Taitz, Weagly Promoted ADA International
ADA, Warner Music Group announced two key appointments to strengthen its international concerns. Ari Taitz was promoted to Chief Operating Officer, ADA Worldwide and Kenny Weagly is expanding his role as SVP, A&R and Label Services, ADA Worldwide. Both executives will report directly to Mike Jbara, President, ADA Worldwide.
Taitz previously served as SVP, Business Affairs and Development, WEA and ADA. His new responsibilities in this newly created role will include overseeing the legal & business affairs, finance and logistics functions of ADA around the world.
Weagly came to ADA last year when Independent Label Group (ILG) was combined with ADA. He will have a global remit to attract new artists and labels to the ADA community.
Shawn ‘Tubby’ Holiday Joins Columbia
Shawn ‘Tubby’ Holiday will join Columbia Records as its senior vice-president, Urban A&R. Holiday was previously svp of A&R at RCA Records since 2011. Holiday will report to President Ashley Newton and will work out of Columbia’s Los Angeles office.
Holiday has worked with such artists as Akon, T.I., Lady Gaga, Jennifer Hudson and Robin Thicke, among others. From placing Colby O’Donis on Lady Gaga’s first hit single “Just Dance” to most recently adding T.I. to Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines.” Holiday previously held the role of Senior Vice President/Head of Urban A&R at Interscope Records from 2005 to 2011
Warner Music Names Dirk Ewald, SVP Global Catalogue Mgmt
Warner Music Group announced the appointment of Dirk Ewald to SVP, Global Catalogue Management, reporting into Kevin Gore, President & CEO, Rhino Entertainment & Global Catalogue.
Based in London, Ewald will work closely with recorded music teams around the world to harness consumer insights, identify commercial opportunities and devise high profile global, regional and local marketing campaigns for catalogue and compilation releases. He will also be responsible for overseeing the creation and diversification of product lines and developing strategies for associated rights.
Ewald joins WMG from Parlophone Label Group (PLG) and, before that, EMI, where he held a number of senior roles. Most recently he served as SVP Catalogue, Europe, Japan and Australasia, which involved the management of regional marketing campaigns for artists including The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Iron Maiden, Queen, Deep Purple, Jethro Tull and a variety of Classical and Jazz musicians.
George Borkowski Named RIAA to SVP of Litigation
The Recording Industry Association of America has announced that it has tapped George Borkowski as its new senior vice president of litigation and legal affairs. Borkowski worked at the RIAA between 2000 and 2001 before spending more than a decade in private practice for various law firms, including chairing the IP and technology practice group at Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp. He’ll be reporting to RIAA general counsel Steven Marks.