Women in Music 2016

Global Entertainment Reportedly Hit With Layoffs

Eva Pentel
Nathan Sykes

There are more changes afoot at Global Entertainment, the ambitious, "360"-styled content company started a year-and-a-half ago by ex-AEG boss Randy Phillips.

Global Entertainment was launched in February 2015 with a wide slate of offerings covering touring, publishing, artist management, branding and marketing. "When it comes to music & entertainment, we do it all," its website says. But seven months after its debut, Phillips exited the role of CEO within the new division to take on a still-unannounced role elsewhere at Global, a U.K.-based radio, TV and entertainment conglomerate. The news was first reported by Music Business Worldwide.

Former AEG Live CEO Randy Phillips Launches Global Entertainment

Before leaving, Phillips tapped into his roots and launched a live division within Global Entertainment, saying the "industry is anxious for another professional, well resourced, financially stable live promotion company to enter the market." This new division will remain a focus and was apparently protected from job cuts.

According to the report, the company’s publishing and management division are carrying on with work in L.A., as well as at a sister office in London. Charles Ciongoli is listed as executive vp and CFO of the entertainment business and is based in California. A Global rep did not respond to a request for comment at press time, but admitted "some changes to the structure of Global Entertainment" in a statement to MBW.

Global Entertainment has two artists on its management roster: former The Wanted singer Nathan Sykes and English pop-rock band Lawson. Clients of its publishing arm include Corinne Bailey Rae, Ellie Goulding, LMFAO, The Script and The Vamps.