Company Town : Warner Watchers Turn Their Attention to Ostin
All eyes in the music business are on the Burbank office of Warner Bros. Records Chairman Mo Ostin as word spreads that a sudden meeting had been held to iron out the latest wrinkle in the corporate realignment at Warner Music Group.
Under a restructuring plan announced last month, Ostin and all U.S. label heads are required to report directly to Doug Morris, chief operating officer of the corporation’s new domestic division, Warner Music-USA. Former Elektra Chairman Bob Krasnow resigned one day after the announcement, blaming his departure primarily on his exclusion from the new corporate inner circle.
The New York-based Morris flew in unexpectedly Friday and met behind closed doors for several hours with Ostin, who is also believed to disapprove of the new chain of command. Sources said Ostin has been resistant to suggestions that he streamline his label and reluctant to anoint a successor, whom most insiders believe will be his longtime sidekick and current Warner Bros. Records President Lenny Waronker.
Neither Ostin nor Morris could be reached for comment, but sources said Ostin is expected to fly to New York today to try to resolve the matter.
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