APA Talent & Literary Agency in New York taps booking agents Alex Chaykin and Andrew Ellis to help expand the firm's electronic and contemporary divisions, respectively. Chaykin previously spent three years as an agent in William Morris Endeavor's electronic division and has already signed 20 new acts since joining APA, including MAKJ, Project 46, Matt Nash and M|O|D. "We're out there actively talking to managers and labels to find acts we can spend time developing," says Chaykin, who will also serve as a VP in the firm's concerts department. Ellis, meanwhile, was an agent at Paradigm Talent Agency since 2008 and brings with him such clients as Brand New, Rocket From the Crypt, Manchester Orchestra and Dashboard Confessional. Both are based in New York and report to APA president/CEO Jim Gosnell. With offices in Beverly Hills, New York and Nashville, APA's music roster includes Flo Rida, Robert Plant, Paul Oakenfold, Judas Priest, Jack's Mannequin and Daddy Yankee.
Pascal Negre, president at Universal Music France, Italy, Middle East & Africa, has been upped to Universal Music Group's global head of new business.
Music industry veteran Skip Bishop launches new label HitShop Records, to be distributed by Warner Music Nashville. Bishop has enjoyed previous executive stints at Bishop Bait & Tackle Marketing, RCA Records, MCA Records and Sony Music Nashville.
Ole names Lou Ragagnin COO. He was president/COO for the 100th Grey Cup Festival (2012) in Toronto.
Music Mastermind appoints James Mitchell chief technology officer. He was VP of technology and engineering at Muve Music.
Radio Disney Stations Group promotes Jennifer Hansen to VP of ad sales. She was executive director of sales.