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Musical Chairs — Week 47 2021

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Warner Chappell Music has promoted Ryan Press (pictured, above) to President, North America, in addition to remaining the publisher’s A&R lead for the US, excluding Nashville and Miami. He will continue to report to WCM Co-Chairs, CEO Guy Moot and COO Carianne Marshall. In his new role, he will have “direct oversight of WCM’s North American business and help drive overall strategy, with a focus on the US and Canada." Vivian Barclay, Managing Director of WCM Canada, will report direct...

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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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Former Register of Copyrights and champion for creators’ rights Marybeth Peters dies aged 83

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The creative community has been paying tribute to Marybeth Peters, who served as the 11th Register of Copyrights from 1994 to 2010 and died Sept.ember 29 at the age of 83, following a long illness.

Karyn Temple, SEVP and Global General Counsel at Motion Picture Association and former Register of Copyrights, said in a LinkedIn blogpost that "copyright truly would not be the same" without her.

Current Register of Copyrights Shira Perlmutter said: “Marybeth Peters leaves an unparallele...

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Paul Hourican promoted to global head of music operations at TikTok

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Paul Hourican has been promoted to Global Head of Music Operations at short-format video platform TikTok. Based in London, he was Head of Music Operations for UK & EU.

"Very excited and grateful to be taking on a new gig at TikTok as Global Head of Music Operations," said Hourican in a LinkedIn post. "It's truly a privilege to come to work every day with such an incredibly talented and passionate group of teammates, so I'm beyond excited for the journey ahead, to continue supporting our ...

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Zebralution promotes Tina Jürgens to COO

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Zebralution has appointed Tina Jürgens as COO of the GEMA-owned digital distribution company for independent labels and artists. She will be part of the management team, alongside Founder and CEO Kurt Thielen and co-Founder and President & General Counsel Sascha Lazimbat.

Jürgens was previously Managing Director of the Zebralution subsidiary zebra-audio.net. In her new position, Jürgens will conbtinie to be based in Berlin and reports to Thielen.

Luisa Abraham, who served most r...

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