Executive Turntable: Moves at BMG, Pandora, VidCon & More

BMG announced on Monday (Dec. 10) the hire of Eric Scott as svp, rights administration and royalty services. He will be in charge of BMG U.S.' publishing royalties, master royalties, mechanical licensing and copyright administration. Scott will report to Ben Katovsky, BMG chief operations officer, and Joe Gillen, evp and chief financial officer, North America.

Scott previously worked as the vp, publishing royalties and client services, BMG U.S. where he was in charge of the U.S. publishing royalty department and has been with the company since 2011.

Pandora announced on Tuesday (Dec. 11) the hire of Akim Byrant as top 40 coordinator for the company's curation team. He will work closely with Tiana Lewis, head of pop programing, and Alex White, curation programing chief.

Bryant previously worked in programming at BET Soul.

AWAL announced Tuesday (Dec. 11) the opening of a new office in Toronto, Canada, set to open in early 2019 with the aim of growing the company's North American presence and providing greater resources for artists in Canada.

"In the last year, we’ve made a series of moves to strengthen our global artist services to help them thrive across the globe," said AWAL CEO Lonny Olinick in a statement. "As a result, the AWAL business has more than doubled. AWAL’s expansion to Canada’s number one music market reasserts our commitment to support artist and label clients globally."

The company also announced open roles in marketing, client relations, A&R and more to be based in the office, all of which are available for review via the Kobalt website.

"The Canadian market is incredibly robust and diverse," added AWAL President, North America Ron Cerrito. Toronto is home to some of today’s biggest acts and we’re lucky to work with some independent trailblazers who have gotten their start in the city, ranging from deadmau5 to Mormor.

VidCon announced on Monday (Dec. 10) the hire of Sarah Tortoreti as vp, marketing. She will oversee of managing and developing the company's brand and global marketing strategies. In the newly created role Tortoreti will report to Jim Louderback, VidCon's general manager.

"As a seasoned marketing and live events leader, Sarah brings a wealth of experience to VidCon as we expand the brand’s offerings around the world," said Louderback in a statement. "Her background shaping real-world experiences for the digital-first generation will be an essential part of accelerating our growth as we gear up to celebrate our 10th Anniversary in 2019."

The company also hired Natalie Schaefer as the director of creator partnerships, Julia Maes as the executive producer of VidCon US, Wendi Ekblade as the director of security and Celine Sargent as the executive producer of VidCon London and Australia.

Qwire announced on Tuesday (Dec. 11) the appointment of Joy Marcus, venture partner at Jerusalem Venture Partners, and Howard Appelbaum, president of Nielsen Entertainment, to the board of directors.

"Qwire is set to be an industry leader in transforming music-for-media to the benefit of all parties -- production studios, writers/composers, music publishers, and Performance Rights Organizations," said Marcus in a statement. "I am very excited to be part of this adventure as a member of Qwire’s Board."

"It is exciting to join the board of Qwire," added Appelbaum. "The team is top-notch and they are creating solutions to real problems for music licensing and royalty reporting that streamline processes resulting in important efficiencies and faster, more accurate accounting."

The company is currently working on qwireCue, which will automate the cue sheet and reporting process.

Partisan Records announced on Wednesday (Dec. 12) the hire of Sara Dempsey as the director of sales. She will report to Andy Hsueh, label manager, and Zena White, global managing director.

"Sara’s unique talent and experience is perfect for our growing label in the evolving landscape," said White in a statement. "She is a star in her field and is set to drive forward our sales across all formats. We’re very lucky to have her."

Dempsey will be responsible for the company's sales and streaming strategy. She has 14 years of sales experience and previously worked as the associate vp, sales and marketing at ABKCO.

"I am ecstatic to join the Partisan team," added Dempsey. "I've long admired Partisan, not only for their amazing roster and brilliant A&R, but for the passion and innovation they bring to their campaigns. They're great people doing great work."

