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Musical Chairs — Week 37 2021

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Mamie Coleman (pictured, below) has been appointed Executive Vice President, Creative Music at FOX Entertainment, the division of the Rupert Murdoch-owned entertainment company in charge of producing scripted, non-scripted, animation, live content and sports events. She was most recently SVP Creative Music and Production at FOX. Based in Los Angeles, she reports to FOX Entertainment COO Amy Carney. In her new position, she will head FOX Entertainment’s music division, FOX Entertainment M...

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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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Crispin Hunt to step down as Chair of the Ivors Academy after five years in the job

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British songwriter, producer and musician Crispin Hunt has announced that after five years as Chair of The Ivors Academy Board he would be stepping down "to make way for a successor." The Academy Board will elect and announce its new Chair "shortly."

"Hunt has steered the Academy, the preeminent body representing the interests of songwriters and composers, through an ambitious period of modernisation, growth and reform," said the organisation in a statement, adding that Hunt will continue to...

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OpenPlay names Jonathan Bender Chief Operating and Growth Officer

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Los Angeles-based platform for asset and catalogue management OpenPlay has hired former SoundExchange executive Jonathan Bender as Chief Operating and Growth Officer.

In his new role, Bender will oversee client operations and expansion of the business into new markets both in the US and globally. OpenPlay said Bender brings "an unparalleled wealth of experience to OpenPlay which will be invaluable as it expands its client base and service offerings."

“OpenPlay is by far the most adva...

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Elvis Costello picks BMG to administer worldwide his songwriting catalogue

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British songwriter and performer Elvis Costello has inked a worldwide, exclusive music publishing deal with BMG covering his whole body of work.

Under the agreement, BMG will administer the rights to all of Costello's songs, from his debut album 'My Aim Is True', released in 1977, to his latest album 'The Boy Named If', release in January 2022. The catalogue includes songs featured on over 32 studio albums, of which 12 have charted in the UK Top 10.

Alistair Norbury, BMG President Repe...

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