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Executive Turntable: New Hires at Viacom, Plus Moves at Spotify, Amazon Music & More

Viacom elevates VH1 and Logo communications chief Liza Burnett Fefferman to svp of communications, expanding her role to MTV's public relations operation.

Viacom elevates VH1 and Logo communications chief Liza Burnett Fefferman to svp of communications, expanding her role to MTV‘s public relations operation.

Prior to joining Viacom in May 2016, Fefferman oversaw communications at Weinstein Company boutique label RADiUS, where she handled campaigns for releases including Oscar winners Citizenfour and 20 Feet From Stardom.

“In her short? time at Viacom, Liza has significantly elevated the VH1 and Logo brands through strategic oversight and a team first approach,” said Chris McCarthy, president of MTV, VH1 and Logo. 

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More moves in the biz:

 UTA ups managing directors David Kramer and Jay Sures to co-presidents. While Kramer heads the agency’s motion picture group as well as the comedy touring, licensing, endorsement and publishing departments, Sures leads UTA’s television divisions and the speakers group.

Spotify snags former Maker Studios head Courtney Holt as vp and head of Spotify Studios and Spotify Video, replacing Tom Calderone. Holt joined Maker Studios in 2011, and worked closely with CEO Ynon Kreiz to sell the company to Disney. In his new role based out of Los Angeles, Holt will lead Spotify’s efforts in video, podcasts and other audio content.

Holt formerly worked for Atlantic and A&M Records before going to MTV Networks and then MySpace Music in 2008.

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Rebecca Silverstein heads to Seattle for a new role as head of PR at Amazon Music after serving as vp of communications for Songkick and, before that, a decade of experience as pr director for The Fader.

— Sean “Diddy” Combs’ Revolt Media names MGM Studios alum Roma Khanna the new CEO. As former president of MGM Studios, Khanna oversaw the development of series like Hulu’s Handmaid’s Tale, FX’s Fargo and History Channel’s Vikings.

— Artist-owned music and audio production company YouTooCanWoo taps Christine Bilich as executive producer, advertising & music supervision. The new hire comes as the Brooklyn company celebrates its fifth anniversary, launching their record label of the same name in June.

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— Warner/Chappell Music and Warner Music Nashville appoint Katie Jelen to the newly-created role of creative manager, synchronization. In the Nashville-based gig, Jelen seeks new opportunities for music by the label’s songwriters and recording artists in film, TV, advertising, video games and other media.

Hispanicize Media Group welcomes Joe Uva as chairman and CEO, where he’ll lead the expansion of the multi-platform media company behind the Hispanicize marketing conference. Previously, Uva served as chairman of NBCU Hispanic Enterprises & Content; prior to that, he was president and CEO of Univision.

— Deon Cole joins Music Choice in New York City as manager, urban programming. Previously, Cole serves as assistant pd/md for CBS Radio WPEG.

— CBS Radio signs multi-year contract extension with veteran programmer Mike Thomas, who will continue his roles as vp of sports programming for CBS Radio and vp of programming for CBS Radio Boston.

— HARD founder Gary Richards, who DJs under the stage name Destructo, joins LiveStyle as president of the EDM promoter’s North America activities. The news was announced by Randy Phillips, former head of AEG and the current president/CEO of LiveStyle who helped lead SFX out of bankruptcy to create LiveStyle.

— Multi-Latin Grammy award nominee Berta Rojas joins Berklee‘s Guitar Department as an associate professor.