Tuesday, 2 February 2016


UK ticket agency The Ticket Factory has appointed a new groups sales manager to its Birmingham-based office.  Daniel Handley has worked within the ticketing industry for 11 years, takes on the new role after being promoted from his position as client services account manager.   Also joining the client services team to take the vacant account manager position is Rachel Floyd.

Former CAA agent Cara Lewis has left the mega agency and has launched CL Group and hired an assistant and publicist at new offices located in Manhattan. It's unclear what will happen to her high profile clients, including Eminem,  Iggy Azalea, MAGIC!, Waka Flocka, Rita Ora and Pusha-T.

Dutch live entertainment giant Stage Entertainment cutting up to 350 jobs after losing approx €19m last year.

Mojo Barriers has announced the promotion of Alex Borger to director as part of the firm's European restructure.

David Guetta and Kobalt Music Group lawyer Gary Stiffelman is joining global law firm Greenberg Traurig as a shareholder in the Entertainment & Media Practice, working from the firm’s offices in Los Angeles. Stiffelman, who has nearly 35 years of entertainment and media experience, was previously at Ziffren Brittenham.   

Madison Square Garden has apparently a number of senior executives after discovering they were reselling NBA tickets on StubHub. More here

BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra today announced that they have appointed Chris Price as the Head of Music for Radio 1 and 1Xtra.

Sam Taylor has joined Kobalt as Senior Vice President, Creative. Taylor will report directly to Sas Metcalfe, Global President of Creative and Sue Drew, GM Creative and Acquisitions. And Jeannette Perez has been appointed as SVP, Head of Global Synch & Brand Partnerships at Kobalt.

Spotify is hiring positions including a Business Development Director, Music Programmer and Head Of Communications in Japan.

A&R executives Jennifer Knoepfle has been upped to SVP and Head Of West Coast A&R at music publisher Sony/ATV. Amanda Berman-Hill also gets promoted to the new role of Senior Vice President and Head of West Coast Writer Relations, also based in Los Angeles. 

A series of internal role changes have been announced at Universal Music Latin America, impacting the label’s digital arm and day-to-day operations. Executives Luis Estrada, Skander Goucha, Alejandro Duque and Horacio Rodriguez all have new titles and responsibilities within the company.  Estrada, the longtime GM for Universal Music Latino, Machete and Capitol Latin, will now be MD for Aftercluv, the dance music label and platform that he was also heading since its launch a year ago.

Frank Arigo, Senior Vice President of Marketing at UMG's Republic Records, has taken up the same position at Sony's Columbia. Arigo had worked at UMG for two decades. 

Mike Easterlin has been promoted to President of two Warner Music Group labels: Fuelled By Ramen and Roadrunner Records.

Digital music distribution and services company FUGA have hired René Andreasi-Bassi as Head of Digital Marketing & Promotions and Michael Cassidy as Head of Operations in preparation for future expansion.

Thomas Rabe has signed a new five year deal to remain as CEO of Bertelsmann – the Berlin-based media giant and parent to BMG.

Former Head of Music at Lionsgate Entertainment, Carter Armstrong, has joined peermusic in the newly created position of Senior Vice President, Film and Television.

Syco Entertainment, Simon Cowell’s global joint venture with Sony Music, has appointed Tim van Rongen to the role of Senior Vice President of the company. The exec was most recently Executive Producer at Talpa Global BV, where he worked on both The Voice and The Voice Kids in countries including the UK, China, Germany, France and Italy.

Ticketfly, which itself was acquired by Pandora back in October, has completed the acquisition of TicketBreak, a ticketing service company owned by leading Canadian independent music firm MapleCore Ltd.

BMG US has announced the promotion of Zach Katz to President of Music Publishing. Based in Los Angeles, Katz will continue to report to Laurent Hubert, President of Creative & Marketing.

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