Sunday, 5 January 2014

The Revolving Door

Warner/Chappell have announced the promotion of Jon Platt, previously President of Creative for North America at the firm, to overall President of the music publisher in the region. He will report into Cameron Strang. 

Steve Martin, a near twenty year veteran at The Agency Group, has moved to APA as executive vice president of worldwide music.  In the wake of his departure Natalia Nastaskin becomes CEO of US operations and Steve Kaul becomes senior executive vice president. Eddie Clemens is promoted to director of marketing. Scott Galloway and Stu Walker join TAG's Nashville office, with both Walker and Galloway joining from APA.

Nine Inch Nails have split from their long-term manager Jim Guerinot according to Billboard. Billboard also believes that Trent Reznor's band How To Destroy Angels - who were also on the roster of Guerinot's management firm Rebel Waltz - have likewise moved on. It also seems like John Mayer and longtime manager Michael McDonald of Mick Management have parted ways, with McDonald saying "After 13 years, John and I are parting ways," McDonald said in a statement. "It's been a magnificent journey, which began before his debut album, and along the way has included seven Grammy awards, years of massively successful tours around the world, and over 20 million albums sold. I hold John's talent in the highest regard and wish him nothing but the best."

In a game of legal chairs, Warner Music UK  haveJames Radice, previously SVP of Business & Commercial Affairs for the Polydor to the top business affairs man for Warner UK. Although all this is yet to be confirmed, it's thought Radice will likely take over from Jonathan Cross, who stayed on as VP Business Affairs after the rejig that occurred at Warner UK earlier this year following the integration of its Parlophone acquisition. Radice's role at Polydor will be filled by Julian French, who joins from BMG, and BMG has announced the promotion of John Dobinson, previously COO for the firm's UK division, to a new globally-focused role overseeing rights and contract administration and "integration management, asset management, supply chain management and IT" on a worldwide basis. BMG has also promoted two senior execs within its UK division, with Alexi Cory-Smith becoming Exec Vice President of BMG Chrysalis UK and Mark Ranyard Exec Vice President and CFO and  Fred Casimir is promoted to the role of Executive Vice President International Repertoire for the recordings side of the music rights firm.

The Association Of Independent Festivals (AIF) has appointed a new full-time General Manager, Paul Reed, who previously worked at music development agency Generator, as well as for various festival-related companies, and most recently for event management firm The Event Umbrella. Reed will oversee the day-to-day running of the growing trade body, while the group's previous GM Claire O'Neill will stay on as Senior Manager, leading on AIF events and development projects.

Former music journalist and  record label executive Dave Shack has has been appointed Managing Director of Phantom Music Management, which looks after Iron Maiden, reporting to founders Rod Smallwood and Andy Taylor.

Music content maker LoveLive has expanded its in-house tech expertise by appointing Remco Van Stiphout to the role of Chief Technology Officer.

Intellitix has appointed Ian Bennett as head of UK business development. Bennett will focus on growing the company’s UK client base from its London base. Former IQ editor Greg Parmley has said he is leaving Intellitix, initially to re-focus on the ILMC in early March.

Temporary power and temperature control supplier Aggreko will provide the power at this year's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Ownership of the Camden Barfly freehold has changed hands: The Soltaire Group have sold the building to a private Greek investor. The Mama Group run the venue on a 20 year lease.

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