Christine Pepe has joined Swiss music fintech company Utopia Music as VP, Business and Legal Affairs.
Pepe will report directly to Paul Stuart, Chief Legal Officer.
She will be based in the New York metropolitan area.
Pepe comes to Utopia from NBCUniversal, where she focused on digital and technology transactions and served as senior product advisor for CNBC’s subscription services.
Before that, Pepe led the business and legal department TIDEwhere she negotiated and structured global music licensing and streaming integration partnerships, including for the expansion of TIDAL/MTN Uganda.
She later served as commercial counsel for Twitter, providing legal advice from the early stages of product development through go-to-market, including for Twitter Blue (the Twitter subscription service).
Pepe spent over eight years with the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), where she rose to VP, Business and Legal Affairs.
There she was responsible for negotiating and structuring music licenses with digital streaming and OTT services, broadcast and cable networks, cable operators and radio stations.
Pepe also led several rate court cases setting royalty structures for various new digital services and advised on copyright issues (including DMCA) and related digital legal matters.
“We are very pleased to welcome Christine to Utopia.”
Paul Stuart, said: “We are delighted to welcome Christine to Utopia.
“Her diverse experience in various areas of the music industry, including collecting societies, streaming services and global media companies, makes her ideally placed to help us achieve our goal of serving all sides of the music industry.”
“I am very excited to join Utopia.”
Christine Pepe added: “I am very excited to be joining Utopia.
“Here I can combine my technical and musical backgrounds and contribute to the company’s mission of offering deserving creators ‘Fair Pay for Every Play.’
“Through its innovative business model, Utopia is able to positively influence the entire music industry and all players in the value chain.”
Utopia kicked off 2022 with a series of corporate acquisitions.
In Januarythe company expanded into physical and digital music distribution by acquiring UK-based distributor Proper Music Group.
https://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/christine-pepe-named-vp-business-and-legal-affairs-at-utopia/ Christine Pepe becomes Utopia’s vice president of business and legal affairs