Monday, 11 May 2015


Pandora has appointed two new board directors, Tim Leiweke, former CEO of live music giant AEG and now chief at Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment and Roger Faxon, former boss of EMI Music Publishing and, in its final chapter as a standalone music company, the entire EMI Group.

Vevo has a new CEO. The Universal/Sony-led music video site has appointedErik Huggers, most recently with long-in-development online pay-TV service OnCue and at the BBC.

Music PR agency Ooh Brilliant will close on 1 May, founder James Penycate has announced. Since launching five years ago, the company has worked with artists including Mark Ronson, La Roux, Bloc Party, Manic Street Preachers, Tom Odell, Icona Pop and Gold Panda.

One Direction's Louis Tomlinson is to launch his own record label as an imprint of Syco. The new label's first signing is Jack Walton.

The British Academy Of Songwriters, Composers And Authors has announced Dan Moore as its new Head Of Marketing And Membership. He has previously worked for Warner Music UK and US collecting society ASCAP, as well as in artist management.

Booking agent Cris Hearn has moved from Primary Talent to join rival agency Coda as a Senior Agent. 

Duncam Sutterheim, co-founder of Tomorrowland promoters ID&T, now part of SFX, is stepping down after 23 years with the company he set up.

AEG Brazil has appointed Venancio de Castro as its new executive diretor, based in Sao Paulo,

Rob Prinz and Nikki Wheeler have both joined ICM - Prinz becoming a partner and co-head of worldwide concerts.

Shazam's Senior Music Manager Stephen Titmus has announced that he is leaving the company after eight years and is set to take up a new role as Head Of Product at Resident Advisor.

The Music Producers Guild has announced a new board of executive directors, the previous bunch, led by former chairman Steve Levine, having reached the end of their five year tenure. The new line-up is Dan Cox, Bruno Ellingham, Cameron Craig, Andrew Hunt and Mick Glossop. 

Music Business Worldwide reports that four Radio 1 execs,  including Zane Lowe's former producer James Bursey have followed Lowe to Apple to work on Apple's new music platform.

Warner Music has appointed Alix Kram zx VP Global Brand Licensing at its artist and label services arm in the US.

Universal Music has appointed a new SVP Marketing, Consumer Engagement & Digital Partner Management for its South East Asia division, Florian Jungbauer.

The Prodigy might be retiring - we dont know as yet - but they might be! As they prepare to begin touring in support of new album 'The Day Is My Enemy', The Prodigy fear that the band will "end before we want it to", with all three members now in their 40s. Liam Howlett agreed with Keith Flint's assessment that "the band's gonna come to an end at some point. And it's got to be soon" saying: "There comes a point where you don't want to be Uncle Alan at the wedding reception".

Following the departure of Sarah Osborn as CEO of the Music Publishers Association, the trade group announced on Friday that Jane Dyball - who heads up the MCPS as well as sister organisations IMPEL and PMLL - will take on the MPA top role on an interim basis.

Kevin Jackson has resigned from George P Johnson, after a four-year period as the company's vice-president of sales and marketing, EMEA.

Rights management firm Sentric Music has announced former Radio 1 presenter Ally McCrae as its new Head Of A&R & Strategic Development.

SoundExchange – the collective licensing body that administers royalties collected by the record industry and recording artists from US services has announced the addition of David Byrne to its board of directors.

London venue Roundhouse has announced the appointment of Jane Beese as its new head of music. Beese joins after 15 years at the Southbank Centre, where she is head of contemporary music. She has been the Meltdown festival’s lead programmer since 2010.

John Whittingdale MPhas been named as the new Secretary Of State For Culture, Media And Sport in the UK. A long-term chair of Parliament's Culture, Media And Sport Select Committee, he has been supportive of the creative industries in the past, and pushed for provisions to prevent illegal file-sharing to be included in the 2010 Digital Economy Act.

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