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Executive Turntable: New Promotions at BMI, Plus Moves at iHeartMedia, Nettwerk & More

New promotions at BMI, plus moves at iHeartMedia, Nettwerk and more on this week's Executive Turntable.

Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) has announced a series of key executive promotions within its creative team, effective immediately.

Barbara Cane assumes the newly-created role of VP of worldwide creative and advisor to the EVP of creative & licensing. Working with BMI’s creative executives, Cane will continue her efforts to cultivate the company’s industry relationships and support their songwriting roster. She will also serve as an advisor to EVP of creative and licensing, Mike Steinberg, to whom Cane will report. She will be based in both Los Angeles and New York for her new role.

“Barbara’s reputation within the industry is unparalleled, and I have asked her to continue her work nurturing, developing and guiding BMI’s songwriters, but now from a global perspective,” Mike O’Neill, President & CEO of BMI, said in a statement “As one of my most trusted advisors, I know Barbara will also provide valuable counsel to Mike Steinberg, who will rely on her guidance and expertise as he navigates his new role leading BMI’s Creative team.”


Assuming Cane’s former position as BMI’s VP of creative in Los Angeles is Tracie Verlinde, who will be working alongside the new VP of creative in New York, Samantha Cox. Both will continue to discover and sign songwriters, publishers and bands with the teams in their respective offices. Verlinde and Cox, both 20-year veterans of the company, will also report to Steinberg until a new SVP of creative is named.

Two assistant VP of creative have also been elevated: Mason Hunter in Nashville and Wardell Malloy in Los Angeles. Both will continue to sign and foster the growth of songwriters and producers in their genres of specialty (for Hunter, Nashville’s country-centric stable of songwriters; Malloy will focus on R&B, hip-hop and gospel). Hunter will work closely with and report to Jody Williams, VP of creative in Nashville, whereas Malloy will continue to report to the VP of creative in Atlanta, Catherine Brewton.

More moves in the ‘biz:

Dr. Michele Madansky is joining iHeartMedia as its EVP of insights, research and data analytics. Effective Nov. 27, she will report to Peter Ban, EVP of revenue and sales operation. Madansky’s new role charges her with developing and managing the audio company’s array of data and research efforts across their radio, online and mobile operations, among others. She has perviously worked with numerous media outlets, including Buzzfeed and Hearst, and from 2003 to 2007 served as VP of global market research for Yahoo!

Sameer Sadhu has been promoted within Nettwerk Music Group to director of A&R in developing markets. Sadhu, who joined on with Nettwerk Management in 2015, will continue his artist management duties as well as taking on more responsibilities with Nettwerk’s global market growth. Prior to joining Nettwerk, Sameer was with Singaporean-based label services firm Secret Signals and Hong Kong-based Love Da Records

Andrew Thoen has been named Northeast director of promotion and marketing at BMLG Records. Starting Jan. 1, he will take over management of the imprint’s relationships with country radio stations in the Northeast area, and will report to SVP of promotion Matthew Hargis. Thoen is currently at serving as the executive assistant to Jimmy Harnen, Big Machine Label Group EVP and president of BMLG Records.

–BBR Music Group (BBRMG) has created a new position of VP, International, to be filled by BBRMG’s current VP of digital media Lynette Garbonola. Filling her role, in the position of VP of digital strategy and analytics, is Stoney Creek Records VP of promotion Chris Loss. The interim replacement for Mr. Loss’ position will be filled by BBRMG VP of radio syndication and group strategy Renee Leymon until a permanent successor is appointed later this year. Both Garbonola and Loss will report to BBRMG EVP Jon Loba.