Ferret Music Owners Leave To Start A Good Fight

Official press release:

A new entertainment
powerhouse is getting ready to take the world by storm. Good Fight Entertainment, founded by industry
veterans Paul Conroy and Carl Severson, have launched a new management
company with a music and sports division, along with a new record label,
Good Fight Music

Read on for the full press release.


Pioneers in the
hardcore and metal scenes, and former partners at Ferret Music, Warner
Music and ChannelZERO, Conroy and Severson have proven track records for
innovative thinking and unwavering tenacity. Their abundance of
experience has taught them how to spot cutting edge talent and propel
them into the spotlight. To obtain maximum visibility for its releases,
Good Fight Entertainment’s record label, Good Fight Music, has partnered
with Sony’s RED distribution, which distributed Ferret for six years
before their merger with Warner’s Independent Label Group. During that
time, Conroy and Severson helped launch the careers of numerous hardcore
and metal outfits, including Killswitch Engage, Every Time I Die, and
From Autumn To Ashes, while taking the likes of In Flames, The Devil
Wears Prada, Chimaira, Madball and more to previously unachieved levels
of success.

“I and all at RED couldn’t be more pleased to be back
in business with Carl Severson and Paul Conroy and their new label,
Good Fight,” says RED president Bob Morelli. “As we begin 2010 with all
the challenges and opportunities that we will deal with, working with
Carl and Paul gives us a better chance for success. They are on the
cutting musical edge, whether it will be with their label, as managers,
in touring or other entrepreneurial initiatives.”

Of their new
endeavor, Carl Severson states, “We’ve built a company that is in a
unique position to rise to the challenges of the evolving music
industry. We’ve been on the front lines as digital has become the medium
of choice for music marketing and commerce and we’ve grown with it,
embraced the opportunities it’s presented. Paul, myself, our staff; we
have the resolve to thrive in this climate. Good Fight Entertainment is
the culmination of our experiences as artists, band members, managers,
musicians and executives. We have the opportunity to work with people
who believe in us as much as we believe in them. This is a very exciting
time for us.”

The first Good Fight Music releases, Cancer Bats‘ Bears, Mayors, Scraps and Bones
and Son of Aurelius‘ The Farthest
Reaches, are both scheduled to be unleashed April 13. Future releases
from the already substantial Good Fight family of artists will include
new albums by Rosaline, I Am Abomination, This
or the Apocalypse
, Conditions, Madball, and the newly reunited Disembodied.

“I’m very excited and
honored to be a part of Good Fight,” says Madball frontman Freddy
Cricien. “I’ve worked with Carl and Paul for some years now. I’ve
developed a friendship there that goes beyond business. Some say
friendship and business don’t mix, in this case they are wrong. We are
all very passionate about music and it will translate through this new
vehicle, Good Fight Entertainment. It’s the next chapter and Madball is
glad to be a part of the movement.”

The music management division
of Good Fight Entertainment boasts an already established roster of
heavyweights, including August Burns Red, Behemoth, Between the Buried
and Me, Bless the Fall, Cannibal Corpse, Children of Bodom, Chiodos,
Every Time I Die, Holy Grail, Job For a Cowboy, among several others.
The talent and eclecticism of their clientele is unparalleled in heavy
music.

While music is an integral component of Good Fight’s
global strategy, the company’s sports management division is already up
and running. The company already represents BMX freelstyle rider Dakota
Roche, who currently rides for Levis, Lotek and Cult Crew, and
skateboarding legend, actor, and stuntman, Mike Vallely. The
skateboarder has been a household name since getting sponsored by Powell
Peralta in 1986 at the age of 16. The New Jersey native ushered in the
street skating era as the east coast’s first professional street skater
and in 1989 pioneered the first ever symetrical pro model skateboard
deck. He has represented legendary skateboard brands Powell Peralta,
World Industries and Black Label and currently represents Element
Skateboards. His critcally acclaimed television show DRIVE (on Fuel TV)
has aired for three seasons and he has been featured in recent number
one hit films, Paul Blart: Mall Cop and The Hangover, acting and doing
stunts.

Joining Good Fight Entertainment’s sports division is
Rick Lisk. Rich Lisk’s unconventional and high-energy approach to
marketing partnerships has created a loyal and superior product in
addition to being bottom line conscience. Because Rich has worked his
way up through the ranks of the industry, he is acutely aware of the
demands and what it takes to get a job done. His success is organic
without the big budget pocketbooks of some of the segments of the sports
industry. All areas of professional sports from the local franchise to
the major league have tapped his expertise in budgeting, management,
brand identity and creativity. His reputation as an honest – bottom line
driven executive is quickly rising and his influence in the industry
continues.

Good Fight Entertainment will have a healthy online
presence through an official site as well as sites on MySpace, Facebook,
Twitter and other social networking outlets. Matt ‘Portland’ Hay and
his company, Sons Of Nero, will be an important component to the entire
company. “Portlands understanding of branding and his excellent talent
is an asset not only to our label, but to our management clients,
artists and athletes alike, and our touring properties,” Severson says.

In
the future, Good Fight will aggressively pursue opportunities in Fan
Clubs, TV and film, touring and more. Look for an exciting Festival tour
announcement from Good Fight Entertainment in the coming weeks.