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Membran/The Orchard Sign Label Deal With Dave Stewart

May 26, 2015

Eurythmics frontman Dave Stewart partners with Membran/The Orchard for marketing and distribution of artists signed to Dave Stewart Entertainment.

New York, NY and Hamburg, DE – May 26, 2015 – Grammy, Golden Globe, and Brit Award winning musician, songwriter, and producer, Dave Stewart, has signed an exclusive worldwide marketing and distribution deal with Membran/The Orchard.

Through his Dave Stewart Entertainment banner, Stewart focuses on developing and launching the careers of talented young artists around the world. These emerging artists will work directly with Stewart, who will fund, co-write, produce and offer all creative services for each of the albums.

This is not the first collaboration between Stewart and Manlio Celotti, Membran CEO and The Orchard GmbH MD. Celotti has worked closely with Stewart in the past to provide marketing and distribution services for the musician’s solo albums in Europe, developing a strong relationship among the two throughout the years.

“It’s been a pleasure working with Manlio and Membran over the years,” says Stewart. “They are a great, honest and hard working company that not only provides excellent digital services, but also creates fantastic physical products. Now that Membran has joined forces with The Orchard, the largest digital distributor in the world, I can’t wait to start releasing these albums.”

The recently forged strategic partnership between Membran and The Orchard provides a robust worldwide physical & digital distribution and marketing infrastructure for Dave Stewart Entertainment’s releases. The first artists to be released via this new collaboration are Thomas Lindsey, The Lake Poets, Hollie Stephenson and Shel. They demonstrate Stewart’s talent to discover gifted young artists, as well as the unmistakable genius in his production and songwriting that made him the “hit-machine” he was with Eurythmics.

“I’ve been working with Dave for years and am still blown away by his never-ending creativity and limitless vision,” said Manlio Celotti. “The quality of the talent that he has discovered is simply spectacular, and I’m truly honored to have the opportunity to develop these new artists alongside him.”

Thomas Lindsey: “Simply phenomenal” — American Songwriter

The Lake Poets: “Beautifully melodic, a super exciting talent”  — BBC Radio 1

Hollie Stephenson: “positively stunned-and enthralled-by her performance“ —American Songwriter

Shel: “Ever wonder what would happen if you took the Dixie Chicks’ tight harmonies…then added them to Taylor Swift times four? Well…the answer is SHEL!” — MTV Buzzworthy


Dave Stewart Entertainment (DSE) is the Idea Factory and production studio run by Grammy and Golden Globe winning artist/producer Dave Stewart. Declared a “Media Company For The New World” by the Los Angeles Times, DSE links creative ideas to a host of projects in music, film, television, books, theatre, and new media. As a full-function video production company, DSE is involved in commercials, music videos, documentaries, and independent productions. DSE’s music division is involved in the creation of film scores and commercial soundtracks, as well as music for theatrical productions and television.


The Orchard is a pioneering music, video and film distribution company and top-ranked Multi Channel Network operating in more than 25 global markets. With a holistic approach to sales and marketing combined with industry-leading technology and operations, The Orchard amplifies reach and revenue across hundreds of digital, physical and mobile outlets around the world. The Orchard streamlines content owners’ business complexity with an intuitive client dashboard, comprehensive rights management and tailored client support. Founded in 1997, The Orchard empowers businesses and creators in the entertainment industry.

In February of 2015, The Orchard entered into a global strategic partnership with Membran Entertainment Group, one of Europe’s longest standing and most established independents. The initiative has brought to The Orchard one of Germany’s most respected label services magnates, providing powerful options for labels and artists looking to take advantage of The Orchard’s presence in more than 25 markets worldwide and its cutting edge technical infrastructure, as well as grow their presence across Europe. The Orchard’s core distribution service and proprietary digital platform are now further enhanced through direct physical distribution in Europe via Membran’s sales team and direct retail relationships.

A true international one-stop, offering a-la-carte deals to labels and artists ranging from label services to licenses. Membran provides coordinated cross-territory release planning, strategy, and implementation to successfully launch, market, and/or distribute both newcomers and established stars. Since starting it’s label services division in 1997, Membran has distributed and marketed artists such as: Dave Stewart, Joss Stone, Gregory Porter, Glen Campbell, Brian Setzer, Macy Gray, The Airborne Toxic Event, Chris Norman, Blue October, Cassandra Wilson, Marc Cohn, Johnny Winter, and many more.