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Executive Turntable: Live Nation Expands Latin Team; Universal Music Canada Loses A&R SVP

Also this week: AEG Global Partnerships names a senior vp of business affairs, Create Music Group hires a senior vp of music operations & marketing and more.

Live Nation hired Ricardo Taco to lead Latin music strategy for the company’s concerts division across Canada, giving him responsibility for growing Live Nation’s Latin music presence in Toronto and new markets throughout the country. He will also act as the liaison between Live Nation senior vp of global touring Hans Schafer and the company’s Latin booking team globally, help develop Latin touring shows for Canadian venues and more. Also hired to the Latin team was Claudia Valencia, who joined as a tour director out of Guadalajara, Mexico, as well as Maritsa Restrepo, who boarded as a ticketing coordinator in Los Angeles. Valencia will develop and implement business strategies for Live Nation Latin tours, while Restrepo will assist with tour set-ups, facilitate promotions and aid in communication between artist teams and venues while helping with various day-to-day projects.


Kardinal Offishall stepped down from his role as senior vp of A&R at Universal Music Canada to pursue other opportunities, according to a post on his Facebook page. “There’s something amazing I will be sharing with you soon!” Offishall wrote. “It’s a dream come true for me, for my country, and for music on a whole. Next level tings.”

Also at Universal Music Canada, Trinh Tham was appointed senior vp of revenue & digital strategy. Tham will oversee UMC’s digital marketing, streaming & music strategy, data analytics and commercial affairs teams.

AEG Global Partnerships, a division of AEG, promoted Kate Sheets to senior vp of strategy and business affairs, a newly established role. Sheets, who will continue working out of AEG’s Los Angeles office, was previously vp of legal counsel at the company. In her new position, Sheets will lead efforts to identify, cultivate and refine key partnerships and strategic initiatives while offering strategic counsel and insight into all major revenue growth initiatives for the division. She will also help set Global Partnerships’ vision and strategy to optimize partner campaigns and content and be deeply involved in growing and advancing global deal-making strategies, new business opportunities and annual revenues.

Create Music Group named Chris Herche to the newly-created role of senior vp of music operations and marketing. Herche will oversee the music division’s day-to-day operations out of Brooklyn.

Music and entertainment law firm Rothenberg, Mohr & Binder promoted Kevin Eskowitz to partner. Eskowitz’s clients include Conan Gray, Gryffin, JPEGMAFIA, Noname and label and management company GODMODE. He has been with the firm since it launched in 2018.

The CMA Foundation hired music educator Franklin Willis as its community impact director. In the newly-created role, Willis will further the foundation’s commitment to fostering music education programs across the U.S. and guide it toward “more tactical and impactful opportunities to leverage the power of music to raise up the next generation of leaders,” according to a press release. Willis will work closely with teachers, students, policymakers, nonprofit partners and other stakeholders to broaden outreach, increase involvement and foster connection while developing and implementing all CMA Foundation events. He can be reached at starting on Aug. 8.

Matt Rowsell was hired as artist manager at YMU out of London. His management clients past and present include We Are The Ocean, Eliza and the Bear and Lauren Hibberd.

Entertainment attorneys Matt Cottingham and Austin Wells joined Lewis Brisbois‘ Nashville office as partner and associate, respectively, in the firm’s entertainment, media & sports practice. The two bring music clients including Brittney Spencer, Lily Rose, Ashley Cooke, Chris LaCorte and Matt Roy to the firm. Cottingham can be reached at and Wells can be reached at

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences promoted Jenny Galante to executive vp of revenue and business development. Previously senior vp of business development, Galante will be tasked with driving global revenue growth for the Academy across platforms, including special events, Academy member initiatives, international programs, digital platforms, the Academy Screening Room, talent development and inclusion programs, as well as the Academy Museum, Margaret Herrick Library, Science and Technology Council and Academy Film Archive. She will additionally continue to oversee the organization’s strategic brand partnerships and lead the development of integrated marketing opportunities for Oscars sponsors and advertisers.

Equity-centric venture fund Impellent Ventures, led by David Brown and Philip Beauregard, appointed The Roots co-founder Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter as general partner. The fund will allocate investments in multiple sectors including AI, healthcare technology, robotics, consumer goods and apps.

The Polish Society of Authors and Composers (ZAiKS) elected publishing representatives to the Board and Audit Committee for the first time. Those elected were Schubert Music Publishing’s Marta Zgrzywa and Rebel Publishing’s Damian Słonina. Meanwhile, ABKCO Music International’s Magdalena Cuprzyńska will sit as the publisher member on the ZAiKS Audit Committee. The landmark moment arrived after a two-decade campaign led by the Polish PSWM (Music Publishing Association), including Schubert Music’s Andreas Schubert, Golba Music’s Paulina Golba, Anna Laskowska of Sony/ATV and with the support of several individual publishers internationally alongside the advocacy of CISAC and IMPF. Prior to this, music publishers had a representation agreement with ZAiKS but were not full members.

PR firm Shore Fire Media promoted both Andrea Evenson and Max Lefkowitz to director of publicity; both were previously senior account executives.

Content Partners, an independent owner of major studio-distributed films, television shows, and related participations including Revolution Studios and the CSI TV franchise, hired Rob Amir to join the team in Los Angeles. In his new role, Amir will be responsible for augmenting the company’s sourcing of new film, television, music and other entertainment intellectual property assets.