Music Jobs News: MySpace Music, EMI Music, Universal Music UK, CISAC, NOTION Music, Pandora, Universal Music Nashville
Jamie Kantrowitz, Alex Maghen, Nancy Taylor, Cory Ondrejka, Brian Rose, Santiago Schuster, Richard Llewellyn, John Trimble, Jason Owen
MySpace Music Strengthens Senior Executive Lineup
MySpace Music announced three new additions to the company's expanding senior executive team across several key fields including Global Expansion, Online and Offline Marketing, Content, Technology and Business and Legal Affairs. New leadership roles include Senior Vice President of Strategy and Global Marketing, a Chief Technology Officer, and a Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs.
Jamie Kantrowitz is Senior Vice President of Strategy and Global Marketing for MySpace Music. In this role, Jamie will also oversee the strategy expanding MySpace Music's rich media platform of content partnerships and original programming, artist strategy and label relations, and consumer and product marketing initiatives. Jamie is also responsible for spearheading the expansion of the MySpace Music platform across the company's international territories. She will be based in New York, where MySpace Music will have an office. Prior to this role, Jamie served as MySpace's Senior Vice President, International Marketing and Content based in London during which time she played an integral role in overseeing MySpace's successful expansion into 30 international territories.
Alex Maghen serves as Chief Technology Officer for MySpace Music. In this role, Alex leads all technological and platform initiatives for MySpace Music. With over fifteen years of experience overseeing and developing interactive media technologies, Alex brings a wealth of knowledge to his position, and is poised to reinforce MySpace Music as the most innovative music product in existence. Alex is no stranger to the CTO position, and brings with him six years of CTO experience in Online and Mobile Media. As CTO at Yahoo! Music / Launch Media and at MTV Networks Online, Alex drove a broad and highly integrated set of online properties which dramatically advanced the business and market goals of those companies.
Nancy Taylor joins MySpace Music as Lead Counsel, Vice President Business and Legal Affairs. In this role, Nancy oversees the company's business and legal affairs in the US and internationally with respect to the recently launched MySpace Music. Nancy and her staff work to ensure that MySpace Music maintains its position as an industry leader and innovator while complying with applicable laws. Nancy is a seasoned entertainment attorney and has held creative and senior management positions with major music companies, most recently as Senior Vice President, Office of the Chairman and CEO of Warner/Chappell Music Inc.
EMI Music Promotes Cory Ondrejka To EVP Digital Marketing
EMI Music announced the promotion of Cory Ondrejka to the newly-created position of executive vice president, digital marketing. In this role, Ondrejka will help to advance the company's digital marketing capability, developing new consumer and market insight resources and leading EMI's experimentation with new digital marketing and product models in order to provide the best service to its artists and their fans.
With digital music sales comprising over 20 per cent of EMI Music's revenues, the company is now completing its integration of all digital functions into its business operations and will no longer run a standalone digital unit. Douglas Merrill has stepped down from his role as president of digital and chief operating officer of its New Music unit.
Brian Rose Appointed Managing Director, Commercial Division, Universal Music UK
Universal Music UK announced the promotion of Brian Rose to Managing Director, Commercial Division.
In his expanded role, which is effective immediately, Rose will take responsibility for all digital and mobile sales for Universal Music UK. The move follows the successful integration of the iTunes account into the company's sales division in late 2007.
Rose will work closely with Universal Music UK Head of Digital Beth Appleton, who also reports to Joseph, on developing the company's digital business, which generated sales of more than 30 million downloads in 2008. Appleton meanwhile will continue to drive Universal Music UK's relationship with new digital music services alongside heading the company's market-leading digital marketing team.
Santiago Schuster Named Regional Affairs Director Of International Organisation For Authors' And Composers' Rights
The International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC) has elected lawyer Santiago Schuster as the organisation's new Regional Affairs Director for Latin America and the Caribbean.
Until January, Schuster was Director General of SCD, the musical rights society in Chile. Santiago Schuster is internationally recognised as an expert on intellectual property and the rights of creators in Latin America. Mr. Schuster has made a decisive contribution to the strengthening of collective management in Chile after having directed the society for musical rights management there for more than 20 years, and having contributed to the establishment of management societies for all forms of artistic expression in his country, deemed a model in the region.
