14 Jan 2014
Peter Thea Named EVP, Creative Operations for Warner Bros. Records
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Multi-talented Executive Joins Legendary Label’s Senior Management Team
Warner Bros. Records (WBR) today announced the appointment of Peter Thea as Executive Vice President, Creative Operations. Based at the company’s Burbank headquarters, Thea will report to WBR Chairman & CEO Cameron Strang.  In his new post, Thea will work closely with newly appointed WBR President Dan McCarroll on A&R strategy and the development of creative initiatives.
“Peter comes to us with more than three decades of wide-ranging experience,” said Cameron Strang, Chairman & CEO, Warner Bros. Records. “From his early days as a recording engineer to his accomplishments as an attorney and most recently as an A&R executive, he boasts an expansive blend of talents – from making records to making deals – as well as great relationships throughout both the artistic and business communities. With Peter on board, along with new WBR President Dan McCarroll, we have expanded our already fantastic, highly dedicated team. The coming year at WBR promises to be very exciting, both for breaking new artists and taking established names to new heights.”
“I am thrilled to be joining Cameron, Dan, and the entire WBR team,” said Peter Thea.  “It’s very exciting to be at a label I have admired for so many years for its passionate devotion to artists and their music. It’s a dynamic time in the company’s great history, and I look forward to being a part of the next chapter and working with everyone to develop long-term musical careers for WBR’s present and future roster of exceptional talent.”
Thea served as Executive Vice President of Universal Republic & Island Def Jam from 2011 to 2013, prior to which he spent twelve years on the senior management team at Jive Records. As Executive Vice President and head of the A&R Department, he worked closely with such Jive artists as Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, R. Kelly, Chris Brown, T-Pain, Usher, Three Days Grace and many others.
Prior to his tenure at Jive, Thea was co-founder and Managing Partner of the entertainment law firm Tavel, Thea & Baker, where his clients included Cash Money Records, Godsmack, and Teddy Riley, among many others.  He began his career in music as a recording engineer, engineering albums with such artists as Aerosmith, Grateful Dead, Billy Idol, Humble Pie, and UFO.
Thea holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Columbia University and earned his law degree from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University.
Warner Bros. Records is one of the most successful recording companies in music history and home to some of the most influential and innovative artists of our time. Its reputation and extraordinary roster of new and established recording artists is unparalleled, and its collective influence on pop culture is without precedent.
With a visionary approach toward discovering and nurturing musical talent, the Warner Bros. Records family of labels is currently home to an impressive generation of major artists. The Warner Bros. roster includes Avenged Sevenfold, The Black Keys, Biffy Clyro, Michael Bublé, Deftones, Jason Derulo, Disturbed, Foals, The Flaming Lips, Goo Goo Dolls, Josh Groban, Iron and Wine, Linkin Park, Mastadon, Muse, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Regina Spektor, Seal, Tegan and Sara, and many others. Up-and-coming artists include Atlas Genius, Birdy, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., JEFF The Brotherhood, Gary Clark Jr., Kimbra, Lianne La Havas, LP, Surfer Blood, and Wavves. The rich and diversified catalog on the Warner Bros. family of labels includes recordings by Black Sabbath, Miles Davis, Dire Straits, the Grateful Dead, the Kinks, Madonna, Randy Newman, Prince, the Ramones, Talking Heads, James Taylor, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Frank Sinatra, Van Morrison, Van Halen and others.

Source: Warner Bros. Records