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Move Concerts Brazil names Tiago Maia as MD

Move Concerts, the biggest independent concert promoter in Latin America, has appointed Tiago Maia as managing director of its team in Brazil.

Maia’s professional career began in media and communication companies and included roles at Trip publishing house and at RBS Communication Group, one of the most important communication conglomerates in Brazil, where he worked for five years as general manager of events and new business.

After five years at the RBS Group, Tiago became CEO of the Novo Brasil Group, the largest operator of nightclubs, beach clubs and big parties in the south of Brazil.

In 2019, Maia joined the board of DC Set Group, as head of sales and business development, embracing various segments where the company operates. The alliance between Move Concerts and DC Set Group resulted in the invitation to take charge of the company’s executive directorship in Brazil.

“We are fortunate to have Tiago, with his background and enthusiasm”

Move Concert’s CEO, Phil Rodriguez, says: “One of the things we did during the pandemic was to look inward and make whatever necessary changes we felt were needed to come back stronger and better positioned to maximize our growth after the pandemic ended. We are fortunate to have Tiago, with his background and enthusiasm, leading our operation in Brazil and joining the Move Concerts family.”

Tiago adds, “My purpose is to bring more incredible experiences to the public that attends our events. This energy that moves us will transcend to an amazing journey with the audience.”

Move Concerts Brazil recently bolstered its marketing and finance departments team with the addition of Igor Ismail (assistant to marketing director Karen Pedroso) and Rodrigo Moura (finance manager).

Move Concerts is headquartered in Miami, Florida, and has offices in Argentina, Colombia, Costa Rica, Peru and Puerto Rico.

 


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AEG Europe names Kylie Taylor first VP of comms

The European arm of AEG has appointed former Getty senior comms figure Kylie Taylor to a new position overseeing comms across the continent.

Taylor takes the role of VP of communications at AEG Europe, which operates venues including The O2 and Eventim Apollo in London and festivals such as American Express BST Hyde Park and All Points East in London.

AEG Europe said that in her new role, Taylor becomes an advisor to the European operation’s senior leadership team and oversees all aspects of external and internal comms, providing strategic and creative communications leadership.

“From media relations to global partnerships, to working across the company’s sustainability agenda, which is at the forefront of the industry, the role has also been appointed to deliver the company’s inclusive culture programme in collaboration with the people team,” the company stated.

“It’s rare that you fall in love with both a role and a company – I’m pinching myself”

It’s the first time AEG Europe has had someone in place to lead comms for the overarching company, although some venues such as the O2 have their own comms teams.

Taylor says: “It’s rare that you fall in love with both a role and a company – I’m pinching myself and am beyond thrilled to be joining the team. The business already has such amazing initiatives and a great framework in place which jumped out at me as unique during the interview process; I’m really excited to help bring this to life.”

She joins AEG Europe from Getty Images, where she had worked for more than 11 years, most recently as senior director, global corporate communications.

AEG Europe’s other venues include the Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg, the Mercedes Benz Arena in Berlin and the Accor Arena in Paris.

 


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CTS Eventim appoints Cornelius Baur

CTS Eventim has appointed Dr Cornelius Baur as the new deputy chairman of the supervisory board.

Baur succeeds Professor Jobst Plog, who decided not to stand for re-election after 16 years in office.

The annual shareholders’ meeting of the company confirmed the appointment of Dr Baur by a large majority on 12 May 2022.

Dr Bernd Kundrun, chairman of the supervisory board, comments: “I am delighted that we were able to win Dr Baur for this role. He brings outstanding international management skills to the board and his expertise will be an invaluable asset as we seek to drive forward the development of CTS Eventim. I would also like to thank Professor Plog for his many years of dedicated service on the supervisory board of our Company and wish him all the best for the future.”

“[Baur] brings outstanding international management skills to the board and his expertise will be an invaluable asset”

Baur commented: “As coronavirus restrictions are being lifted, people are excited to be able to enjoy more cultural activities and live events again. And so am I! The fact that I am able to play a part at CTS Eventim in making this happen fills me with gratitude and pride. I look forward to being part of a constructive Supervisory Board that collaborates closely with Klaus-Peter Schulenberg, Andreas Grandinger and Alexander Ruoff on the board of management.”

