Based in New York, Thea will report to current Republic/IDJ chairman-CEO Barry Weiss, under whom he worked at Jive. A former recording engineer-turned-entertainment lawyer, Thea joined Jive in 1999 as senior VP, later moving up to exec VP in the company. Jive was consolidated into RCA Records last month.
In a statement, Thea said: “I am thrilled to be working with Barry again. Barry has energized the company with a vision that fosters a great creative environment for real talent to flourish.”