Executive Turntable: Moves at AEG Presents, Live Nation Japan & BBR Music Group

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AEG Presents has promoted Fredrick “Cody” Lauzier to senior vp, global touring and talent, the company’s president of global touring and talent Gary Gersh announced Wednesday (Jan. 29).

In a statement, Gersh praised Lauzier for being “a critical member of our team, and he has an unreal instinct in terms of artist development and trends.”

Lauzier, who has been with AEG Presents since 2007, previously served as vp and general manager of AEG’s global touring division. In his new position, he will take an expanded role in all touring operations, including ticketing, production and overall global strategy. He is currently overseeing Sturgill Simpson’s Good Look’n Tour and Rammstein’s stadium dates in North America.

“AEG Presents has been my home for the past 13 years, and I’ve been honored to play a part in our growth and continued success,” added Lauzier.  “I can’t wait to take on this new challenge and dive in headfirst, and I’m grateful to Gary for his friendship, leadership and support.”

 


 

Kei Ikuta has been named senior vp of Live Nation Japan, the company announced Thursday (Jan. 30). Ikuta, who will be based in Tokyo, will focus on touring for both international and domestic acts in Japan. He will report to Live Nation Japan president John Boyle.

Ikuta most recently served as vp at UDO Artists. He has worked on tours for artists including the Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, David Bowie, The Eagles, Beyoncé, Maroon 5, John Mayer, Norah Jones, X Japan and Yoshiki.

“By welcoming Ikuta, an esteemed industry veteran into the team, we are furthering our commitment to the Japanese touring market while enabling us to really move our business forward to meet the ever-growing demand for international concerts,” said Boyle in a statement.

Ikuta added he will assist Live Nation Japan in bringing “more world-class acts to the region and connect the biggest and best acts both locally and globally to even more fans in Japan.”

 


 

BBR Music Group/BMG Nashville has added four new employees and promoted one, the company announced Tuesday (Jan. 28).

First up, Mary Forest Findley has returned to BBR’s Stoney Creek Records as director, Southeast promotion. She previously worked at BBR as vp of marketing from 2013 to 2015. That was followed by roles as a manager at Red Light Management and as vp sales/marketing for Country Aircheck. She will report directly to Stoney Creek Records vp of promotion Byron Kennedy.

Jennifer Coen has been promoted to director in BBR’s newly-created brand partnerships department. She started at the company in 2016 as the executive assistant to BBR executive vp Jon Loba, who she will continue to report to. Prior to BBR, she worked as an account executive at Cumulus and Entercom Communications.

Tyler Corrado has been hired in the new role of manager, social media and fan engagement at BBR. Prior to this, Corrado worked in independent artist management, development, and strategy and was the co-founder and chief business development officer of a Nashville-based fan engagement platform. He will report to BBR vp of marketing JoJamie Hahr.

Finally, Kelsey Peoples has joined BBR as office manager at the Nashville office and Sarah Powers will be Loba’s new executive assistant.

 


 

Caroline SM has been hired as an agent at the U.K. music division of WME, it was announced Monday (Jan. 27). SM hails from XL Recordings, where she served as A&R manager.

“Caroline is going to be a brilliant addition to WME,” said Brian Ahern, partner and co-head of WME’s London music division, in a statement. “She’s completely immersed in the music she loves and what she has achieved so early in her career is really impressive. Her joining will further strengthen and grow the UK team as we kick off 2020.”

SM started her music career as editor of the U.K.’s urban music website and channel GRM Daily in 2013. While there, she created the “New Gen” brand and helped manage the career of British hip-hop artist J Hus. At XL, she put together the multi-artist rap album New Gen and signed rapper Nines.

 


 

The Feldman Agency has hired veteran music agent Darcy Gregoire, the company announced Jan. 23. Based out of the agency’s Toronto office, Gregoir will act as a responsible agent while booking both U.S. and Canadian territories.

Gregoire comes from UTA, where he serviced the company’s adult contemporary roster in the western U.S. for clients including Chaka Khan, Macy Gray, Todrick Hall, and Daniel Lanois out of the agency’s Beverly Hills office. Prior to that, he worked for eight years at The Agency Group, which was acquired by UTA.

“In my first two weeks at The Feldman Agency, I’ve felt as much invigoration, enthusiasm, and excitement as one would ever hope to feel in starting on a new adventure,” said Gregoire in a statement. “The team here is fab. The vision is inspiring. I’m excited to be here and am looking forward to the future together.”