Dr Baur studied business administration at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, followed by a doctorate degree focusing on the subject of strategic decision making in the automotive industry. From 2014 to 2021, Baur headed up the German office of McKinsey as a managing partner, which also included organisational responsibility for the Austrian office in Vienna.

In 2021, he became CEO of the European Healthcare Acquisition & Growth Company (EHC), which is listed on the Euronext exchange in Amsterdam.

 


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Marc Geiger’s SaveLive hires talent buyer Gary Spivack

Veteran talent buyer Gary Spivack has joined SaveLive, the “war chest” launched in 2020 by former WME music execs Marc Geiger and John Fogelman to “bailout” struggling US music venues.

Under his role as senior executive of music, Spivack will work with the SaveLive network to enhance day to day operations and long-range business, according to an announcement.

“Over my career, I’ve had the privilege to work with some of the biggest acts on the planet from Radiohead to Metallica and many in between,” says Spivack. “But to those who know me, it’s been and always will be about music discovery and breaking artists. It’s about finding the next Turnstile, Halestorm, Greta Van Fleet.”

Spivack was most recently EVP of talent and curation at festival producer Danny Wimmer Presents (DWP) and says he will remain as a contractor and consultant to help book DWP’s rock-centric festivals.

“To join the all-star team at SaveLive is an opportunity that I couldn’t pass up,”

“To join the all-star team at SaveLive is an opportunity that I couldn’t pass up,” Spivack adds. “It’s about championing the indies. I’m a big fan of the independent venue community and support independent-minded artists. Thanks to DWP I’ve been able to spread my creative wings and curate some of the world’s top rock festivals under its umbrella. On a personal note, Marc has been a mentor, a peer and a close friend for years so coming in as a senior executive at SaveLive is beyond exciting and I’m ready for this journey. Let’s go!”

SaveLive’s website went online in early April, along with news of the first round of venue partners and a US$135 million round of financing.

Geiger adds: “We are building a network of indie venues and promoters and we need the best possible team made up of great humans with a passionate love of music. Gary fits that bill. For years I have watched him grow into the rock and alternative guru he is now, and we are excited for him to bring that expertise to the SaveLive community.”

Spivak joins a team including notable industry execs such as Jorge Avila (talent buyer, Latinx and world), Evelyn Chia (talent buyer, electronic and alt/indie), Cristian Morales (talent buyer, Latinx and world), Ashlin Palmer (talent buyer, country and Americana and folk), Anthony Paolercio (talent buyer, all genres), Nadia Prescher (head of music), and more are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

 


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Gry Mølleskog named Group CEO of All Things Live

Leading Nordic live entertainment company All Things Live has appointed Gry Mølleskog as group CEO, effective from 1 August.

In addition, she will also take on the role of country CEO for the All Things Live companies in Norway.

The Waterland Private Equity-backed company represents artists and promotes events in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Belgium.

“All Things Live is one of the most exciting companies in live entertainment in Europe,” says Mølleskog. “The group is well-positioned for further growth, and I look forward to building on this strong foundation together with the ambitious owners.”

Mølleskog boasts more than 30 years of experience, which includes management and board positions in Nordic and international companies.

“All Things Live is one of the most exciting companies in live entertainment in Europe”

She currently serves as Lord Chamberlain (CEO) of the Royal Court of Norway where she previously worked in chief of staff positions for a total of seven years.

Other former positions include senior client partner with recruiter Korn/Ferry International and various management roles at SAS where she was senior vice president and part of the executive management team from 1998 to 2003.

Current group CEO Kim Worsøe will continue as a member of the All Things Live Group board of directors and will focus on the company’s expansion in Europe including acquisitions and artist relations across the group.

“All Things Live has seen tremendous growth over the last three years and is today in a great position to continue this positive development,” says Worsøe. “I am confident that Gry Mølleskog will be a strong addition to the organisation and able to support our future growth journey and I look very much forward to working together with her.”

