Monday, 3 February 2014

The Revolving Door

The BBC have announced the appointment of Isabel Begg to the rather wordy role of Head Of Commercial & Business Development, Rights And Business Affairs within its radio and music division. Begg replaces BBC radio’s previous business affairs head John Moran, who is departing for a new role at Channel 4.

Indie music publisher Spirit Music have announced the appointment of former Universal Music Publishing Group CEO David Renzer to the role of Chairman. 

Artist manager Mike Martinovich, who manages the likes of My Morning Jacket, Flight Of The Conchords and Preservation Hall Jazz Band through his Flatiron Management business, is allying with management powerhouse Red Light.

CMU Daily reports that former Machine Head bassist Adam Duce, fired in February last year, has sued his former bandmates and manager, accusing them of firing him to get a larger cut of band income. He also claims that frontman Robb Flynn was already taking a larger cut of the money earned than had been agreed under their partnership.

BMG has confirmed the appointment of former EMI executive Joe Gillen to the role of CFO for its North American business, overseeing finance, accounting, income tracking and royalty audits.

And another ex-EMI bod, the former Chairman of EMI in Australia, Mark Poston, is returning to the record industry after a year away from the business by joining Warner Music down under, reporting in to the mini-major's Aussie MD Tony Harlow, who originally recruited Poston into EMI.

MAMA have confirmed that co-founder Dean James is leaving the business "to focus on his outside interests. MAMA continues to run a network of venues around the UK, as well as operating a tour and festival promotion business, which stages or has interests in events like Wilderness, Lovebox, Global Gathering and The Great Escape and owns the monthly music magazine The Fly. Rory Bett had been appointed as the company's new CEO. Bett has been with MAMA since 2008, launching first the company's brand partnerships business and then its event production agency, 

Mötley Crüe have announced that they will retire the band a final 72 date tour of the US and Canada.

North American streaming service Slacker Radio announced the appointment of a new CEO, former Disney and Nintendo executive Duncan Orrell-Jones.

After the current members of UB40 hit out at three of their ex-bandmembers for announcing plans to release new music under the same name, one of the three, former frontman Ali Campbell, has defended his intentions. Speaking to the Birmingham Mail, Campbell, who quit the band in acrimonious circumstances in 2008, says that the remaining members of his former group, which include his brothers Duncan and Robin, have been destroying the UB40 former legacy. The matter is, as they say, in the hands of the lawyers but the 'new' but old 'UB40' with Ali, Astro and Mickey Virtue have been signed to Cooking Vinyl.

Independent music publisher Imagem has announced the appointment of Jason Jordan, the former Columbia and Hollywood Records A&R chief who also co-founded the SynchTank platform, to the role of President at Imagem Music US.

Sony Music last week further expanded its EDM team in London with the appointment of Toby Andrews to the role of Senior Manager, International Electronic Music Marketing. He joins the major from PR firm Get In.

Warner Music's label services business ADA announced two more appointments in its New York office on Friday, with Brandon Squar being promoted to the role of SVP Digital Strategy & Revenue for ADA Worldwide and former Universal exec Tatia Adams Fox becoming SVP Marketing.

Four  UK music PR companies - Guesty PR, Wilful Publicity, Great Northern PR and Electric Shores - have announced a new alliance, called the Chapel Collective, which will see them collaborate and share resources on certain projects.

Direct-to-fan firm Topspin has finalised a set of redundancies that sees fourteen staff lose their jobs.

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