NEW YORK (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Former Columbia Records Chairman, Will Botwin, joins Coran Capshaw’s Red Light juggernaut.
Botwin will oversee both the ATO label and management companies based in the New York City office.
Prior to being Chairman of Columbia Records, Will Botwin served as President of Columbia Records Group, since 2002. As President, Botwin played a central role in introducing such key artists as Coheed & Cambria and Lost Prophets. From 1998 to 2002 he was Executive Vice President/General Manager, Columbia Records Group, where he played an integral role in all creative areas of the company, as well as the day-to-day management of label operations. He also directly oversaw domestic and international A&R, working closely with many of the label’s established artists, including Platinum stars Jessica Simpson, Train, and Marc Anthony. Artist development success stories such as Pete Yorn, Five For Fighting, and many others greatly benefited from Botwin’s involvement in their careers, and he worked with Sony Music Soundtrax on blockbuster releases such as Spiderman, Armageddon, Charlie’s Angels, Men In Black and Dawson’s Creek.
Botwin joined Columbia as Senior Vice President in 1996. Prior to joining the label, he owned and operated Side One Management for more than 15 years. Among the artists he managed throughout his career are Lyle Lovett, John Hiatt, Rosanne Cash, Mark Isham, Lisa Loeb, Liz Phair, Los Lobos, Luscious Jackson, and Steve Earle. Side One began as an alternative marketing and promotion company in 1981, evolving into an artist management company in 1983 with such artists as Modern English and Icicle Works.
Botwin began his career as a college promotion representative at Capitol Records in 1980. He studied Economics at Pitzer College in Claremont, California, and worked as Music and Program Director for KSPC, the college station, and brought entertainment to the campus in his role as Concert Board Chairman.
Botwin can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org