John Janick
Fab Fernandez
United States
2019

Interscope Records

John
Janick

Chairman / CEO

Janick was never the most obvious choice to succeed the legendary Jimmy Iovine as chairman and CEO of Interscope Records. Starting as a dorm-room entrepreneur with the indie pop-punk imprint Fueled by Ramen, he was just in his 30s when he joined the flagship UMG label in 2012, home to Eminem, Lady Gaga and Kendrick Lamar. But Janick has proven a remarkably canny steward, seamlessly shepherding the label’s veteran acts while notching major coups of his own, from the 2018 mega-hit “The Middle” to the soundtracks for “A Star Is Born” and “Black Panther.” And it paid off, as Interscope finished last year with a 9.02% total market share. Janick’s recent sign, Billie Eilish, became 2019’s breakout star, topping both album and singles charts.

Career

  • Fueled By Ramen
  • Universal Music Group
  • Elektra Records

Education

  • University of Florida (FL, USA)
  • University of South Florida (FL, USA)

Variety Honors

  • Variety Hitmakers
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Neil Jacobson Exits Geffen Records; Launches Crescent Drive Productions

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Neil Jacobson, the president of Geffen Records, is leaving the Universal Music Group company to start his own venture. Called Crescent Drive Productions, it will operate as an independent music management firm, publishing company and record label. Jacobson had been with UMG for 17 years. He also manages the careers of producer and songwriters Jeff Bhasker (Bruno Mars, Harry Styles), Emile Haynie (Lana Del Rey, Eminem) and Brendan O'Brien (Stone Temple Pilots, Pearl Jam). Jacobson is also a key architect...

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