Julian Petty Joins Warner Bros. Records as EVP, Head of Business and Legal Affairs

Julian Petty
Courtesy of WMG

Julian Petty

Veteran music business dealmaker Julian Petty has joined Warner Bros. Records as executive vice president and head of business and legal affairs, the label announced on Monday. Based in Los Angeles, Petty will report to WBR co-chairman and CEO Aaron Bay-Schuck and co-chairman and COO Tom Corson.

Petty arrives at the storied imprint from Nixon Peabody, where he was partner and head of the entertainment practice group. His clients included Earl Sweatshirt, Vince Staples, A Tribe Called Quest, the estate of Notorious B.I.G. and Childish Gambino, for whom he negotiated a one-album license agreement with RCA. Petty's dealmaking prowess has landed him on Billboard's list of top music lawyers for two years running.

"As we’re developing a culturally connected, globally impactful team, Julian will play a vital leadership role," said Corson and Bay-Schuck. "He'll help us cultivate and execute innovative deals and strategies that attract and keep extraordinary talent, while staying on the leading edge of the music business where the opportunities are endless. Julian brings extensive experience with groundbreaking artists to his new position, combined with a sharp legal and business sense, and we’re thrilled to welcome him to our label."

Prior to joining Nixon Peabody, Petty was a partner at Fox Rothschild. Before getting into law, the Howard and Fordham graduate was a programming and product integration manager at AOL.

"Ever since my first internship at Def Jam Records, I've had a passion for protecting the rights of the creative community," said Petty. "If you know me, you know that the only way I would have given up private practice is to be part of a company that encourages artists to go after their dreams, and under Aaron's and Tom's leadership, Warner Bros. Records is undoubtedly that place. For me, this is a unique opportunity to continue helping artists, just from a different seat. At the end of the day, we’re all working together to help them succeed."


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