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Roadrunner: Back office roles out, comedy in

By | Published on Wednesday 17 November 2010

Between fifteen and 20 people will lose their jobs as a result of Warner Music taking complete ownership of rock label Roadrunner.

As previously reported, although now a wholly owned Warner subsidiary, Roadrunner will continue to be a standalone label within the major, run by its founder Cees Wessels. However, a number of back office roles at the one time indie’s HQ in the Netherlands will be taken over by similar functions in the major, hence the redundancies.

Elsewhere in Roadrunner news, the label has just launched a new comedy imprint, and has signed up the uber-grump of American stand-up Doug Stanhope, a big draw on the comedy circuit and regular on the last series of Charlie Brooker’s ‘Newswipe’ show in the UK.

The aforementioned Wessels told reporters: “We are very excited to launch Roadrunner Comedy, yet another innovative iteration of the Roadrunner brand. We look forward to welcoming a variety of like-minded comedians to the Roadrunner family-new artists with dynamic talents-that will be making us laugh for years to come”.