By Ed Christman
Since acquiring Fontana from Universal Music Group in 2012, Robb McDaniels, 39, has led the integration of the company into INgrooves, which now has 150 employees and distributes more than 200 labels. Besides adding physical distribution capabilities to the company’s digital side, INgrooves has established marketing service capabilities with the creation of INresidence, which serves such acts as Mazzy Star, Big Black Delta, Kate Nash, Thievery Corporation and Primal Scream, and is just now launching a music publishing company. INgrooves also serves as the digital pipeline for UMG, so along the way last year, the company signed a deal with BMG Rights Management to distribute the Sanctuary and Mute catalogs that it acquired from UMG and began taking in EMI product that UMG acquired for digital delivery. And just to make sure McDaniels doesn’t have any spare time, San Francisco-based INgrooves expanded its product offering to include e-books, and has plans to open offices in Australia, Asia and Germany, in addition to its existing Los Angeles, Victoria, New York and London offices.