music Canada’s extraordinary roster of artists and executives to continue their stellar record of artistic and commercial excellence.”

Remedios co-founded Arts & Crafts in 2003 after the release of Broken Social Scene’s album You Forgot It in People, and oversees all aspects of the company’s business, helping build a global operation with offices in Toronto, Los Angeles and Mexico City. Arts & Crafts is a record label and music-focused artist services company that offers artist management, merchandising and publishing services.  He also founded Field Trip, Toronto’s community music and arts festival.

Remedios serves as Chairman of FACTOR, the Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings, and belongs to the boards of CARAS, the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, and TMAC, the City of Toronto Music Advisory Counsel.

Prior to Arts & Crafts, Remedios worked at Virgin Music Canada, later EMI Music Canada, for seven years, holding positions in Media & Artist Relations and Digital Marketing, rising to Director of National Promotion.  He graduated from Hamilton’s McMaster University in 1998 with an Honours Commerce Degree and a minor in Music.  McMaster presented Remedios with its Alumni Gallery Award in 2013.

Universal Music Canada is the country’s leading music company with international and domestic artists including Justin Bieber, Shania Twain, Drake, Hedley, Carly Rae Jepsen, Diana Krall, Nickelback, The Tenors, The Tragically Hip and The Weeknd. Canadian Music Week has named Universal Music Canada the country’s top major record company for 15 consecutive years.

Lennox has been honoured as a member of the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame and sits on board of directors for Music Canada, The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS), Canada’s Walk of Fame, and the board of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall.

Lennox’s philanthropic time and efforts have raised more than $25 million in Canada while increasing the profiles of numerous charities and causes both nationally and internationally. Lennox recently won a Juno Award for Song of the Year for producing “Wavin' Flag,” a single that raised more than $2 million in disaster relief funds for Haiti. Lennox is a director of Music Counts and the Smilezone Foundation, a Canadian charity that aims to improve the lives of children facing illness, disabilities, and physical and emotional obstacles.

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