There are many synergies between DVD and SA-CD, surround sound being the most obvious aspect, comments Olivier Robert-Murphy. This team has considerable experience in DVD and new formats in general, which will enable us to create strong surround products and to market them effectively. Robert-Murphys team will be the champions of SA-CD and surround releases within Universal Music. They will promote the format and ensure a regular and significant flow of surround releases and do what it has to make SA-CD a winning format.
The teams credentials to do this job are impressive. Looking at DVD-Video, it is responsible for the entire release process from acquisition to sales, with over 100 releases a year including new releases and back catalogue. The team has been successful in implementing DVD-Video in Universal Music, establishing it as the leading player in the music DVD World.
Do DVD-Video and SA-CD compliment each other sure, comments Robert-Murphy. Theres one to watch and one to listen to - but both using the same surround machine. Exploiting SA-CD and DVD together is a clear sign that Universal Music believes SA-CD is a winning format and intends to continue investing in it. As we have done for the last two years, we will continue to support SA-CD in 2005. We intend to release somewhere between 100 and 150 titles next year some on SA-CD only and most of them day and date with new albums.
So much for 2005 what can we expect this autumn? Olivier reports that in the next month or so, we will see SA-CD releases from Nick Drake, Elton John, Andrea Bocelli and Herbie Hancock. Universal is also developing SA-CD product from Bob Marley & The Wailers, Eric Clapton, Bjork, Keane, Renee Flemming and many more artists.