Musical Chairs: New exec at MTV parent Viacom; Jules Sebastian launches YouTube channel; Toni Pipicelli at Foxtel’s Smooth; Board changes at ARN parent
New executive at MTV parent Viacom ANZ
Vanessa Winley is new Director of Advertising Sales and Commercial Partnerships for Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Australia and NZ. Based in Sydney, she will oversee sales performance across MTV, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr. and Comedy Central branded platforms, working with MCN in Australia and SKY TV in NZ. Winley worked in both markets, most recently three years as Group Sales Manager at Network Ten and before that, sales and management roles at TVNZ, Hybrid Television Services and Seven West Media Group. She reports to Ben Richardson, GM of VIMN ANZ and Mark Swift, SVP of UK Commercial and International Advertising Sales.
Jules Sebastian serves tea
Celebrity stylist and presenterJules Sebastianlaunched herTea with Julesshow on her YouTube channel. The entertainment and fashion show will interview names asSamantha Jade, entrepreneurPip Edwardsand husbandGuy Sebastian,with the first of the series featuring makeup artistRae Morris.
Toni Pipicelli at Foxtel’s Smooth, Max
Former Nova Entertainment Group Music Director Toni Pipicelli is appointed Group Program Manager for Foxtel's Smooth and Max brands.
Chris Adams retires from radio
4BC Brisbane veteran Chris Adams signed off his morning program on the weekend. He was previously Program Director and News Director. He plans to travel and write books with his wife Helen Goiz.
Board changes at ARN parent
APN News & Media, parent of ARN, brought in Sir John Anderson from the banking and financial sector to its board as independent non-executive director. He replaces Vincent Crowley, who since 2009 represented Ireland's Independent News & Media (INM) which is now selling its 18.6% stake.
Natalie Judge GM of Matador
Natalie Judge, label manager at Matador Records UK, is now its GM. In New York, Robby Morris takes over Matador's global A&R department.
Barrington new PIAF chairman
Barrington Consulting Group Managing Director John Barrington is new Chair of Perth International Arts Festival (PIAF), bringing along his skills in strategy and governance. He replace Emeritus Prof. Margaret Seares after three years. This occurs as Wendy Martin takes over as PIAF Director.
Waleed Aly back at ABC RN
Waleed Aly, former host of ABC RN’s drive show returns to the broadcaster in a new timeslot. From Thursday April 9, he and ABC website Editor Scott Stephens co-host The Minefield 11.30 am to noon looking at the ethical dilemmas of the latest social issues of the day.
Ross & Anderson behind Mackay’s Cartel Nightclub
Queensland nightclub operators Zac Ross and Luke Anderson are behind Mackay’s latest venue Cartel Nightclub, which is set up on the old Tryst and Code Nightclub site. Anderson owns Boom Nightclub in Airlie Beach. Ross oversees entertainment and marketing for Gilligan's in Cairns.
Convoy drops 10 sales team members
Consumer electronics and component Hi Fi distributor Convoy dropped ten sales staff after a major restructure of its business as it celebrates 50 years in the business, Channel News reported. It set up a new management system to allow retailers to track its merchandising and sales movement in real time.
Ashley Charles to input A&R at Parlophone
Parlophone UK tapped Ashley Charles, better known as MC Amplify Dot (A.Dot) as A&R consultant to find new talent. Charles has a reputation as a taste-maker on her weekly Radio 1Xtra show.
Nick Falloon to chair Fairfax Media
Former Ten Network Chairman Nick Falloon takes over chairmanship in late August of Fairfax Radio’s parent company Fairfax Media from Roger Crobett. Investors initially gave a lukewarm response to the news.
Moore to chair Screen Australia
Macquarie Bank CEO Nicholas Moore is new Chairman of the Federal Government’s film support entity Screen Australia. The appointment, for three years, was applauded by trade group Screen Producers Australia which said “With an increased focus on international engagement, the sector is looking harder than ever at investment opportunities and business partnerships.”