RECORD COMPANIES:? Atlantic Records appoints Rigo “Riggs” Morales VP of A&R and artist development. Based in New York and reporting to Atlantic chairman/CEO Craig Kallman, Morales is responsible for signing and developing new acts for the Atlantic roster. He’ll also be working with many of the label’s urban/crossover artists, including Wiz Khalifa, Lupe Fiasco, Tinie Tempah and newcomer Action Bronson. “Watching artists like Bruno Mars and fun. evolve into successes showed how serious [Atlantic] takes its artist development process,” Morales says. “I’m excited to translate that to the urban front.” He also has his eye on finding new producers. “I’m a big fan of the up-and-coming producer,” he says, “I don’t go to the obvious.” Prior to joining Atlantic, Morales spent the past 12 years as VP of A&R at Shady Records, where he worked on releases by Eminem, 50 Cent, Bad Meets Evil and the “8 Mile” soundtrack.?
Universal Music Group taps Carl Park as senior VP of finance, East Coast Labels. He was VP.
?Def Jam Recordings names Don Cannon VP of A&R. He is a DJ/producer.?
PUBLISHING: ?Spirit Music Group promotes Pete Shane to senior VP of creative services. He was VP.
?Big Deal Music names Greg Gallo creative director in Nashville. He was a partner at Gallo & Landers Music.?
TV/FILM: ?CMT taps Justin Wyatt as VP of consumer insights and research. He was VP of primary research at NBCUniversal.
?MANAGEMENT?: Watchdog Management promotes Darren Gilmore to president/partner. He was executive VP.?