Music industry veteran Charles Levison, most recently deputy chairman and non-executive director at U.K. media conglomerate Chrysalis Group, died on July 7. He was 64.
Music industry veteran Charles Levison, most recently deputy chairman and non-executive director at U.K. media conglomerate Chrysalis Group, passed away on July 7. He was 64.
Levison died of a chest infection, after suffering a series of heart attacks in recent months. His demise marks the end of a career that spanned the whole gamut of the entertainment industry.
Levison served as VP of international at Island Records, managing director of Arista Records and chairman/CEO of WEA Records and Warner Home Video in the United Kingdom. He served as managing director of the Music Channel, which launched Europe's first all-music TV network, and as CEO of Super Channel, the first pan-European general entertainment TV channel.
Levison had been a non-executive director at Chrysalis for 14 years and deputy chairman for 10 of those years.
"Over the years, Charles has played a major role in developing Chrysalis into the successful media group of today," said Chrysalis chairman Chris Wright in a statement to the London Stock Exchange. "With over 30 years' experience in the music, TV, video and radio business, he brought a wealth of experience to the board as well as a huge sense of enthusiasm, fun and passion for all things Chrysalis. He will be sorely missed."
Levison had held a string of additional corporate positions and non-paying activities. He was consultant advising on the entertainment business at London-based law firm Harbottle & Lewis, which he joined after qualifying in 1967; he had also been chairman of environmental lobby group Friends of the Earth.
Alan Patten, a partner at Harbottle & Lewis, describes Levison as a "larger than life and a loveable man. He had a life-enhancing presence."
His other achievements include receiving France's prestigious Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the French government.