Musical Chairs: Universal Music Australia, Creative Victoria, Ugly Phil, Kobalt and more
UMA PROMOTES CYRUS MEHER HOMJI TO SVP ROLE
Cyrus Meher Homji (pictured) has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Classics & Jazz / Arts & Entertainment, Universal Music Australia and New Zealand.
In his new role, which is effective immediately, the takes on a regional responsibility overseeing classics and jazz for ANZ.
Earlier this year, he was awarded a medal of the Order of Australia for his significant contribution to the performing arts, especially through music.
KYLIE BELLING AT CREATIVE VICTORIA
Multi-award winning Kylie Belling will join Creative Victoria as senior manager, First Peoples.
A Yorta Yorta/Wiradjuri/South Sea Islander woman born and raised in Melbourne, she was co-founder and one-time artistic director of ILLBIJERRI Theatre Company.
Her first project is delivering Creative Victoria’s First Peoples Action Plan for the Creative Industries 2018 -2020.
UGLY PHIL HEADS TO THE UK
TMN’s sister publication Radio Today reported that former My Generation and Triple M afternoons announcer has opened up about his next career move.
He’s helming a new breakfast show on Fix Radio, he told Game Changers: Radio with Craig Bruce.
“It was kind of like a no-brainer, but also a difficult decision for me because it’s a new radio station and is essentially a station for builders and tradespeople in the UK.
“The people behind it are radio people and they just want to make great radio. That’s all I’ve wanted to do since I was 16 years of age.”
HIGH PROFILE SE ASIAN EXEC CALVIN WONG AT UMG
As Universal Music Group expands its footprint in the Asian region, it has appointed high profile executive Calvin Wong to the newly created role of CEO, Southeast Asia & SVP, Asia, effective immediately.
Wong started his career in labels in 1998, at EMI, and most recently was Warner Music Group’s president of Southeast Asia, Hong Kong & Korea and EVP, marketing.
NEW CHAIR FOR SALAMANCA ARTS CENTRE
One time Labor senator Margaret Reynolds is new chair of Salamanca Arts Centre in Tasmania.
Reynolds’ passions have been women’s, First Nation and disability rights as well as the preservation of heritage buildings.
SAC CEO Joe Bugden said her arrival came at a time of a “new phase” for the centre, adding, “We have a new, ambitious vision for the Arts Centre’s buildings and facilities …I know that Margaret Reynolds has the expertise and the drive to provide a significant contribution to the future of Salamanca Arts Centre.’
SAC’s upcoming project includes the Conservatorium of Music’s Songwriter showcase concert on May 30 and its Jazz & Popular showcase concert the night after.
BREAKFAST CHANGE AT TRIPLE R
Comedy writer and entertainment & political commentator Daniel Burt began on May 13 as part of influential Melbourne community radio’s weekday breakfast show Breakfasters.
He joins Geraldine Hickey and Sarah Smith.
He has worked at different shows at Triple R since 2012, most recently filling in on Breakfasters and co-hosting Crossbenchers, a summer pop-up political chat show on Sunday mornings.
Burt took over from Jeff Sparrow who had the role for 3 ½ years.
The Guardian columnist, former Overland editor and author stepped down to spend more time on his writing.
JULES LUND HOSTS FACEBOOK PODCAST SEASON 2
Facebook’s Face 2 Face marketing podcast returns for a second season, hosted by Jules Lund.
The new season offers new insights by brand executives from Netflix’s We Are Social, Telstra, Spotify, DDB Sydney, MLA, Tourism New Zealand, Vinomofo, Xinja, McDonald’s and KFC.
The production team is Alex Hayes of Clear Hayes Consulting as head of content, Corey Layton of Whooshkaa as head of content, and James Milsom of Whooshkaa as executive producer, sound and music composition.
PERTH FESTIVAL’S ANNA REECE AT PVI
Anna Reece, the former executive producer at Perth Festival, is now chair at Perth based pvi collective, which supports and mentors emerging and independent talent.
“This is a ambitious, socially and globally engaged, future thinking, mould-breaking artist collective,” she said.
Reece replaces Amanda Morrison who stepped down in 2018.
KOBALT GETS NEW PV, CREATIVE
Kobalt Music Publishing promoted Amanda Samii to vice president, creative. She was senior director, creative.
Based in Los Angeles, her signings included Marshmello who has generated 2 billion streams, and writer/producer Finneas O’Connell, who is behind the success of Billie Eilish.