Here is a brief overview of the latest hires in the music industry and internal promotions as of March 17, 2023.
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Warner Chappell Music (WCM)
Warner Chappell Music hired The Artist’s Attorney founder Catalina Santa Pena as managing director of WCM Colombia, and former Meta and Google Music executive Arika Ng became president of WCM Asia Pacific.
Veronica Sangins, formerly vice president of marketing at Warner Records, joined Arista Records Sony Music as General manager.
300 Entertainment, owned by Warner Music, announced three promotions: seven-year veteran of the company Ryan McTaggart was promoted to senior vice president of artist Development and lifestyle Marketing, and former Columbia University executive Gary Sargeant became vice president of urban promotion and rhythmic promotion, and former UMG executive director Michael McArthur was appointed vice president- president. air.
John Coletta, a nine-year member of the Broadcast Music, Inc. team, was appointed Senior Vice President and Managing Director for International Affairs.
Muserk has hired former Universal Music Publishing Group data specialist Sofia Pin as a technical administrator for music rights.
LearnCore co-founder Vishal Shah is now CEO of Screencastify, headquartered in Chicago. The self-proclaimed “leading end-to-end video creation platform” also appointed Paul Ray (also a LearnCore veteran, and most recently the head of Amazon Web Services) as CTO and promoted former EAB vice president Alex Stepien to president and CRO.
Fort Worth-based Musicbed has hired Hidden Track Music veteran Chris Lavarias to lead its newly created film and television production division.
Ultra International Music Publishing
Ultra International Music Publishing and its “subsidiary” Helix Records have recruited Vanessa Kanapin (formerly of Budde Music) as Director of the A&R department in Germany, Switzerland and Austria.
Brittany Shaffer (who has been Spotify’s head of artist and label partnerships in Nashville for five years) is ready to start work as dean of the Mike Kerb College of Entertainment and Music Business at Belmont University on May 1.
Metaverse Karta studio, launched in 2021, officially announced the former head of Hipgnosis and EMI Tony Barnes as its co-founder.
Latham & Watkins LLP
Former lawyer of Greenberg Traurig and iHeartMedia Gabe Fleet joined Latham & Watkins as a partner in the field of communications, privacy and information.
Publishing veteran Nigel Elderton has become chairman of music technology company Audoo.
Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG)
Former BMI Vice President of Creative Europe Shirin Foroutan has joined UMPG as Senior Vice President and CEO for Europe, replacing Simon Baker, CEO of European Operations, who intends to “continue working at the company as a senior executive.”
In addition, 21-year-old team member Jonas Wikstrom will replace Martin Ingestrem (who will retire in June) and become Managing Director of Universal Music Publishing Scandinavia in the Nordic countries.
First Artists Management (FAM)
FAM hired Zoey Hart (who moved from Faber Music) as an agent in its European office and promoted Hayley Flame (who has been with the company for more than two years) for the same position in Los Angeles.
Following the departure of Warner Music CEO Stephen Cooper, executive vice president and Chief Financial Officer Eric Levine announced that he will retire at the end of this year.
SoundCloud president Elia Seton has replaced Michael Weissman as CEO of the music-sharing platform; Weissman recently joined Wade Davis’ ForgeLight VC as a partner.