Musical Chairs: July 21
NEW INTERNATIONAL A&R AT SONY/ATV
Sony/ATV Music Publishing has hired Thomas Krottinger in the newly created position of Senior Manager, International A&R.
Formerly on the A&R teams at Prescription Songs and Kemosabe Records, Krottinger will serve as a contact point for all the company’s Australian and other international songwriters who are either based in Los Angeles or are visiting the city to write.
He will pair up songwriters and organise writing sessions, arrange meetings between songwriters and industry contacts, and pitch songs.
CHRIS WHITE TAKES OVER OXFORD CIRCUS
Former A&R Manager for Universal Music Australia Chris White has taken over management of Sydney nightclub Oxford Circus.
Now with a 3am licence, the club’s format also includes electronic artists, acrobatics, burlesque and circus performers to bring a spark back to the city’s nightlife.
NEW MARKETING DIRECTOR FOR SOLOTEL’S MUSIC VENUES
Danni Bluston will head up marketing for Solotel’s entertainment venues.
These come under the hospitality group’s Creative Culture division, which covers entertainment, brand collaborations and youth culture.
The venues in this division are Goros, Kings Cross Hotel, The Bank, The Courthouse, The Erko, Public House Petersham, Darlo Bar, The Green Park, and the Marlborough in Newtown which houses Miss Peaches and Tokyo Sing Song.
Bluston worked in venue marketing in the UK.
Hayley Basham will lead the marketing team for the Community Cornerstone venues.
These include bars and pubs (some which also showcase music) as The Sheaf, The Albion, The Clock, The Regent, The Chelsea, The Bridgeview, The Sackville Pub & Grill, Quay Bar, Edinburgh Castle and the recently acquired Clovelly Hotel.
Lisa Rooney, who has worked in marketing in London for over 10 years, joins as Marketing Manager – Signature Dining.
ADAM GRANITE TO STEER UNIVERSAL MARKETING DEVELOPMENT
Adam Granite takes over on September 1 as EVP, Market Development at Universal Music Group, based in London.
He will work closely with senior management teams in 60 territories, to maximise commercial opportunities for artists and labels across Europe, ad well as emerging markets such as Africa, China and India.
He will increase coordination of UMG’s audio-visual content in Europe and Asia, and contribute to the company’s global strategy for marketing, distribution, and commercial initiatives including licensing, acquisitions and emerging genres.
Granite was previously in the senior executive team at Sony Music Entertainment, serving as President of Northern & Eastern Europe and Africa as well as EVP for Sony Music International and, earlier on, GM at Epic Records.
SCA ANNOUNCES NEW EVENING SHOW HOSTS
While speculation raged in radioland as to which team would take over Southern Cross Austereo’s axed Rove & Sam’s evening show, the decision fell on 2Day FM Sydney breakfast duo of Em Rusciano and Harley Breen.
The Rusciano/ Breen breakfast show has low ratings but has a high social network popularity, which will bode well in the 7pm and 8pm slot which will be syndicated nationally on the HIT network.
As reported in TMN previously, Rove McManus is staying on at SCA on a new project and Sam Frost joined the cast of soapie Home & Away.
NEW MUSIC EDITOR FOR BEAT
Gloria Brancatisano, former Music Manager at youth broadcaster SYN90.7, is the new Music Editor at Furst Media’s long time weekly Beat magazine.
Her predecessor Bel Ryan has moved on to work in education.
LIBBY PRICE MOVES TO ACE RADIO
ABC presenter of 30 years Libby Price, best known as presenter of the Victorian Country Hour, takes over in September as host of ACE Radio’s Country Today heard on 3CS, 3YB, 3HA, 3WM and 3SH.
FOX PROMOTES MAMIE COLEMAN TO HEAD MUSIC PRODUCTION
One of America’s most respected music supervisors, Mamie Coleman, has been promoted to SVP of Creative Music & Production at Fox Broadcasting Company (Fox).
Coleman will manage all day-to-day music production at the network, negotiating and executing the music and talent licensing agreements for Fox’s primetime show marketing and promotions.
