Albert Productions, the Sydney-based record label, music publisher and production firm, has made major executive changes to strengthen its recent A&R activity.

Albert Productions, the Sydney-based record label, music publisher and production firm, has made major executive changes to strengthen its recent A&R activity.

David Albert, managing director of its Australian operations, will additionally take duties for the independent company's U.K. office, which was established in 1995.

Sydney-based CEO Fifa Riccobono, who has been with the label since 1973, becomes executive director of music.

James Cassidy, GM of U.K. operations in London, will double-up as international head of A&R. An A&R manager is expected to join the Australian office in due course.

Alberts has unveiled details of a worldwide administration agreement for its U.K. catalog that it has struck with EMI Music Publishing. The record label is prepping albums by Ireland's the Answer and Gibraltar's Breed 77 to be released this year in the United Kingdom through Vital/THE.

Another recent signing, Melbourne-based blues rockers Dallas Crane, whose self-titled 2005 debut album garnered three nominations at the Australian Record Industry Assn. awards, is recording its sophomore album for release this year.

"These changes will herald a revitalized period of acquisition and international exploitation of further great new rock acts for both the U.K. and Australasian labels," the company says in a statement.

The company, which began life as music publisher J. Albert & Son in 1887, represents such global hit acts as AC/DC, the Easybeats, John Paul Young, the Angels and Rose Tattoo. Ted Albert, the great-grandson of the company's founder, set up its record arm in 1963.