Borchetta And Harnen Reunite At Republic Nashville
June 5, 2009 at 9:07 AM (PT)
The wait and rumors are finally over. Veteran music industry executive JIMMY HARNEN, most recently SVP at CAPITOL/NASHVILLE, will be reuniting with SCOTT BORCHETTA. HARNEN will head up the new REPUBLIC NASHVILLE as President.
The announcement was made by MONTE LIPMAN, Pres. of UNIVERSAL REPUBLIC and SCOTT BORCHETTA, Pres./CEO of BIG MACHINE RECORDS LLC. The imprint will be headquartered on MUSIC ROW and utilize the combined resources of BIG MACHINE and UNIVERSAL REPUBLIC RECORDS.
REPUBLIC NASHVILLE's flagship artists include SUNNY SWEENEY (who segues from BIG MACHINE) and new Country duo FAST RYDE. A major staff announcement regardling the new label will be forthcoming.
LIPMAN commented: "SCOTT and his great team at BIG MACHINE and the VALORY MUSIC CO. continue to tower over the Country music landscape with a tireless commitment to their artists and a visionary approach to discovering new talent that has become the benchmark of NASHVILLE. We're thrilled to expand our relationship with them, and welcome JIMMY HARNEN as he steps into this key role at a crucial juncture in our two companies' unique history together."
"MONTE and I have been searching for a way to expand our business relationship and I believe we have found the perfect compliment in the creation of REPUBLIC NASHVILLE,” stated BORCHETTA. “This venture is an opportunity to utilize the best of our NASHVILLE resources and the best of MONTE's NEW YORK resources to create a powerhouse entertainment company. It also affords me the opportunity to bring JIMMY HARNEN into the family in a presidential role. JIMMY's tireless ambition, leadership, trend-spotting, A&R tastes and shared vision for this cutting-edge new company is going to prove to be very successful and a helluva lot of fun.”
“Reuniting with SCOTT is fantastic in so many ways,” stated HARNEN. “As a friend and a colleague, it's been a thrill to see him and his incredible team achieve such great success these past few years. I relish the opportunity to join the environment he has created that epitomizes the cutting edge of NASHVILLE and the entire music scene. I'm also looking forward to working with MONTE LIPMAN, one of the most respected executives in our entire business, as we combine our resources to make REPUBLIC NASHVILLE a productive and unique success story."
From 2000 to 2003 HARNEN was Co-National Director of Promotion for DREAM WORKS/NASHVILLE, working closely with SCOTT BORCHETTA.
The REPUBLIC NASHVILLE President can be reached at (615) 324-7777 or Jimmy.Harnen@republicnashville.com.