Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Music Biz Musical Chairs: Morris to Sony July 1, LA Reid Waits for Simon


Here in Los Angeles, as Grammy weekend  revs up, the music biz is about to play musical chairs. I can tell you exclusively that Doug Morris is set to take over Sony Music on July 1st. Morris was the highly successful chief of Universal Music Group, but retired to make away for Lucien Grainge. At the same time, UMG’s LA Antonio Reid may or not continue running Island DefJam Records depending on the forward motion of his TV career. If he goes to “American Idol” as a judge, Reid, sources say, will stick at UMG. But if he goes to Simon Cowell’s “X Factor,” Reid will exit UMG and head to Sony where he could run the RCA/J/Arista group. “It’s all about waiting for Simon,” says my source. Whoever gets Reid will be lucky, frankly. Anyway, the reason the job at RCA is open is because Barry Weiss left to run Universal’s New York operation. Ironically, RCA/J’s popular A&R man Larry Jackson left a few months earlier and wound up at Universal’s Los Angeles campus. And this is complicated now because it is well known that Weiss forced Jackson out (more to come on this), and then left himself. Whew!

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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