Indie adds record arm

Shooting Gallery inks deal with VS Records

SAN FRANCISCO — Indie production outfit the Shooting Gallery has bowed TSG Records as an outlet for its soundtracks and inked a distribution pact with V2 Records. TSG has also tapped industry vet Phil Carson as prexy.

The two-year deal gives V2 a first look at all TSG soundtrack discs. TSG will be based in L.A.

The pact mirrors several inked recently between film producers and potent record labels, such as Capitol Records’ soundtrack deal with Miramax Films and Geffen Records’ link to Delinquent Records, the label recently bowed by producers Jane Hamsher and Don Murphy.

Branson ally

The TSG gig reunites Carson, an artist manager, with V2 founder Richard Branson, whom Carson brought into the Atlantic Records system in the early years of Virgin Records, Branson’s first record label.

Carson has added Christopher Covert, a former associate producer at MTV and more recently associate producer of the up-coming Tibetan Freedom Concert docu, to the TSG Records ranks as music supervisor.

Carson, a 30-year associate of Branson’s, is also credited with developing the careers of Led Zeppelin, Yes and Emerson, Lake & Palmer while an exec at Atlantic Records.

“The Shooting Gallery has a similar focus, philosophy and aesthetic in the film industry as V2 has in the music industry,” V2 prexy Dan Beck told Daily Variety. “This deal provides both young companies an opportunity to grow and build together with quality independent films and exciting independent music.”

‘Niagara’ debut

The first soundtrack to be released under the V2 deal will be Shooting Gallery’s “Niagara, Niagara,” which was scored by the Cowboy Junkies’ Michael Timmins and is set for an April 7 bow. The pic bows Friday.

The disc will boast perfs by the Cowboy Junkies, Lori Carson, Patty Griffin, Katie Bell and the Bell Rangers, Martin Sexton and V2 artists Richard Davies and Kathleen Wilhoite.

“We are delighted to have Phil lead TSG Records and to be in business with the newest venture of Richard Branson, whose imagination and energy are second to none in the record industry and beyond,” said Larry Meistrich, CEO of the Shooting Gallery.

Following his departure from Atlantic, Carson formed Phil Carson Associates, a management company whose clients have included Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, Paul Rodgers, Yes, Bad Company, Jason Bonham and Ronnie Wood, among others.

The Shooting Gallery was founded in 1990 by Meistrich as a home for struggling independent filmmakers in New York City.

It produced the Academy Award-winning “Sling Blade” and such forthcoming projects as “Niagara, Niagara” (winner of the best actress award for Robin Tunney at the Venice Film Festival), “Henry Fool,” “Frogs for Snakes,” “StrangeLand” and “The 24 Hour Woman.”

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