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"We are delighted to extend our long and successful partnership with Mike Curb and Curb Records. Mike's remarkable legacy as one of the industry's most consistent hitmakers has made this a very fruitful relationship for Warner Music since we began distributing Curb Records many years ago."
——Roger Ames, Chairman/CEO WMG

WMG, CURB EXPAND TIES

Mike Curb Becomes Partner/CEO in
Word Entertainment

Warner Music Group has expanded its relationship with veteran music executive and Curb Records Chairman/Founder Mike Curb.

Under the new, long-term agreement, WEA will continue to manufacture and distribute releases from Curb Records in the U.S., Warner Music International will serve as the label's exclusive licensee in Latin America, Europe and parts of Asia and Warner/Chappell Music will administer Curb's publishing interests throughout the world outside the U.S., Canada and Japan.

In addition, Mike Curb will become a partner in WMG's Word Entertainment, and will be named Chairman of the company, serving in a non-executive capacity.

The current reporting structure at Word will be unaffected, with Word President/COO Malcolm Mimms continuing to report to Warner Bros. Nashville President Jim Ed Norman, who reports to Tom Whalley, Chairman of Warner Bros. Records.

WMG Chairman/CEO Roger Ames said, "We are delighted to extend our long and successful partnership with Mike Curb and Curb Records. Mike's remarkable legacy as one of the industry's most consistent hitmakers has made this a very fruitful relationship for Warner Music since we began distributing Curb Records many years ago. We're pleased that we will continue to benefit from Mike's wisdom and creative instincts and we look forward to many more years of great music."

Curb added, "Our partnership with Warner Music Group has served us exceptionally well for years. We're thrilled to expand our relationship, knowing that with the great team at the Music Group, Word and Warner Bros., and with their proven record of excellence, we're looking ahead to an even brighter future for Curb."

Curb's relationship with Warner dates back to 1975, when Mike Curb released five consecutive No. 1 pop records in a row under the Warner/Curb label, including Debby Boone's "You Light Up My Life" and the Four Seasons' "(December 1963) Oh What A Night."

In 1995, Curb and WMG joined forces once again when Atlantic Records became Curb's U.S. distributor. This successful relationship resulted in a series of albums by such artists as Tim McGraw, Jo Dee Messina, LeAnn Rimes and Hank Williams Jr.

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