Saturday, 15 August 2015


Solomon Parker has left his role as Vice President of William Morris Endeavour (WME) to join Coda Agency as a Senior Agent. Parker, who will be based in Coda’s London offices, has been at WME since 2007 – before which he ran Concorde International Artistes. Parker brings with him a roster of acts that includes include Take That, The Prodigy, Cheryl Cole, Matt Corby and Haelos,  amongst others.

Music distribution and services company INgrooves Music Group has hired music promo veteran, Gabriella (D’Agostino) Ianni as its new Director of Promotion & Marketing, based in the company’s New York office. The parent company of INgrooves Music Group, Isolation Network, has named its new CEO: Bob Roback, who joins from his role as President of Fender Musical Instruments Corporation.

Liverpool Sound City – has announced a new alliance with the Zandari Festival in Seoul, which takes place each October which "forms the gateway to the exciting and rapidly developing Korean music market".

PR agency the Outside Organisation has promoted Head Of Music Chris Goodman promoted to the role of Director Of Media And Events. Jack Delaney takes over as head of Music. Former Radio 1 comms man Nick Caley, a senior consultant at the agency, will now head up the corporate communications department.

Azealia Banks has left Prospect Park as a management client, though will remain signed to the company's record label for the time being saying on Twitter that Prospect Park and Jeff Kwatinetz "no longer wants to manage me BUT... is holding me in my album contract until February 2016".

Dominic Pandiscia, the head of Universal's US indie distribution and services company Caroline, is stepping down. EVP Mike Harris is expected to replace him.

Universal announced that Jay Frank, who founded the music and marketing analytics companies DigSin and DigMark, has been named to the newly created role of Senior Vice President of Global Streaming Marketing.

Sony Music Entertainment Australia has promoted Grant Donges to Director, Promotions & Publicity, Australian Artists Creative Marketing and Television Entertainment, Asia Pacific.

The Roundhouse's Head Of Music of eight years, Dave Gaydon, is leaving the venue to launch his own bookings and events business to be called GOAT Music, in partnership with Lou Birkett, also a former events exec at the North London venue.

Sam Gregory, currently Senior Talent Manager at radio services and talent management agency Wise Buddah, has announced he is leaving the company to begin a new media talent agency.

UTV Radio has hired former Magic 105.4 Content Controller Liam Thompson as Programme Director for the newly re-launched Virgin Radio.

Event and Visual Communication Association (Evcom) CEO Marco Forgione has resigned after seven years in the role. Forgione will take up a CEO role in the cultural sector next month.

Graphics, animation and projection mapping expert Richard Kenyon has joined FIX8Group as Creative Director of its new FIX8Studio.

The Concerto Group has appointed David Gilbertson as non-executive chairman and group board member.

Ken Parks, Spotify’s Chief Content Officer and one of the company's longest-serving executives, is leaving to join streaming television service, Pluto TV, where he'll be the Executive Chairman. He will stay on part-time with the company, however, as an advisor to CEO Daniel Ek.

AEG's Brian Kabatznick has been appointed President of the European Arenas Association. Francesca Battistoni from Italy's FourmNet Group was re-elected to the Board and John Langford (SSE Hydro, Scotland) joins the Board.

MBW says that the man who has fronted Pandora's repeated attempts to lower royalty payments to the music biz - business affairs chief Chris Harrison - has quit the company. Pandora has appointed Thomas Heymann to head up Artist and Music industry Relations across its Australia and New Zealand territories. Most recently, he was Head of Australia and New Zealand for rival streaming music service Deezer, which he joined in 2012.

8tracks has announced the appointment of three new people to its advisory board: The new advisors are digital marketing and licensing expert and former Beggars new media man Dick Huey; artist manager (Red Light Management) Bruce Flohr; and Fred McIntyre, who previously worked at CBS, AOL and

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