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Knitting Factory Consolidates Management Team

NEW YORK (CelebrityAccess) Knitting Factory Entertainment announced plans to consolidate its previously individual management divisions Figure Eight Management and Yes Know Management under one shingle, Knitting Factory Management, or KFM.

Managers and rosters of all companies will now be under one umbrella and Figure Eight and Yes Know, including managers Ian Wheeler and Jeff Bell, along with artists Jose Gonzalez, !!!, Wye Oak, The Juan Maclean, High Highs will become part of Knitting Factory Management, joining KFM’s existing staff and artists, including The Coup, Chop and Quench (aka The Fela! Band), Leyla McCalla, Radio Moscow, Prima Donna, The Knitts, The Two Tens and Beastmaker.

They, along with KFM offices in Berkeley and Los Angeles, will all report to KFM SVP Brian Long who will continue to work out of KFM’s Brooklyn, NY offices.

Prior to KFM, Figure Eight and Yes Know, Long was a producer for Spin Magazine's syndicated radio shows and did radio promotion at SST Records. He also founded Ringers Lactate and Astralwerks Records and was GM at Caroline Records, before performing A&R duties at Geffen and MCA Records. He’s worked with such notable bands as Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr., Meat Puppets, Soundgarden, Screaming Trees, fIREHOSE, The Descendents, Negativland, Opal, Bad Brains, Chemical Brothers and Wolfmother,

Most recently, he was Label Manager at Knitting Factory Records, overseeing the rerelease of the Fela Kuti 45-album catalog and the release of FELA! Original Broadway Cast Recording and records by Seun Kuti and Femi Kuti.

According to the company, the consolidation may presage expansion of the company's management unit with additional managers and clients.

“Coming as it does during a time of prolonged expansion at Knitting Factory Entertainment, it makes perfect sense to simplify our structure,” said Long. “Consolidating everything under one name helps focus attention on the artists, where it belongs.” – Staff Writers