Monday, 16 June 2014

The Revolving Door

Universal has promoted David Hawkes to head up the UK division of the major's e-commerce operations. He will also continue to work as Commercial Director of the mega-major's Island Records label.

Celine Dion's husband Rene Angelil is stepping down as the singer's manager, with fellow Canadian Aldo Giampaolo, currently CEO of QMI Entertainment & Sports, set to move to Las Vegas to take over the running of the singer's company Feeling Productions.

U2's Bono and The Edge, have been appointed to the board of directors of guitar manufacturer Fender.

The Agency Group has announced the recruitment of one-time Ferret Music boss Paul Conroy, who was most recently CEO of Dyrdek Enterprises in LA (and NOT one-time Virgin UK chief Paul Conroy). In his new job at the mega-booking agency he'll take the newly created role of Chief Strategy and Revenue Officer. 

Nicole Seligman, will become president of US-based Sony Entertainment which includes the firm's two main music businesses, the Sony Music record company and Sony/ATV music publishing. Seligman will retain her current position as president of Sony Entertainment's direct parent in the Sony hierarchy, Sony Corporation Of America. She will work alongside Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton in her new job.

Warner Music UK's CEO Max Lousada has been named as the new Chairman of the BRITs Committee. 

Entertainment PR firm LD Communications has announced two new appointments. Jade Lancashire joins the agency from the BBC where she was a publicist for Radio 1 and 1 Xtra. She becomes a Senior Account Manager at LD and will be focusing on the company's various festival clients over the summer.  Mohammad Qazalbash has been appointed as an Account Executive as the company further expands its digital team

Lady Gaga's current manager Bobby Campbell  has allied with Live Nation's artist management division Artist Nation, bringing the Gaga with him as his primary client. 

Editor-in-chief of Mojo and Kerrang!, Phil Alexander, has now taken up the same role at Q, Bauer Media has announced. Day-to-day running of the magazine will continue to be overseen by Senior Editor Matt Mason.

The BBC is making 65 employees within the Corporation's radio division redundant. The cutbacks are part of a move to restructure the BBC's national radio stations into two 'hubs', one consisting of all the 'pop' music services (Radios 1, 1Xtra, 2, 6 Music and Asian Network) and the other of classical and speech outlets (Radios 3, 4 and 4 Extra, and the Proms and orchestras that report into BBC Radio).

American booking agent Jbeau Lewis has departed CAA - after over a decade at the company -  to join rival agency UTA.

Mel B has been announced as the fourth judge on this year's UK outing of 'X-Factor', joining Simon Cowell, Cheryl Cole and Louis Walsh.

There were a number of Birthday honours in the music community: Talvin Singh was made an OBE, while there were MBEs for both singer/radio presenter Cerys Matthews and folk musician Eliza Carthy. In the classical domain, John Berry, Artistic Director of the English National Opera, became a CBE, and there were MBEs for the conductors of two regional orchestras, Martin Binks of Leeds Symphony and Andrew Penny of Hull Philharmonic. Janis Susskind, MD of Boosey & Hawkes becomes an OBE,  Island Records President Darcus Beese, talent manager Jonathan Shalit and jazz promoter John Cumming of Serious all became OBEs and Mark Featherstone-Witty, principal and founder of the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, and Victoria Sharp of London Music Masters both became OBEs.

Paul Robinson has announced his resignation as Chief Executive of The Radio Academy after just ten months in the job. Robinson cited growing demands at his company Creative Media Partners for the decision. He will continue to work with the radio industry group on its 30 Under 30 awards and Radio Festival.

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