Friday, 18 September 2015


Live Nation UK's long-standing COO John Probyn has left the live music major and is now heading up operations at The Sports Show, a big new family sports event that will be taking place at Birmingham's NEC next June. Probyn has hinted he could continue to work with the promoter on a freelance basis, alongside his new role. Probyn told Event Industry News that family reasons were behind his decision to move as his family is based in Birmingham, rather than London where Live Nation have their UK head office.

Live Nation has appointed Carrie Davis as its Chief Communications Officer. She joins from Disney. 

The Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) has hired Mark Laidlaw as its new director of operations.

Guardian writers Rebecca Nicholson and Jenny Stevens are joining Vice. Nicholson's appointment is as Editor In Chief UK, and stevens is Managing Editor.  Jamie Clifton becoming Deputy Editor of and Elektra Kotsoni rises to European Editorial Director. 

Jack Morton Worldwide today announces a key appointment to its leadership team. Bruce Henderson will join Jack Morton as Chief Creative Officer in January based in the New York office of the agency.

UK recorded music body the BPI has elected its Council members for the next year. Independent representatives will be [PIAS]'s Nick Hartley, Absolute's Henry Semmence, Cherry Red's Iain McNay and Regent Street's Vanessa Higgins. They will join two major label reps: David Joseph (Universal Music) and Jason Iley (Sony Music).

Universal's US-based Capitol Music Group yesterday announced Gary Gorman as SVP Alternative Promotion, overseeing, alternative promotion for all of the division's labels.  

A month after Universal Music Canada CEO Randy Lennox exited to join local TV and radio giant Bell Media, he's been joined by UMC artist relations boss Tyson Parker who was Universal's VP of Communications and Artist Relations in Canada. Lucian Grainge replaced Lennox at UMC with indie champion Jeffrey Remedios, the co-founder of the Arts & Crafts label.
Sony Music Entertainment has promoted Jenifer Mallory to Senior Vice President, International. She will lead the development and execution of international marketing campaigns for artists signed to Sony Music in the US, and enhance the market presence of Sony Music’s US artists in other markets around the world.

Sony/ATV has promoted Michèle Hamelink from its Amsterdam office to the music publisher's pan-European A&R team which is led by Guy Moot, and who is "excited" by this new development.

MBW repports that U.K. based artiste manager Sarah Stennett is believed to be entering into a new joint venture with Len Blavatnik’s Access Industries, surprising industry observers, who had expected her to affiliate with UMG or Sony. It's said the new venture will be a music-based company but will also dabble in film, TV and, of course, fashion, an area in which Turn First has thrived. Speculation has Stennett selling a part of her Turn First management company, which will be part of the new venture, but her clients, including Def Jam's Iggy Azalea, Cherrytree/Interscope's Ellie Goulding, Roc Nation/Columbia's Rita Ora and RCA's Zayn Malik, will remain with their present labels rather than move to Blavatnik's Warner Music.

Jeff Castelaz has resigned as president of Warner Music Group’s Elektra Records.  General Manager Greg Nadell will now oversee the running of the Warner unit which Castelaz had presided for three years.

Swedish booking agency United Stage has teamed up with music industry veteran Brian Lane to launch a new international division to be run out of London.

•Imagem Music Group's New York office has promoted COO Bill Gaden to CEO for the US. Steve King has also been made Vice President of Imagem Creative Services, with Isabel Arisso promoted to the role of manager in the same division. 

Former Sun Editor Dominic Mohan has joined entertainment PR firm The Outside Organisation as CEO. He will work alongside the agency's founder Alan Edwards - who becomes Chairman - with a remit to expand the range of clients the company works with.
Ethan Kaplan is joining Fender as their Chief Digital Products Officer after a relatively short stint with Gracenote. Before that Kaplan was at Warner Music and then Live Nation's now defunct Labs division.

In the UK the Labour Party has appointed Michael Dugher to lead on media, sport and culture issues for the opposition. 

Axwell & Ingrosso have parted company with their longtime manager Amy Thomson of ATM Artists, who recently tied her management firm up with Irving Azoff's latest entertainment venture. It is thought the Swedish House Mafia duo will move to  Ash Pournouri's At Night agency. 

Lily Allen has also departed her only recently appointed managers Henry Village of Stack House and Scott Rodger of Quest/Maverick. Reports say the split "was both mutual and amicable".

BASCA has announced their gold badges winners for this year: Michael Eaton, Peter Gabriel, Mark King, John Logan, Del Newman, Tom Robinson, Leo Sayer, Iain Sutherland, Claire Whitaker, Kim Wilde, Norma Winstone and Chris Wright.

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