Executive Turntable

Executive Turntable: Kobalt Names U.K. Head of A&R, Oak View Group Makes Key Hires

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On Thursday (May 7) Kobalt announced the promotion of London-based executive Kenny McGoff to head of A&R, U.K. at Kobalt Music publishing. He was previously senior vp, creative.

McGoff arrived at Kobalt from Songs over two years ago. His first publishing job was at EMI, followed by Sony, followed by Ultra. Over the years, he has signed and worked with artists including Calvin Harris, Paul Epworth, Kasabian, Eric Prydz, Bloc Party and Arctic Monkeys.

Since joining Kobalt, McGoff has signed Gerry Cinnamon, SlowThai, JEM Cooke, Eloise and Joesef.



Venue development, advisory and investment company Oak View Group has named Hewan Teshome as senior vp and general counsel at the New Arena at Seattle Center, the company and Seattle Hockey Partners announced Monday (May 4).

Joining Teshome in Seattle are Kevin Melsby, who has been hired as director of arena operations; Denise Russell, director of finance; and Jessica Sloate, office manager and executive assistant.

Teshome arrives at OVG after serving for three years as vp and general counsel at Seattle-based sports technology company VICIS. Prior to that, she was vp of business & legal affairs at the Ethiopia-based SouthWest Holdings.

Melsby and Russell join OVG from Olympia Entertainment, where they worked at Detroit’s Little Caesars Arena as director of event operations and director of finance, respectively. Melsby was previously director of operations at Save Mart Center in Fresno, California and also worked in the operations department at American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas for ten years. Russell was previously director of finance at the venue management group SMG.



This Is Noise MGMT executive Hannah Babitt has launched BABZ inc., a Los Angeles-based boutique management company focused on producers and songwriters.

BABZ inc.’s current roster includes producer Alex Hope (Alanis Morissette, Selena Gomez, Troye Sivan), producer Nick Monson (Lady Gaga, Selena Gomez, Nick Jonas), songwriter-producer Big Taste (Justin Bieber, Madison Beer) and producer Arkadi Zaslavski (Zedd, Kelly Clarkson).

At This Is Noise MGMT, Babitt most recently served as producer-manager and senior vp of A&R at the company's This Is Noise publishing arm. Prior to that, she was creative director/A&R at Pulse Music Group. She began her career at The Artists Organization.

In addition to her executive career, Babitt currently serves as co-chair of the She Is The Music Songwriting Committee.



BBR Music Group has announced the hire of Adrian Michael as vp of innovation, radio and streaming at Stoney Creek Records, it was announced Tuesday (May 5). He succeeds Byron Kennedy, who is exiting the label to focus on his comedy career.

Michael joins Stoney Creek from his previous post as national director of radio and streaming at Warner Music Nashville, where he led the promotion team and helped launch the careers of Ingrid Andress, Devin Dawson, Michael Ray and Morgan Evans.

In his new role, effective June 1, Michaels will oversee radio promotion at Stoney Creek for artists including Randy Houser, Parmalee, Jimmie Allen, Lindsay Ell and King Calaway. He will report directly to BBR Music Group’s senior vp promotion Carson James.

Michaels has worked in the Music Row community for 27 years, including roles at RCA and Curb. During his career, he has represented such country stars as Alabama, Clint Black, Martina McBride, Tim McGraw, LeAnn Rimes and Kenny Chesney.



Sony/ATV has hired Cam Caldwell as vp, business affairs and Courtney Pender as vp, human resources, it was announced Wednesday (May 6).

Prior to joining Sony/ATV, Caldwell spent ten years in private practice law and was most recently an attorney at Loeb & Loeb, LLP. He has extensive experience in entertainment law and as a litigation attorney in copyright infringement, business disputes and class/collective action lawsuits around employment matters. At Sony/ATV he will report directly to Rusty Gaston and be responsible for negotiating all publishing and administration agreements, joint-ventures and catalog acquisitions for the Nashville office. He will also oversee litigation.

Also based out of Nashville, Pender will provide HR leadership and support to employees in the U.S., Canada and Latin America. She most recently served as the senior HR business partner at PopHealthcare, LLC. Prior to that, she worked at Fresinus Medical Care North America and Bridgestone.



Warner Records has promoted Shawnae Corbett-Rice to the role of vp, marketing.

At the label, Corbett-Rice has served a key role in launching the careers of artists including Wale, NLE Choppa, Chika, Diana Gordon and more.

Corbett-Rice started her music industry career as an intern at Def Jam South while enrolled at Clark Atlanta University. She later worked at Atlanta’s Disturbing tha Peace Records, where she most recently served as director of marketing, before returning to Def Jam in New York. During an 11-year stretch at Def Jam, she was instrumental in fostering the careers of Fabolous, Rick Ross, Common, Vince Staples and Ludacris.



Warner Music Nordics has appointed Anders Lindberg as marketing director, it was announced Wednesday (May 6). Based in Stockholm, he will report to Warner Music Nordics vp Mark Fry.

Lindberg comes to Warner from Sony Music Entertainment, where he worked out of Berlin as vp, international marketing, continental Europe and Africa. During his tenure there, he collaborated with marketing teams in over 15 countries and supported campaigns for artists including Alan Walker, ALMA, James Arthur, Martin Garrix and Nea.

This week’s hiring marks a return to Warner Music for Lindberg, who began his industry career in the company’s promotions department in 2002. In 2008 he moved to Sony Music Sweden, where he rose to head of international, and later Universal Music Sweden, where he served in the same role. At UMG, he led the Nordic Export team’s efforts to promote Nordics acts including Astrid S, Avicii, Axwell & Ingrosso, NOTD, Seeb and Tove Lo worldwide. He returned to Sony Music in 2018.



Nina Lee has been promoted to director of publicity at Shore Fire Media, where she has worked since 2015. She most recently served as a senior account executive.

During her tenure at the company, Lee has led PR campaigns for Masego, VanJess, Soulection, Joji, Maxwell and Bruno Major, among others.