EMI topper sets up joint venture

Wozencroft will retain A&R role in new gig

LONDON — Senior EMI executive Keith Wozencroft is setting up a joint-venture record label with the company.

Credited as the man who discovered Radiohead, Wozencroft has been at EMI since 1990 when he joined the company’s sales department eventually moving up the ranks to become prexy at Capitol Music and Virgin Record U.K.

In his new role he will continue to work for EMI as an A&R man and report to Tony Wadsworth, chairman & CEO, EMI Music U.K. and Ireland.

Among the other acts he brought to EMI’s Parlophone label are Mansun, Supergrass, Beverley Knight and Jamelia, making him one of the company’s most successful A&R men.

In his present job the managing directors of Parlophone, EMI Records and Virgin Records – Miles Leonard, Terry Felgate and Ferdy Unger-Hamilton – report to Wozencroft.

But when the as yet un-named jv label bows in July the MDs will report to Wadsworth.

In a statement, Wozencroft said:“I’ve always considered the possibility of building my own label; giving me the opportunity to focus on the worldwide development of fewer artists.

“I’m very pleased that under this new arrangement I’m able to maintain a close working relationship with Tony Wadsworth, the EMI labels and an incredible roster of artists.”

Wadsworth commented: “Keith has made a lasting contribution to EMI Music U.K. and I’m delighted that we will continue to benefit from his talents in this new venture.

“He leaves EMI Records, Parlophone and Virgin U.K. in great shape having overseen multi-platinum, international success in the last year from each label with artists including Corinne Bailey-Rae, Lily Allen and The Kooks.”

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