Jason Flom, who found himself in no man’s land after EMI was reorganized, is expected to land at Universal Music Group.
Flom will have an A&R role within UMG’s Universal Republic unit, and there is talk that he will get his own imprint. The move reunites Flom with Doug Morris, the UMG chairman-CEO who held the same position at Warner Music Group when Flom was starting Lava Records.
Flom spent more than a quarter-century with Atlantic Records, which owns Lava, and his A&R track record was particularly strong in rock in the 1980s and ‘90s. Among his signings: Kid Rock, Tori Amos, Skid Row, Matchbox Twenty and the Corrs.
After ankling Warner Music in 2005, Flom moved over to Virgin Records, and when Virgin and Capitol were funneled into the Capitol Music Group, he ascended to the top position.
New EMI owner Guy Hands has reorganized the company by divisions rather than labels, bringing in outsiders to run the various divisions. Flom had continued as an EMI employee while top-level jobs around him were filled; reports have suggested his contract was structured in such a way that allowing to him leave was too expensive for the new regime.