August’s Notable Hirings, Firings, Promotions & Mergers

August 31st, 2013

There have been a LOT of moves this month!  All the details below…

TuneCore laid off Julian Groger, VP Marketing.

Sony Music hired Celine Joshua to be the new SVP of Digital Sales and Scott Van Horn SVP, Sales, Commercial Music Group.

Ivan Shulman was promoted to President of Radiate Media.

Warner/Chappell Production Music named Randy Wachtler President/CEO, replacing Randy Thornton.

Les Hollander joined Spotify as Senior Director/Audio Sales U.S.

CBS Radio promoted Chris Oliviero to EVP of Programming from SVP of Programming.
Chris Frank moved to In De Goot Entertainment as their new Senior Director of Promotion.
Former Roadrunner Records President Jonas Nachsin has been hired as GM/Worldwide of Universal Music’s Spinefarm Records.
Canadian Music Week brought on John Kastner to be its Festival Programmer.
Alisa Olander was promoted to VP, Artist Analysis and Market Research for Universal Music Group Distribution.
Julian Huntly moved to  PledgeMusic to take on the role of Global Head of Catalogue.
Tatiana Simonian moves to Nielson as VP of Client Solutions, leaving her post as Twitter’s head of music.
Jesse Flores moves to  Lyric Financial as Vice President, Business Development.

ZUUS Media bought on Chris Gannett as its Chief Marketing Officer, Karma Gardner as VP of Strategic Sales, Andrew Schiffman as VP of Music Programming and Artist Relations, and Eric Turpin, VP of Affiliate Relations.

Ramsey Dean joined Groupon as Arts & Entertainment Buyer.

Universal Music Group Distribution promoted Linda Kury to VP, Sales.

Kobalt Music Group promoted  Sas Metcalfe to the newly-created slot of President, Global Creative, from Executive Vice President Creative.

Other news at Kobalt- Kobalt Label Services (part of the Music Group) has tapped David Emery as UK Marketing Director.  Emery, now a Beggars Group alum, will oversee UK marketing campaigns for KLS releases and operate out of London.

Ex-Ticketmaster CEO Nathan Hubbard just moved to Twitter, as Head of Commerce.

Spotify hired Jorge Esspinal as Head of Global Business Development.

Buzz Casey left his position as Director/Operations at Clear Channel Media and Entertainment.

Warner/Chappell Music has hired Ann Sweeney as EVP/Digital Strategy & Policy, Stephen Dallas as VP/Digital Legal Affairs & Business Development, and Iain Morris as Head of Digital/Europe.


Please Vote for my Panel at SXSW

August 29th, 2013

I organized a panel that will hopefully take place at SXSW 2014.  Please vote for it and share with your networks.  It will be an insightful and advanced discussion of music licensing strategy and negotiation.

$ync to $uccess: How to Get Placed & Get Paid

With the decline in album sales, synch licensing has become the primary revenue source for many artists. As thousands of content creators vie for the attention of a select group of music supervisors, coming up with creative ways to stand out can be daunting. Whether you’re doing it on your own or with a team of pitching partners, you will learn the best tactics, strategies, and emerging trends for making the most money from licensing.

Learn about the most effective ways to build your licensing syndicate including the benefits and disadvantages of signing with publishers, administrators, and song pluggers. Panelists will discuss the process of negotiating licenses, including creative tactics to maximize licensing income while accommodating projects of all budget sizes and constraints. Hear from experts on all sides of the licensing process – the music supervisor, the attorney, the song plugger, and the traditional publisher.