LOS ANGELES (CelebrityAccess) – Warner Bros. Records (WBR) has announced the appointment of music lawyer Julian Petty as Executive Vice President and Head of Business & Legal Affairs.
Petty joins WBR from the law firm Nixon Peabody LLP (NP), where as a Partner and Head of the Entertainment Practice Group, he provided career planning and business development counsel to various artists and corporate clients in music, TV, film and new media.
Petty’s clients included Childish Gambino, Vince Staples, and Earl Sweatshirt as well as A Tribe Called Quest, the Estate of Notorious B.I.G., and super producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.
Based in Los Angeles, Petty will report to Warner Bros. Records Co-Chairman & CEO Aaron Bay-Schuck and Co-Chairman & COO Tom Corson.
Commenting on the appointment Corson and Bay-Schuck said in a statement: “As we’re developing a culturally connected, globally impactful team, Julian will play a vital leadership role. He’ll help us cultivate and execute innovative deals and strategies that attract and keep extraordinary talent, while staying on the leading edge of the music business where the opportunities are endless. Julian brings extensive experience with groundbreaking artists to his new position, combined with a sharp legal and business sense, and we’re thrilled to welcome him to our label.”
Petty added: “Ever since my first internship at Def Jam Records, I’ve had a passion for protecting the rights of the creative community. If you know me, you know that the only way I would have given up private practice is to be part of a company that encourages artists to go after their dreams, and under Aaron’s and Tom’s leadership, Warner Bros. Records is undoubtedly that place. For me, this is a unique opportunity to continue helping artists, just from a different seat. At the end of the day, we’re all working together to help them succeed.”