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Shooting Gallery’s ear for talent

Prod'n co. sights music management arm

Having previously expanded into TV, commercial videos, music, broadband and the Internet, film production company Shooting Gallery has formed a music talent management arm, Shooting Gallery Music Management.

The company’s current music division prexy, Phil Carson, will helm the new venture. Carson’s credits stretch from a 17-year stint at Atlantic Records, where he rose to senior veep, to heading his own artists’ management firm, where his clients included Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, Paul Rodgers, Bad Company and Motorhead.

First acts signed to the new firm are a pair of Gotham-based bands, the Booda Velvets and Stage. Both are currently writing songs for Bob Gosse’s “Julie Johnson” film, which stars Lili Taylor and Courtney Love and recently completed principal photography.

The Booda Velvets just finished a three-song EP that’s available via their Web site: boodavelvets.com. Stage is in the studio with producer Gregg Wattenberg, recording tracks for a five-song EP that’s set for summer release.

Melding media

“We’re going to take our company’s strengths — the movies we’re making — and try to create a synergy between the directors and our recording artists,” Carson told Daily Variety. “We’re going to be using this synergy to break new acts.”

Kevin Moran, the company’s director of A&R/soundtracks, will work alongside Carson in the new venture. Previously with Enterprise DVD, Moran is a 12-year veteran of the music biz, having notched stints at the Priority, Victory/A&M and Giant labels as well as Warner/Chappell Music publishing. “He’s got great ears,” Carson says.

Soundtrack record

Shooting Gallery’s music division has created soundtracks for such films as Dee Snider’s “StrangeLand” (issued on TVT) and “New Jersey Drive” (Def Jam/Island) as well as the Academy Award-winning “Sling Blade” (Island), and Venice Film Fest winner “Niagara, Niagara” (V2).

In addition, the soundtrack to Kenneth Lonergan’s Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize-winning “You Can Count on Me” — jointly compiled by Shooting Gallery and featured artist Steve Earle’s E-Squared label — will be issued via Earle’s distribution deal with Artemis Records this fall. This will be followed by the soundtrack for Laurence Fishburne’s directorial debut, “Once in the Life.” Fishburne also stars in the film, with the title track coming from Spooks, whose debut album will be issued through Antra/Artemis this fall.

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