June’s Notable Hirings, Firings, Promotions & Mergers

June 29th, 2012

Neeta Ragoowansi moves from  SoundExchange to TuneSat as their Vice President of Business Development & Legal Affairs.

Spotify has secured a broad-scale, global distribution and promotional partnership with Yahoo.

Big Jon Platt is leaving EMI Music Publishing after working with the Citigroup-owned company for over 17 years.

Adam Block has been promoted to President of the Legacy Recordings catalog at  Sony Music Entertainment.

Facebook  acquired Face.com for a price-tag of $100 million, a talent and technology grab for the company that powers the Facebook facial recognition features.

The EMI / Universal Music Group merger is still, slowly moving forward, pending a Senate review that began June 21st and despite a formal Statement of Objections from the European Competition Commission.

Adam Zelinka has been named Senior Vice President of Marketing and Product Development at UMG Distribution.

Michael Plen has just moved  from his last gig at Shangri-La Music into the role of Executive Vice President of Marketing, Licensing, and Promotion at the Fader Label.

Jason Feinberg has been appointed Vice President, Digital Strategy at Epitaph/Anti-, leaving Concord Music Group.

Vivendo CEO Jean-Bernard Levy has left the company,

Ron Spaulding has left Fontana after five years with the company.

Event: Turning Creative Ideas into Reality

June 7th, 2012

Just wanted to pass on info about an upcoming free event, sponsored by MasterCard Small Business. Click here to RSVP.


Tuesday June 12th, 2012

8:00am-8:30am             Breakfast and networking
8:30am-9:00am             Presentation by Scott Belsky
9:00am-9:30am             Networking and book signing


Scott Belsky

Scott Belsky, co-founder and CEO of Behance

Ideas are worthless if you can’t make them happen. Scott Belsky will be leading us in a discussion about how you can transform a creative idea into reality, chronicling how some productive creative individuals and companies make their ideas happen time and time again.

After the presentation, MasterCard cardholders will receive a complimentary copy of Scott’s book, “Making Ideas Happen”. 

Scott Belsky has committed his professional life to help organize creative individuals, teams, and networks. Scott is the co-founder and CEO of Behance, a company on a mission to organize and empower the creative world. Behance is the leading online platform to showcase and discover creative work, and serves as the backbone for AdWeek, LinkedIn, and thousands of other portfolio sites and online galleries of creative talent. Millions of people use Behance to display and find talent every month. Behance also runs The 99% think tank and conference, an annual gathering of creative leaders focused on the execution of ideas. He is a frequent contributor on MSNBC and has worked with leading companies and organizations including General Electric, Hewlett-Packard, and Proctor & Gamble as well as the United States State Department and the CIA. In 2010, Scott was also included in Fast Company’s list of “100 Most Creative People in Business.” Scott is the author of the international bestselling book Making Ideas Happen (Portfolio, Penguin Books). He also serves and an advisor and investor in several early-stage companies including Pinterest, Contently, FLUD, and Paddle8. He attended Cornell University as an undergraduate and received his MBA from Harvard Business School.

#Rethink is a free monthly morning speaker series for free radicals. Each event includes a 30-minute speaker presentation and group discussion beginning at 8:30am, followed by 30 minutes of networking before everyone heads off to begin the workday.

The #Rethink Vimeo Channel is now live! Check out previous events here.

Grind is a members-only workspace and community dedicated to taking all of the frustrations of working the old way and pulverizing them to a dust so fine it actually oils the wheels of the machine. Located at 419 Park Avenue South in New York, Grind offers members a friction-free place to work and collaborate. For more information about Grind visit grindspaces.com. Follow us on twitter at@grindspaces.