Universal Music announced today that its East Coast Label Group and music supervisor Alexandra Patsavas have partnered for Chop Shop Records. The announcement was made today by Barry Weiss – Chairman & CEO of the East Coast Label Group which includes Island Def Jam, Republic Records and Motown – and Patsavas. Chop Shop was formerly teamed with Atlantic.
Patsavas will work with the company’s labels on a case-by-case basis, and will also work closely with Cynthia Sexton, Executive Vice President of Strategic Marketing for the label group.
“Alexandra is a perfect fit for our family of labels as we continue to expand our creative partnerships,” Weiss said in a statement. “She is not just an incredibly gifted music supervisor, but a storyteller, a tastemaker and a talent scout with a track record of success that speaks for itself.”
“I’m a big fan of the UMG roster and have always admired the care they take in breaking acts,” added Ms. Patsavas. “Their artist-friendly approach and careful strategic promotion of new artists is extremely impressive and we look forward to partnering with the biggest label in the world.”
John Rubeli remain president of Chop Shop Records, overseeing daily operations of the label. Previously, Rubeli was VP of A&R at Atlantic Records, where he signed P.O.D. and Louis XIV and worked with Bad Religion. He was also an artist manager for The Verve, The Boo Radleys and The Geraldine Fibbers, and booked the second stage at Lollapalooza from1992-1995.
Patsavas has worked on many successful TV soundtracks over the past decade, including “Grey’s Anatomy,” “The O.C.,” “Gossip Girl,” and “Mad Men.” In film, her work on the “Twilight” series culminated this past year with the release of “Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2.” “Twilight” remains one of the most successful soundtrack series in history. Other recent projects include the films “The Perks Of Being A Wallflower,” “Fun Size,” “Warm Bodies,” “Water for Elephants” and the television shows, “The Carrie Diaries,” “Scandal,” and “Hart of Dixie.”