Veteran exec named president of music
Warner Bros. Pictures has shaken up its music arm, tapping veteran executive and producer Paul Broucek for a new post as president of music to replace the departing Doug Frank from his slot as prexy of music operations.Studio president Jeff Robinov made the announcement Tuesday. The move, effective immediately, gives Broucek responsibility for the overall creative direction of music operations and oversight of the administrative, production and day-to-day business functions. He’ll report directly to Robinov and is charged with strategic development and deployment of music-related initiatives to meet the needs of Warner producers and directors. “Music plays an incredibly important and creative role in filmmaking,” said Robinov in a statement. “In addition to being incredibly talented, Paul has terrific instincts and relationships throughout the music and film industries and can help us evolve our theatrical music operation, both from a business and a creative aspect.” Frank had been named as president of music operations in 2002 after 15 years as a studio exec. The studio didn’t indicate whether he’d been ousted or had resigned. “Doug has made many contributions during his tenure at Warner Bros. Pictures,” Robinov said. “We thank him for his efforts and wish him well in his future endeavors.” Broucek will also have oversight of New Line Records, serving as its president and reporting to New Line president and COO Toby Emmerich. That’s a homecoming for Broucek, who had headed the creative at the New Line label for a dozen years including a four-year stint as the president that ended last year, when he departed in the wake of the minimajor’s operations being downsized and folded into Warner Bros. New Line Records had not filled the president’s slot until Tuesday’s announcement. “Having worked with Paul for over a decade at New Line, I know that he is a collaborative, dynamic executive with a proven track record in film and television music,” Emmerich said. Emmerich indicated New Line Records exec VP Jason Linn will continue in that slot. Broucek most recently launched Common Market, a music consulting, production and publishing company and partnered with record producer Salaam Remi for a lineup of film projects, including New Line’s “Sex and the City 2.” He also exec produced Javier Navarrete’s score for the upcoming martial arts western “The Warrior’s Way.” Broucek’s credits include serving as executive music producer (along with Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh) for “The Lord of the Rings” film trilogy. He oversaw the music for the “Austin Powers” films, the “Rush Hour” film series, “Wedding Crashers,” “Hairspray,” “Sex and the City,” “Elf,” “American History X,” “Wag The Dog,” “Blow,” “I Am Sam” and “About Schmidt.” Broucek began his film music career working on “Apocalypse Now,” as an assistant engineer to Walter Murch. He’s also worked for Fairlight Instruments of Australia, the Record Plant in Los Angeles and The Plant Studios in Sausalito, Calif.