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Musical chairs — Week 14 2021

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USAAndrei Iancu, the former US Patent and Trademark Office Director under the Trump administration has returned to private practice. He has joined Irell & Manella in Los Angeles as a partner in the law firm's intellectual property litigation practice.Content licensing platform Soundstripe has hired Zach Diaz as Head of Streaming. Diaz worked previously for Red Bull Records, Sony Music Entertainment's RED Distribution and The Orchard. Based in Los Angeles, he reports to Jay Harren, VP Music ...

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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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Copyright & Regulation

Ursula von der Leyen re-elected European Commission President for a five-year term

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European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen was elected for a second term on July 18 by the European Parliament n a secret ballot. The outgoing President received 401 votes in her favour, 41 more than the majority of 360 votes, 284 against and 22 blank or invalid votes.

This will be von der Leyen’s second term as Commission President. She was first elected by MEPs in July 2019. She previously served as Defence Minister in Germany.

European Commission's Ursula von der Leyen

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Licensing

Splice taps Kenny Ochoa as Senior Vice President of Content

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Music industry veteran Kenny Ochoa has been appointed Senior Vice President of Content at lincensing platform Splice. In his new role, Ochoa will oversee Splice’s global content team.

Based in Los Angeles, Ochoa will report to Splice CEO Kakul Srivastava, He will contribute to grow Splice's catalogue of royalty-free human-made samples. Ochoa’s scope will also include "responsibility for Splice’s content pipeline, building out robust Artist Partnerships and driving the platform’s overall indu...

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Creative Industries

Reservoir Media signs singer-songwriter Wrabel to a global publishing deal

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NASDAQ-listed independent music company Reservoir Media has signed a new global publishing agreement with singer-songwriter Wrabel, in a deal that includes his future works.

Based in Los Angeles, Wrabel began his career co-writing songs by pop and rock artists such as Teddy Swims, Kesha, P!nk, Ellie Goulding, Adam Lambert, and Phillip Phillips, as well as EDM artists Kygo and Marshmello, among others.

Wrabel said, “I am thrilled and honored to join forces with Reservoir. I have had so mu...

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