Music manager Kristen Ashley announced the launch of 11/10 Management on Wednesday (Dec. 12). She added JT Pratt to the teamed and signed longtime client Mitchell Tenpenny.

"It’s a dream to work with a team like this," said Tenpenny in a statement. "I’m just excited about the future as the sky is the limit with this group."

The company also partnered with 377 Management/Red Light.


The Latest Music Industry Jobs: Fearless Records, Spotify Loses Another Exec, Capitol Records, More…

Fearless Records confirms two major appointments.

Jenny Reader will serve as President and Chief Creative Officer at Fearless Records. The sixteen-year veteran previously served as Vice President of Marketing and Product Management.

In addition, Andy Serrao will serve as President and Chief Talent Officer. The fifteen-year music veteran joined the company in January as Vice President of A&R.

Both will oversee all label operations as Co-Presidents.

Founder Bob Becker, who made the appointments, will move on to the role of Chairman Emeritus.

The label will celebrate its 25th anniversary next year.

Sonos confirms a new hire.

Eddie Lazarus will serve as Chief Legal Officer at Sonos. He most recently served as General Counsel and Chief Strategy Officer for Tribune Media Company from 2013 to 2018. In his new role, Lazarus will oversee all legal, corporate governance, SEC reporting, government affairs, regulatory, and compliance activities across global operations. Based at the company’s HQ in Santa Barbara, he’ll report to CEO Patrick Spence.

Another Spotify executive jumps ship, this time to CMG.

In a newly created position, Amber Grimes will serve as Senior Vice President of Global Creative at Capitol Music Group (CMG). She previously served as Senior Manager of Urban Independent at Spotify. In her new role, Grimes will lead the company’s Innovation Team and Ten3 content creation department. She’ll also formulate and execute CMG’s global streaming strategy. Based in Hollywood, Grimes will report to Chairman and CEO Steve Barnett.

Pandora announces a new hire.

Akim Bryant will serve as Top 40 Coordinator of Curation Programming at Pandora per MBW. He previously served as Programmer at BET Soul. In his new role, Bryant will work closely with Tiana Lewis, Head of Pop Programming. Based in New York, he’ll also work with the curation team on Pop, R&B, and Hip-Hop programming under Alex White, Head of Curation Programming.

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Paradigm’s CODA opens a new division and makes a new hire.

Debbie Ward will serve as Head of Brand Partnerships, Sync, and Corporate at CODA. The move follows the launch of CODA Independent Sports. The company has partnered with Crockford Management and Independent Talent Group (ITG) to launch the sports agency. In her new role, Ward will collaborate with brands and talent to create content-rich, engaging, and groundbreaking solutions.

Partisan Records confirms a new hire.

In a newly created position, Sara Dempsey will serve as Director of Sales at Partison Records. The fourteen-year sales veteran previously served at ABKCO as Associate Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Dempsey has also served at Interscope, ADA, and The Orchard. In her new role, she’ll oversee the company’s sales and streaming strategy. Dempsey will report to Label Manager Andy Hsueh, and Global Managing Director Zena White.

Columbia names two co-heads.

Shawn Holiday and Phylicia Fant will serve as Co-heads of Urban Music at Columbia Records.

Holiday previously served as Senior Vice President of Urban A&R. He has played a key role in securing the company’s partnership with Empire, a hit Fox TV show. Holiday also brought T.I. to Columbia in 2014.

Fant joins from Warner Bros. Records, where she previously served as Senior Vice President of Publicity and Special Projects. She has worked on campaigns for Prince, Lil Pump, Meek Mill, and Drake, among others.

Qwire expands its board.

Qwire, a music-for-media tech company, has added two new members to its Board of Directors – Joy Marcus and Howard Applebaum.

Joy Marcus, a Venture Partner at Jerusalem Venture Partners (JVP), has served at MTV, Time Warner, Daily Motion, and Condé Nast.

