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Rhino and Warner/Chappell come together in WMG US restructure

Tim Ingham
Rhino and Warner/Chappell come together in WMG US restructure

Warner Music Group has restructured in a move that sees publisher Warner/Chappell and catalogue label Rhino brought together in the same division.

A spokesperson for the company told Music Week the changes would only affect the WMG US operation.

WMG will now be realigned into three distinct divisions in the US: frontline recorded music (Atlantic Records, Warner Bros. Records and Warner Nashville); music publishing and catalogue development (where Warner/Chappell and Rhino will come together) and Warner's label and artist services.

The news was revealed today in a leaked email from WMG CEO Steve Cooper to employees. Warner Chappell CEO and chairman, Cameron Strang, will now take on responsibility for Rhino Entertainment.

According to Billboard, Current Rhino Entertainment president Kevin Gore will report into Strang.

"Among the numerous benefits in aligning Rhino and Warner/Chappell will be enriched collaboration in the U.S. among our recorded music and music publishing teams with respect to catalog exploitation, synch efforts and rights acquisition," said Cooper's memo.

Matt Signore will lead the label and artist services division as general manager / CFO. WEA president Mike Jbara and WMG senior VP of artist services Dave Marcus will both report into Signore.

WMG executive VP of digital strategy and business development Stephen Bryan will now report to Cooper.

Cooper stressed in his memo that "the number of employees within each WMG company will not be impacted by the new organizational structure."

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