Staff Changes Begin At WB/Reprise
September 8, 2011 at 2:05 PM (PT)
The long rumored changes at WARNER BROS./REPRISE have indeed begun. After a zillion years with the labels, REPRISE SVP/Promotion MIKE RITTBERG has announced his departure. And longtime REPRISE VP/Pop Promotion BOB WEIL has left the building after nearly 25 years.
Over at WB, SVP/Promotion RON CERRITO and VP/Pop Promotion KEN LUCEK also left the building.
In a widely distributed e-mail, RITTBERG paid respect and homage to past label icons like MO OSTIN, who hired him to run REPRISE, and mentioned PHIL QUARTARARO, RUSS THYRET, STU COHEN, RICH FITZGERALD and paid deep respect to the local staffs.
RITTBERG said, "I've tried to show up to work daily giving it my best and acting in the best interest of our artists -- make sure you do the same. If you learn one thing about working at a label remember that this job isn't about you- - it's about the artists. I've always believed that when numerous folks can tell a story of what they did to break an artist we have a hit. Stay in touch as I know our paths will cross again."
Reach MIKE RITTBERG on his cell at (818) 216-1466, or Mike.Rittberg@yahoo.com
BOB WEIL can be found at (818) 216-1245, or email@example.com
Find RON CERRITO at (310) 850-3131, or firstname.lastname@example.org
KEN LUCEK is available at (310) 489-5781 or email@example.com.
Also exiting REPRISE:
REPRISE VP/Alternative Promotion LYNN MCDONNELL is out after nearly 10 years. Find LYNN at firstname.lastname@example.org, or (818) 257-0634.
S.E. rep of five years MIKE WILSON (516) 885-0932, or email@example.com
DALLAS rep of three years KATHIE ROMERO (214) 202-7302, or firstname.lastname@example.org
ST. LOUIS rep of nearly 24 years KIM POOLE (314) 239-2398, or email@example.com
DENVER rep of nearly 19 years RICH GARCIA (303) 809-3926, or firstname.lastname@example.org
DETROIT rep of nearly 11 years JIM KELLY (440) 937-0013, or email@example.com
Mid-ATLANTIC rep ED PINKA (215) 688-6717 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Over at WB, there were a number of other departures, including:
22-year CHICAGO rep BOB HATHAWAY is available at (847) 612-9146, or email@example.com
S.E. rep of six years FRANCESCA MORO (310) 938-5510, or firstname.lastname@example.org
LOS ANGELES/SAN DIEGO/SW rep of 10 years JENNIFER LISS (415) 205-3009, or email@example.com
NASHVILLE-based rep of 16 years HOWARD FRANK is reachable at (615) 339-8504 or firstname.lastname@example.org
As other changes surface, ALL ACCESS will let you know so that these folks can reconnect. Keep these pros in mind as openings happen.