Thursday, 10 July 2014

The Revolving Door

Investment firm Arts Alliance Ventures has announced that Deezer's former Managing Director for the UK and Ireland, Mark Foster, is to head up its newly streamlined 'event cinema' business.

The CEO of EDM-focused download store Beatport is stepping down. Matthew Adell saw the digital firm through its acquisition by EDM powerhouse SFX last year, and the subsequent downsizing that occurred as the company was integrated with the other digital operations of the Robert FX Sillerman-led business.

Production music agency Altitude Music has appointed a new Creative Director in Matt Kaleda, formerly Creative Director at Ninja Tune's publishing arm.

Billboard has named  Isabel Gonz├ílez Whitaker as its new Deputy Editor. 

Global Radio has confirmed the appointed of former EMI man Ian Hanson to the new role of Chief Operating Officer, with a remit working across the firm's broadcasting, talent management and music publishing businesses.

Warner Music Group has opromoted Tim Fraser-Harding to the role of President of Global Recordings Catalogue and Mark Pinkus to the job of President of US Catalogue & Rhino Entertainment. Blimey. The promotions come as Kevin Gore, who is currently President of both Global Recordings Catalogue and Rhino, departs the major. Both UK-based Fraser-Harding and US-located Pinkus previously held Senior Vice President roles in the divisions they will now lead.

Talent and booking agency The Agency Group has opened a new Miami office, which will focus specifically on the Latin American and US-Hispanic markets. Jeremy Norkin, who takes the role of Director of Latin Operations, will oversee the new base.

Live Nation's 'Labs' tech start-up division has officially activated Boomrat, a new online discovery platform enabling EDM fans to find the latest dance megahits while they're still 'fresh'. Boomrat co-founder Andrew Silberstein, who developed the idea in 2012 with his business partner Ariel Lee, told Billboard that the Live Nation deal "provided us the opportunity to incubate Boomrat inside the company while developing co-branding opportunities with their dance music partners including Insomniac, HARD and Cream".

After four years in the job, Brian Message, of ATC Management and Radiohead's manager is stepping down as Chair of the Music Managers Forum. Two people will take over the role, Diane Wagg and Stephen Budd.

One of IQ magazine's 2013 'New Boss' winners, Danielle Russell, has been promoted to partnership development manager at Wembley Stadium. And Venue Sales Director Stephen Richards has announced his departure from the NEC.

Agent Matt Anderson  joins the Agency Group at their Los Angeles of office. He was previously at the Pantheon Agency.

Eventbrite has taken on April Chang as VP of engineering, consumer and infrastructure operations. She was previously at PayPal and Yahoo!

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