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Craig Kallman

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Chairman/CEO of the Atlantic Records Group

Craig Kallman carries on the entrepreneurial tradition that has driven Atlantic Records since it was founded by Ahmet Ertegun over 65 years ago, and is embodied in the careers of such fellow Atlantic producer/executives as Jerry Wexler, Nesuhi Ertegun, and Doug Morris. Craig joined Atlantic in 1991, when the company acquired his independent Big Beat Records label. Advancing through the executive ranks, the New York-born Kallman was named Chairman/CEO of the Atlantic Records Group in 2005. After graduating from Brown University in 1987, Kallman worked for Factory Records and Billboard magazine, while DJ-ing at such legendary nightspots as Danceteria, Area, The Palladium, and The Tunnel. When he initially joined Atlantic he was named vice president / assistant to then Co-Chairman Doug Morris. Advancing to EVP, Kallman began to oversee Atlantic's entire A&R operation. His roster of trailblazing artists grew to include Aaliyah, whose Atlantic debut introduced producers Timbaland and Missy Elliott to the pop top 10, Brandy, Notorious B.I.G.'s rap clan Junior M.A.F.I.A., featuring Lil' Kim, and also hard rockers, such as Stone Temple Pilots and P.O.D. Craig also spearheaded Atlantics involvement with film soundtracks, notably the smash Space Jam. Kallman was named Co-President in 2002, and in the fall of that year, he forged an alliance with the reggae label, VP Records. The first VP / Atlantic album - Sean Paul's groundbreaking, Grammy-winning Dutty Rock, sold six million copies worldwide. In 2002, Kallman inked Florida-based hard rockers Shinedown, and the following year he brought hip-hop icon T.I. into the Atlantic family. In 2004, Kallman was named co-chairman/COO of the newly formed Atlantic Records Group, and a year later was promoted to chairman/CEO. In recent years, Kallman has continued to bring a rich diversity of high-profile artists into the Atlantic fold; Death Cab For Cutie, Gnarls Barkley, Trey Songz, Lupe Fiasco, Flo Rida, Zac Brown Band, B.o.B, Skrillex and many others. Under Mr. Kallman's leadership, Atlantic has partnered with indie label Fueled By Ramen, with artists - Panic at the Disco and Gym Class Heroes. Since 2007, the seminal hard rock/heavy metal label Roadrunner has also been part of the Atlantic group. In 2010, Craig re-launched his Big Beat label which has had tremendous success with artists like the aforementioned Skrillex, Icona Pop, Martin Solveig, DJ Chuckie and others. Mr. Kallman also crafted one of the music industrys pioneering 360 deals, partnering with punk-pop quartet Paramore. Craig remains a hands-on creative collaborator with his artists as A&R guru, producer, and songwriter. For instance - Lupe Fiasco's 2008 hit "Daydreamin'" (featuring Jill Scott) was produced and co-written by Mr. Kallman!

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