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WB in harmony with music maven LeMel

Gary LeMel, widely known for pioneering the placement of pop music in films to help drive the story, has signed a new long-term pact with Warner Bros. that extends his tenure as president of Warner Bros. Music and a senior production exec on the studio’s music-oriented features.

LeMel has also been named to run the newly created Warner Sunset Records, which produces soundtracks from WB films.

“Gary and his team at Warner Bros. Music have been among the most inspired and accomplished executives at our studio,” said Robert Daly, co-chair and CEO of Warner Bros. “As music and soundtracks have become an ever-bigger component in the success of our movies, Gary has stayed at the front of emerging trends and has built relationships with outstanding musicians and composers of every type.”

LeMel’s lengthy list of successes includes shepherding music placement for such hit films as “The Bodyguard,” “Singles” and “Space Jam.”

“With the new label, the studio becomes an even greater place to bring music- oriented projects,” LeMel told Variety. “It allows filmmakers to control the destiny of their music and gives us another avenue to help promote their film.”

LeMel, who joined Warner Bros. in 1986, also has a fledgling career as a successful solo recording artist. He recently released his latest disc, “Romancing the Screen,” on Blue Note Records and will appear at L.A.’s Jazz Bakery on March 30.

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