Warner Music Group's publishing wing, Warner/Chappell Music, has named Jake Ottmann its new senior vice president of A&R, charged with finding, signing and guiding new artists as well as bringing established artists into WMG's fold.
"I trust Jake to deliver and, more importantly, so do artists. I know he will be a superb addition to our fantastic A&R team, as we continue to make Warner/Chappell the first-choice destination for the world’s biggest stars and best new talent," said Ottmann's immediate superior, Jon Platt, president of WCM's North American creative division.
WCM's chairman and CEO, Cameron Strang, wrote of Ottmann that his "tireless focus on providing outstanding service to songwriters makes him a perfect fit with Warner/Chappell. His arrival is further proof we have the best A&R team in the business.”
Ottmann expressed his love of good music, regardless of genre distinctions, emphasizing his focus on bringing "hit-makers" into the WMG artist ranks. “I am genre agnostic when it comes to amazing songs. I want to sign and serve extraordinary writers, regardless of the type of music they create. I am so delighted to be joining Warner/Chappell because I know this approach is at the heart of its A&R activities. That philosophy has helped build the company’s incredible heritage, and propelled its recent momentum and success. I am looking forward to learning from Cameron, reuniting with my mentor Jon, and collaborating with the amazing team here. Together, we’ll be signing and developing the next generation of ground-breaking hit-makers at the world’s best music publisher.”
Less than a month ago, Warner/Chappell had a lucrative coup following their hire of Jon Platt last autumn, when it was announced that Roc Nation, Jay-Z and Beyonce's publishing administration would follow the executive to Warner/Chappell. As Billboard's Ed Christman wrote in February, "even in administration deals at a bargain-basement price, synch deals can still earn the administrator anywhere from 15% to 25%."