Thursday, 15 December 2016


Live Nation has named Lisa Licht as chief marketing officer (CMO) of its US Concerts division. Licht will command one centralised marketing team which will drive digital marketing, creative, social media, email and promotional marketing as well as corporate marketing functions such as research and insights, strategic partnerships and corporate branding.

John Mulder and Ruben Brouwer will take over the running of Mojo Concerts on 1 January 2017, following the surprise resignation in September of former CEO Wilbert Mutsaers. Brouwer  has been at Mojo, Live Nation’s Dutch subsidiary, since 2008,as a lawyer and now as part of its management team. Former director Mulder left Mojo in 2011 to start his own promotion business, but had remained involved with the company on a freelance basis.

United Talent Agency (UTA)’s London office has hired its first two digital executives. Michael Ohene-Djan joins from Facebook’s UK office, and Jamie Leeming, comes from Capitol Records, and they will create and implement digital marketing strategies for UTA’s clients, with a particular emphasis on music.

Booking agents Isla Angus, Sarah Besnard and Sinan Ors have joined ATC Live. Angus and Besnard join from Earth Agency, bringing with them a roster of artists that include Sleaford Mods, Austra, Dan Deacon, Cass McCombs and Girl Band. Ors joins us from UTA bringing his roster of electronic-leaning artists including Romare, Clap! Clap! and Daedelus.

Music entrepreneur Rob Walker, best known as the former manager of Pharrell Williams and The Neptunes, has joined United Talent Agency (UTA)’s New York office as an agent.

Rumours say that Sony Music UK and Ireland CEO & Chairman Jason Iley will name David Dollimore as the new President of the RCA Label Group in the coming days.

Rolling Stone Executive Editor Nathan Brackett has joined Amazon Music as Head Of Editorial. The move comes just weeks after Amazon launched its Amazon Music Unlimited product in the US – including a tempting discount price plan for Amazon Prime members. Bracket joined Rolling Stone in 1996 as Associate Editor, before stepping up to Senior Editor in 2001.

Reed Smith LLP has hired James Sully as a partner in the firm’s global Entertainment & Media Industry Group. Sully moves from Sheridans after a decade with the London firm -  he was a partner and head of the music division. Reed Smith’s Entertainment & Media Industry Group has also welcomed two other partners in recent months: Jess Drabkin, who joined in New York from Grubman Shire & Meiselas and Leif Reinstein, who joined in Los Angeles from Rosenfeld, Meyer & Susman.

Lewis Carnie and Paul Rodgers have been promoted at the BBC to Head of Radio 2 and Head of Radio 6 respectively. The duo both step up from their previous roles at Head of Programmes at Radio 2 and 6 Music. The news comes in the wake of former Controller of BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music, Bob Shennan, being elevated to Director of BBC Radio and Music. Carnie and Rodgers will report directly to Shennan. Jan Younghusband, Commissioning Editor BBC Music, will will move from the BBC’s Content division into Radio and Music on Monday – which Shennan says will allow him to create a single Music Commissioning team responsible for all TV, radio and online commissioning.

Caroline International, UMG’s London-based global label services company, has appointed Ministry Of Sound Marketing Director Nicola Spokes as their UK Label Head.

Sony executive Ole Obermann has officially joined Warner Music Group as Chief Digital Officer and Executive VP, Business Development.

On the wake of news that WMG saw total revenues of $3.25bn in the 12 months to end of September, increasing 9.4% year on year, Warner Bros. Records has elevated three key executives under CEO and Chairman Cameron Strang. Peter Gray becomes General Manager and Executive Vice President, Promotion & Media. Larry Mattera is elevated to General Manager and Executive Vice President, Commerce & Marketing. And Chief Financial Officer Hildi Snodgrass expands her role to include Executive Vice President, Operations.

Eleven Seven Music Group (ESMG) has appointed SVP of Promotions and Marketing, Steve Kline, to the position of Chief Operating Officer at the label group – while announcing a raft of new hirings. John Di Maio joins the ESMG team as its new VP of Radio Promotion and Marketing, A.J Kasen has been appointed VP of A&R, Angela Burke has joined as VP of media relations, Omar Rana joins the digital marketing department as SVP along with John Rosenfelder who has been appointed VP of digital strategy and analytics, and Perry Schwartz rounds out the new additions as the manager of streaming and playlists, formerly of Music Choice.

Universal Music Group's UK-based Decca has hired widely respected publishing exec Natasha Baldwin to launch a music publishing division dedicated to expanding opportunities for neo-classical composers to write for television, film and video games. Baldwin joins Universal Music Group as Senior Vice President, Head of Decca Publishing from Imagem Music where she was Group President, Creative & Marketing.

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