Friday, 22 January 2016


At least 10 employees of Capitol Music Group (CMG) have been laid off, including executives across multiple departments. Among those let go were vp of promotion Howard Petruziello, vp of video promotion Wanda Coriano, marketing director Matt Kroepel, vp of sync and brand partnerships Alisann Blood, vp of publicity Juliana Plotkin and publicity manager Shane Wepprich. Additional staff was reportedly laid off from the New York office of CMG as the company continues to shift its resources and manpower to its Hollywood headquarters. 

Independent publisher and record label ABKCO, which controls catalogues from The Rolling Stones, Sam Cooke and more, has a new COO, Alisa Coleman, who steps up from her previous role as Senior EVP at the New York-based company.

Martin Bandier has signed a contract extension to remain as Chairman and CEO of Sony/ATV Music Publishing.

T in the Park has made a series of management appointments as part of a re-structure of the festival’s operational team. The festival's former police event commander Colin Brown has been named security manager, and former road police inspector Ian Martin will take on the role of traffic manager. APL Events have been appointed to look after site management, when the festival returns to Strathallan Castle from July 8-10.

Primary Talent have appointed Paul McQueen as one of its agents. McQueen was previously based in Glasgow and worked for Elastic Agency, but will be relocating to London to join Primary's team.

Warner/Chappell Music has announced that Chuck Gamble has been appointed Vice President, Catalogue Promotions.

Steve Waxman has been named a Vice President of Warner Music Canada by company President Steve Kane.

Caroline, Universal’s US-based label and artist services division, has promoted Matt Sawin to the position of SVP, Marketing & Commercial Development.

Nick Huggett, who signed Adele to XL back in 2006 and introduced her to manager Jonathan Dickins, is moving on to pastures new. According to Record of the Day, Huggett, who has been director of A&R at Island Records U.K. since 2009, is joining Miles Leonard’s Warner Music U.K. label Parlophone.

Universal’s VP, Digital Business Developmen, Pat Shah,  has joined Spotify as the streaming service’s Head Of Original Content Licensing. At UMG he worked on complex licensing transactions with Google Play, YouTube, Samsung, Tidal, and Vevo, among others.

Tom Connaughton, Head of Vevo’s Content and Programming department in the UK, will re-locate to New York to head up the video platform’s Global Content and Programming team.

SESAC, Inc. has announced that Alexander Wolf has been appointed President of SESAC International – the collection’s society’s ex-US unit based in London.

Sports marketing agency Synergy has appointed music, marketing and entertainment exec Arnon Woolfson to head up a new division specialising in creating entertainment strategies, partnerships and campaigns.

RFID cashless payment specialist Intellitix has made a series of new appointments as it expands its team.   Gavin Barnard, who has eight years experience in digital and live events, joins as UK director of partnerships, while new UK director of business development Gareth Deakin joins after four years as head of business development at Sony Music Entertainment. Isabelle Chevallier, Intellitix’s European head of business development, will oversee European sales. She brings 15 years of experience working within the European music scene and was previously general manager of business affairs and development at Sony Music Entertainment France.

Two of Twitter’s top executives — media head Katie Jacobs Stanton and product head Kevin Weil — are departing the company, according to sources close to the situation. Head of engineering Alex Roetter and Brian Schipper, head of HR are also leaving as is Jason Toff, who had been in charge at Vine, Twitter's video streaming service, who moves to Google.

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