Marc Byers Named General Manager of Motown Records
Motown Records has named Marc Byers to the newly created role of general manager at the landmark label, it was announced today by Motown president Ethiopia Habtemariam. Byers will oversee the Capitol Music Group imprint's day-to-day operations and work closely with Habtemariam, to whom he'll report, on business strategy and development out of the iconic Capitol Tower in Hollywood.
"We are excited to have Marc Byers join the Motown team! His level of experience, impact, and proven results in our business is undeniable," said Habtemariam. "Marc is extremely passionate and dedicated and I couldn't be happier that he'll oversee our day-to-day operations!"
Most recently, Byers served as founder and co-CEO of Rockstar Entertainment, a music and marketing management firm. As a consultant, he played a major role in the formation of the Philadelphia website Philly360.com (now Uwishunu.com), and other clients have included Pepsi and BuzzFeed. Over the course of a two-decade career, he has worked Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Usher, Eve, Chris Brown, Jamie Foxx, Raven-Symone, Idris Elba and others.
On the screen, Byers produced the 2012 feature film Black November, starring Mickey Rourke, Kim Basinger, Vivica A. Fox, Wyclef Jean and Akon, as well as the 2014 short film Pepsi Beats Of A Beautiful Game, directed by Idris Elba, and MTV’s Philly Day in 2010, with Tuma Basa, formerly of Spotify and now director of urban music at YouTube.
"I'd like to first thank Ethiopia Habtemariam for her trust, support and invitation to come to Motown," Byers commented. "She's done a remarkable job re-establishing Motown in a new era. I’ve held Motown in high regard my entire life, and have always been inspired by Mr. Berry Gordy as an entrepreneur having such class and respect. I'll do my best to uphold the Motown standard that continues to inspire young people, just as I was. I'd like to also thank Steve Barnett and my family for your support as well. I couldn’t have joined a better team!"