Monday, 7 December 2015


APA has promoted Run DMC  Public Enemy's  agent John Pantle to VP of their Concerts department.

Paul Kahn has been named Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer for Warner/Chappell Music (WCM), the music publishing arm of Warner Music Group. Kahn previously held senior roles at Viacom, EMI, Primedia and Himalaya Capital

CAA has announced that it is bolstering its music team by adding three new agents to its staff, with Adam Brill (Los Angeles), Ben Buchanan (Toronto) and Brian Hill (Nashville) joining the company.

Evan Harrison has been named as CEO of Huka Enertainment t, producer of the Pemberton Festival in British Columbia and the Tortuga Music Festival in Fort Lauderdale.  A.J. Niland, Huka's founder and previous CEO, will be Chairman and Chief Experience Officer at Huka.

Former AEG president and CEO Tim Leiweke has linked up with music manager Irving Azoff to form Oak View Group, an advisory and investment firm that will help sports teams and arenas make more money from live entertainment.

Middle East-based promoter Thomas Ovesen has been named CEO of new company 117 Live. 117 Live is part of media and entertainment conglomerate the Al Ahil Holding Group (AAHG), which is opening a temporary 20,000-capacity greenfield site, prior to the 2017 launch of its new 25,000-capacity open air Amphitheatre in Dubai. 

The O2 has hired a new event sales coordinator,  Freya Gosling, following a rise in corporate bookings at its 3,000-capacity club Building Six.

SecuriGroup has announce the appointment Mark Hamilton to its Board of Directors. Mark has over 40 years’ experience  in security, safety and crowd management, having managed security for Wimbledon, Royal  Ascot, the British Formula1 Grand  Prix a Silverstone, the Abu Dhabi Formula  1 Grand Prix and the GrandNational, asd well as numerous high profile music events.

Crispin Hunt and Mark Kelly have been elected to the PPL Board to represent performers. The duo will also sit on the dedicated PPL Performer Board as Performer Directors. PPL achieved a record £161m of distributable revenue in 2014, a 6% increase on the previous year.

Independent Music Publishers e-Licensing (IMPEL) has announced Tim Ingham as non-executive director.  Tim, a former editor of UK trade magazine Music Week, is the founder of Music Business Worldwide (MBW).  IMPEL was established in 2010, enabling independent publishers to collectively license their Anglo-American mechanical digital rights on a pan-European basis. 

The head of Spotify’s European label relations, Kevin Brown, is the new Chairman of the UK’s Official Charts Company. Brown will take up the role in addition to his Spotify responsibilities and replaces BMG’s Korda Marshall, who is stepping down from the position after three years.

Just eight months after it was launched by Jay Z, Tidal has hired its third chief executive officer. Jeff Toig, former chief business officer at SoundCloud and Muve Music executive, will be joining as CEO beginning on Jan. 4, 2016.

The UK’s Music Managers Forum has appointed Annabella Coldrick as Chief Executive effective Jan 1st 2016. She joins from the Design Council. Current MMF CEO Jon Webster will assume the role of President.

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