Sunday, 2 November 2014


Dick Tee, The Glastonbury Festival's Pyramid & Other Stage Area Organiser and Head of Production has left the Festival team.  The veteran production manager has cited "irreconcilable issues" and has announced that he and his staff will cease their association with the Festival with immediate effect. Tee's company EnTEEtainment have handled a number of other productions in 2014 including the Radio 1 Big Weekend in Glasgow, Rochester Castle Concerts, Reading Festival, BBC Proms in the Park and Jeff Lynne's ELO Concert as part of the Radio 2 Live Festival in Hyde Park. Up-coming projects include a range of corporate events, both in the UK and overseas, as well as the Radio 1 Teen Awards in Wembley Arena and the London Chinese New Year celebrations London's West End.

The MN2S booking agency has  added two new agents - Joanna Miles, who comes to the firm from This Agency, and Lindsay Maclaren, who makes the move from IMD. 

Laura Davidson has becomes a VP for Goldenvoice/AEG Live, while Oscar Tuttiet joins the Coachella organiser as a promoter. Davidson will report into AEG Live COO Colin Chapple, and with Tuttiet will be charged with the task of developing the Goldenvoice brand in the UK.

PRS For Music Foundation has appointed a new chair for its board of trustees, Royce Bell.

Deezer has announced Christian Harris as its new Managing Director for the UK & Ireland. He replaces Mark Foster, who announced his departure in May following the resignation of CEO Alex Dauchez, both of whom left the company last month.

Accountancy firm NWN Blue Squared has announced the appointment of Jackie Da Costa who will become Business Support Manager, Music.

Merlin, the global digital rights agency for independent labels has announced the launch next month of a new New York office to be manned by Jim Mahoney, formerly of the American Association Of Independent Music, who becomes General Manager US.

Dean James, the former boss of MAMA, is launching a new music business to be called Sixth Plc, which is seeking "key acquisitions" in the "live, data analytics and artist partnerships" domain in the UK, India and Asia Pacific.

Vice's music platform Noisey has announced the appointment of two new members to its editorial team. Joe Zadeh, formerly at Clash magazine, becomes Associate Editor, and Emma Garland, who has previously written for The Guardian and The 405, joins as Staff Writer.

Music publisher Sony/ATV has promoted Rich Christina to the position of SVP, Head Of East Coast A&R. Christina will be based at the company's New York office, reporting to Sony/ATV's American co-president Danny Strick. Christina's team has itself a new Director of A&R, Clip Massey, who joins Sony/ATV from Universal Music Publishing.

Ron Fair is stepping down from his top role at the US branch of Virgin Records. He joined in early 2013. 

Liam Gallagher has said via Twitter that his post-Oasis band Beady Eye is "no longer".

Young Fathers have won the Mercury Prize 2014.

Warner Music Group yesterday announced that Simon Robson, currently COO and CFO for Warner Music UK, will take over leadership of the major's Asia Pacific division from 1 Jan next year, reporting into Stu Bergen, President, International at Warner Recorded Music. He takes over from Lachie Rutherford who will retire and step down in December this year. 

Warner Music Group has also announced two changes to its senior management team. Brian Roberts is moving into the newly created role of Executive Vice President Of Corporate Strategy & Operations, and is then replaced as CFO by Eric Levin.

Orbital has "stopped working" for its co-creators Phil and Paul Hartnoll, who've decided to move on to solo projects new. The band had previously split in 2004 but reformed  in 2012 in time to appear at the Paralympics Opening Ceremony, and to release an LP in 'Wonky'.

•Chris Phillips has been announced as Pandora's new Chief Product Officer. He was previously Amazon Digital Music's Director of Product Management and User Experience.

And finally Tim Ingham is to leave his three year old post as Editor of Music Week at the close of 2014 in order to establish his own media enterprise in the new year.

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