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Former Insomniac Exec Steve Levy Named CMO of Virgin’s Festival Division

Virgin has hired Steve Levy to join the company’s festival division as chief marketing officer, it was announced Monday. In his new role, he will oversee all sales and marketing. Levy, a multi-faceted media executive with extensive international experience, will be based out of Virgin’s Los Angeles office. He joins the company from Insomniac Events,...

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Executive Turntable: UK Music Appoints New Chair, BMGPM Names Sony/ATV Vet as Co-Head

UK Music, the umbrella organization representing the interests of the UK’s commercial music industry, has appointed former Shadow Culture secretary and Labour Party deputy leader Tom Watson as its new chair, it was announced Monday (March 30). He succeeds outgoing chair Andy Heath. “UK Music speaks with a powerful voice for the whole of the...

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Mike Smith Stands Down As Warner Chappell UK Managing Director

LONDON — Mike Smith is standing down as managing director of Warner Chappell U.K. with immediate effect. The widely-respected exec said “family reasons” were behind his surprise exit from the publisher. “My time at Warner Chappell has been hugely rewarding and I want to thank all of my colleagues around the world, and the amazing...

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Music Managers Forum Elects New President

Neeta Ragoowansi succeeds Barry Bergman, who had led the association since its founding in 1993. The Music Managers Forum (MMF-US), which serves as a collective voice for artist managers and self-managed artists, has elected entertainment attorney Neeta Ragoowansi its new president — making her the second leader in the trade association’s 27-year-history. Board members at the MMF-US...

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TuneCore CEO Scott Ackerman Announces Departure

Indie distributor TuneCore announced today that longtime CEO Scott Ackerman has decided to step down, effective April 15. He’ll stay on in an advisory role reporting to Denis Ladegaillerie, CEO of owner Believe Group, the company said. A search for a new CEO is underway. Ackerman joined TuneCore in 2010 as COO and has run the...

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Executive Turntable: BMGPM Names Co-Leads in Canada, Marathon A&R Director Forms Management Firm

BMG Production Music (BMGPM) is expanding its operations into Canada with Anna Andrych and Matt Cansick at the helm, the company announced Thursday (March 19). BMGPM launched a new branch office in Toronto and another in Montreal earlier this year. In their new roles, Andrych and Cansick will lead the company’s strategic business development, coordinate...

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The Deals: ABBA’s Björn Ulvaeus Signs Deal With PPL, U.K. Fan App CountryLine Buys Chris Country Radio

Songwriter, producer and performer Björn Ulvaeus – best known as a member of the Swedish pop group ABBA – has signed with the U.K. collective management organization PPL for the administration of his international neighboring rights collections, it was announced March 9. PPL holds over 95 agreements with collective management organizations (CMOs) around the world,...

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Executive Turntable: New Senior VP of A&R at Warner Records; Moves at Kobalt, Sony/ATV, APA

Warner Records has brought in music business veteran Stefan Max for the role of senior vice president of A&R, the label announced on Friday. Max is a 10-year WMG veteran, having joined Warner’s Roadrunner Records in 2010 as director of A&R before making his way to Atlantic two years later as vp of A&R. Some...

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Nevarez Communications Makes New Hirings to Marketing & Publicity Leadership Team

Nevarez Communications, the award-winning multicultural full-service public relations firm based in Miami, announced Pierina Jatem and Michelle Velez‘s appointments to its marketing and publicity leadership team on Wednesday (March 11). Jatem, who’s the former digital marketing director for Seitrack US, has been appointed director of marketing and publicity. In her new role, she will develop unique...

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Kobalt Elevates Julie Hurwitz and Rob Christensen as Co-Heads of Synch & Brand Partnerships

Kobalt has promoted Julie Hurwitz and Rob Christensen as joint leaders for the independent music company’s activities across synch and brand partnerships. Hurwitz, previously senior VP, synch & brand partnerships, and Christensen, formerly SVP, synch operations, are named co-heads of synch and brand partnerships at Kobalt. The incoming execs will be responsible for overseeing Kobalt...

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