2019 Latin Grammys

Executive Turntable: Moves at Atlantic Records, BMG, Spirit Music Group & More

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Jessica Hiromoto

Atlantic Records announced Monday (Oct. 14) it has promoted Jessica Hiromoto and Randy Reyes to senior director, rhythm production and director, and rhythmic and national director, mixshow, respectively. Hiromoto will report to senior vp pop and rhythm promotion John McMann.

"Jessica (aka Mo) has been at Atlantic as our Los Angeles regional for the last six years and her knowledge of the format, diligence, overall smarts and work ethic make her the perfect executive for this position,” said president, promotion Andrea Ganis.

“Mo’s wonderful spirit and force of nature tenacity has shone through from day one,” McMann added. “She is a tremendous complement to the Atlantic Rhythmic team, and we look forward to her continuing to help drive the culture and break new artists in the years ahead.”



BMG announced Monday (Oct. 14) that it has appointed David Polemeni to vp film & TV music publishing, business, and promoted Maite Bursic to vp film & TV music publishing, creative. Both will report to Keith Hauprich, general counsel and executive vp business & legal affairs, North America.

Prior to joining BMG, Polemeni served as senior vp and GM of film & TV at S1 Songs. Bursic, who joined BMG in 2010, previously served as director AV rights business development and creative.

“We are very proud to acknowledge Maite’s significant contributions to one of BMG’s key core strengths and welcome David to the team,” said Hauprich. “Their in-depth knowledge of emerging markets and outstanding client relationships will allow us to amplify the growth of the business of our audiovisual partnerships, pursue a number of new initiatives in the digital space and spearhead innovative major deals.”



BMG has appointed Tab Nkhereanye to senior vp A&R, frontline creative, it was announced Wednesday (Oct. 16). He will report directly to Monti Olsen, head of A&R, U.S. frontline publishing.

Prior to joining BMG, Nkhereanye was senior vp A&R under the Universal Music Group banner at Def Jam Records. Before that, he was vp A&R at Sony ATV Music Publishing. He has won six ASCAP Rhythm & Soul awards and three ASCAP Pop awards for his songwriting.

“Tab brings an incredible broad range of experience, knowledge and high-level accomplishments to BMG, having earned the well-deserved trust of the creative community, positioned directly on the frontlines,” said Olsen. “His understanding of artistic vision and the process, coupled with business acumen, will allow us to immediately bring projects to the next level.”



Nancy Matalon has been appointed to vp A&R at Spirit Music Group, the company announced Thursday (Oct. 17). She will be based in Los Angeles and report to COO and CFO Joe Borrino and global president Rak Sanghvi. Spirit has also promoted Melanie Santa Rosa to senior vp global administration and hired Tamar Wax as senior director, film/TV. Santa Rosa will be based in New York and report to Borrino and Sanghvi, and Wax will be based in Los Angeles and report to Gary Miller, senior vp creative services.

Prior to joining Spirit, Matalon was head of business development and creative at Auddley and Reach Music Publishing. She has worked with artists like FergieJennifer Lopez and Michael Jackson.

Santa Rosa has spent 10 years with Spirit and was recently vp administration. Wax was previously vp creative at Vibrant Ground Music.

“We are very pleased to announce the appointments of these talented executives whose passion, creativity and expertise will bring us great ongoing success artistically and commercially. Nancy, Tamar and Melanie embody the vision of the new Spirit Music Group and the exciting opportunities ahead of us, and their leadership helps advance our mission to be the premier global publishing partner for songwriters around the world,” said Borrino and Sanghvi.



AWAL has promoted Aaron Bogucki to vp marketing and Nicki Shamel to vp digital sales & account management, the company announced Thursday (Oct. 17) and Friday (Oct. 18). Bogucki will be based in Kobalt’s London office and Shamel will be based in Kobalt’s Los Angeles office.

Bogucki joined AWAL in 2018 and previously worked as vp digital marketing. Prior to that, he was vp digital marketing at Republic Records.

“Since joining AWAL, Aaron has become an integral member of the team, taking our digital marketing offering to the next level and displaying strong leadership and creative vision,” said Paul Trueman, AWAL GM. “As we work with an increasing number of developing artists, with a deeper focus on building audiences, engagement and consumption, Aaron is the perfect person to spearhead our creative, integrated digital and marketing campaigns in his new role as VP Marketing.”

Shamel joined AWAL in 2017 as director of digital sales & account management. She then moved up to senior director of digital sales & account management.

"AWAL is in the midst of an exciting period of growth across our roster, marketing capability and investment in artist careers,” said AWAL president Ron Cerrito. “One of the most important resources for our artists is our team. Nicki is an energetic and hands-on leader whose competitive nature and dedication to the growth of AWAL makes her an invaluable member of our team. We’re proud to announce her continued growth with AWAL.”



FADER Label has signed singer-songwriters Charlie Burg and Zachary Knowles, it was announced Thursday (Oct. 17).

Burg is currently opening for Ashe, while Knowles recently released single “Slow Down My Thoughts” and opened for Alec Benjamin.

Additionally, FADER has recently hired Carson Oberg as GM, reporting to co-founder Jon Cohen.

"Carson Oberg has been a tremendous addition to our team,” said Cohen. “With his background as an artist manager and beyond, he understands all aspects of helping our artists execute their vision with great respect for what we have built with the overall company. His taste and A&R instincts are unparalleled and a perfect fit for FADER Label."



Chris Price has joined Anthem Entertainment as senior advisor A&R and production, it was announced Wednesday (Oct. 16). He will be based in Los Angeles and report directly to CEO Helen Murphy.

Prior to joining Anthem, Price worked as a recording artist, producer, songwriter and engineer. He has opened for The Who and shared stages with Beck and Ringo Starr.

“Chris is an accomplished artist and entrepreneur who has made a very successful transition to A&R and producing,” said Murphy. “I am thrilled that he is joining the Anthem Entertainment management team in an important creative role that will work across all of our divisions to create opportunities for our artists, songwriters and clients. I believe having Chris working across the various businesses will further increase opportunities for growth.” 



Courtney Phillips has joined Calm as head of music, it was announced Tuesday (Oct. 15).

Phillips previously worked as director of brand partnerships at Universal Music Group. Prior to that, she worked in endorsements at Williams Morris Endeavor and ran partnerships and festivals at Filter Magazine.


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