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Maverick ups G.M. Rieger

New senior exec reports to Oseary

Russ Rieger has been elevated from G.M. to senior exec at the Maverick Recording Co., reporting to label co-partner Guy Oseary. Madonna and Ronnie June Dashev are the label’s other co-partners.

“I’m honored to be given this opportunity,” Rieger told Daily Variety. “Maverick has a tradition of finding unique talent and presenting it to the world. I feel a responsibility to live up to what we’ve done in the past and — with everyone’s help — hopefully that will continue.”

Aside from working closely with Oseary to expand Maverick’s A&R department and artist roster, Rieger will be deeply involved in video, art and new media (“all the imaging of an artist from inception to, we hope, multi-platinum”) as well as film soundtracks.

“We’re going to be doing the soundtrack for Paramount-Nickelodeon’s ‘Rugrats in Paris’ movie,” Rieger said. “It’s going to be a very contemporary pop album that will appeal to today’s teens.”

Rieger’s accomplishments at Maverick include co-producing the platinum-plus, Grammy-nominated soundtrack to “The Matrix” and overseeing releases by Alanis Morissette, Prodigy, the Deftones and Cleopatra.

“Russ is an exceptionally creative person with a special ability to recognize talent and mentor artists,” Oseary said. “He’s made an immeasurable contribution to the growth of Maverick as its general manager, and we know he’ll do the same in his new position.”

Prior to joining Maverick as G.M. in 1997, Rieger spent four years as G.M. for London Records, where he was instrumental in the success of Portishead and Salt-N-Pepa.

An 18-year veteran of the record business, Rieger co-founded High Noon Management in 1984, representing such recording artists as the Replacements, the Del Fuegos, Prong and Juluka.