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Col Records taps Devine

Exec to cultivate contacts in music, pix, TV

Columbia Records Group has named A&R veteran Tim Devine to head up its Santa Monica-based operations as West Coast general manager.

Devine, who reports to Columbia chairman Don Ienner and president Will Botwin, also will hang on to his post as senior VP of A&R at the Sony Music label — a position he has held since signing on at Columbia in 1996.

Exec will continue signing and developing artists on the West Coast, but also now will act as a liaison to the region’s creative community, cultivating contacts in the music, film and TV worlds.

Devine’s track record in the A&R department at Columbia includes such signings as platinum hard-rock acts Train and Crazy Town, plus pop talent like Cake and Evan and Jaron. He’s also worked with upcoming singer-songwriters Pete Yorn and John Ondrasik of Five for Fighting.

Before coming to Columbia, Devine was vice president of A&R at Capitol Records, signing Bonnie Raitt, Blind Melon and Mazzy Star among others. Exec has also held various posts at A&M, MCA and Warner Bros.

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