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Music Industry News November 2015

As always, over the last several weeks in the A&R, Publishing, and Film/TV Music world, there are a few changes to report. Shure President and CEO Santo (Sandy) LaMantia will be retiring after twenty years this coming July. Current EVP of Global Operations, Marketing and Sales and COO Christine Schyvinck will succeed LaMantia as President and CEO. The head of programming at VH1, Susan Levison, is exiting VH1 after two years at the Viacom company. Canada-based rights company ole has acquired Anthem Entertainment Group. The label will continue to operate as a label under the ole Label Services banner.

The longtime A&R Director at Anthem, Andy Curran, will join ole as GM Label Services/A&R as will Tyler Tasson as Manager, Label Services and Anthem VP Pegi Cecconi will work as a consultant at ole. Robyn Booker has been appointed Senior Director of Film/TV at Downtown Music Publishing and will report to Jumee Park, VP of Film/TV. Ruchika Advani was also appointed as Film/TV Associate at Downtown Music Publishing as well. FremantleMedia (RTL Group) has announced Andrew Bott as their new CFO joining the company this March from BBC Worldwide.

Kanye West's label, G.O.O.D. Music, as announced West's friend and a collaborator Pusha T as the new head of the label. Columbia Records has announced the promotion of Brady Bedard as the new VP, Alternative and Rock Promotion where he will head the department and Ayelet Schiffman has been promoted to SVP of Rhythm & Dance Promotion, and Aimie Vaughan is the new VP of Promotion. Universal Music Group has announced its new executive management board and senior management including Andrew Kronfeld who is being promoted to VP Marketing for the whole group, Michael Nash, Warner's former digital chief, will become EVP of Digital Strategy, Michele Anthony will add US catalogs and Canadian operations to her job function, and Jeffrey Harleston, their head of legal for North America, will now add global business and legal affairs to his oversight.

Universal has also appointed Eric Berman, a former White House staffer, as their new EVP of Public Affairs and will be responsible for global lobbying activities. We do have a few more exits to report including Director of Media Jennifer Vessio who departed Sony Music Nashville's publicity department, Mike Batt is stepping down as Deputy Chairman of the UK record industry trade group BPI, and also in the UK, Music Managers Forum CEO Jon Webster has confirmed he will step down as CEO the end of this year. That's all for now, but as always, we are constantly updating our contact databases so that our customers always have the latest contact information you need to reach the industry!

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