Tony Wilson, the veteran British producer and label executive who helped launch the careers of Joy Division, New Order and the Happy Mondays, has established a new record label, F4 Records.

Tony Wilson, the veteran British producer and label executive who helped launch the careers of Joy Division, New Order and the Happy Mondays, has established a new record label, F4 Records.

Based in Manchester, England, the independent label's title pays homage to Wilson's unconventional label Factory Records, which was dissolved in 1993. Wilson and Factory later become the focus of the 2002 feature film "24 Hour Party People."

The new label's first release will be a single, "Where We Live," from Manchester "grime" collective Raw-T, due Jan. 31. "I am as excited about Raw-T as I was about Joy Division or the Mondays," comments Wilson.

Pinnacle will handle distribution of F4 releases in the United Kingdom. Talks are continuing on licensing agreements for key territories around the globe.

Wilson and Tom Clarke will run the label on a day-to-day basis as CEO and GM, respectively. The pair retain the same titles at the annual In The City trade conference, also in Manchester. Financiers Steve Izatt and Vivienne Clore are co-directors of F4.

F4 will also team with Pinnacle to launch a branded digital download site. The service will deliver releases from F4 signings and other artists, including Durutti Column's Vini Reilly and newcomers Young Offenders Institute.