Alexandra Patsavas Partners with Universal Music Group’s East Coast Label Group

for Chop Shop Records

New York, NY & Los Angeles, CA, January 31, 2013 – Universal Music Group’s East Coast Label Group and Alexandra Patsavas, one of the film/TV industry’s most prominent and prolific music supervisors, have partnered for Chop Shop Records. The announcement was made today by Barry Weiss, Chairman & CEO of the East Coast Label Group which includes Island Def Jam, Republic Records and Motown, and Ms. Patsavas.

Through this agreement, Ms. Patsavas will have the ability to work with Island Def Jam, Republic Records and Motown, depending on the needs of the particular artist or project. She will also work closely with Cynthia Sexton, Executive Vice President of Strategic Marketing for the label group.

“Alexandra is a perfect fit for our family of labels as we continue to expand our creative partnerships,” stated Mr. Weiss. “She is not just an incredibly gifted music supervisor, but a storyteller, a tastemaker and a talent scout with a track record of success that speaks for itself.”

“I’m a big fan of the UMG roster and have always admired the care they take in breaking acts,” added Ms. Patsavas. “Their artist friendly approach and careful strategic promotion of new artists is extremely impressive and we look forward to partnering with the biggest label in the world.”

John Rubeli will stay as President of Chop Shop Records overseeing daily operations of the label.  Prior to Chop Shop Records, Rubeli was VP, A&R at Atlantic Records where he signed P.O.D. and Louis XIV and worked with Bad Religion.  Rubeli was also manager to artists including The Verve, The Boo Radleys and The Geraldine Fibbers. He booked the second stage at Lollapalooza from 1992-1995 and began his career in the music industry as a college representative for Capitol records while simultaneously booking acts like Nirvana, Nine Inch Nails and The Flaming Lips at his college.

As one of the industry’s most influential and in-demand music supervisors in the industry, Ms. Patsavas has played a significant role in identifying and exposing emerging artists to mainstream audiences, including Death Cab For Cutie, The Killers, Snow Patrol, Ingrid Michaelson and The Fray, among many others. She has created the signature sound to some of the most watched television shows and successful TV soundtracks of the past 10 years, including “Grey’s Anatomy,” “The O.C.,” “Gossip Girl,” and “Mad Men.” In film, her work on the wildly popular “Twilight” series culminated this past year with the release of  “Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2.” “Twilight” remains one of the most successful soundtrack series in history. Other recent projects include the films “The Perks Of Being A Wallflower,” “Fun Size,” “Warm Bodies,” “Water for Elephants” and the television shows, “The Carrie Diaries,” “Scandal,” and “Hart of Dixie.” Her Chop Shop Music Supervision company was founded in 1998 and Chop Shop Records was launched in 2007.

About Universal Music Group

Universal Music Group is the global music leader, with wholly owned operations in 60 territories. Its businesses also include Universal Music Publishing Group, one of the industry’s premier music publishing operations worldwide.

Universal Music Group’s record labels include A&M/Octone, Angel, Astralwerks, Blue Note, Capitol Records, Decca, Def Jam Recordings, Deutsche Grammophon, Disa, Emarcy, Fonovisa, Geffen Records, Interscope Records, I.R.S., Island Records, Lost Highway Records, Machete Music, Manhattan, MCA Nashville, Mercury Nashville, Mercury Records, Motown Records, Polydor Records, Republic Records, Universal Music Latino, Verve Music Group and Virgin Records, as well as a multitude of record labels owned or distributed by its record company subsidiaries around the world. The Universal Music Group owns the most extensive catalogue of music in the industry, which includes the last 100 years of the world’s most popular artists and their recordings. UMG’s catalogue is marketed through two distinct divisions, Universal Music Enterprises (in the U.S.) and Universal Strategic Marketing (outside the U.S.). Universal Music Group also includes Global Digital Business, its new media and technologies division and Bravado, its merchandising company.

Universal Music Group is a fully owned subsidiary of Vivendi.

About Alex Patsavas / Chop Shop 

Three time Grammy®Award nominee Alexandra Patsavas founded her own Chop Shop Music Supervision company in 1998.  She quickly earned a reputation for raising the bar in the quality of music selected for television series and feature films, including “Grey’s Anatomy,” “The O.C.,” “Gossip Girl,” “Mad Men,” “Rescue Me,” “The Twilight Saga,” “Water for Elephants,” and “The Dilemma.” Patsavas’ upcoming Music Supervision projects include the film “Fun Size” and television series “Cult” and “The Carrie Diaries.”  A champion of independent artists, Patsavas has been responsible for identifying and exposing a remarkable string of original music to mainstream audiences.  In the process, she has played an influential role in the development of such artists as Death Cab for Cutie, The Killers, Snow Patrol, Modest Mouse, The Fray, Ingrid Michaelson, and many others.  In 2007, Patsavas launched Chop Shop Records, which today is home to Milo Greene, Scars on 45, Anya Marina, The Republic Tigers, Mackintosh Braun, and the Twilight Saga soundtracks.

Patsavas has earned many accolades over the course of her career. She was dubbed Advertising Age’s “Entertainment Marketer of the Year” in 2006, included in The Los Angeles Times’ “West 100” (a list of the most powerful people in Southern California), named one of Variety‘s 50 honorees for their annual “Women’s Impact Report,” and featured as one of Billboard‘s “Top Women In Music.” She has been profiled in Wired, The New York Times, Financial Times, The Los Angeles Times, Glamour, In Style, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Chicago Tribune, Elle, Jane, Billboard, Giant, and interviewed on CNBC and MTV.