Warner Chappell Music has expanded Rich Christina’s role to Senior Vice President (SVP), A&R and Venture Partners.

The editor says this new focus provides additional structure, organization, focus and strategy for the department’s “growing repertoire of venture capital partners and their songwriters.”

Christina’s oversight will include the recently announced venture with Tim & Danny Music (Sam Smith), in addition to a series of deals he has orchestrated, including Mykah Music, Song Battle, Therapy and Bad Habit.

Through these partnerships, Christina has signed deals with Nate Rhoads (Mykah Music); Dylan Brady of 100 Gecs (Song Battle); and Ralph Castelli (therapy).

On the songwriter front, Christina has signed deals with international pop stars such as Grimes, as well as up-and-coming hitmakers such as Stephen Kirk, who co-wrote the chart-topping single. Butterby BTS, which spent 10 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

He also brought Masked Wolf, whose single Astronaut in the ocean had over a billion streams and was the #1 most Shazamed song and the #1 most popular TikTok song of 2021.

Christina began her career in 1991 at Atlantic Records, where her first official position was as Mix Show Coordinator, working with Big Beat label founder (and current Atlantic Records President and CEO) Craig Kallman, and managing Atlantic’s dance music department.

He moved into A&R after bringing Robin S’s No. 1 record, Show me your love, to the company. He has also worked with artists like Everything But The Girl, Brandy, Changing Faces, Craig David, Mark Morrison and on the Space Jam and Dr. Doolittle soundtracks.

After 12 years at Atlantic, in 2004 Christina joined Sony/ATV, serving first as Senior Director and then as Vice President of A&R.

In 2009, he joined EMI Music Publishing as Senior Vice President of Creative, before returning to Sony/ATV three years later when the latter acquired EMI.

At Sony/ATV he signed and developed artists, writers and producers such as RedOne, Alessia Cara, Stargate, The Neighbourhood, Boi 1da, Billy Walsh, Charlie XCX and Gaslight Anthem. In 2019, Christina joined Warner Chappell as SVP of A&R and has since struck countless deals with singer-songwriters such as Vinylz, Jenna Andrews, X Ambassadors and Cashmere Cat.

“This position will focus on helping our partners grow, and with Rich’s deep understanding of songwriters at all career levels, he is the perfect person for the job.”

Ryan Press, Warner Chappell

Warner Chappell Music, North America President Ryan Press said, “Rich is an expert negotiator with creative instincts who has had an illustrious career, and this new role prepares him to better connect our writers with the lists of our venture capital partners through songwriting camps. , strategy sessions and more.

“This position will focus on helping our partners grow, and with Rich’s deep understanding of songwriters at all career levels, he is the perfect person for the job.”

“This expanded role allows me to do both, and I’m more inspired than ever to find new ways for our songwriters and partners to succeed.”

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Christina added, “I’ve always enjoyed working with songwriters and their teams, from directly developing an artist and helping them create their sound, to providing resources and guidance through a joint venture.

“This expanded role allows me to do both, and I’m more inspired than ever to find new ways for our songwriters and partners to succeed.”The music industry around the world