Executive Turntable: Moves at BMI, Sony Music, and More

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-- Gramophone Media has appointed Michael Whalen as COO. Previously, he won two Emmy Awards as a composer and created music for 19 feature films, as well as being an adjunct professor at NYU, The Berklee College of Music and The City College of NY. He will also be releasing his first book on music monetization,The Monetization Garden, in 2017.

-- Arwen Curson has joined Universal Music Publishing Australia and New Zealand as Vice President Creative, where he will be responsible for both the company’s A&R and Film/TV synch teams. Most recently, Curson served as Director of Operations, Australia and New Zealand for Crowdmix.

-- CMT Press has announced several new career appointments in the Nashville-based marketing, programming, production and events departments. Rory Levine has joined as Vice President of Consumer Marketing, where he will supervise bringing viewers to CMT’s content on all screens with a data-driven marketing approach. Tessa Jordan has been appointed Vice President of Program Planning, where she will be responsible for managing CMT’s programming teams. Most recently, Jordan served as Director of Nickelodeon Brand & Content Management for Viacom International. Heather DeVaney Graffagnino has been promoted to Vice President of Production Management, where she will oversee all in-house production management teams. Quinn Brown has been promoted to Vice President of Production, where he will oversee the general creative vision and quality control of the brand’s hosted news/entertainment shows from pre-production through post-production.

-- Catie Monck has been announced as Director of Publicity at Primary Wave Entertainment.

-- David Ventura has been made the sole Head of UK A&R of Sony/ATV Music Publishing with the resignation of Janice Brock, who formerly shared the position. Previously, Ventura served as Creative Director of NRJ Music before joining EMI Music Publishing as Vice President of European Creative.

-- Steve Stromp has joined Nettwerk Music Group as Director of Advertising and Branding, where he will supervise pitching and licensing to commercials and Brands in North America for Nettwerk’s roster. Formerly, Stromp served as Director of Licensing at ABKCO Music & Records.

-- Sony Music Nashville (SMN) has promoted Tracy Fleaner to VP/ Creative Services, where she will oversee artist imaging and all operations related to print and video creation.

-- Dan Cohen has been named VP of Marketing for Republic Records. Cohen will be responsible for leading marketing initiatives for various artists, including James Blake, John Mellencamp, and Phantogram. Most recently, he spent three years as VP of Marketing at Caroline.

-- The Board of Directors of Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) has extended Mike O’Neill’s contract as President and CEO for five years, through 2021. As President and CEO, O’Neill oversees BMI’s business operations, both domestically and globally, and in 2015 helped the company achieve a record-breaking revenue of $1.013 billion.

-- Kobalt’s digital music services platform, AWAL, has partnered with Music Glue, the direct-to-fan platform for selling tickets, music, merch and more. According to a joint statement, "both companies will explore ways in which they can continue adding value to artists they work with by building out supplemental services for clients." Music Glue CEO Mark Meharry said the partnership will "offer AWAL’s clients the freedom to take control of more aspects of their businesses and to engage directly with music fans in a powerful, creative and commercial relationship."


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