New West Records Promotes Gary Briggs And Peter Jesperson
October 10, 2011 at 10:22 AM (PT)
NEW WEST RECORDS has announced two executive changes including GARY BRIGGS’ promotion to SVP/A&R and Artist Relations. BRIGGS, who is based in AUSTIN, TX, will be responsible for discovering and developing new talent while continuing to manage relations for the current roster which includes longtime artists JOHN HIATT, STEVE EARLE, KRIS KRISTOFFERSON and newer signings ROBERT ELLIS and BUXTON.
In addition to his already active role in A&R, BRIGGS, who has been with NEW WEST since 2006, previously oversaw all AAA radio promotion campaigns in addition to producing the LIVE FROM AUSTIN TX CD and DVD line. Prior to NEW WEST, he was Owner/Pres. of BEYOND RUST MANAGEMENT, representing LUCINDA WILLIAMS, M WARD and BETH ORTON in partnership with AZOFF MUSIC MANAGEMENT.
“I am excited about where we are headed as a company and am confident that GARY BRIGGS can lead us in that new direction” said Owner and President of NEW WEST RECORDS GEORGE FONTAINE. “GARY’s artistic instincts and talent for recognizing, developing and managing artists will undoubtedly enhance NEW WEST’s already strong roster.”
PETER JESPERSON has been named VP/Catalog and Production responsible for developing content for reissues, box sets and limited-edition vinyl titles from the NEW WEST RECORDS catalog, which now includes this year's acquisition of the ANTONE'S and WATERMELON record labels. In addition to his new responsibilities, he will continue his work coordinating content for packaging and final audio for current releases. JESPERSON, who is transitioning from A&R into this new role, is based in LOS ANGELES, CA.
“Equally important to our developing artists is our vast catalog and future acquisitions,” added FONTAINE. “With 12 years at the company, PETER JESPERSON has extensive knowledge of our artists’ material and will be instrumental in developing this important part of our business.”
For more information on NEW WEST RECORDS, visit www.newwestrecords.com.