EBONY appointed Marielle Bobo as their new editor-in-chief and svp of programming. She will report to the brand's CEO Michele Ghee, overseeing the development of the editorial tone, video content and social media across all platforms.
"We are thrilled to have a visionary like Marielle in this role and leading EBONY through this pivotal time in its history," said Ghee. "As both a seasoned editor and an experienced leader, she stood out to us as a multifaceted dynamo who not only possesses a wealth of proven editorial experience but who also understands the brand and has a definitive vision for its future. We are confident that she will utilize EBONY’s most valued assets – our archives and our legacy- to forge a new path forward with strong, vibrant editorial voices, world-class creatives and fresh content for a new generation!"
Bobo most recently led editorial direction and digital strategy for Ayesha Curry's AC Brands including her magazine Sweet July. This new role marks a homecoming for Bobo as she previously worked at EBONY for over five years as the fashion and beauty director and helped produce some of their most iconic covers."
"I am honored to now lead the charge in reimagining this beloved brand. For 75 years, EBONY has chronicled the Black American experience, amplifying our culture, our joys and our struggles with grace, tenacity and beauty," said Bobo. "As the assault on Black bodies continues and a global pandemic ravages our communities, making sure the breadth of our stories is told is as important now as it was then. I pick up this mantle with a reinforced commitment to continuing that legacy of excellence - providing a safe space for talented Black creators and ushering in a new generation of readers through bold storytelling and impactful experiences that educate, engage and inspire."
iHeartMedia extended its relationship with Enrique Santos, who will continue to serve as president and CCO of iHeartLatino for the next five years.
"The Latin community listens to radio more than any other group in the U.S., with radio reaching 95 percent of the Latin population nationwide," said Tom Poleman, chief programming officer and president of National Programming Group for iHeartMedia. "Enrique is an extraordinary talent with the unparalleled ability to connect with listeners and the Latino community across the country. As the President and Chief Creative Officer, Enrique has helped us grow the iHeartLatino multi-platform brand that now connects and engages with tens of millions of Hispanic listeners every month through our broadcast radio stations and digital platforms. Together, we are excited to continue this growth trajectory of our Spanish- and English-speaking Hispanic audiences even further."
Santos will continue to lead the development of the company's Latin-focused content for TV specials and other multimedia platforms as well as be a leader in attracting Latin audiences and fostering new talent in the Latin arena.
"iHeartMedia’s commitment to serving the needs of the Latin community throughout the nation is unparalleled and I’m honored to continue leading our commitment to our community," said Santos. "In these times of misinformation, it is more important than ever for our listeners to have unfiltered, honest and credible sources, as well as relatable voices that they trust. We stand committed to continue to unite, lift, entertain and inform our LatinX listeners."
Universal Music Malaysia (UMM) appointed Kim Lim as managing director.
Reporting to Calvin Wong, CEO of Universal Music Southeast Asia and svp Asia, Lim will oversee UMG's operations throughout Malaysia. She most recently served as senior director of new business and artist management and head of marketing and sales for UMM.
"I am thrilled that Kim’s ability, business innovation and strategic leadership have enabled her to rise from within UMM to the top job in Malaysia," said Wong. "Having been a passionate and successful marketing executive on the label side, she has achieved amazing results in transforming our non-recorded Income, whilst spearheading the innovative and successful launch of Celebrity 360 in Malaysia. I’m confident that with the team of Kim, Hermond, Ivan and Patrina in place, UMM will continue to expand the opportunities for Malaysian music talent around the world, whilst achieving new levels of success domestically."
UMM also announced the appointments of three new hires to help accelerate domestic artist development and label growth. The new leaders are Hermond Cheng as director of A&R and marketing and head of Def Jam Malaysia; Ivan Koh as director of commercial and digital strategy; and Patrina Wong as finance and operations director.
Radio One promoted Ernest Fears III to director of sales for Washington, D.C. In his new role, he will provide leadership and oversee the market's sales efforts.
With over 40 years of experience, Fears held several roles at Radio One including his most recent as general sales manager. He has also driven over 800 million dollars in billing for major networks like ABC, CBS and Radio One.
"For decades, Ernie has been one of the most respected leaders in Washington DC media," said Jeff Wilson, senior regional vice president of Radio One. "But today, we celebrate his leadership and innovation moving forward as we blaze new trails while creating unprecedented solutions for our business partners."
Big Machine Music hired Tim Hunze as vice president of publishing.
"Tim’s name is synonymous with the best of Nashville music publishing," said BMM General Manager Mike Molinar. "Not only does he fit our work ethic, vision and advocacy for songwriters, his addition complements Big Machine Music’s stellar team and allows us to stay service-minded to our songwriters as we continue to grow."
Hunze's career in Nashville's music publishing community spans nearly three decades. He has worked with names such as Jordan Davis, Kip Moore, Chris Janson and more. Hunze also managed Bobby Pinson and Brett James who won for 2009 BMI Songwriter of the Year and 2009 ASCAP Songwriter of the Year, respectively.
Loeb & Loeb hired John Rolfe as counsel and Megan Keelan as associate attorney. These new hires are in an effort to expand the firm's entertainment department.
Bringing over 25 years of music and entertainment law, Rolfe previously held roles at Acuff-Rose, Compendia Music and he Bradley law firm. Keelan previously served as a clerk at the firm before joining as a newly license lawyer.
"Megan Keelan made herself irreplaceable since joining Loeb," said Derek Crownover, Nashville Entertainment partner. "She is on the front lines with us each day on catalog sales, valuations and strategies for our key clients. John and Megan will increase not only our capacities, which we need, but also our top-end experience with both of their skillsets and personalities."
Independent music publisher Angry Mob Music Group promoted Ralph Torrefranca to senior director of A&R and appointed Max Hirsch as manager of A&R.
Torrefranca will report to Angry Mob CEO Marc Caruso, continuing to oversee creative development of their diverse roster. Hirsch will continue to report to Torrefranca, setting up co-writing sessions and assisting in finding new talent for the company.
"In the same way that we develop our roster of amazing talent, it’s been great to see Max grow into this new role, just as Marc and the rest of the Angry Mob team have supported me over the past six years," said Torrefranca. "I look forward to what we will now be able to achieve together as we continue to support the diverse roster of voices that has shaped the creative identity of Angry Mob."
LyricFind hired Canadian Idol judge and music executive Zack Werner. He will manage business development.
In his new role, Werner will cultivate relationships to expand reach for the company's licensed lyrics and data products.
"Zack will be exploring and managing partnerships for the business on all fronts including working with labels and digital aggregators, exploring partnerships for LyricMerch, and managing acquisitions," explains LyricFind Founder and CEO, Darryl Ballantyne. "Zack’s extensive experience with labels and artists will be a valuable resource for our team."
Dallas Davidson launched his full-service music company Play It Again Music Group (PIA Music Group) which includes PIA Publishing and PIA Entertainment, the label/artist management division. He also launched new publishing company Double Down Music.
With these new ventures comes four new hires. Ryan Dokke will serves as CEO of PIA Music Group; Cade Price as director of streaming and creative content at PIA Entertainment; and Erin Kidd and Lauren Lieu as creative directors for Double Down Music.
"The creativity and culture at PIA Music Group is incredible right now!" says Dokke. "I’m extremely excited to turn Erin, Lauren and Cade loose with their ideas and passion for our songwriters and artists! We place a high priority on service to creative talent."