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Bravado CEO Mat Vlasic Resigns

Vlasic has run Bravado since 2016, joining the company from Sony Music Entertainment, where he founded and oversaw the company’s global consumer products and artist merchandise division. Bravado handles most of UMG’s major acts, including Ariana Grande, Billie Eilish and Eminem, and in 2019 revenue grew 79% to reach reached 489 million euros ($578 million...

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Andrea Nelson Meigs Joins UTA as Partner

“Andrea is known for her keen eye for developing and amplifying extraordinary voices,” said agency co-president David Kramer. “In addition to her outstanding work on behalf of today’s most respected artists, she is a true leader who has made lasting contributions to the industry at large. We know that she will bring a vital perspective...

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UBS Arena Boosts Leadership Team With Mark Shulman, Michael Sciortino and Others

UBS Arena, the soon-to-be home of the New York Islanders, and its management company New York Arena Partners, have announced a number of strategic hirings, including former AEG/Bowery Presents senior vp Mark Shulman as the facility’s svp, resident of programming. Also joining the team are Michael Sciortino who will serve as svp of operations and assistant...

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Hip-Hop Agent Brent Smith Out at WME Following Investigation

Hip-hop agent Brent Smith is out at WME, weeks after he was suspended for reported behavioral issues. “Following an investigation based on complaints of bullying behavior by Brent Smith, WME and Brent have mutually decided to part ways,” reads a statement from the agency. Smith, 55, represents Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Tyler the Creator and John...

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UTA Hires Music Agents Jeffrey Hasson & Matt Meyer

Both agents have been recognized by multiple publications as rising stars in their field, with Hasson named to Billboard’s 40 Under 40 list in 2017 and Meyer included on The Hollywood Reporter’s Next Gen list last year. Hasson and Meyer are just the latest big-name hires at UTA, which nabbed powerhouse music agent Samantha Kirby...

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Heather Lowery Elected to Music Forward Board of Directors

The organization offers free community programs and administers and manages industry initiatives like Crew Nation, the global relief fund for live music crews, that has raised $15 million to support crew members who have been affected by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Lowery is the president and chief executive of Femme It Forward, a new joint venture partnership...

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Former UTA Agent Anthony Paolercio Joins Patchwork Presents

Paolercio adds, “I consider Dave Poe my closest friend and colleague in the business. I trust him completely, which is the most important part of building a strong and enduring partnership. There aren’t many agents turned promoters in our business, so I feel that I have a unique perspective to offer. During this uncertain time,...

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Executive Turntable: Steve Rifkind Resurrects Loud Records, Qobuz Kicks Off Expansion with New Hires

Elsewhere on the hiring front, Karla Ortiz – formerly of Vydia and Universal/Verve Music Group and founder & CEO of Monark Entertainment – has been hired as Loud Records’ head of digital marketing, while its head of public relations is Juliana Plotkin, formerly of Capitol Records, 42 West and JPLA. Loud’s first artist signings are...

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Executive Turntable: Oak View Group Hires 5 for Seattle Arena, Capitol Music Group Ups Digital Whiz to SVP

Oak View Group (OVG) has hired five executives to lead its team at the newly-named Climate Pledge Arena, future home of NHL hockey team the Seattle Kraken. They are: David Curry as vp of technology, Nick Vaerewyck as vp of programming, Randy Foster as director of event production, Damon Murray as director of engineering and...

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What’s Next for the Music Streaming Biz? Warner Chief Digital Officer Oana Ruxandra Shares a Road Map

“To get on a bit of a soapbox, I’m really excited about the future.” Oana Ruxandra moved to the United States from Romania with her family as a child, and some of her important early memories of this country involve music. “I couldn’t speak any English, but I had started playing the violin when I...

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