Fontana Distribution's Pritchitt Dies
May 9, 2007 at 12:56 PM (PT)
FONTANA DISTRIBUTION Exec. VP/GM STEVE PRITCHITT died on SUNDAY (5/6) at his LOS ANGELES home after a yearlong battle with cancer. Prior to joining FONTANA, UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP DISTRIBUTION's independent distribution arm, PRITCHITT was Sr. VP/GM of NAVARRE ENTERTAINMENT MEDIA. He's also been Sr. VP/International for ATLANTIC RECORDS.
UMGD President JIM URIE said, "STEVE spent his life in the music business and was a fan, manager, publisher, international record executive and, finally, the heart and soul of FONTANA. As its first employee, STEVE built FONTANA from scratch, one label and one employee at a time. His vision of building a different kind of independent distribution company has been and will continue to be the FONTANA credo. We will remember STEVE as a great friend, mentor, lover of life and dedicated husband. He was a music man."
Steve spent his life in the music business and ... was the heart and soul of Fontana.
PRITCHITT is survived by his wife, TINA, and mother, JEAN. A memorial service is set for next WEDNESDAY (5/16) at 4p at ST. LUKE'S LUTHERAN CHURCH, 5312 Comercio Way, WOODLAND HILLS, CA, 91364; (818) 346-3070.