Rat Pack Reunites at Sony Music
Who knew that I’d be running Sony Music. I sure didn’t, but evidently septuagenarian CEO Doug Morris is taking me very seriously, especially when I suggested that he revive Portrait Records. Today he actually did, but instead of hiring Tommy Mottola to run it he went back to the well and hired old crony Sylvia Rhone. (Note to Doug: it was a joke.)
My sources take it a step further. “This time it only took Doug 2 weeks to make a boneheaded move. At least this time Sylvia won’t have another legacy label to destroy like she did with Elektra and Motown”. Ouch.
Morris has a compulsion for hiring people from his past. This is Doug’s third week on the job (actually his first week since for the first two he was on vacation) and he’s already hired L.A. Reid, Nick Gatfield, Mel Lewinter, and now Sylvia Rhone. Who’s next? Jerry Greenberg? Dave Glew, Reen Nalley? In fact, he’s rumored to be bringing his longtime parking valet, Paul Cooper, to Sony from Universal.
It certainly looks like Morris is continuing a great Sony tradition: nepotism. One thing is for sure though. Rob “Fredo” Stringer must be thrilled today because he doesn’t look like the dumbest guy in the building—at least for now.