Universal’s Rich Castillo returns to UK with Polydor

Highly respected A&R exec Rich Castillo has been appointed Senior A&R Manager for Polydor Records in London.

He will report to the label’s recently announced new co-presidents, Ben Mortimer and Tom March.

Castillo returns to the UK after two years as A&R Director at Universal Canada.

He was previously head of A&R for UMTV and All Around The World Records in London.

Castillo started his career in management in 2004 at Shalit Global, where alongside Jonathan Shalit he launched London hip hop/R&B act N-Dubz into multi-platinum selling, Mobo-winning arena artists with deals on both sides of the Atlantic.

In 2012 Castillo joined UMTV and All Around The World in a full-time A&R role signing chart-topping solo records for D-Dubz members Tulisa and Dappy among many other projects.

Returning to the UK after two years in A&R at Universal Music Canada, Castillo starts his new role at Polydor Records UK next week on June 13th..

“Rich has a keen ear for a big pop hit, is hugely respected and is an absolute grafter.”

Ben Mortimer, Polydor

Polydor co-President Ben Mortimer said, “Where do you start with Rich?

“He’s got a keen ear for a big pop hit, is hugely respected and is an absolute grafter. He is also one of the nicest guys out there.

“Getting him back to the UK is a dream for us. And is a real statement about the dynamic and energetic atmosphere we’re creating at Polydor.”

Rich Castillo said: “I have enjoyed being in Canada and part of the exciting future of music created here but the chance to join Tom and Ben at Polydor was too good an opportunity to miss.

“It’s an incredibly exciting time to be returning to the UK with the way things are unfolding for pop and urban music.”Music Business Worldwide

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