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Veteran publisher/manager Edwin Oliver launches First Tribe Music Group.

- Veteran publisher/manager Edwin Oliver has launched First Tribe Music Group, a division of First Tribe Media. Formerly a creative director with Disney's publishing arm, Oliver plans to release product on the new label this fall. Distribution is still being negotiated. First Tribe has signed Ahnjel Harris and Minister Vernon Chappel. Harris recently appeared as Nala on Broadway in "Lion King." Chappel is currently musical director at "The River" church in Raleigh N.C. Harris. Based in Signal Hill, Calif., First Tribe Media is owned by Oliver and his wife Michele. The company also has a management division and a film/television production operation. The management arm represents record producers Logan Reynolds, Antonio Dixon and Mano Hanes.

- Lyric Street Records in Nashville promotes Teresa Russell to senior manager of artist and label relations. She was manager of operations.

- Universal Music & Video Distribution in Universal City, Calif., names Steve Wengert VP of catalog of classics, jazz and associated labels. He was West Coast national label representative at Interscope Geffen A&M Records.

- Universal Music Group in New York appoints Maria Ho VP of corporate communications, and promotes Grant Pavolka to director/chief of staff of corporate communications. Ho was Zomba Music director of corporate communications and Jive Records director of artist publicity. Pavolka was manager of corporate communications.


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