Celador wins Warner Brothers head of legal for commercial role

Celador International, the company behind TV quiz show “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?” has recruited Warner Music International’s director of business and legal affairs.

It is understood that Steve Lazarus’ move from Warner Music to join Celador as commercial director was because his position was made redundant after a management shake-up at the music group.

The re-organisation was part of a radical restructuring programme which is expected to result in around 1,000 redundancies announced last month after Warner Music was taken over by a consortium led by Edgar Bronfman.

Warner Music was sold to Bronfman, the former head of music and drinks business Seagram, for $2.6bn.

Before joining Warner Music Lazarus worked at Carlton Television as controller of legal and business affairs, strategy and development and was responsible for setting up and monitoring joint ventures and production deals.

Lazarus joined Celador last week and will be responsible for helping the company to source alternative funding for television programmes, sponsorship opportunities and building commercial relationships with brand owners and advertisers.