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Music Industry News June 2015

Over the last several weeks in the A&R, Publisher, and Music Supervision world, there are a few changes to report as always. Of course, the big news was that the second in command at Warner Music Group, COO Rob Wiesenthal, resigned to become CEO of Blade, a crowd-sourced short-distance aviation company that Wiesenthal had co-founded while he was still at Sony. Wiesenthal is scheduled to leave the end of this month for his new position. Spotify has named Barry McCarthy as their new CFO replacing Peter Sterky who will remain at Spotify in an unnamed position.

Drew Hauser has joined Epic as SVP/Rock & Alternative Promotion while Columbia Records has promoted Jon Borris to SVP, Pop Promotion. Renato Olivari has been promoted to VP and Daniel Abowd is the new Director of Copyright and New Media at The Royalty Network. 7digital has promoted James Priestley to GM of North America and Head of the San Francisco office. Jason Markey has joined STX Entertainment as EVP and Head of Music and Interscope is opening a new office in Nashville and has hired A&R rock veteran Kevin Williamson. Exiting Interscope is Tunji Balaban. Warner Bros. has also had some significant activity with the hiring of three new A&R staffers; Jon Chen, Quinn Coleman, and Carlos Cancela have all been promoted within the A&R Department along with Cheryl Jenets who is now Director Production Operations at Warner Bros.

Over at Epic, Jermain Pegues joins the A&R Department while Sha Money, Jeff Juin, and Isaac Heyman exit the Department. Also within the Sony Label Group, Gary Overton exits Sony Nashville while Adam Fujiki exits Sony Canada. ASCAP has re-elected Paul Williams as Chairman and President for the fourth time, Jody Gerson, Chairman/CEO of Universal Music Publishing Group, becomes a Publisher Board Member while Doug Wood, composer and producer of music for television, is the newly-elected Writer Vice Chairman. The Music Publishers Association has elected Jackie Always as Chairwoman and Claire McAuley has joined the organization as GM. Universal Music has appointed Florian Jungbauer as Senior Vice President Marketing, Consumer Engagement & Digital Partner Management, South-East Asia and will join Universal in their Hong Kong office.

Jane Dyball is taking over as acting CEO of the UK’s Music Publishers Association (MPA) on an interim basis following the announcement that former CEO Sarah Osborn has left the organization effective immediately. Fender hired Andy Mooney as their new CEO, the VP of Publicity for Epic Records, Darren Barber has relocated to Beverly Hills, and Rightscopy hired Cecil Bond Kyte as their new CFO. The Managing Director of Wixen Music UK, Beth Wijayarathna, has left the company. Ocean Way Audio has appointed Rick Plushner as President. Crown Talent & Media Group has appointed Steven Melrose as its Head Of Music across both the UK and US. .

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