Thursday, 20 October 2016


Toby Leighton Pope and Steve Homer have been appointed as co-CEOs of AEG Live UK. The pair will be based at AEG’s London office, reporting directly to AEG Europe president and CEO Tom Miserendino. Pope and Homer previously spent over 15 years with rival firm Live Nation UK as senior vice presidents.

Michael “Mickey” Curbishley has joined their TAIT as the Senior Vice President of Live Event. Curbishley joins TAIT with over 30 years of entertainment experience having most recently served as Global CEO of PRG Music. He is an entertainment executive who has managed multi-million dollar projects across concerts, touring, television, and a variety of special events. As SVP of Live Event, Curbishley will focus his efforts on customer service, generating new business, and continuing to grow TAIT’s position as a global market leader in live experience.

Michael Lynton, CEO of Sony Entertainment, today announced that Sony Music Entertainment CEO Doug Morris will move from the operational management of Sony Music Entertainment and assume the role of Chairman in April 2017.  Rob Stringer, currently Chairman and CEO of Columbia Records, will become CEO of Sony Music Entertainment.  He will have overall operational responsibility for Sony Music Entertainment globally. He will report directly to Lynton.

Jordan Weissman has joined UTA Music’s Private/Corporate Bookings division. Weissman will be based in UTA’s NYC offices. For the past four years, Weissman worked in the Music Partnerships group at Platinum Rye Entertainment, where he booked private and corporate performances and negotiated brand partnerships deals.

DHP Family has hired Ed Lilo, former head of venues and events at Vice UK, to deliver programming across its three London venues. As DHP’s new head of venue programming, London, Lilo will work with external and in-house promoters across Oslo in Hackney, The Garage in Highbury and The Borderline in Soho.

Jamie Snelgrove has joined TopTix UK as business development director. Snelgrove was most recently head of theatre revenue management at See Tickets UK, and previously worked as head of box office at Nimax Theatres and, prior to that, head of ticketing at Hub Tickets.

Eddie Barcan, the long-time festival director of the UK’s Cambridge Folk Festival, has announced his resignation from event promoter Cambridge Live. Barcan – who also programmes the Avalon stage at Glastonbury Festival – said he “put [his] heart and soul into Cambridge Folk Festival” and that leaving “has been a very difficult decision. However, due to strategic developments within Cambridge Live, the time is right for me to move on to new opportunities.” Barcan will continue his work with Glastonbury and says he’s “keen to get involved in new events and opportunities”.

ie:music, the London based artist management company, which counts Robbie Williams, Passenger, Will Young, Lily Allen, Lemar, Ladyhawke and others among its clients, has announced a number of key internal promotions. Company co-founder Tim Clark will assume the role of Chairman, following the death in August of David Enthoven. Two longtime staff members, Dan Medland and Michael Loney, have been promoted to the positions of joint Managing Director.

Digital media exec Jon Gisby has been named Vevo's Head of Europe. Based in London, he's tasked with delivering ambitious plans in content, technology and monetisation.

Well-respected music producer Chloe Pearson, a key player in the creation of Radio 1's playlists and Sound Of... poll, has left the BBC. 

Colorado booking agency Madison House has expanded into Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Nashville with the hiring of two new agents. Adam Bauer and Jordan Burger – both of whom join from Ann Arbor-based Fleming Artists – will head up the new Ann Arbor and Nashville offices, respectively, and bring with them a roster of 44 artists, including Mike + The Mechanics, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Carbon Leaf and Everyone Orchestra.

Eric Mackay has been promoted to VP of Digital for EMEA and Asia-Pacific at Warner/Chappell Music, reporting into Jon Platt

Online music video platform Vevo is on the hunt for a new Chief Revenue Officer after AustralianNic Jones,  who joined the company in 2011 as SVP, International under then-CEO Rio Caraeff, decides to relinquish the role and return home to be closer to his family.

Downtown Music Publishing has appointed Alan Goodstadt as Chief Financial Officer. In his new role based in New York, Goodstadt will oversee Downtown’s global finance and accounting operations. He will report to Downtown’s CEO, Justin Kalifowitz.

Pandora has appointed Nick Bartle as Chief Marketing Officer, effective October 3. Bartle comes to Pandora from LinkedIn, where he served as Vice President of Member Marketing and Communications for the last year.

Lyor Cohen is joining YouTube. The former Def Jam exec has been named YouTube's new Global Head of Music.

The co-founder of Spotify, Martin Lorentzon, is stepping down as Chairman of the firm, but staying on its board. Daniel Ek will become CEO & Chairman. The news comes just over a month after we learned that both Spotify's Chief Revenue Officer, Jeff Levick, and top global sales exec Jonathan Forster were also departing.

Bob Shennan, currently Controller of Radio 2, Asian Network and 6 Music and Director of BBC Music, has been promoted to Director Of Radio at the BBC. As a result, he will have daily oversight of BBC Radios 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 live as well as digital-only stations 1Xtra, 6Music, BBC Radio 4 Extra, 5 live sports extra and Asian Network, as well as the BBC Performing Groups, the BBC Proms, BBC Music and radio production. He will report to James Purnell, Director of Radio & Education. 

Kobalt has hired former BMG exec Laurent Hubert to run its newly formed B2B rights management platform division. In his new role as President, Platform and Investments, Hubert will oversee the roll-out of Kobalt’s white label technology offering to other content owners.

And Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) has appointed Jake Simon as Director of Creative. Reporting to David Gray, UMPG EVP/Head of West Coast A&R, Simon joins UMPG from Atlas Music Publishing, where he served as Director, Creative and handled talent development and acquisitions.

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