Executive Turntable

Executive Turntable: Adeniji to Helm Warner Music South Africa, ASCAP Adds Pair to Board of Directors

Temi Adeniji
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Temi Adeniji

Temi Adeniji was appointed as managing director of Warner Music South Africa and senior vp of strategy for Sub-Saharan Africa. She will begin her dual roles in September, reporting to Alfonso Perez-Soto, executive vp for Eastern Europe, Middle East, India and Africa.

Adeniji joined Warner Music as director of international strategy and operations in 2016. She was then to promoted to vp in 2019 and senior vp last year.

The move is a result of Warner Music’s expansion into Africa, as they are further developing their presence in the region through deals with regional labels, distributors and digital service providers. So far, the company has reached licensing deals with Audiomack and Boomplay, a partnership with one of Nigeria’s leading independent record deals Chocolate City and an investment in Africori, Africa’s leading digital distribution, music rights management, and artist development company.

“The world is waking up to the rich and diverse talent present in myriad thriving music scenes across the continent,” Adeniji said. “As this increasingly interconnected digital world continues to remove barriers to music discovery, there is no doubt that in the years ahead we will continue to see even more global superstars from Africa.”

“Africa stands on the precipice of a significant growth story, and I’m excited to play an important part in guiding our Company’s strategy and operations in this region.  I have worked closely with our South African team over the past few years, so the opportunity to help steer the next stage of their journey is an honor and privilege,” she added.

Composers Jon Batiste and Sharon Farber were elected to the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) board of directors. Each will serve a two-year term beginning on April 1.

"We welcome Jon Batiste and Sharon Farber to the ASCAP Board, both elected by their peers to represent them," said ASCAP president and chairman Paul Williams. "It is both a privilege and a great responsibility to serve on the ASCAP Board and I know I speak for the entire Board when I say that we welcome Jon’s and Sharon’s insights and expertise. We appreciate their willingness to serve and to do the serious work of the Board in guiding ASCAP and protecting our members.”

Batiste is an acclaimed musician and screen composer and the bandleader and music director of the Late Show with Stephen Colbert. He has performed at marquee events like the GRAMMYS and the NBA All-Star Game. He recently earned a Golden Globe Award and Oscar nomination for co-writing the score for Disney/Pixar's Soul. Batiste is also the music director at The Atlantic and the co-artistic director of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem.

Farber is an acclaimed film, TV and concert music composer. A four-time Emmy nominee, she is an alumna of ASCAP's Film Scoring Workshop and is a member of the executive committees of both the motion picture and television academies. Farber has worked with TV networks like NBC, CBS, Showtime and the WB and as written music for feature films and concert stage.

Music industry veteran Zoe Thrall was appointed as director of studio operations at The Hideout Recording Studio. The studio, which is located in Las Vegas, has been a creative space for an array of artists from Kendrick Lamar and Carlos Santana to Five Finger Death Punch.

Thrall has been in the industry for over 15 years, working as a studio manager as well as an artist and engineer. Before joining The Hideout, she oversaw the opening and operations of Studio at the Palms since 2005. In her previous role, she worked with big names like Celine Dion and Jay-Z.

“I’m thrilled we get to join forces during a really exciting time for the studio,” said Thrall. “We’ve been friendly competitors for years and I’ve always admired the work that has come from The Hideout – now I get to be a part of the evolution of the studio so it’s really exciting.”

Starr Butler was named vp of booking and events for Fiserv Forum where she will responsible for all bookings for concerts, shows and events at the company.

“Starr brings exceptional experience and success in the booking industry to Fiserv Forum,” said Peter Feigin, Milwaukee Bucks and Fiserv Forum President. “She will drive a wide-array of outstanding programming and entertainment to the arena and continue to grow Fiserv Forum’s reputation as a must-stop venue for the world’s best performers. We welcome Starr to Milwaukee.”

Butler joins Fiserv after four years as director of booking and events at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.

Alice Young joined independent record label and management company Future Classic as their managing director. She will oversee business operations including strategy, financial performance, investment and ventures.

Young previously worked as a product marketer for Spotify for Artists at Spotify in New York where she built and executed go-to-marketing strategies for new key product launches. At Future Classic, she will report to co-founder and CEO Nathan McLay. The company is responsible for successful campaigns such as Flume and Toro Y Moi’s GRAMMY-nominated single “The Difference.”

“Alice is an astute and thoughtful executive, passionate about building artist businesses. We’re delighted to have her join the Future Classic team in this leadership role. She brings a wealth of experience running global artist campaigns and mentoring artists and managers to success. It was important to us that we continue to put female leadership into the DNA of the business,” said McLay and creative director, Jay Ryves.

Stationhead had added three venture capital and music industry heavyweights to their board of directors. Andrew McInnes, Bill Wesemann and Avi Ellman will help the company continue to onboard major recording artists and creators and scale funding opportunities, allowing for increased user growth and product development. 

McInnes is the co-founder and CEO of TMWRK Management, known for managing big names like Diplo and Major Lazer. He was also recognized as one of Billboard Power Players and Billboard Dance’s 2019 Executive of the Year.

Wesemann is an early-stage investor and has a background in the tech industry, as well as decades of business expertise experience. He has served in chief executive, sales leadership and advisory roles at successful tech companies.

Ellman is a managing partner as Delta Global and known for having built and sold the largest live-event merchandiser in Latin America.

“Having Andrew McInnes, Bill Wesemann and Avi Ellman join our boards adds another layer of invaluable expertise to the Stationhead team,” said Ryan Star, CEO of Stationhead. “As we move into the next phase of growth, these leaders will support Stationhead’s ambitious strategic plan to redefine radio and the future of social audio.”

“The social audio space has grown significantly since the start of the pandemic with homebound consumers craving the intimate connection of audio,” said McInnes. This current surge in consumer interest, coupled with strategic partnerships with Spotify and Apple Music has allowed Stationhead to quickly position itself as a market leader and an instrumental player in redefining the future of radio for a whole new generation of listeners, artists and creators. Joining the board is an opportunity to be at the forefront of this shift in music and build the next great platform for artists and listeners alike.”

talkshoplive appointed veteran television producer Joe Siyam as vp of talent and entertainment partnerships. He formerly worked as supervising producer at Entertainment Tonight where he oversaw coverage of music awards including the Billboard Music Awards and major red-carpet events.

In his new role, Siyam will leverage his network of contacts to book celebrity talent to push the company’s growth over its verticals and drive sales.

talkshoplive was founded in 2018 by Bryan Moore and his sister Tina Moore and has already aided major names like Paul McCartney, Alicia Keys and Dolly Parton with the selling of their music, books and other products.

"As we see increasing inbound demand from artists, authors and even media outlets to launch their own talkshoplive channels, there is no one with a better track record, relationships, and a more beloved personality by talent and their reps than Joe Siyam,” said Bryan, CEO. “We are thrilled to have him lead our talent and entertainment partnerships team as we have become a first point of sale for many in the industry and a destination to lead their direct-to-consumer sales."

Laurel J. Richie joined SeatGeek’s board of directors. Richie is the former president of the WNBA. This year she will help the ticketing platform appeal to mainstream consumers by rolling out a new marketing strategy.

“Laurel has already made an incredible impression on the SeatGeek team,” said co-founder Russ D’Souza. “The live event industry is rife with opportunity right now, and I can’t think of a better person to help us transition our brand to meet the needs of a larger audience.”