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Vien Departs NBCU to Lead Warner Music International

Feb 13, 2006  •  Post A Comment

Patrick Vien, president of NBC Universal’s global networks division, has left the media giant to join Warner Music Group as chairman and CEO of Warner Music International.

Mr. Vien will be responsible for the music company’s international business, which spans more than 50 countries worldwide.

There was no word on who, if anyone, would replace Mr. Vien.

Mr. Vien was part of the team that founded both Trio and News World International and was involved in brokering sales of the networks to Barry Diller’s USA Networks in 2000. Those channels eventually became part of Vivendi Universal Entertainment and later NBC Universal. Trio was shut down last year and will be relaunched as a broadband channel later this year. NWI was sold to an investor group that included former Vice President Al Gore and has since been renamed Current TV.

In his most recent role at NBCU, Mr. Vien oversaw the media company’s 11 television channels, with responsibility for programming, marketing, distribution and finance.