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Executive Turntable: Britney’s Ex-Manager Links With Live Nation; Primary Wave Adds Clive Black

Larry Rudolph, Britney Spears’ longtime manager, has launched a new company called 724 Management under the Live Nation banner, Variety reports. The 724 roster includes Aerosmith, Steven Tyler, Jessie J, Kim Petras, Nessa Barrett and Jaden Hossler aka jxdn, among others.

Rudolph will serve as 724’s CEO, while Jesse Peters will serve as president. The two have worked together in adjacent management firms under Maverick, the consortium of music managers put together by Guy Oseary in 2014.

Rudolph recently stepped down as Spears’ manager due to her “intention to officially retire.” As Spears’ legal battle concerning her 13-year conservatorship has gained attention in recent years, Rudolph has maintained that his involvement was limited to her professional commitments in music and entertainment.

“I’m thrilled to announce our new 724 Management venture with Live Nation.” Rudolph said. “Jesse, myself and our incredible team are dedicated to fostering a rich and valuable environment in which to nurture and support our artists both in development and throughout their careers. Offering greater resources, experience and opportunities than we ever have before we are focused on super serving our artists and providing them with every available pathway to success.”

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Primary Wave Music has announced the addition of Clive Black, who will focus on the types of catalog acquisitions the company has done with songwriters including Stevie Nicks, Bob Marley and Bing Crosby for Primary Wave IP Fund 3.

Black started at EMI Records as an A&R manager and was later director of A&R at the label until 1995. During both periods, Clive signed acts like Afrika Bambaataa, Mark Almond, Eternal, Mark Morrison and Babylon Zoo. Black then created the Postiva dance label within EMI when he returned as managing director. By 1997, Clive had personally signed and released seven No. 1 singles in the UK by six different artists. Black later left EMI and set up two companies, Blacklist Entertainment and Blacknight, with Sir Cliff Richard.

As chairman of Blacklist Entertainment, Clive struck up a label deal with Edel Records in the UK, signing several artists across the UK and Europe. He also created the dance label Free2Air Recordings within Edel. In 2004, he garnered full ownership of both companies. In 2008, Black began managing record producer Trevor Horn; Horn later chose Black to lead his 13 companies under the SPZ Group banner. In 2011, Black left SPZ to re-launch Blacknight Entertainment.

Black said, “Larry and the Primary Wave team is something that I am extremely excited about and hope I will be able to add value to the wonderful organization Larry has built up since we worked together some twelve years ago.”

Larry Mestel, founder & CEO of Primary Wave Music, added, “Clive is a force in the music industry in the UK. It’s great to have him as part of our team, providing a platform where his vast experience can flourish.”

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The SRG/ILS Group has announced Dan Patrick, sports and entertainment broadcaster, as a company shareholder and brand and media consultant.

Patrick’s career as a broadcaster, radio and television personality spans four decades and eventually led him to his tenure hosting Sports Center on ESPN and his hugely successful syndicated radio show, The Dan Patrick Show.

“Dan and I have been friends for over 15 years, and it is with great respect and admiration on behalf of the SRG/ILS Group that we welcome his advice and expertise.  He is an international brand, and his resume speaks for itself.  He has an unbelievable ear and mind for music of all genres.  The entire team looks forward to his contributions in assisting the label group to continue to grow and flourish,” said SRG/ILS Founder and CEO, Claude Villani.

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TEG has appointed executive Rachael Carroll to the newly created role of managing director, TEG Sport & Experiences. In the role, Carroll will manage the growth of TEG Sport’s major events and will lead TEG’s portfolio of family entertainment, experiential and exhibition businesses, which includes Brickman Exhibitions, Life Like Touring, TES Live and TEG Rockefeller.

Caroll has previously held executive positions within government agencies handling major event and tourism strategies, including the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games and the New Zealand 2011 Rugby World Cup. Her recent previous employer is event management and sports promotion company Duco Events, where she was joint owner and CEO.

Carroll said: “It’s a hugely exciting challenge to be joining the world-class and dynamic leadership team at TEG. I look forward to playing my part in the company’s fast-growing and diverse international entertainment business.”

Managing Director of TEG Live, Tim McGregor, will work alongside Carroll as his focus shifts to TEG Live’s concert touring and festivals portfolio, which has recently seen the addition of MJR Presents, Handsome Tours and Laneway Festival as well as several new strategic partnerships across the Asia-Pacific region which will deliver tours and shows throughout 2022 and beyond.


