Silva Ramps Up Staff

Walker, Willms, Cohen join L.A. firm.

Veteran Southern California promoter Bill Silva has boosted his staff to keep up with new projects undertaken in the past six months.

Michael K. Walker, Kurt Willms and Matthew Cohen have joined the Silva Cos. in Los Angeles. Also, Aya Taguchi has been promoted to manager.

Walker is named head of business and legal affairs for all three corporate entities: Silva Touring (dba Bill Silva Presents), Bill Silva Management and Silva's interest in the Hollywood Bowl via Andy & Bill Concerts LLC. Walker, an entertainment attorney, was senior director of business and legal affairs at Activision and a consultant for entertainment companies in the United States, Australia and New Zealand.

Willms and Cohen were managing partners of Nashville-based Green Room Productions, which they are shuttering to join Silva's group in L.A. Green Room and Silva have had a successful relationship co-managing Octone Records act Dropping Daylight.

Willms will handle day-to-day management for Dropping Daylight and Concord Records' David Pack, as well as searching out licensing and new business opportunities for BSM artists. He previously held positions at Warner Bros. Records, Capitol Records Nashville, Saban/Fox Family Worldwide and other companies.

Cohen will continue to assist in managing Dropping Daylight and will work under Silva's touring and promotion businesses to develop touring projects, buy talent and acquire tours and venue-booking agreements. He previously worked for Universal Concerts (now House of Blues Concerts) at the Hi-Fi Buys/Lakewood Amphitheater in Atlanta, and booked concerts and events for Georgia Tech.

Taguchi will handle management duties for Jason Mraz. She had worked for a year as executive assistant to Silva and six years prior with booking agent Marsha Vlasic's MVO Ltd.

Bill Silva Presents books venues in Southern California, Las Vegas and Arizona, including the Hollywood Bowl and Mandalay Bay.

Silva Touring has started putting Margaret Cho's 2005 "Assassin" tour on sale in the United States after a five-week run of London in November/December.