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Julian Petty Named Executive Vice President and Head of Business & Legal Affairs for Warner Bros. Records


Warner Bros. Records (WBR) has announced the appointment of Julian Petty as Executive Vice President and Head of Business & Legal Affairs. Based in Los Angeles, Petty will report to Warner Bros. Records Co-Chairman & CEO Aaron Bay-Schuck and Co-Chairman & COO Tom Corson. Named a “Top Music Lawyer" by Billboard magazine in 2017 and 2018, Petty is a widely respected industry leader recognized for his talents as a proactive deal maker.

“As we’re developing a culturally connected, globally impactful team, Julian will play a vital leadership role,” said Corson and Bay-Schuck. “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.”

“Ever since my first internship at Def Jam Records, I’ve had a passion for protecting the rights of the creative community,” said Petty. “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.”

Petty comes to WBR from the international law firm Nixon Peabody LLP (NP), where he was Partner and Head of the Entertainment Practice Group. During his time there, he provided career planning and business development counsel to a variety of 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 legacy acts A Tribe Called Quest, the Estate of Notorious B.I.G., and super producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.

Prior to joining NP, Petty was a partner at Fox Rothschild LLP where he helped establish their media and entertainment practice group. Before his law career, he was a manager in the community products and programming group for America Online, Inc. (AOL), where he effectively managed programming and product integration for several interactive areas on the AOL service. Petty is a graduate of Howard University and Fordham University School of Law.

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