300 Entertainment has brought on longtime record label A&R veteran Rob Stevenson as a partner in the company. Stevenson, who had previously held the role of executive vp at Republic Records and had managed the relaunch of Casablanca Records under the Republic umbrella, will be working alongside 300 co-founder/CEO Kevin Liles and overseeing new distribution, publishing and consumer engagement initiatives, the company said.
Stevenson and Liles had worked together at Island Def Jam in the late 1990s and 2000s, where Stevenson oversaw the signings of rock and alternative acts like Sum 41, The Killers and Fall Out Boy, eventually rising to executive vp A&R before moving to Virgin America in 2008 as president of A&R. There, he worked on blockbuster releases like Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream and albums by LCD Soundsystem and the Beastie Boys, before moving to Republic in 2011.
“I’m excited to write this next chapter of my career with the team that helped me begin my journey in the music business," Stevenson said in a statement. "In so many ways this doesn’t feel like a new job, but a return home. I’m looking forward to working with Kevin and the 300 team to craft a modern definition of what a record label is, and how best to support artists today."