Entertainment One (eOne) has announced the appointment of Last Gang Records founder and music industry attorney Chris Taylor to the role of President, Entertainment One Music. Taylor will bring his independent recording, publishing and artist management company Last Gang to eOne, whose roster includes record label clients Death From Above 1979, Chromeo and Ryan Hemsworth, and management clients Lights and Arkells. Last Gang will continue to operate under Taylor as a label of eOne.
In his new role, Taylor will oversee music operations globally and will lead strategic growth initiatives across music licensing, publishing, label and distribution. Taylor brings over 25 years of music industry experience to eOne through his work with Last Gang and representing recording artists like Drake, Nelly Furtado and Avril Lavigne with his legal practice.
“I’ve known Chris for many years and I am delighted that he has come on board to steer our music business into the future,” said Darren Throop, President & Chief Executive Officer, Entertainment One, in a release. “In addition to being a musician and songwriter himself, Chris’ business-acumen, strategic management expertise and far-reaching relationships will support the diversification of eOne Music. There has been a seismic shift in the music industry over the last decade and it is important that we continue to find innovative ways to build and bolster the business. With Chris and the Last Gang family of artists, we are well-positioned to do just that.”
Taylor, whose label is credited for launching the careers of Metric, Crystal Castles, Death From Above 1979, and MSTKRFT, will lead teams in Toronto, Los Angeles, New York and Nashville.
“This is an exciting opportunity to join one of the world’s leading entertainment companies, and combine my team and clients with a strong world-class brand that has global reach and proximity to world-class television and film producers,” said Taylor in a release. “I’m looking forward to working with Darren and the whole eOne team as we welcome new artists, broaden the opportunities for our current roster and reinforce eOne as the leading indie.”
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