 


 

Tyson Parker’s role at Canadian content creation company Bell Media has been expanded to podcasting, it was announced in an internal company memo this week; he is now director, podcasting and artist & music industry relations. Parker first joined the company in 2015 as head, artist & music industry after serving as president and CEO of Universal Music Canada for 15 years.

Parker will be supported in the role by Bell Media president, content and programming Mike Cosentino, leading a centralized podcasting strategy across Bell Media Studios, TSN, CTV News and iHeart Radio to drive an “elevated and singular” approach to podcasting at the company.  

“Today’s appointment allows Tyson to expand and focus on the great work done so far by the podcasting steering committee so we can take the next steps in expanding our footprint in this important space,” said Cosentino in the memo.

As a result of Parker’s expanded role, Bell’s associate director, music marketing Gregg Stewart will now be supported by Michelle Crespi. He will continue reporting to Parker where it directly relates to artist & music initiatives. Additionally, the Bell Media music services team of Bobby Anderson and Mitchell Cook will now be supported by Leah Borkwood.

 


 

Global podcast company Acast has named Brian Danzis as managing director, Americas, it was announced Friday (Jan. 31). Danzis will lead the company’s expansion in the U.S., Canada and Mexico with a focus on business development, major partnerships, content acquisition and the delivery of new technology in local markets. He will be based in the New York office.

“The Americas are Acast’s fastest-growing markets, and we're excited to welcome Brian to the team to lead the next phase of our expansion,” said Oskar Serrander, Acast’s chief operating officer. “His credentials speak for themselves, but what impressed us further is his belief in Acast’s vision and his dedication to accelerating our growth in a space with massive potential.”

Danzis most recently served as global head of video and live events at Spotify, where he led the direct sales team in monetizing the company’s streaming video ad formats and experiential offerings in 79 markets. He previously worked as chief revenue officer at Virool and at Videology as senior vp of sales and sales strategy for the Americas.

 “We’ve reached a watershed moment for audio content. Just as we saw with video, we have an incredible opportunity with audio to provide a platform for creators and publishers to monetize content at scale,” added Danzis.

 


 

Jay DeMarcus, owner and CEO of Christian music label Red Street Records, announced a round of new hires and promotions Tuesday (Jan. 28).

Industry veteran Mark Lusk has joined the label as president and general manager, saying in a statement, “I’ve known Jay DeMarcus for many years and have always admired the way he walks out his faith in the public arena…The possibilities of this label are limitless and I’m grateful for the opportunity to contribute.”

Additionally, Don Koch -- also a songwriter and producer -- has been promoted to executive vp of creative/A&R, Cambria Mackey will lead the company’s social media & digital marketing department while also acting as artist development manager, Taylor Day is the new marketing & media buying coordinator and Mary Thorsby has been named assistant to the executive team.

 


 

Longtime music business executive Charlie Dilks has been named managing director U.K. at AVL Digital’s label services company DashGo, the company announced Friday (Jan. 31). He hails from Songtradr, where he oversaw all commercial music as senior vp.

“DashGo’s strengths will prove ever more valuable in our rapidly changing marketplace in the coming years,” said Dilks in a statement. “A well-versed distribution partner like DashGo that brings a lot of ideas and relationships to the table is going to be increasingly essential to success.”

Dilks previously worked in A&R at BMG Music in the U.K., led A&R at Bonnier Music for the Nordic territories and served as head of membership for ASCAP in the U.K. and Europe.

In his own statement, DashGo president Ben Patterson highlighted Dilks’ “extensive industry background” in music and technology. “After adding representatives in Japan and India in 2019,” he continued. “we know that for DashGo to excel in the UK we need a local team that can address the unique needs of the market in order to meet our own expectations for true white-glove distribution services."

 


 

Karl-Henrik Sundström has been named chairman of the board at Tracklib, the music sample creation and licensing platform, it was announced Wednesday (Jan. 29). Sundström had previously been involved with the company as an early investor.

“We’re excited to have Karl-Henrik join and lead our board,” said Tracklib CEO Pär Almqvist in a statement. “His business expertise in a wide range of industries will prove invaluable as Tracklib matures as a company.”

Sundström is a member of the board at Mölnlycke and tech hardware manufacturers NXP, chairman of the tax delegation for Swedish Business and Commerce and member of the board of the Marcus Wallenberg Foundation. From 2014-2019 he was CEO of the European paper corporation Stora Enso, a company he joined in 2012. Prior to that he was CFO at both NXP Semiconductors and Ericcson.

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