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Howard Applebaum serves as President of Nielsen Entertainment. He has previously served at Nielsen Business Media and Prometheus Global Media.

RAB unveils new board.

The Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB) has unveiled its 2019 Board of Directors.

Susan Larkin, Entercom Regional Vice President, will serve as Chair.

Mike Hulvey, Neuhoff Communications Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, will serve as Vice Chair.

Bill Hendrich, Cox Media Group Executive Vice President, will serve as Finance Chair.

Jeff Warshaw, Connoisseur Media CEO, will serve as Board Secretary.

Ginny Morris, Hubbard Radio Chair and CEO, will serve as Immediate Post Chair.

In addition, Duane Davis, All Pro Broadcasting Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, has been added to the board.

Big Loud ups three executives.

Tori Johnson has signed a multi-year agreement and will serve as Director of Creative and Digital at Big Loud.

Morgan Sweat has also signed a multi-year agreement and will serve as Senior Manager of Creative Media.

In addition, Nick Swift has signed a multi-year agreement and will serve as Creative Media Producer.

Jerry Duncan promotes a top executive.

Laura Prestage will now serve as Coordinator of Promotions at Jerry Duncan Promotions per All Access. She takes over for Lisa Smoot, who recently received a promotion from Director of Promotions to Vice President.

MSG confirms a promotion.

Geraldine Calpin will serve as Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at Madison Square Garden Company (MSG). She previously served at WeWork and Hilton Worldwide. In her new roles, she’ll set an overall marketing and digital vision to drive growth across the company’s portfolio.

Bandit Lites ups a team member.

Chas Albea will now serve as Equipment Coordinator at Bandit Lites in Nashville. He’ll plan, direct, and coordinate gear for preparation and distribution among productions. Albea first joined the company ten years ago.

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AEG poaches a former Live Nation executive.

Amir Mertaban has joined AEG Presents / L.A. Live as General Manager of the Microsoft Theater per Pollstar. He recently served at Live Nation as General Manager of the Fox Performing Arts Center and Riverside Municipal Auditorium.

Endeavor names a top executive.

Mark Shapiro will serve as President of Endeavor, the parent company of WME and IMG. He currently serves on the Board of Directors at Live Nation. Shapiro first joined IMG as Chief Content Officer in 2014.

MPA Group names a new top boss.

Paul Clements will succeed Jane Dyball as CEO of the MPA Group, a UK music publishers trade association. He currently serves as Executive Director at PRS for Music. Clements will join the MPA Group in February.

WME has a new leader.

Ari Greenberg will serve as President of WME. He’ll oversee all operations across the company, including its offices in Beverly Hills, New York, Nashville, London, and Sydney. Greenberg first joined Endeavor in 1995. He oversaw the talent agency’s merger with the William Morris Agency in 2009 to form WME.

WIN loses its top executive.

Alison Wenham, CEO of the Worldwide Independent Music Industry Network (WIN), will step down after two years. She joined WIN in 2006 after stepping down as CEO of Association of Independent Music (AIM).

In a statement, she said,

“I am immensely proud of all we have achieved in that time and independent music will remain a passion of mine. I have decided, however, that the time is now right, with the organization in good health, to step down from my position at WIN.”


Qwire Expands Board of Directors, Adds Two Prominent Media Leaders

Qwire, the SaaS company aiming to transform music for picture, has added two highly experienced media executives and thinkers to its Board of Directors, Joy Marcus and Howard Appelbaum.

Joy Marcus is a Venture Partner at Jerusalem Venture Partners (JVP) where she focuses on digital media and commerce. She has served as a VP of International Business Development at MTV, SVP at Time Warner, GM for North America at Daily Motion, and EVP, GM of Digital Video at Condé Nast. Joy teaches entrepreneurship at Princeton University, beginning in 2014 as a James Wei Visiting Professor. In 2014, Joy received a Women of Power and Influence Award from the National Organization for Women (NOW).

