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Yetnikoff, McKnight to specialize in pic music

Walter Yetnikoff, honcho of the music division at CBS and Sony in the 1970s and ’80s, and music supervisor Tracy McKnight have formed Commotion Records. Imprint will specialize in soundtracks, and the first release is the one to Lions Gate’s “The Cooler.”

“Our niche is, for the moment, indie movies,” Yetnikoff said. “Tracy and I … are ready to collaborate with a director or a studio in order to do the music supervising, acquire the soundtrack, or both.”

Koch Entertainment will provide sales, marketing and distribution services.

The first release, for “The Cooler,” features a score by trumpeter Mark Isham and features Vegas-style crooning from Diana Krall, Joey Fatone and Paul Sorvino.

McKnight and Yetnikoff first worked together in the mid-1990s when she consulted on soundtrack acquisitions for his Velvel Records, which he later sold to Koch Entertainment. Velvel released some soundtracks and reissued Kinks album from their Arista days.

In the spring, Random House will publish Yetnikoff’s biography, written with David Ritz, “Howling at the Moon: Confessions of a Music Mogul in an Age of Excess.”

Most recently, McKnight supervised the music for films by Jim Jarmusch (“Coffee and Cigarettes”), John Leguizamo (“Undefeated”), Matthew Ryan Hoge (“The United States of Leland”) and John Waters (“A Dirty Shame”). She also supervised on “The Tao of Steve” and “High Art” and was general manager of record producer Bill Laswell’s company, Material Inc.

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