SPV GmbH

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SPV GmbH
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Founded 1 January 1984
Founder Manfred Schütz
Distributor(s) Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH
(2009-present)
Genre Heavy metal
Country of origin Germany
Location Hannover
Official website http://www.spv.de/

SPV GmbH (also known as Schallplatten Produktion und Vertrieb GmbH) is an independent German record label.

Founded on January 1, 1984, it has slowly grown to be one of the largest independent distributors and record labels worldwide.[1]

It also has several sublabels that it produces and distributes, including the heavy metal labels Steamhammer, Synthetic Symphony, Oblivion, SPV Recordings/SPV America and Audiopharm.[citation needed]

Artists[edit]

SPV's most successful artists include Sepultura, Kreator, Klaus Schulze, Rhapsody of Fire, Sodom, Evildead, Angra, Eric Burdon, Blackmore's Night, Whitesnake, Motörhead, Doro, Helloween, Kamelot, Iced Earth, Moonspell, Vicious Rumors, Saxon, Pro-Pain, Monster Magnet, Type O Negative, Skinny Puppy and Judas Priest.

Insolvency[edit]

The managing partner, Manfred Schütz, decided to submit an application to commence insolvency proceedings on 25 May 2009 – roughly equivalent to Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the USA. In response to this, on 27 May 2009, the District Court of Hannover appointed the attorney Manuel Sack as the provisional insolvency administrator. According to Schütz, together with Sack, the management of SPV GmbH would not only carry on business operations, but also continue working in the areas of production and distribution in the usual way.[2] After a substantial resizing of its business and a partnership venture agreement with Sony Music Entertainment, which obtained the rights for some of the German label's main artists and for part of the catalog, SPV went back into production with a new staff at the end of 2009.[3]

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