Habtemariam, head of urban music/senior vp of creative services at the Universal Music Publishing Group, is still working out the details of her new contract, sources say. When the deal is done, she will report to Barry Weiss, chairman & CEO of Island Def Jam and Universal Republic Group. In her new role she will be given a creative title, charged with heading up Motown, which is expected to have a staff of only about a dozen employees.
The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard Biz reports that with the planned installation of Ethiopia Habtemariam (pictured) as the head of Motown. The label will move out of the Universal realm and now share resources with the Island Def Jam Group.