Canada's publicly traded film, TV and music company Entertainment One (eOne) has named showbiz lawyer and music industry entrepreneur Chris Taylor to the new role of President, Entertainment One Music.
Taylor will bring his independent recording, publishing and artist management company Last Gang to eOne. The announcement was made Tuesday by Entertainment One President and CEO Darren Throop.
Taylor, whose legal practice included representing recording acts such as Drake, Nelly Furtado and Avril Lavigne, brings more than 25 years of wide-ranging music industry experience to eOne. Taylor will oversee eOne’s global music operations and lead teams in Los Angeles, New York, Nashville and Toronto. He will also lead strategic growth initiatives across music licensing, publishing, label and distribution. As part of the deal, Taylor brings into eOne’s fold his independent recording, publishing and artist management company Last Gang, whose roster includes record label clients Death From Above 1979, Chromeo and Ryan Hemsworth, and management clients Lights and Arkells.
Established in 2003, Last Gang will continue to operate under Taylor as a label of eOne. Last Gang is credited with launching the careers of Canadian alternative rock royalty including Metric, Crystal Castles, Death From Above 1979 and MSTRKRFT, among others. Last Gang has sold over 2,000,000 albums worldwide.
“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. 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,” said Throop. “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.”
“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. “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 eOne." The company's music leadership team remains otherwise unchanged. eOne is a leading independent music brand and is home to a variety of sub-labels across many genres including gospel label Light Records, Americana/folk music leader Dualtone Music Group and Broadway leader DRG Records. The label roster includes top-selling rapper The Game, Americana/Alternative act The Lumineers, and former Destiny’s Child member and gospel artist Michelle Williams.
About Entertainment One
Entertainment One Ltd. (LSE:ETO) is a leading international entertainment company that specialises in the acquisition, production and distribution of film and television content. The Company's comprehensive network extends around the globe including Canada, the US, the UK, Ireland, Spain, the Benelux, France, Germany, Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Through established Film and Television Divisions, the Company provides extensive expertise in film distribution, television and music production, family programming, merchandising and licensing, and digital content. Its current rights library is exploited across all media formats and includes more than 40,000 film and television titles, 4,500 hours of television programming and 45,000 music tracks.