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Musical Chairs – Week 26 2021

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Register of Copyrights Shira Perlmutter​ has appointed ​Kevin Amer as Acting General Counsel and Associate Register of Copyrights at the United States Copyright Office​, following the departure of ​General Counsel Regan Smith for the private sector​ after seven years with the Office. ​Amer, who joined the Office in 2013, was Deputy General Counsel. “Kevin has a wealth of experience, including as deputy general counsel, that make him well suited to serve as Acting...

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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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Utopia Music-owned Sentric Music Group expands its A&R team in the US

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Royalty management services company Sentric Music Group, part of Swiss-based Utopia Music, has hired four new executives to strengthen its A&R team in the United States — Matt DuFour, Carlos Escalona Cruz, Kebu Commissiong and Lou Plaia.

Sentric said the hires follow the company’s move into North America and its strategy to establish a presence in all the major markets within the territory. All four will report directly to Simon Perry, President of Sentric North America.

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Napster appoints former Roblox Head of Music Jon Vlassopulos as its new CEO

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Music streaming service Napster has hired Jon Vlassopulos as CEO, in a move that coincides with the completion of a new funding round.

At Napster, Vlassopulos is expected to lead the company's efforts to grow its footprint, as well as leveraging Web3 technology to provide a better experience to users. Vlassopulos is the former Vice President and Global Head of Music at metaverse platform Roblox. He is credited with "building [Roblox]'s groundbreaking music initiatives and bringing artists in...

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Rodolphe Belmer poised to become CEO of France’s leading broadcaster TF1

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Former Canal+ CEO Rodolphe Belmer has been selected as the new CEO of leading French commercial broadcaster TF1. Belmer, who has been picked by TF1 main shareholder Bouygues, will be proposed at an upcoming board meeting on October 27.

Current CEO and Chairman Gilles Pélisson will step down at the beginning of 2023, while Belmer is expected to join the company on February 2023. Pélisson will become Senior Vice President in charge of Media and Development at parent company Bouygues. Belmer ...

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