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Downtown Music Holdings names Pieter van Rijn President of its new professional services division Downtown Music

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Downtown Music Holdings is consolidating all its business and professional services units under a single division, Downtown Music, under the leadership of FUGA CEO Pieter van Rijn.

Van Rijn will assume the role of President of Downtown Music, which will regroup B2B distribution company FUGA, rights management unit Downtown Neighbouring Rights, advertising Adrev as well as Downtown Music Services' artist, label services and publishing administration units.

The new division has the ambi...

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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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peermusic UK and Max Music Publishing sign The Reytons to a global publishing deal

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peermusic UK has signed British indie band The Reytons to an exclusive, global music publishing deal via a joint venture with Max Music Publishing.

The deal was announced by Nigel Elderton, President, Europe & Managing Director, peermusic UK; Mike Sault, Head of A&R, peermusic UK; Dylan Myerscough-Harris, A&R Manager, peermusic UK; and Max Odell, CEO, Max Music Publishing.

“I am delighted to see a great independent band, on an indie label and published by an independent publi...

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Thomas Coesfeld to replace Hartwig Masuch as CEO of BMG in 2024

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German entertainment and media group Bertelsmann has picked Thomas Coesfeld to succeed Hartwig Masuch as CEO of music division BMG, effective January 1, 2024. Coesfeld has served as CFO of BMG since April 2021.

The change in leadership is part of "a long-term succession plan," according to Bertelsmann. Masuch will remain associated with Bertelsmann in an advisory capacity. Thomas Coesfeld will also take a seat on the Bertelsmann Group Management Committee (GMC), which advises the Group Execu...

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IFPI appoints Sony Music executive Adriana Restrepo as Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean

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Adriana Restrepo has been appointed to the role of Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean for the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), which represents the global recorded music industry.

From 1st February 2023, she will lead IFPI’s work across the Latin American and Caribbean region "to promote the value of recorded music, expand its commercial uses and campaign for the rights of record producers."

Restrepo reports to IFPI Chief Executive F...

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