"Whether as SCD Director or as consultant for international organizations such as WIPO, or as professor at the University of Chile," stated CISAC Director General Eric Baptiste, "Santiago Schuster has made a decisive contribution to the advancement of authors' rights in Latin America. I am pleased that Schuster has joined CISAC, where he will play an essential role in the transition to the digital management of intellectual rights in the region, and will contribute to the training of new generations of leaders, lawyers, and specialists in authors' rights and collective management in the region, among many other tasks."
Richard Llewellyn Tapped As Sales Director For NOTION Music
NOTION Music announced that Richard Llewellyn has joined the music notation software company as their Sales Director in the United Kingdom. With over 20 years experience in the music industry, Richard started his career in music publishing working for Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers and IMP. He then moved to Yamaha instruments where he was a Regional Manager in the Acoustic division. Following 5 years at Yamaha, he was named International Sales Manager for MakeMusic Inc., directing the international sales efforts for their music notation software programs.
Richard comments "This is a really exciting time for music software, especially with the success of Guitar Hero, Rock Band and the newly announced Disney 'Star' guitarist series. NOTION music gives everyone the opportunity, inspiration and creative tools to help make your own music whatever level you are at and in any style. The NOTION family of intuitive software programs are easy to use and offer a great opportunity of increased sales with very good profit margins. Every guitarist could be getting creative using PROGRESSION and I would encourage all students learning music to invest in a copy of PROTÉGÉ - it's inexpensive and a lot quicker than writing things down on a piece of manuscript paper. Plus you get the included sounds of the London Symphony Orchestra playing your composition back to you. Now that can't be bad!"
Pandora Hires John Trimble As Chief Revenue Officer
Pandora announced the hire of John Trimble to the newly created position of chief revenue officer. Most recently Trimble served as EVP of ad sales for Glam Media where he focused on developing new market segments and the company's entrance into the men's market with the launch of the Brash network. Previously, in his SVP role at Fox Interactive Media, Trimble was responsible for managing sales initiatives and driving ad revenue for FIM's biggest online media properties including MySpace.com, AmericanIdol.com, Fox.com, FOXSports.com and IGN.com. At Pandora, Trimble will report directly to CEO and president, Joe Kennedy.
The following teams will report to Trimble in his new position: premium brand and mobile advertising sales led by Cheryl Lucanegro, performance-based advertising sales led by Brian Mikalis, audio advertising sales led by Doug Sterne, and ad operations.
"We're delighted that John has joined the team. He brings an extraordinary track record of rapidly growing revenue in media properties at our stage," said CEO Kennedy. "In the past year the size and complexity of our advertising business has grown dramatically. This new position underscores the fact that we expect to continue this rapid growth, building out our advertising platforms to offer advertisers myriad ways to engage with Pandora's large and fast growing base of users."
Universal Music Nashville Promotes Jason Owen To Senior VP Of Artist Development & Marketing
Universal Music Nashville has promoted Jason Owen to Senior Vice President of Artist Development and Marketing for its MCA and Mercury Nashville labels. In addition to directing all of the publicity, creative and video activities for MCA and Mercury Nashville, Owen will now also oversee the digital and marketing departments for both companies.
Most recently, Owen served as Senior Vice President of Artist, Media Relations and Creative Services for MCA and Mercury Nashville, where he was instrumental in the break-through success of such chart-topping artists as Sugarland, Julianne Hough, Josh Turner and Jamey Johnson as well as handling all publicity/creative efforts for country superstars Shania Twain, George Strait, Lee Ann Womack and Reba McEntire, among many others.
Related News from Mi2N:
» MySpace Music Strengthens Senior Executive Lineup With Three New Additions
» EMI Music Promotes Cory Ondrejka To EVP Digital Marketing
» Brian Rose Appointed Managing Director, Commercial Division, Universal Music UK
» Santiago Schuster Is Named Regional Affairs Director Of International Organisation For Authors' And Composers' Rights
» Richard Llewellyn Tapped As Sales Director For NOTION Music, UK
» Pandora Hires Former Fox Interactive Ad SVP, John Trimble, As Chief Revenue Officer
» Universal Music Nashville Promotes Jason Owen To Senior Vice President Of Artist Development & Marketing