Eagle Rock Entertainment

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Eagle Rock Entertainment
TypeSubsidiary of UMG
IndustryMusic, entertainment, music publishing
Genre Rock, jazz, blues, R&B, pop
FoundedApril 1997 (1997-04)
FounderTerry Shand, Geoff Kempin, Julian Paul
Headquarters
London
,
United Kingdom
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
Terry Shand (Executive Chairman/CEO), Simon Hosken (Chief Financial Officer/COO), Geoff Kempin (Executive Director)
ProductsTheatrical, television, DVD, Blu-ray, 3D Blu-ray, digital media, CD
Parent Mercury Studios (Universal Music Group)
Divisions Eagle Records
Eagle Vision
Eagle Rock Productions
Eagle-i Music Ltd
Eagle Eye Media
Website www.mercurystudios.co

Eagle Rock Entertainment is an international producer and distributor of music films and programming. It operates two record labels (Eagle Records and Armoury Records), a full-service production company (Eagle Rock Productions) and a music publishing subsidiary (Eagle-i Music).

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History

Eagle Rock Entertainment was founded in April 1997 by Terry Shand, Geoff Kempin and Julian Paul, three former colleagues at Castle Communications, with capital coming from BMG. [1] It was later acquired by Edel Records and in 2001 entirely sold to the British investment company HgCapital for £34 million. [2] In 2007 a minority stake was re-acquired by Edel AG. [3] The Eagle Vision division was established in 2000. Eagle Rock Entertainment's headquarters are in London with offices in New York and affiliate offices around the world. In April 2014, Eagle Rock Entertainment was acquired by Universal Music Group. Universal's purchase of Eagle followed that of much of EMI. Terry Shand continues to lead the company as Chairman and CEO from its headquarters in London. [4]

Awards

The company won a Grammy Award for The Doors documentary When You're Strange in 2010. [5]

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