 


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Feld Entertainment names Denis Sullivan VP, int’l tours

Feld Entertainment, a producer of live touring family entertainment experiences, has named Denis Sullivan as vice president of international tours.

In his new role, Florida-based Sullivan will work alongside a veteran team focusing on booking and developing tours around the globe.

Feld’s properties include Monster Jam, Monster Energy Supercross, Disney On Ice, Marvel Universe LIVE!, Sesame Street Live!, and Jurassic World Live Tour.

Sullivan joins the company with more than 20 years of experience in the live entertainment industry. Feld says his expertise in worldwide tour planning and operations, venue negotiations and strategic planning “will ensure the company’s continued international growth”.

He joins Feld from Herschend Live (formerly Harlem Globetrotters) where he was VP of global tour planning

Sullivan joins Feld from Herschend Live (formerly Harlem Globetrotters International) where he was VP of global tour planning.

His four-decade career in live entertainment has taken him from humble beginnings in production to working with Louis Walsh and Boyzone, repping artists at the Kurland Agency, heading up global touring at World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and leading business development internationally for the world’s most famous exhibition basketball team, Harlem Globetrotters.

 


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Music economist Chris Carey joins insight agency Opinium

London-based insight and market research agency Opinium Research has appointed music economist Chris Carey as head of music, media and entertainment.

According to the agency, the new team will focus on “the changing relationships fans have with entertainment and creators”, starting with a focus on live music and the recorded music industry, before looking at theatre, comedy and podcasts.

Carey’s tenure in the music industry includes global data roles at Universal and EMI, as well as consulting for Spotify, Sony, The O2 and Hipgnosis songs.

He also founded the FastForward music conference, taking place in London, Amsterdam and Sydney.

“I’m excited to help businesses of all sizes harness data to make better decisions and equip creators”

Carey will continue his part-time role as chief economist for LIVE, the trade body representing the live music industry in the UK, and will continue as a mentor for Abbey Road Red.

James Endersby, MD at Opinium, says: “After yet another year of strong growth Opinium is thrilled to be attracting the most ambitious new talent to support its existing and future clients in the music and entertainment space.

“Chris has a huge passion for the creative industries, and I’m absolutely delighted he has chosen to join our agency, and I know our clients will feel the same.”

Carey adds: “Consumption data is abundant in the entertainment industry, but using data in the right ways is still a complex proposition.

“It’s crucial that data empowers the creative, rather than hinders it. I’m excited to help businesses of all sizes harness data to make better decisions and equip creators to deepen engagement with fans and maximise their impact.”

 


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WME announces 24 partner and agent promotions

WME has announced seven partner promotions and 17 agent promotions in its music division.

The seven agents promoted to partner are Cristina Baxter, Michael Coughlin, Ryan Jones, Richard Lom, Ben Schiffer, Peter Schwartz and Sam Wald.

Baxter and Schiffer are based in Los Angeles, Coughlin and Jones are based in Nashville, Lom and Schwartz are based in New York and Sam Wald is based in Sydney.

The 14 individuals promoted to agent include Tor Breon, Joe Friel, Allie Galyon, Noah Guthman, Andy Mack, Jordan Meisles, Tim Meldman, Michael Montante, Fernando Montes, Rico Pedraza, Jessica Phillips, Jesse Robbins, Brett Schaffer, Grace Stern, Mary-Michael Teel, Austin Tobias and Ian Wilkerson.

“These promotions all reflect the future of the music industry, and we are so proud of the continued creativity each of these individuals has demonstrated, both internally and on behalf of our clients,” say Lucy Dickins and Kirk Sommer, co-heads of WME’s music division. “Their out-of-the-box thinking, passion for artists and commitment to excellence set our group apart.”

Baxter joined the WME music department as an assistant in 2011. Her clients include Kygo, Miley Cyrus, Carly Rae Jepsen, Sofi Tukker, Kali Uchis and Ashnikko, among others.

“These promotions all reflect the future of the music industry”

Coughlin’s roster crosses multiple genres, including Lewis Capaldi, King Princess, Dean Lewis, The Revivalists, Ashnikko, Eric Nam and Inhaler.

