Academy Award-winning producer Kristina Reed has joined MSG as senior vp creative development and strategy. In this newly-created position, Reed will drive development of creative content for the company’s MSG Sphere venues set to open in Las Vegas and London.
“The opportunity to create ground-breaking visuals and tell stories on such a powerful platform is irresistible," stated Reed in a press release. "I’m excited to join this team of passionate creative colleagues, build on the rich legacy of the company, and bring the visionary potential of MSG Sphere to life.”
Reed previously spent seven years at Disney Animation Studios, where she produced Academy Award-winning short films Paperman in 2013 and Feast in 2015, and co-produced the Academy Award-winning feature Big Hero 6 in 2015.
Christopher Burbidge has been promoted to the head of Fourward's talent division and Brooke Blann has been promoted to manager in Fourward's music division, the company announced July 22. Both will remain at the company's Los Angeles office and report to Fourward CEO William Ward.
Burbidge manages clients including Chris Hemsworth, Cobie Smulders and Aisha Tyler. Blann began her career at Fourward last spring with the company's launch. She has previously worked with music clients such as Elliphant, Abby Anderson and Emma Zander, and will work closely with the company’s music divisions in its Los Angeles and Nashville offices.
“I am excited for Chris to run the day-to-day operations of the Talent Division at Fourward. He is a gifted and experienced manager with outstanding intuition and leadership skills," shared Ward in a press release. “Brooke's incredible ear and impressive tenacity won me and our clients over; I look forward to watching her grow as a music manager and continuing to bring her innate understanding of music to the division."
Triple 8 Management upped Paul Steele to associate partner on July 22, the company's co-founders Bruce Kalmick and George Couri announced. Steele will serve alongside Jesse Atwell, who was named an associate partner in 2017.
“I am appreciative to George and Bruce for the opportunity to continue to serve Triple 8,” said Steele in a press release. “Strong company culture is hard to come by these days, and I’m proud of what we’ve cultivated together here. Looking forward to what’s to come.”
Britney Davis has been promoted to vp artist relations, marketing and special projects for Capitol Music Group (CMG), the label announced July 23.
Davis will lead marketing, development and artist relations efforts on a broad array of CMG artists, particularly those associated with Motown Records and Quality Control Music. Previously, Davis has worked with artists including Lil Baby, City Girls and Queen Naija.
Cosynd, a New York-based legal service automating copyright contracts and registrations announced its hiring of seasoned music tech executive Liz Cimarelli as COO and head of business development.
Prior to Cosynd, Cimarelli led business development efforts for Nielsen Entertainment's music measurement and custom solutions for more than 100 independent label, management and distributor clients on the East Coast. She also serves on the board of directors of Women in Music, the music industry's largest and longest running non-profit for women in the arts that provides resources to thousands of women worldwide.
"I am thrilled to be joining the Cosynd team to help further their mission to support and protect the creative community,” said Cimarelli in a press release. “By offering a user-friendly and affordable legal solution for what was an otherwise complicated and expensive endeavor, we are leveling the playing field for all content creators -- and that, I can get behind."
Los Angeles-based law firm Eisner, LLP announced further expansion in New York with the merger of boutique entertainment law firm Tavel & Shulman, P.C. The firm’s founders, Andy Tavel and Dan Shulman, will be joining Eisner as partners. In addition, the firm has brought on Evan Krauss, a founding partner of Gray Krauss Sandler Des Rochers LLP, as a partner.
“With Andy, Dan, and Evan, we add over 60 years of significant business and entertainment law experience, broadening and strengthening our entertainment practice and ability to address our clients’ needs, particularly those located on the East Coast,” said Eisner chair Michael Eisner. “Our New York office is a key element in the firm’s growth plans and solidifies our reputation as a bicoastal law firm with the resources and firepower to deliver premier counsel to our clients, regardless of their location.”
Nettwerk Music Group has two new additions to its sync licensing team: Martyn Richmond as director, sync in Nettwerk’s U.K. office and Marlaina Baxter as manager, sync in its L.A. office.
Prior to joining Nettwerk, Richmond worked at [PIAS] on the sync and brand partnerships team, where his successes included campaigns for Apple, Ford and IKEA. Baxter comes to Nettwerk from SONY/ATV Music Publishing.
Music distributor and record label services company Ditto Music continues its global expansion announcing July 25 the appointment of two new additions to its Australian team. Frank Varrasso is the new radio promotions manager based at the company’s Melbourne office, and Jade Gould is the new publicity manager based in Sydney.
Both are newly created positions and will report to Sarah Hamilton, Ditto’s regional manager Australia and New Zealand.
Downtown Music Publishing has appointed Cliff Audretch III vp creative, the company announced July 25. Audretch will work with the company's Nashville-based creative team, where he will be responsible for scouting, developing and signing new artists, songwriters and producers, as well as creating opportunities for Downtown's clients and copyrights in the global marketplace.
In his 25 years working in the music industry, Audretch has worked with and developed talent responsible for multiple country hits including “What Hurts the Most” by Rascal Flatts and Tim McGraw’s “The Cowboy in Me.”
Denver-based artist management company 7S is expanding to Los Angeles, the company announced July 25.
David Bason will lead the new expansion by bringing his current roster, which includes Flora Cash and James Iha, into the 7S family. 7S founding partners Chris Tetzeli, Alex Brahl and Brian Schwartz will remain based in Denver.
Amie Green is Canopy's new head of marketing and Gabriel Valdivia joins the tech startup as head of design.
Green and Valdivia will initially focus their efforts on supporting Canopy's first consumer app, set to debut in the fall.
Michael Epstein has been promoted to executive vp of Comedy Dynamics Records.
Formerly a coordinator at Comedy Dynamics Records, Epstein has produced hundreds of audio releases for artists including Ali Wong and Chris Rock. During his tenure, he produced a dozen Grammy-nominated best comedy albums and has played a significant role in discovering future comedians via the production of Comedy Dynamics original, Coming to the Stage.
“Working at Comedy Dynamics over the past five years, this company has changed and grown so much, and it’s been a honor to change and grow with it,” said Epstein in a press release.