Radio vet Wendy Ellis to handle promotion.
The Firm has appointed Deb Klein GM of its record label Firm Music and has named radio veteran Wendy Ellis to handle radio promotion, marketing and tour marketing for the label and the Firm's client roster.
In July, the management company announced the creation of Firm Music, which will be distributed by EMI Music in the U.S. and licensed for international territories. The label will split all profits with its signed acts, which include management clients Mandy Moore and Army of Anyone.
Firm Music will bow with the Nov. 14 release of Army of Anyone's debut album; the group features Richard Patrick of Filter and brothers Dean and Robert DeLeo of Stone Temple Pilots.
Klein joined the Firm in 2004; she is credited with breaking acts like hard-rock unit Flyleaf. She also worked as a music attorney, as head of her own independent label and at indie label Taang! Records. She previously operated her own management company, where her clients included the Boston group Morphine.
Ellis was marketing director at rock station KXXR-FM in Minneapolis since 1999; there, she launched the station's online presence and produced several live concerts presented by the station. She was promotions director for the station and its predecessors KXXP-FM and KXXU-FM and a promotions executive for KEDG-FM in Minneapolis.
In an unrelated development, the Firm has terminated the contracts of managers Arthur Spivak and Jeff Rabhan, according to sources.
Spivak's management operation Spivak Sobol Entertainment merged with the Firm in late 2004; his company's clients included Queens of the Stone Age, Yellowcard and the Distillers. Rabhan's clients included Michelle Branch.
A spokesman for the Firm could not be reached for comment. Calls to Spivak and Rabhan were not returned.