Following his tenure in the non-traditional touring and adult contemporary department, Jones has led the private and corporate department since 2017.

With a focus on Latin music, Lom has developed his roster that includes J Balvin, Farruko, Caifanes, Cazzu, Juanes, Daddy Yankee, Bomba Estereo, Natti Natasha, Vicente Garcia, Cornetto and Agudelo888.

Schiffer works alongside his teammates with some of the most critically-acclaimed and award-winning artists today including Sheryl Crow, Olivia Rodrigo, Andy Grammer, Laura Marling, Keb’ Mo’ and Yebba, among others.

Schwartz is a veteran agent, representing AJR, Macklemore, Olivia Rodrigo, 24KGoldn, Lucky Daye, Aminé, Ferg and Joey BadA$$, among others.

Wald’s clients include Gang of Youths, Orville Peck, Sofi Tukker, Porter Robinson, Fatboy Slim, AJR, ZHU, Cordae, Earl Sweatshirt, Polo & Pan, TOKiMONSTA, Madeon, Alok, Channel Tres, JPEGMafia, Black Coffee and UMI, among others.

These promotions follow several recent new hires at WME, including Zach Iser and Caroline Yim who were brought in as co-heads of hip-hop/R&B from CAA, Craig D’Souza (international contemporary), Andy Duggan (international festivals) and Whitney Boateng (hip-hop and R&B), Dru Bass (crossover), Bailey Greenwood (electronic music), Dana Jeter (hip-hop and R&B) and Randall Uritsky (domestic festivals).

 


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ASM Global names Duc Nguyen VP of global content programming

ASM Global has expanded its content division with the hire of Duc Nguyen as vice president of global content programming.

In his new role, Nguyen will be tasked with content generation for the company’s arenas, stadiums, theatres and convention centres—under the leadership of John Boyle, global chief content officer.

“I am very excited to join the content team at ASM Global,” says Nguyen, who will be based in Las Vegas.

“Duc is the consummate pro who knows every detail of the promotion business inside and out”

“It’s a fantastic opportunity to work with some of the world’s most iconic venues and be part of a dynamic operation that encompasses so many different live entertainment experiences.”

Boyle added: “Duc is the consummate pro who knows every detail of the promotion business inside and out. He has an absolute passion for putting on shows and is a fantastic addition to our expanding team.”

Before joining the ASM Global team, Nguyen served as vice president of bookings at the new Allegiant Stadium in Nevada, which opened as the new home of the Las Vegas Raiders in 2020.

He also previously did a stint as a talent buyer at Live Nation where he focused on booking shows in venues throughout Pennsylvania and Atlantic City.

 


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CTS Eventim hires Jan Voss as MD of brand business

CTS Eventim is bolstering its brand partnerships and sponsoring business with the appointment of Jan Voss as the new managing director at Eventim Brand Connect.

Voss joins the company from Universal Music Group (UMG) Germany, where he was responsible for partnerships and licensing as VP of UMG for Brands. Previous roles include director of marketing and head of new business at the same company.

At UMG, he played a key role in establishing the product endorsement business and digital media marketing, and in taking UMG for Brands into new areas of business such as the food sector.

He will take up his new role at CTS Eventim on 1 May 2022 and will report to the managing director of Eventim Live, Dr Frithjof Pils, who was formerly also managing director of Eventim Brand Connect.

“Jan Voss brings the ideal mix of industry expertise and broad experience in the area of brand partnerships”

Pils says: “Jan Voss brings the ideal mix of industry expertise and broad experience in the area of brand partnerships. We are looking forward to embarking upon a massive expansion of Eventim Brand Connect with him on board as managing director.”

Voss added: “Live entertainment offers brands one of the most powerfully emotive ways to interact with people. There are numerous new opportunities here for brands, particularly as the live events sector starts to open up again.

“Taking Eventim Brand Connect forward in such an exciting environment with the power of Europe’s biggest live entertainment platforms and an excellent team will be a fantastic challenge.”

Eventim Brand Connect enables companies to associate themselves with live events such as major festivals as part of their marketing strategy, allowing them to engage with specific target groups.

 


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