Mama Jan Smith, the vocal coach and producer who has worked with top-tier artists including Usher, Justin Bieber and Sugarland, has opened Mama’s Music House, the new home of Smith’s Jan Smith Studio and Homegirl Entertainment, producer/engineer Jesse Owen Astin, Kaleb Jordan Productions and ImageMil Film & Television, the video and photography studio of producer Mil Cannon.

The Atlanta-based facility will boast expanded music and video capabilities, in-house recording and production, full video and filming capacity and a showcase room. Under the Jan Smith Studio banner, vocal coaching, guitar lessons, songwriting and recording instruction, stage/performance coaching, master class workshops and artist development for both established and emerging artists will continue to be prioritized.

An invitation-only music industry VIP opening event for the facility will be held on Sunday (Nov. 7), featuring a performance by singer Willie Spence, a runner-up on the most recent season of American Idol.


Opry Entertainment Group has announced internal promotions within its artist & label strategy team, along with updates to its WSM Radio team. Jenn Tressler has been promoted to artist & label strategy senior manager, while Anna Lemme has been made an artist & label strategy manager, reporting to Jordan Pettit, director of artist relations & programming strategy. Lemme has been with Opry for multiple years, working in marketing and artist support for the Ole Red brand.

The WSM Radio Team has added veteran journalist Kelly Sutton to co-host and serve as the entertainment reporter for their signature morning show Coffee, Country & Cody. She’ll report to J.P. Tinnell, who was recently promoted to general manager and content director of the WSM Radio Team.


At Warner Music Poland, Adrian Ciepichal joins the company as managing director. He previously worked at e-Muzyka, the largest digital music aggregator in Poland, and will report to Alfonso Perez-Soto, who is president, emerging markets.

With Polish recorded music going through a digital transition, Ciepichal will oversee the growth of the label’s local roster while broadening those artists’ international appeal. He has more than twenty years of experience in the entertainment industry, starting as a key account manager and sales director at Monolith Video throughout the 2000s.

Ciepichal was previously with Universal Music Poland in 2008 before moving to Tidal in 2013 serving as general manager for Central and Eastern Europe. He was appointed CEO of e-Muzyka in 2018 before leaving this year to join Warner Music Poland.


Warner Music Group announced that former Spotify executive Andre Torres will be joining the company’s recorded music global catalog team as senior vp, catalog development and marketing. Torres will be based in Los Angeles and report to Kevin Gore, president, global catalog, recorded music.

At Spotify, Torres served as head of catalog, artist and label partnerships, North America along with three-plus years as vp of Urban Catalog at Universal Music Enterprises. He also has experience in media, spending over fifteen years as founder, editor and publisher of Wax Poetics, a quarterly music magazine. He has also served as executive editor for the lyrics website Genius.

Torres will be responsible for leading one of Warner Recorded Music’s catalog content development and marketing teams, working with labels and artists and strategizing new catalog opportunities in A&R, content development, consumption and marketing.


Former Beatport and Symphonic Distribution executive Peter Wohelski will be joining RCRDSHP as head of creator relations. Wohelski will be responsible for getting millions of electronic music professionals across the globe paid through the expansion of RCRDSHP’s digital collectibles platform.

Wohelski has previously worked with artists like Tiesto and The Chemical Brothers throughout his career in the electronic music industry and has extensive experience working in the intersection between artists, industry and technology platforms.

In his new role, Wohelski will serve the needs of the brand’s creative partners as the platform continues to increase and grow in popularity.


Music Row Moves

Black River senior director of national promotion and strategy Bill Macky is temporarily serving as senior vp promotion while Mike Wilson undergoes and recovers from heart bypass surgery… Why&How hired two senior-level executives, bringing the music firm’s payroll to 26 employees. Nashville-based Halie Hampton Mosley joined as vp roster operations after serving as Florida Georgia Line’s day-to-day manager and as an artist manager/executive assistant at Maverick. London-based Chris Koegen arrives as Why&How vp artist development and marketing after working in artist relations for Amazon Music. Additionally, Why&How promoted Austin-based Evan Kaufmann to vp creative direction from creative director. The company’s roster includes Chase Rice, A Thousand Horses and BRELAND… Concord Music expanded its Nashville publishing presence by hiring five new employees. Melissa Spillman joins as vp A&R after operating her own Freetown Music Group for three years. Matt Turner onboards as senior director of A&R, following a run as Downtown Music senior director of creative services. Director of A&R Courtney Allen is a former BMG creative director, manager of A&R Ashley Nite segues from JRM Publishing creative manager, and A&R coordinator Garrett Stephenson picks up the job after serving as Downtown Music office coordinator. —Tom Roland