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Musical Chairs — Week 6 2021

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USABertelsmann-owned music company BMG has unveiled a new management structure for its US operations. The move is part of "a US growth plan, designed to allow the company to accelerate out of the pandemic." As part of the restructuring, Los Angeles-based Thomas Scherer is promoted to President, Repertoire & Marketing, Los Angeles and New York, responsible for both West Coast and East Coast repertoire organisations, while Nashville-based John Loba is confirmed as President, Recorded Music, N...

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Emmanuel is a Washington, DC-based freelance journalist, blogger and media consultant, specialising in the entertainment business and cultural trends. He was the US editor for British music industry trade publication Music Week. Previously, he was the editor of Impact, a magazine for the music publishing community (2007-2009), the global editor of US trade publication Billboard (2003-2006), and the editor in chief of Billboard’s sister publication Music & Media (1997-2003).

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Markus Holzherr named Chief Business Officer at Warner Music Central Europe

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Markus Holzherr has been appointed as the Chief Business Officer of Warner Music Central Europe. Based in Hamburg, he reports to Doreen Schimk and Fabian Drebes, Co-Presidents of Warner Music Central Europe.

In his new role, Holzherr will be responsible for the Finance, New Business, Research & Analytics and Legal departments. WMG said the newly created position of Chief Business Officer "underlines the vision of the WM Central Europe team to think strategically and holistically about a...

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Rob Gross joins marketing agency The Syndicate as SVP, Label Services

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Entertainment marketing agency The Syndicate has hired music industry veteran Rob Gross as SVP, Label Services. Based in Los Angeles, Gross reports to Jon Landman, Partner and CEO of The Syndicate, and to the other partners — Tracey Zucatti, Chris Elles and Graham Rothenberg.

In the newly created role, Gross will offer "full-scale project management for album releases and sales for all pillars of the company’s services in radio, marketing, and PR." As part of the agreement, Gross Rob will be...

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Big Machine’s Jake Basden joins Sandbox Entertainment Group as President

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Former Big Machine Label Group Senior Vice President of Communications Jake Basden has joined full service artist management company Sandbox Entertainment Group as President.

At Sandbox, Basden will work alongside Founder, Chairman and CEO Jason Owen, with a focus on integrating marketing, imaging, perception and opportunities across platforms. Basden left BMLG a few weeks ago after 12 years with the Nashville-based company.

Sandbox's roster includes Kacey Musgraves, Kate Hudson,...

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