Executive Wach: Music Business Association, STIM, Ole, Fender Musical Instruments Corporation, LOUD, Primary Wave Music
Music Biz Chairman Steps Down; STIM CEO Appointed; ole GM of Creative L.A.; Fender Brand Executive VP; Mackie APAC Product Specialist; Primary Wave Music Snr VP of Creative/Head of Sync
By Eric de Fontenay (Founder & Publisher) [05-20-2014]
Rachelle Friedman Steps Down as Music Business Association Chairman
After an unprecedented seven terms as Chairman of the Music Business Association (Music Biz), formerly known as NARM and digitalmusic.org, Rachelle Friedman, Co-Founder and President of J&R Music & Computer World, has stepped down from the association's Board of Directors.
"I'm sad to leave the Music Biz Board but happy to see the organization in such a good place as I retire," said Friedman. "Each and every year, we were able to nurture the next generation of music industry movers and shakers with our Scholarship Foundation, honor the best and brightest artists and executives with our annual Music Biz awards, launch incredibly successful traveling series such as the Music Startup Academy and Entertainment and Technology Law Conference, and realign the entire organization to better reflect our ideas for the future with our rebrand to Music Biz. I'm confident that the association will continue to reach new heights in the years ahead."
Friedman and her husband Joe founded J&R Music & Computer World in 1971 in downtown New York City, turning it into one of the most important independent retailers in music history. She joined the then-NARM board in 1996 and has presided over many of the association's biggest advances, including its rebranding from NARM and digitalmusic.org to Music Biz in 2012. For her efforts, Friedman was named to Billboard's Women in Music list in 2011 and received the Independent Spirit Award from Music Biz (then NARM) in 2011.
Karsten Dyhrberg Nielsen Appointed STIM CEO
Sweden-based music creators' rights organization STIM appointed Mr. Karsten Dyhrberg Nielsen as CEO. Dyhrberg Nielsen is at present CEO of Nordic copyright management organization NCB, Nordisk Copyright Bureau, as well as its subsidiary NMP, Network of Music Partners.
Sweden-based music creators' rights organization STIM announces the appointment of Karsten Dyhrberg Nielsen as new CEO. Danish citizen Dyhrberg Nielsen succeeds former STIM CEO Kenth Muldin, who stepped down last February. At present, Karsten Dyhrberg Nielsen is CEO of Nordic copyright management organization NCB (Nordisk Copyright Bureau), based in Copenhagen, Denmark. NCB manages recording and copying rights, and is owned by STIM and its counterparts in Denmark, Finland and Norway. Dyhrberg Nielsen has served as NCB CEO since 2008, and has since 2012 also been CEO of its subsidiary NMP (Network of Music Partners), which is owned by NCB and PRS for Music.
During the coming months, Karsten Dyhrberg Nielsen will continue to serve in his previous position at NCB and NMP, as the Boards of Directors of each organization decide on how to structure future management. Karsten Dyhrberg Nielsen plans to take office in Stockholm, Sweden, during early August. Until that time, STIM interim CEO Alfons Karabuda will remain in charge.
ole Hires Leo V. Williams as General Manager of Creative (Los Angeles)
ole, one of the world's foremost rights management companies, has hired Leo V. Williams IV as General Manager of Creative (Los Angeles). Williams will be responsible for heading up ole's Los Angeles Creative functions, reporting directly to Robert Ott, Chairman and CEO.
Williams began his career as an A&R consultant to record companies such as Hollywood Records, where he assisted with various projects, including Jesse McCartney's Departure album, which spawned three Billboard Hot 100 hits in "Leavin'," "How Do You Sleep?," and "It's Over." He got his start in music publishing in 1999 when he joined U.K.-based Notting Hill Music, where he helped expand the company's presence in the U.S. market, allowing them to open an office there in 2002. He then joined L.A. Reid's joint venture Hitco Music Publishing and Windswept Holdings LLC, where he progressed to be VP Creative-Urban and then SVP/Head of Creative with Bug Music. Williams then served as Senior Vice President of Creative for BMG Chrysalis through 2012.
Fender Musical Instruments Corporation Promotes Richard Mcdonald To Executive Vice President, Fender Brand
Fender Musical Instruments Corporation has promoted industry veteran Richard McDonald to Executive Vice President, Fender Brand. The move represents a larger strategic shift that improves alignment and better unifies all aspects of the Fender brand under one executive. McDonald's responsibility now expands beyond Fender electric guitars, amplifiers and pro audio equipment, to also include Fender acoustic products and Fender accessories, allowing the brand to be optimized for growth.
McDonald most recently served as Senior Vice President, Fender Brand, and has been with the company in a variety of key positions since 1993, rising from an entry-level position to his current executive role. Among his many accomplishments at FMIC, McDonald served as Fender amplification and audio marketing manager (1997 - 2000) and vice president of electric guitars (2000 - 2002), an especially creative period during which he was instrumental in developing some of Fender's most successful products. Prior to joining Fender, McDonald was a successful touring guitarist and Fender endorser.
LOUD Appoints Raymond Tee as Mackie APAC Product Specialist
LOUD Technologies' Music Gear Group has announced the appointment of Raymond Tee to the position of Mackie APAC Region product specialist. Based in Malaysia, Tee joins LOUD with eleven years' experience in the live sound industry and an advanced engineering diploma in electronics. Prior to LOUD, Tee worked as Operations Manager for one of the largest rental companies in Malaysia, Singesen Technical Production Sdn Bhd. He also held positions with Harman Malaysia as an application engineer, as well as in pro audio distribution. Tee will report to Rohan Smith, LOUD director of APAC Music Gear sales.
"We are delighted to have Raymond join the LOUD team at this very exciting time for product innovation across the Mackie portfolio, and the corresponding growth in the APAC Region," remarked Smith. "Raymond will add another dimension to our Mackie distributor support capabilities, and is further evidence of our continued investment in region-wide partnership and market development. This new role will ensure we provide the fastest-possible in-region support to our partners' training, technical and customer engagement activities, and to fully drive the rollout of some revolutionary Mackie products in the coming months."
Primary Wave Music Promotes Marty Silverstone to Senior VP of Creative/Head of Sync
Primary Wave Music, a leading independent music marketing, talent management, and music publishing company, has promoted top executive, Marty Silverstone, to Sr. VP of Creative/Head of Sync. Based in Primary Wave's L.A. office and formerly the VP of Creative/Head of Film & TV, where he focused on film and TV placements, Silverstone will now oversee the entire sync department including film, TV, advertising, video games, and new media. As a result of this recent promotion, he will also focus on new catalog acquisitions and artist signings.
Part of the Primary Wave team for over four years, Silverstone has driven sync activity in all media with major placements in film, TV and advertising campaigns for artists such as Hall & Oates, Kurt Cobain, Steven Tyler, Def Leppard and Chicago. Recent placements include writer/artist L.P. on Homeland (Showtime) and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (CBS); cover version-uses of Nirvana's iconic "Come As You Are" in both Private Practice (ABC) and the SyFy Network's Defiance; as well as original theme and music score for projects such as The Fight Game (HBO) by The Boxer Rebellion. Additionally, Silverstone has distinguished himself from others in his field by working closely with key music supervisors, writers, and directors to facilitate early stage collaboration, resulting in unique music integrations. Recent examples include Graham Parker's extensive role in Judd Apatow's This is 40, the band Chicago in the HBO film Clear History, and most recently, a successful integration for the emerging artist RIVVRS on NBC's About a Boy.
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