TOURING Brian Smith has fond memories of his eight-year stint as talent buyer for Los Angeles' legendary Troubadour, named one of Billboard's 10 top most influential clubs in America last year. "I got to live out all my childhood fantasies of meeting and booking my heroes," Smith says. "Not just the artists, but the managers and agents." With a desire to book and develop acts on a larger scale, Smith has joined Live Nation's team of talent buyers in Southern California, where he'll create new regional events and assist booking such venues as the Wiltern, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Hollywood Palladium, Gibson Amphitheatre and the Avalon. "I'm looking at maybe developing a festival and other special events," Smith says, adding that he'd like to begin staging concerts at Dodger Stadium and the Los Angeles State Historic Park. "It's not just traditional venues; I'm looking at unique plays for the artist." Meanwhile, the Troubadour has tapped Alexandra Maxwell as its new talent buyer.
Ticketmaster Canada appoints Patti-Anne Tarlton senior VP/COO. She was VP of live entertainment at Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment.
RECORD COMPANIES Disney Music Group promotes Scot Finck to senior VP of promotion. He was VP of promotion at Hollywood Records.
PUBLISHING Primary Wave Music Publishing appoints Jake Livingston senior director of creative. He was an A&R consultant at Epic Records.
DIGITAL Pandora names Michael Herring CFO. He was VP of operations at Adobe Systems.
MANAGEMENT Career Artist Management promotes Adam Harrison to GM and Wayne Sharp to VP of touring. Harrison handled day-to-day duties for Maroon 5, and Sharp was head of tour marketing.