Executive Turntable: Moves at Sony/ATV, Parlophone, Big Machine & More

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Sony/ATV Music Publishing promoted Kristina Hedrick to vp U.S. business development on Wednesday (Sept. 4). Hedrick will be based in the company’s New York office, where she will oversee the analysis of U.S. songwriter deals and will be the initial point of contact for the A&R and business & legal affairs departments when evaluating U.S. business development opportunities. She will report to John Pires, senior vp business development.

“Over the past few years Kristina has developed into a go-to resource for the creative and business affairs teams when it comes to helping craft and complete many of the U.S. pop, urban and country deals," said Pires in a press release. "She has become a true asset to both the department and Sony/ATV. I am extremely happy and proud to see her take this next step in her career.”

“Supporting Sony/ATV’s mission of providing outstanding services to our songwriters has been a central focus of my career," added Hedrick. "I feel honored to work alongside and learn from colleagues who share my passion for songwriter advocacy. I’m thrilled to be able to continue to nurture our existing songwriter relationships and to build new ones as well.”

 


 

Parlophone Records has recruited Ina Rasinger (formerly Jedlicka) and Jin Jin as A&R director and senior A&R manager, respectively, the label announced Thursday (Sept. 5).

"As we continue to evolve the new Parlophone, our mission above all is to be home to the most innovative and forward-thinking artists of our generation," said Nick Burgess, co-president. "Jin Jin and Ina both embody our values perfectly.”

Rasinger, who joined Parlophone in January, was formerly at Sony Music Germany where she was head of A&R for the Columbia label. Rasinger has recently worked with Rhodes and Richard Fairlie, and was also responsible for signing Tap Management’s Grace Carter to Sony.

Jin Jin has written with the likes of Madison Beer, David Guetta and Yebba. She co-wrote the Jess Glynne U.K. No. 1’s “Hold My Hand” and “Not Letting Go” by Tinie Tempah feat. Jess Glynne, as well as “Real Love” (U.K. No. 2) and “Right Here” (U.K. No. 6). She will continue to run her publishing and management company, Jinsing, while working across a broad roster of Parlophone artists.

 


 

Big Machine Label Group Records announced the promotion of Michelle Kammerer to senior national director of promotion & marketing on Thursday (Sept. 5). Most recently national director of promotion and marketing, she will continue to cultivate relationships between country radio and the imprint’s artist roster. BMLGR is home to artists including Florida Georgia Line, Brett Young and Lady Antebellum.

“I am so pleased to announce the very well deserved promotion and long term agreement for Michelle,” said senior vp promotion Matthew Hargis in a statement. “She is an extremely talented executive and vital part of the success for all of our artists and team in the BMLG Records Ape Den.”

“I am beyond excited to grow in this team and continue this journey with Scott, Jimmy, Matthew and my entire BMLG family,” added Kammerer. “The level of passion, commitment, creativity and excellence that is achieved on a daily basis within the Big Machine Label Group is unmatched. I am honored and humbled for this next chapter and cannot wait to see what the future holds for us all.”

 


 

SESAC’s Eric Lense has been promoted to vp creative operations, it was announced Thursday (Sept. 5). Previously, Lense was senior director of SESAC business affairs and prior to joining SESAC in 2016, he worked in business and membership affairs at ASCAP

In this new role, Lense will work closely with the creative operations team to ensure affiliation agreements achieve the best outcome for SESAC's songwriters and publishers. In addition, he will continue to build and maintain strong relationships with songwriters, publishers and producers within the industry.

Lense will report to Sam Kling, SESAC senior vp creative operations and work alongside the executive team to assist in strategy and business development. “We’re thrilled to expand the creative team,” said Kling in a press release. “Eric’s role will be invaluable as we continue our focus of providing value added licensing and administration services for our writers and publishers.”  

 


 

As of Thursday (Sept. 5), Shanna Strassberg has joined CMT as vp music & talent. Strassberg will be responsible for driving music and artist integration efforts and steer strategic direction across multiple CMT brands. Based in Nashville, Strassberg will report to Leslie Fram, CMT's senior vp music strategy & talent.

“Shanna’s stellar reputation and strong relationships within the music and television communities are unparalleled,” said Fram in a press release. “She joins us at an exciting time for the brand including the upcoming 10th anniversary of ‘CMT Artists of the Year’ and I can’t wait for her to lend her talents to this team.”

In addition, CMT has promoted Donna Duncan to director music strategy and Stacey Cato to senior manager music and talent, joined by Jordan Walker who was promoted last year to manager. Also based in Nashville, Duncan, Cato and Walker represent a combined 30+ years of music and talent experience with the network. 

 


 

Kobalt announced that Dominique Keegan has been promoted to vp creative on Friday (Sept. 6). Based in Kobalt’s New York office, Keegan was previously senior director creative. 

Keegan joined Kobalt Music Publishing in 2012, initially serving as a creative director where he focused on artist signings and song pitching. Keegan recently signed Marshmello and Loud Luxury. 

“I am grateful to be a member of the Kobalt community and for the opportunity to support a company that is a driving force in the music publishing world," said Keegan in a press release. "It has been an enriching experience to work alongside a uniquely forward-thinking and innovative creative team that truly values the art and artist. I’ve also been fortunate to build partnerships and collaborate with an incredible roster of writers and artists. I’m looking forward to the new and exciting challenges and successes as I take on my new role as vp.”

 


 

Stephen J. Dallas has been appointed as senior vice president, business & legal affairs and digital business development at Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG), the company announced on Friday (Sept. 6). Dallas will be based in Santa Monica, where he will report to David Kokakis, chief counsel, business affairs at UMPG and digital rights management at UMG/UMPG.

In his new role, Dallas will be responsible negotiating both domestic and international high-level deals, including creating and exploring new digital business opportunities globally on behalf of UMPG’s songwriters and rights holders. He will also be responsible for helping to expand commercial partnerships, develop and implement digital strategy and policy initiatives for the company including working with industry trade organizations and other industry stakeholders, handling the negotiation and drafting of core publishing deals and oversee coordination of litigation, and managing UMPG’s adverse claims team.

“Stephen is one of the few executives in the industry who has an in-depth knowledge of the digital marketplace and the art of deal making in that space," said Kokais in a statement. "That expertise, together with his years of work with litigation and transactional music publishing matters, makes him a unique executive whose diverse skill set is a perfect fit for UMPG. We are fortunate to have him on our team.”

 


 

Senior director of awards and industry relations Brandi Simms is exiting the Country Music Association after more than 17 years.

“Brandi has contributed significantly to the growth and success of CMA during her time with the organization and we wish her the very best in her future endeavors,” said a statement from the CMA.

In her role at CMA, Simms oversaw all balloting for the CMA Awards, CMA Broadcast Awards and the Country Music Hall of Fame elections. She also updated the CMA Awards balloting process and worked on the re-launch of the CMA Touring Awards. 

 


 

On Monday (Sept. 9), Mike DePippa will join Thirty Tigers as senior vp promotion and artist development. In his role, DePippa will oversee alternative, rock and pop radio promotion as well as contribute to marketing and artist development campaigns. He will work with contemporary radio promotion Lindsay Reid and report to president David Macias

“Mike is an incredible industry executive with great relationships and a tremendous amount of respect across all facets of the music industry," Macias said in a statement. "We are thrilled that he made the decision to relocate to Nashville and to join the team.” 

“I couldn’t be more thrilled and grateful to join David, Nancy and the team at Thirty Tigers," said DePippa. "The company’s commitment to artist development and their independent, entrepreneurial spirit make it a perfect fit for this next step in my career.” 


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