Executive Turntable: Moves at Warner Music Group, New York Public Radio & More
Emmy Lovell has been promoted to evp of WEA Europe, part of Warner Music Group’s global artist and label services arm. Lovell will oversee the company’s European marketing, artist services and content creation initiatives, and will also focus on expanding WEA’s marketing and social media reach, direct-to-consumer activities and data and analysis capabilities.
“Emmy has made a reputation for herself as a fearless, progressive executive who experiments with new technologies and challenges the status quo,” said Tony Harlow, WEA president. “That pioneering spirit will be crucial as we evolve WEA and position it as an agent for change. She’s a great example of the new generation of leadership at WMG.”
Lovell added: “I’m excited to join WEA at a time when the company is so full of opportunity. I look forward to combining our creative expertise with inventive tech solutions to grow WEA’s reputation as an invaluable resource for our artists and labels.”
Lovell’s appointment follows the departure of Matt Crosswaite, who resigned from his post after five years with WEA.
The online fundraising platform Omaze is looking to carve out a place in the music industry, announcing the official launch of its music division on Friday (June 1). The creation of the new division brings with it three new hires, across three cities: Scott Graves in New York City, Susan Bank in Nashville and Andrew Cook in Los Angeles. Each holds the title of senior director, music business development.
Although Omaze has already held over 80 successful music fundraising campaigns in the past 5 years -- which includes partnerships with artists like Madonna, Bruce Springsteen, U2 and Paul McCartney -- the new division will significantly increase their presence in the music business community.
“We’re so excited to announce the addition of three amazing new team members. Omaze has seen our community triple in the past two years, and have seen remarkable growth in the number of donors to our music campaigns,” said Stu Smith, svp, business development & partnerships, Omaze. “This is a strategic move for Omaze, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to kickstart it with Scott, Susan and Andrew.”
On Thursday (May 31), New York Public Radio announced prominent U.K. music broadcaster Clemency Burton-Hill as its first ever creative director, music & arts. In her new position, Burton-Hill will work with WQXR, the U.S.' leading classical music station.
In addition to hosting select radio, podcast and live event programs, Burton-Hill will use her role to cultivate her creative and audience development vision at WQXR. Beginning Sept. 4, she will report to New York Public Radio’s svp and gm, music, Shannon Connolly.
“Our mission is to create a movement that brings a larger, and more diverse audience to classical music, wherever and however they choose to listen” said Connolly. “As a broadcaster, musician, writer, and evangelist for music and the arts, there is no better person than Clemency to help us redefine classical music for the digital age. And there is no better time than today. Mainstream adoption of streaming music means consumers now have the entire history of recorded music in their pockets, and can happily move between music genres. We believe WQXR, which has been celebrating and curating classical music for 80 years, is uniquely positioned to demystify the genre, build on-ramps for new audiences, and become the destination and trusted brand of choice for classical fans worldwide.”
Nashville talent buyer Madison Entertainment announced Thursday (May 31) that Greg Marchant will join as its new COO. Marchant joins Madison Entertainment after serving as COO for Knitting Factory Entertainment during the company’s greatest growth period.
A 30-year industry veteran, Marchant has served in the roles of business development, venue manager, talent buyer and production manager and has overseen build outs, openings and flips of venues from arenas to small clubs. Recently, he has focused on developing systems, processes and technologies that streamline workflow and allow companies to scale while maintaining a personal level of client service.
“Greg is a successful and accomplished industry veteran and we’re looking forward to having his expertise on board as Madison Entertainment takes our business to the next level,” said Roger LeBlanc, leader of Madison Entertainment.
On May 14, Nashville-based global strategy and marketing services company, Centric Entertainment, announced its launch. Centric connects brands with a team of industry professionals and offers services that include brand strategy, creative services, digital marketing, label services, visual media and business strategy.
“Centric is committed to the idea that each brand is unique and requires an individualized, tailored strategy and consistent messaging to achieve the greatest audience reach,” said Centric COO Bill Hankins in a statement.
Founder, Larry Beckwith, a successful entrepreneur who has a track record of building global brands in dynamic environments, will act as Chairman and CEO.