In her previous role as VP of Music & Production, for on-air promotion, she struck deals with TV studios, production companies, record labels, recording artists and agents for talent and production materials for the broadcaster’s on-air promo campaigns.
AMY WHEATLEY HEADING MINISTRY OF SOUND RECORDINGS
Amy Wheatley is the new GM of Ministry Of Sound Recordings, which of course is now part of Sony Music. She reports to Dipesh Parmar, MD, and David Dollimore, President of Ministry Of Sound Recordings and RCA.
Wheatley was previously marketing head of the UK operations of international entertainment and music management company Three Six Zero, working with Calvin Harris, Travis Scott, Hurts and Skott.
MOS said that in her new role, her first campaigns include London Grammar – who recently celebrated their first UK #1 album – as well as Sigala, DJ Fresh, Louis Berry and latest Ministry signing Yogi.
NEW BOARD MEMBER FOR SYDNEY FESTIVAL
Joining the Sydney Festival board is one-time architect and merchant banker Andrew Cameron AM, who comes with a 20-year history of engaged arts philanthropy.
He is also Chair of the Foundation at Art Gallery of New South Wales, Chair of Artspace, and a member of the International Council of the Tate in London.
He also served on the boards of the Biennale of Sydney, Belvoir and Melbourne Art Fair and Foundation, among others.
NEW CHAIR FOR ICE
Pino Migliorino AM is the new Chair of Western Sydney’s leading community arts organisation Information and Cultural Exchange.
It handles music production and skills training, as well as similar initiatives in cultural development and screen/digital.
Migliorino, who has held senior roles in multicultural and indigenous arts and culture, said, “I have always been impressed with the work coming out of ICE.
“Fiercely community led and focused. It is rare to see art production that has so much capacity to change people’s lives. This is a journey I want to be part of.”
JAMIE DIAMOND SENIOR HIRE AT UNIVERSAL PUBLISHING
Jamie Diamond is the new Director of Communications for Universal Music Publishing Group.
Working out of its headquarters in Santa Monica, California, she will manage internal and external communications, as well as public relations strategy and digital properties for UMPG.
TWO NEW FACES AT INGROOVES
Two US appointments at Independent distribution and marketing services company INgrooves Music Group are LA-based David Lessoff as SVP, Business and Legal Affairs (ex-Capitol, Rhino) and NY-based label and management exec Dave Roberge as SVP of the company’s label development team.
PRODUCTION CONSULTANTS MOVE ON
Veteran AV and theatre consultants John Alekna and Malcolm Savage have left Melbourne based Marshall Day Entertech to pursue other adventures and opportunities, pro-audio media company CX Media reported.
NETBALL STAR CAITLIN BASSETT TACKLES RADIO
Sunshine Coast netball champion Caitlin Bassett is trying her hand at breakfast radio, joining Blake Pattenden for the Hot 91.1 Saturday morning breakfast show.
The broadcast journalism student landed the show after she did live reports for the show during the Super Netball season with teammate Kelsey Browne.
RYAN KHAY HEADS WEST
Ryan Khay has joined NG Media in remote WA as radio controller and trainer.
He previously worked on the East Coast Content Director at 92.7 Mix FM/91.9 Sea FM Sunshine Coast and, most recently, even further east as PD and Operations Manager at 99.5 Rait FM in Papua New Guinea.
BRAVADO EXPANDING CLIENTS WITH NEW HIRE
Universal Music Group’s merch and brand management company is expanding new business development and new partnerships with acts and brands with the addition of Calip Victor as SVP of Business Development, Business and Legal Affair.
She was previously at Republic Records and became a lawyer in New York.
PR AGENCY SETS UP YOUTH DIVISION
PR agency Men At Work has launched a youth strategy division to target the elusive 18—34 demographic, and tapped Account Manager of two years, Nick Donovan, to run it.
RED FM REBRANDS BREKKIE SHOW
After four years, regional WA station Red FM’s Robbie & Adam’s Big Breakfast is now Breakfast On Red, and Alana McLean has joined the slot with Robbie Klitzing after a lengthy stint in Queensland at Grant Broadcasters’ STAR1063 in Townsville.