Rhino's Gore Heads to DMI, Tim Fraser-Harding is New WMG President Global Catalog
Venerable Rhino Entertainment, home of the Warner Music Group’s catalog division, has undergone a significant shake-up, replacing its president/CEO and upping a long-time veteran exec.
Kevin Gore, for the past four years president/CEO of Rhino Entertainment and WMG global catalog, has left the company after a 12-year run to become president and chief operating officer of DMI Music & Media, reporting to founder/CEO Tena Clark.
As a result, London-based Tim Fraser-Harding has been promoted to president global catalog, recorded music for WMG, reporting to CEO Steve Cooper. The L.A,.-based Gore previously reported to Warner Bros. Records/Warner-Chappell Music chairman/CEO Cameron Strang. Fraser-Harding originally joined the company in April, 2012, as svp global catalog management, recorded music, from Sony Music, where he was vp international catalog marketing group. He will work closely with svp global catalog management Dirk Ewald, who joined WMG from Parlophone Label Group last year.
Fraser-Harding’s responsibilities include spearheading worldwide campaigns, identifying and implementing innovative product initiatives, and advancing the company’s digital catalog strategy.
Los Angeles-based Rhino Entertainment svp sales and marketing Mark Pinkus, a 22-year veteran of the label, has been appointed president of U.S. catalog and Rhino Entertainment, reporting to Fraser-Harding.
Commented Cooper: “A passionate fan with an encyclopedic knowledge of music history, Tim’s deep experience, operational expertise, and innovative thinking make him ideally suited to take on this expanded global role in an area that is at the heart of WMG. Together, Tim, Mark and Dirk form a catalog team of unparalleled talent and vision.”
Gore will oversee all day-to-day operations of DMI and will direct strategies to grow the company’s existing business lines, develop new ventures across a variety of entertainment platforms and broaden the company’s reach outside of the United States.
DMI is a full-service music and entertainment agency specializing in bringing together music and brands for clients such as Delta Air Lines, Lucky Brand, Build-A-Bear Workshop, Kohl’s and General Mills.
“Kevin brings tremendous integrity, insight and leadership to DMI,” said Clark. “My business partner, Jeff Miller and I, know that with Kevin’s strategic leadership, the sky is the limit.”
Added WMG’s Cooper: “I would like to thank Kevin for his outstanding contributions to the global development of WMG’s catalog business over the past 12 years, particularly during his past four years as President, when he achieved some amazing results during a period of major transformation. He will be missed, but I understand his desire to open an exciting new chapter in his life, and all of us at WMG wish him the best in his new endeavor.”
In addition, Randy Malinoff, most recently leading the direct-to-consumer business for Universal Music Group, has been named evp of global digital business for DMI Music & Media.