Tuesday, 22 November 2016


WME-IMG has named Mark Shapiro and Ioris Francini as co-presidents. As co-presidents of WME-IMG Shapiro and Francini will “oversee the company’s media, events, fashion, licensing, global partnerships, original content, IMG College, IMG Academy, Miss Universe Organization, Professional Bull Riders and Frieze businesses, in addition to the company’s new China subsidiary“.

Multination mass media conglomerate NBC Universal has announced a major push into live entertainment with the hiring of former Disney Theatrical Group executive Carol Nygren.

Former Chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group International (UMGI), Max Hole CBE, has been appointed as Non-Executive Chairman of Metropolis.

Leading booking agent Natasha Bent has joined Coda Music Agency. Bent had been with The Agency Group since 2006 and was promoted to vice-president in 2014. The firm was acquired by UTA last year.  

Amy Lamé has been unveiled as London’s first ever Night Czar. The American-born performer, writer and presenter’s appointment was confirmed  by Mayor Sadiq Khan at The 100 Club on Oxford Street.

SFX has confirmed Randy Philips as the group's new CEO and President. The former AEG Live chief executive will take charge of the re-organized SFX Entertainment and Phillips will also be part of a five-man executive board of directors, which will also include Andrew Axelrod, Douglas Forsyth and Nils Larsen, all representatives from the company's various debtors, as well as Charles Ciongoli, who will serve until Phillips appoints an independent director. Ciongoli will be appointed as executive vice president and chief financial officer; Alan Walter as senior vice president; and Jason Barr as senior vice president, general counsel and company secretary. Court documents did not reveal when the new management structure would take effect.

William Morris Endeavor (WME) has hired Michael Ma, formerly vice-president of the National Basketball Association (NBA), to head its new WME-IMG China subsidiary. WME-IMG China was formed with private-equity backing in June to facilitate the booking agency group’s “new forays into Chinese sports and entertainment”.

Simon Presswell has been let go as CEO of Eventim UK after ten months in the job. A spokesman for Eventim UK, the British arm of European ticketing giant CTS Eventim, confirmed to IQ the company had dispensed with Presswell’s services but declined to comment further. Presswell was previously managing director of rival Ticketmaster UK.

The Royal Albert Hall has appointed Craig Hassall as its new chief executive. Hassall, currently CEO of Opera Australia, succeeds Chris Cotton, who retires in March.

Southbank Centre CEO Alan Bishop has announced that he is to retire next year after eight years in the role  Bishop, who will remain in post until his successor has been appointed, has worked with artistic director Jude Kelly to bring thousands of world class performers across art, music, literature, dance and performance to the London venue during his tenure.

Muse tour director and Cato Music founder Glen Rowe has been appointed MD of Backstage Academy, the Yorkshire-based live industry centre of excellence for future generations of touring pros.

Lucy Wood, formerly a promoter at London-based Eat Your Own Ears, has joined Festival Republic as Latitude Festival’s music talent buyer. Wood  replaces Natasha Haddad, who is leaving the company after three years to “spend more time in the USA”, says the company.

Universal Music Group's former Global Head Of e-commerce, Russel Coultart, is joining direct-to-fan specialist Music Glue in London as Head of Business Development.

Hamish Dodds, President and CEO of Hard Rock Cafe International, Inc will leave the company in early 2017 to pursue new opportunities.

Sean Atkins is stepping down from his role as president at Viacom's MTV after just one year. He is said to be consulting on a transition through to January in an advisory role, with VH1 and Logo President Chris McCarthy expanding his role to MTV as well.

Ferdy Unger-Hamilton will take charge of Columbia Records UK after nearly eight years as President of UMG's Polydor. In addition, Unger-Hamilton will soon launch an as-yet-unnamed joint venture in partnership with Sony Music UK, endorsed by the major's London-based boss Jason Iley.

Natasha Mann, Olivia Nunn and Guillermo Ramos are all stepping up at Island Records UK to become Directors at the Universal label. Ramos is stepping up to Marketing Director after three years as Senior Marketing Manager. Mann and Nunn are also being promoted to Marketing Director from their existing positions as Heads of Marketing.

Clayton Jin has been appointed as Managing Director of Warner Music Korea. He will report to Calvin Wong, Warner Music Group’s President for South East Asia, Hong Kong and Korea.

London independent Cooking Vinyl has promoted Rob Collins to Managing Director. Collins, who has been with the company since January 1999, will report into company boss Martin Goldschmidt in his new role. Meanwhile, Chris Farrow, who was previously Marketing Manager, has been elevated to Head of UK Marketing and Product Management.

UK distributor and label services company Horus Music has promoted Trupti Kudalkar to a key position in its Mumbai, India office. Kudalkar moves up from her existing role as Business Development Manager for Horus Music India to become the Asian and Australasia Director for Horus Music.

Entertainment One (eOne) has appointed music industry executive Ted May to the newly-created role of Director, UK Music. May comes from Universal Music UK where he was Senior International Marketing Manager

Warner/Chappell Music (WCM) has promoted Monica Lee to President, Asia-Pacific. In the new position, Lee will oversee the publisher’s operations across the region. She will continue to be based in Hong Kong and report to Jon Platt, Chairman & CEO, WCM

German promoter Koko & DTK Entertainment, best known for the Rock am See festival, has announced plans to close its headquarters in the city of Constance (Konstanz) following the resignation of two of its managing directors, Dieter Bös and Armin Nissel. Their  departure leaves Marc Oßwald as the sole MD. The Constance HQ will be closed on 31 January 2017, although Koko’s offices in Freiburg and Tübingen will remain open.

Universal Music Group (UMG) has launched a joint venture with Todd Moscowitz's Cold Heat Records, based in New York. The latest move spells uncertainty for 300 Entertainment – the Google-backed label Moscowitz launched in 2013 with Lyor Cohen, who was recently named Global Head Of Music at YouTube.

MBW reports that Alex Branson, the respected British exec who built INgrooves Music Group’s international presence, has left the company.

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