WMG Names Rob Cavallo Chief Creative Officer
October 7, 2009 at 10:47 AM (PT)
WARNER MUSIC GROUP has appointed Grammy Award-winning music producer ROB CAVALLO Chief Creative Officer. In the newly-created post, CAVALLO will provide WMG with his exclusive services as a producer and an A&R executive.
CAVALLO has produced or had creative involvement in albums that have sold more than 125 million units over the past 16 years, nearly 30 million of those units in the last five years alone. In 1998, he was awarded the "Producer of the Year" Grammy and was nominated for the same award in 1999 and 2004. He has also won Grammys for his work with GREEN DAY for "American Idiot" and for "Boulevard of Broken Dreams." His work has amassed six Grammy Awards, an Oscar, a Golden Globe and numerous nominations.
"ROB is one of the most successful producers of our time and is not only a natural fit for our company but will also serve as a terrific resource for our artists and labels and, on a selective basis, for outside projects with other artists and labels," WMG Vice Chairman and Chairman/CEO, Recorded Music, Americas and the U.K. LYOR COHEN said. "Having worked with ROB on numerous albums in a variety of genres, I have seen first-hand the creative brilliance he brings to the studio and the passion he brings to every project. I am excited we'll have the ability to benefit from his exceptional talents and look forward to a long-term collaboration that will benefit many WMG recording artists."
"WMG has been my musical home since I started as an intern in 1987, and I am so proud to be working there again," CAVALLO said. "The company’s artist- and art-first approach to the business is unmatched and their artist roster is a deep and exciting pool of talent that I am excited to add to, work with and help develop more fully. Throughout the years I've done some of my finest work with WMG and I have been consistently impressed with the company's ability and willingness to drive success by supporting the creative process and giving artists and producers the freedom they need to achieve greatness. In the end, it’s the people that make the difference, and I am so proud to be in the WMG family."
"Having enjoyed a long and successful relationship with ROB at WARNER BROS., I am thrilled about having him rejoin the company in this broader role," WARNER BROS. RECORDS Chairman/CEO TOM WHALLEY said. "ROB’s been a vital creative partner for so many of our artists and working alongside the team at WARNER BROS. he’s delivered many blockbuster albums and soundtracks. I am looking forward to a strong lineup of future projects together."
"ROB’s great gift as a producer is his innate ability to create a nurturing environment that allows artists to do their best work. Rather than imposing his own sound on a project, he is brilliant at identifying and bringing out the unique qualities that set an artist apart from the pack, regardless of genre," ATLANTIC RECORDS GROUP Chairman/CEO CRAIG KALLMAN said. "Over the last few years, Rob has used his talent and insight to make great records with a diverse group of our artists, including KID ROCK, PHIL COLLINS, SHINEDOWN, PARAMORE and UNCLE KRACKER. I'm thrilled to join LYOR, TOM and CHRISTIAN in welcoming ROB to his new and expanded role at WMG."