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Sony spins Naftaly to senior A&R VP

Naftaly nabbed by Sony Music

HOLLYWOOD — Keith Naftaly, formerly an A&R exec at J Records and DreamWorks, has been named senior veep of A&R at Sony Music Label Group U.S.

He will report to Don Ienner, prexy-CEO of Sony Music Label Group U.S.

Naftaly will work closely with Ienner, as well as with Columbia Records Group president Will Botwin and Epic Records prexy Steve Barnett.

While at DreamWorks, he worked on soundtracks for films such as “Shrek 2” and “Shark Tale.”

From 2000-03 he was senior VP of A&R for J Records and worked with Luther Vandross, Kelly Clarkson and Santana, among other artists.

For the five years before that, he was veep of A&R for Arista Records, working on Whitney Houston’s “My Love Is Your Love,” Monica’s “The Boy Is Mine,” Deborah Cox’s “Nobody’s Supposed to Be Here” and Santana’s “Supernatural.”

Naftaly’s career began in radio as music director of KMEL San Francisco. In 1993, he became VP of programming for KKBT/the Beat in Los Angeles.

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