Kurt Deutsch, the innovative theatre cast album producer who co-founded Sh-K-Boom/Ghostlight Records in 2000, has signed on as senior vice president, Theatrical & Catalog Development for Warner/Chappell Music under Chairman and CEO Jon Platt.
He will remain president of Sh-K-Boom/Ghostlight Records, where he recorded the work of influential and up-and-coming songwriters including Lin-Manuel Miranda, Pasek & Paul, Dave Malloy, Jason Robert Brown, Brian Yorkey and Tom Kitt, Stephen Schwartz, William Finn, David Yazbek, Michael John LaChiusa, and more.
Deutsch has been tapped by Warner/Chappell Music to oversee the signing and nurturing of theatrical composers and identify and develop new theatrical projects and properties.
“I am thrilled to be joining Warner/Chappell at this exciting time in the company’s evolution,” Deutsch said in a statement. “Jon and his fantastic team have created the ideal environment to nurture songwriters at every stage of their careers, and I’m looking forward to helping our artists create and develop their work across the spectrum – from nascent song ideas to full-fledged theatrical works. The depth of talent in the theatre world today is extraordinary, and it is our goal to open up every opportunity for our writers to refine their craft and bring their music to the widest possible audience. At the same time, the Warner/Chappell catalog is a mother lode of brilliant theatrical writers whose work is ripe with potential in the modern era. I want to thank Jon for this tremendous opportunity.”
Warner Music Group’s independent distribution and services arm ADA will take over distribution for all Sh-K-Boom/Ghostlight Records releases as of August 1.