"Qwire is set to be an industry leader in transforming music-for-media to the benefit of all parties — production studios, writers/composers, music publishers, and Performance Rights Organizations," says Marcus. "I am very excited to be part of this adventure as a member of Qwire's Board."

Since 2011, Howard Appelbaum has been President of Nielsen Entertainment, where he led Nielsen's portfolio of entertainment information, data, and insight products serving the Music, Games, Book, Home Entertainment and Sports industries. Prior to his current role, Howard worked at Billboard first as Vice President of Marketing and ultimately serving as President. Before that, Howard held roles as VP of Licensing, VP of Events and COO of Nielsen Business Media as well as President of Brand and Business Development for Prometheus Global Media where he supported Billboard, The Hollywood Reporter, Adweek and a portfolio of trade shows.

"It is exciting to join the board of Qwire," agrees Appelbaum. "The team is top-notch and they are creating solutions to real problems for music licensing and royalty reporting that streamline processes resulting in important efficiencies and faster, more accurate accounting."

Founded by film and TV composers, Qwire's software products increase productivity for music for picture teams, freeing them to do more of the creative work they love. "We are extremely excited to add Joy and Howard to our Qwire Board," says CEO Scott Freiman. "Both Joy and Howard add many years of experience in business, strategy, music, and media that will be a great help to us as Qwire builds its business."

After a funding round earlier this year, Qwire is currently building its next product, qwireCue, to automate the cue sheet and reporting process. This new product will complement Qwire's first product, qwireClear, Qwire's advanced management tool for music clearance and licensing.


Qwire expands board of directors, adds two prominent media leaders

Qwire, the SaaS company aiming to transform music for picture, has added two highly experienced media executives and thinkers to its board of directors, Joy Marcus and Howard Appelbaum.

Joy Marcus is a Venture Partner at Jerusalem Venture Partners (JVP) where she focuses on digital media and commerce. She has served as a VP of International Business Development at MTV, SVP at Time Warner, GM for North America at Daily Motion, and EVP, GM of Digital Video at Condé Nast. Joy teaches entrepreneurship at Princeton University, beginning in 2014 as a James Wei Visiting Professor. In 2014, Joy received a Women of Power and Influence Award from the National Organization for Women (NOW).

“Qwire is set to be an industry leader in transforming music-for-media to the benefit of all parties — production studios, writers/composers, music publishers, and Performance Rights Organizations,” says Marcus. “I am very excited to be part of this adventure as a member of Qwire’s Board."

Since 2011, Howard Appelbaum has been President of Nielsen Entertainment, where he led Nielsen’s portfolio of entertainment information, data, and insight products serving the Music, Games, Book, Home Entertainment and Sports industries. Prior to his current role, Howard worked at Billboard first as Vice President of Marketing and ultimately serving as President. Before that, Howard held roles as VP of Licensing, VP of Events and COO of Nielsen Business Media as well as President of Brand and Business Development for Prometheus Global Media where he supported Billboard, The Hollywood Reporter, Adweek and a portfolio of trade shows.

"It is exciting to join the board of Qwire,” agrees Appelbaum. “The team is top-notch and they are creating solutions to real problems for music licensing and royalty reporting that streamline processes resulting in

important efficiencies and faster, more accurate accounting," he adds.

Founded by film and TV composers, Qwire’s software products increase productivity for music for picture teams, freeing them to do more of the creative work they love. “We are extremely excited to add Joy and Howard to our Qwire Board,” says CEO Scott Freiman. “Both Joy and Howard add many years of experience in business, strategy, music, and media that will be a great help to us as Qwire builds its business.”

After a funding round earlier this year, Qwire is currently building its next product, qwireCue, to automate the cue sheet and reporting process. This new product will complement Qwire’s first product, qwireClear, Qwire’s advanced management tool for music clearance and licensing.