Executive Turntable: Airgo Expands, Rdio Partners With AEG, Of Monsters and Men & Manager Join Mick
-- Airgo Music has expanded into a multi-service music company Airgo Entertainment, led by Jimmy Greco (CEO), Bill Porricelli (executive VP and general manager), Russ DeSalvo (director, production and A&R) and Doreen D'Agostino (VP, publicity).
-- British indie label Cooking Vinyl launched a standalone management arm called Black Gold Music Management, headed by John Black.
-- Icelandic folk-rock act Of Monsters and Men and manager Heather Kolker joined Mick Management. Kolker previously held a 12-year tenure with Little Big Man/Paradigm.
-- Sandbox Entertainment hired Aaaron Kinssies as day-to-day manager for Shania Twain.
-- Sony Music announced a string of executive promotions to strengthen its activities across Australia and Asia: Wayne Ringrow as head of the Australian artists marketing division as senior director, Tim Pithouse as senior director, marketing & artist development, and Dan Nitschke (Sony Music Australia's director, content integration) to direct the advertising and media buying strategy of the company.
-- Rdio partnered with the three-year-old ticketing arm of AEG -- AXS ticketing service, with ticket buyers now able to sign up for a free 30-day trial of the Rdio Unlimited subscription service.
-- Thomas Hesse joined Musixmatch's board of advisors, arriving from Sony Music Entertainment where he served as president of global digital business, US sales & corporate strategy.
-- The Madison Square Garden Company named Gregg Seibert vice chairman.
-- Guitar string and accessories manufacturer Ernie Ball appointed Dustin Hinz as executive vice president, marketing, arriving from Guitar Center.
-- Pandora hired Lizzie Windhelm as SVP, ad product sales & strategy and David Reiley as principal scientist. Doug Sterne rose to VP, audio development and industry relations.
-- ole expanded its involvement in the over-the-top (OTT) digital video market through a new digital administration deal with Cineflix Media. ole will handle the administration and channel management of all Cineflex content on digital video platforms, as well as serving as Cineflix's financial partner in its emerging OTT distribution business.
-- Leslie Hermelin, formerly of Astralwerks, Big Hassle and Mute, joined Girlie Action as senior publicist.
-- Tanya Van Pool was named vice president, research for the National Association of Broadcasters.
-- Buffy Hubelbank was appointed creative director, publishing for Red Bull Records. Hubelbank will oversee Red Bull Records' writers John Feldmann (5 Seconds of Summer, Panic! At the Disco) and Mark Maxwell (Afrojack, Lindsey Stirling) and continue to build their publishing roster.
-- Nima Etminan was named vice president, operations in a newly created position at San Francisco-based EMPIRE Distribution, rising from his role as senior marketing manager and A&R.
-- Rhino Entertainment appointed Bryan Hay as senior vice president, sales & marketing. Hay previously served as vice president/global lead to iTunes at WEA.