Executive Turntable: New Hires at Viacom, Reservoir, BMI & Downtown

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At Viacom, Fukiko Ogisu was promoted to executive vp and senior people officer, a newly created role. She most recently served as senior vp HR business operations and information solutions. In this new role, Ogisu will oversee the company’s security systems and manage the company’s human resources.

Tiana Turner is leaving Viacom to join Pandora as director of pop programming. The 28-year-old previously worked in Viacom’s music programming and partnerships, overseeing MTV Hits and worked on BET Jams, and as a music touring coordinator at CAA, where she oversaw all contracts for artist deals out of the New York office.

Reservoir has added “president” to Rell Lafargue’s job title. Lafargue will continue to oversee the domestic and international expansion efforts that he began as the company’s COO, a role he’s held since 2008 and will maintain with this promotion. Lafargue has been integral in building the company’s roster, from four songwriters and 2,000 songs to now over 1000 songwriters and over 110,000 compositions.

“Rell’s commitment to the company as well as to our people is unparalleled,” said Golnar Khosrowshahi, Reservoir’s founder and CEO. “His drive to succeed while operating fairly and decisively are managed with an exacting balance which makes us all work better as part of the team.”

Kelly Kettering was named as the new director of national publicity for Anti-. Kettering was previously the director of publicity for ATO Records.

DeDe Burns is joining Royalty Exchange as director of strategy services, a new position created in support and advocacy of rightsholders. Burns comes to Royalty Exchange after over a decade of experience at ASCAP, where her most recent role was as vp, global member and society services, and where she was key in modernizing the distribution system and market research activities. “We’re super lucky to have such an experienced and committed individual like DeDe joining us here at Royalty Exchange,” said CEO Matthew Smith, “but the real winners here are all the songwriters and other creators we work with, who will directly benefit from her involvement.”

Downtown has expanded its global services team by naming Tristan Wilson as Head of Sync & Brand Partnerships in the UK. Wilson will drive collaborations with advertising agencies, music supervisors, and brands to leverage inspiring opportunities in Europe both creatively and commercially for Downtown's client roster. Wilson previously spent nearly four years as Senior Creative Manager at Warner Music UK.

Additionally, Peter Walsh has joined Downtown as Creative Associate. Walsh will be responsible for exploiting Downtown's diverse song catalog for TV, film, advertisements, and brand opportunities.

Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) has named Randall McMillan to the newly created position of Vice President, Business Affairs, Creative & Licensing. McMillan will lead a team of business affairs executives across BMI’s Creative and Licensing divisions. He will also liaise with BMI’s Legal department, BMI’s creative teams on songwriter and composer affiliations, and BMI’s negotiating team for major industry licenses. McMillan joins BMI from Pandora Media, where he held the position of Senior Corporate Counsel.

Notting Hill Music Group has appointed Michael Garbutt to head of media. Notting Hill launched a new management division and Garbutt will help expand its global operation. Last year, the leading independent publisher moved into recorded music with a singles-oriented label.  

Garbutt, a music industry public relations veteran, has had many different significant roles in both retail and publicity, including ones at HMV, The Outside Organisation, Lucid Communications, Virgin Records, and Our Price. He has been an instrumental figure in numerous campaigns, including ones for Freddie Mercury, The Style Council and The Really Useful Group.

Blue Note Entertainment Group has added Randy Henner and Jen Lyons who will serve as Talent Buyers. Henner will lead as primary talent buyer for Highline Ballroom, while Lyon will work closely with the Blue Note Entertainment Group’s current talent buying team.

The two are veteran talent buyers, with over 40 years of combined experience. Henner served as founder of Metamorphic Concerts, EVP and Talent Buyer at Live Nation NYC, and also held positions at Bowery Presents, SFX, Clear Channel and Ron Delsener Presents. Lyons is the owner of MeanRed Productions and co-owner of Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival.   



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