Search at Zoo ends with Hunt

Brad Hunt has landed the senior VP marketing slot for Lou Maglia’s Zoo Records, ending speculation on the future of the former Hollywood Records general manager.

Hunt, who was widely considered to be the front runner for the top spot at the Disney label, hit the bricks when he wasn’t tapped to replace Peter Paterno, the lawyer-turned-record-exec, who left Hollywood in November when his contract was not renewed.

Hunt joins Zoo on the heels of a new five-year pact Bertelsmann Music Group, the label’s parent, gave Maglia.

The veteran of record-promotion wars says his initial mandate will be to develop the label’s existing roster, taking its successes, such as Tool, Matthew Sweet and Green Jelly, to the “next level.”

Albums from Love Jones, Course of Empire and ex-Earth Wind and Fire member Philip Bailey will be among the first releases garnering Hunt’s attention.

“Working here is particularly great when you consider that there are essentially one or two guys making the decision to pick up an act,” Hunt said, referring to the label’s relatively small staff.

Hunt will oversee the day-to-day operation of Zoo’s marketing department and work closely with BMG, the label’s distrib.

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