Shake-Up at Warner Bros. Records: CEO Todd Moskowitz Resigns; Warner/Chappell's Cameron Strang to Oversee West Coast
Warner Bros. Records’ co-President and CEO Todd Moscowitz is resigning from his position, Warner Music Group announced today. Cameron Strang, chairman and CEO of Warner/Chappell and head of WMG’s music publishing and catalog development sectors, will now oversee all west coast operations for the company with WBR chairman Rob Cavallo and co-President/COO Livia Tortella reporting directly to him.
WBR has seen a couple of rough years ever since an executive shakeup in late 2010 ousted then label-head Tom Whalley. In his place, the trifecta of Cavallo-Moscowitz-Tortella was supposed to stabilize and grow the record company, which had long been revered for its roster of veteran rock acts, among them: Neil Young, Green Day, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tom Petty, Linkin Park and Metallica. (Moscowitz had worked at Warner Music since 2004.)
But with musical tastes constantly evolving, and the appetite for hip-hop ever increasing, the label seemed to be shifting towards a more urban sensibility, signing such artists as Meek Mill, Jason Derulo, New Boyz and Rick Ross’ Maybach Music Group. More recently, WBR has seen success with Euro-soul newcomers Gary Clark Jr. and Lianne La Havas.
Strang, formerly the founder of Southside Independent Music Publishing, which was acquired by Warner/Chappell in 2010, and of New West Records has played a key role in the successes of Bruno Mars, JR Rotem, Dwight Yoakam, Kris Kristofferson, Rickie Lee Jones and Drive By Truckers, among others.
His promotion, weeks after a previous announcement that he would oversee Rhino Records, clearly shows the company’s faith in Strang’s management skills. Indeed, WMG CEO Stephen Cooper said of Strang: "Since joining WMG, Cameron has demonstrated strong leadership, both in the revitalization of our Warner/Chappell music publishing arm as well as through his service on the WMG Board of Directors. He has broad knowledge of both the music publishing and recorded music businesses, combined with an entrepreneurial drive and progressive vision for the role of music companies.”
Added Strang: “The extraordinary artists, the incredible history and the talented employees at the label make the company one of the crown jewels in the music industry and in contemporary culture. Throughout my career, I viewed Warner Bros. as an example of what every music company should aspire to be -- a creative haven for artists that provides them with unparalleled support in all aspects of their careers. To be able to contribute to the future success of one of the most storied brands in music and to continue Warner Bros.’ tradition of creative excellence is a truly great honor.”