Peter Rosenthal has been hired for the newly created role of Executive Vice President (EVP), Global Head of Legal and Business Affairs at Warner Chappell Music (WCM).
WCM says that Rosenthal will set the strategic vision for the global legal department and help drive financial and business operations for the company.
Reporting to WCM Co-Chairs Guy Moot, CEO, and Carianne Marshall, COO, Rosenthal will also liaise with performing rights organizations and industry groups and advise on relevant legislation impacting music publishing.
Rosenthal joins Warner Chappell from Downtown Music Holdings, where he served as General Counsel and oversaw global legal and business affairs for the company.
In addition to group-wide corporate governance and finance, his remit for Downtown Music Publishing and Songtrust included digital licensing and strategy, corporate and catalog acquisitions, litigation, and policy.
WCM says that Rosenthal’s legal career spans more than 25 years of structuring, negotiating, and documenting a wide array of corporate, commercial, and intellectual property agreements and transactions.
Prior to joining Downtown in 2018, Rosenthal was a Partner at Ritholz Levy Fields LLP, a law firm specializing in entertainment, media and technology.
“I’m very excited to be joining Warner Chappell at such a pivotal time in its evolution and for our industry at large.”
Rosenthal said: “I’m very excited to be joining Warner Chappell at such a pivotal time in its evolution and for our industry at large.
“The team is incredible and the work they are doing to advocate for our songwriters and help them navigate complex new technologies and trends is inspiring.
‘We have a real opportunity to amplify these efforts even more and tap into connections both within our own WMG network and with outside organizations, and I’m grateful to Guy and Carianne for entrusting me with this newly envisioned role.”
“Peter’s guidance and growth mindset will be critical to helping us better serve and protect our songwriters across every genre, globally.”
Guy Moot and Carianne Marshall
Marshall and Moot added: “As we continue to prioritize our presence around the world and expand into emerging markets, we need a unified legal strategy.
“Peter’s guidance and growth mindset will be critical to helping us better serve and protect our songwriters across every genre, globally.
“We know he’s going to be a powerful partner to us and the team, and we’re so proud to welcome him to our Warner Chappell family.”Music Business Worldwide