March’s Notable Hirings, Firings & Promotions

March 30th, 2012

Blizzard Entertainment, the company responsible for the popular game World of Warcraft, laid off 600 employees.

Kim Frankiewicz leaves her post of vice-president of international at Universal Music Publishing after 15 years with the company. Frankiewicz is moving to Imagem Music as managing director.

Mike Dungan has been named chairman & CEO of Universal Music Nashville.

Billboard lost a number of editors and writers, including deputy editor Louis Hau, editor-in-chief Danyel Smith, publisher Lisa Howard, and  editorial assistant Jillian Mapes.  Joe Levy will be replacing Smith as editor-in-chief.

RCA Records promoted Jennifer Fowler to SVP of Digital Marketing.

Universal Music Group promoted Francis Keeling to Global Head of Digital Business.

Univision Radio has hired Evan Harrison as its EVP of Content and Entertainment.

Sony/ATV is renewing chairman and CEO Marty Bandier.

OWN, Oprah Winfrey’s cable networking is laying off 30 people as part of a restructuring of its operations in LA and New York.

Shortly after merging, The Orchard and Ioda reportedly laid off over twenty employees.  Names haven’t yet been published, but apparently most of the cuts were from the Ioda side.

Sony Pictures Entertainment head Michael Lynton is transitioning to become chief executive of Sony Corp.of America, which will include oversight of Sony Music.