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ASM Global names Jessica Ragsdale VP of DEI

ASM Global has tapped Jessica Ragsdale for the role of vice president of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI).

Ragsdale joins ASM from Microsoft where she worked for eight years, most recently as a key member of the company’s global diversity and inclusion team.

Ragsdale’s focus will be on providing “strategic leadership in the areas of diversity, inclusion and equity by implementing programs to support ASM Global’s goals and monitoring progress to meet those goals,” according to a release.

“We are honoured to have Jessica join us to serve as our new vice president of DEI, which remains an important part of business today and into the future,” says Ron Benison, ASM global president and CEO.

“My goal here will be to drive purposeful impact that our team members can feel within all levels of the organisation”

“Jessica’s experience and dedication to this important aspect of our business fits perfectly with our community and employment goals embodied in our ASM Acts platform.”

Ragsdale added: “As many of us know, DEI is a journey, and this is an adventure I am thrilled to be a part of. My goal here will be to drive purposeful impact that our team members can feel within all levels of the organisation, ensuring that we reflect and support the communities we serve.”

Ragsdale’s appointment follows a recent announcement that ASM Global is launching the ASM Global Acts Foundation to support philanthropic and community-based endeavours guided by its sustainability and diversity pillars.

The hire also follows a number of new appointments within ASM including Chris Bray (EVP of European operations), Jason Oberlander (chief commercial officer) and Nate Whitman (chief strategy officer).

 


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AXS names Jay Sietsema as general manager, Sweden

AEG-owned ticketer AXS has announced the appointment of Jay Sietsema as general manager for its Swedish operation.

Sietsema joins from Eventim Sweden, where he held the position of managing director. His 20 years’ worth of experience in the industry also includes roles at Live Nation and AEG Facilities.

In his new role, Sietsema will work with a large portfolio of clients, including Stockholm Live, clubs within the Swedish Ice Hockey League and Swedish Elite Football League.

From his official start date of 3 January 2022, he will report to Tom Andrus, COO for AXS. Sietsema succeeds Oscar Klingensjö, who has decided to depart the company.

“[Jay’s] background and experience ushers in yet another exciting new chapter for our businesses in Sweden”

Andrus says: “I’m thrilled to welcome Jay to the team; his background and experience ushers in yet another exciting new chapter for our businesses in Sweden. I would also like to offer immense thanks to Oscar for his years of service here at AXS. Under his leadership, we’ve seen a tremendous uptick in growth and strength that has enabled us to perform at an extremely high level.”

Klingensjö added: “I want to thank our clients, partners, colleagues around the world and of course my fantastic team in Sweden for my almost 5 years at AXS. I am proud of the partnerships we have built, the trust we gained and the incredible team spirit that our employees have shown. I wish AXS all the best in the future and will continue to cheer from the sidelines.”

LA-headquartered AXS is the official ticketing partner for over 350 premier venues, sports teams, event organisers around the world, including Stockholm Live, The O2, The SSE Arena, Wembley, AEG Presents, STAPLES Center, T-Mobile Arena, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Minnesota Timberwolves, Houston Rockets and the Vegas Golden Knight.

AEG took full control of its ticketing business AXS from co-owners TPG Capital and Rockbridge Growth Equity in 2019.

AXS rolled out its resale solution in the UK in April of the same year and has been the official resale ticketing partner for AEG in North America since 2018.

 


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Marcia Titley named MD of Eventim Sweden

Marcia Titley has been appointed managing director for ticketing operation Eventim Sweden.

Titley has been MD of Eventim Norway for almost four years and is also part of the Eventim Scandinavia Management Team.

She will continue as MD of Eventim Norway, adding Eventim Sweden to her current role.

“It has been very exciting to introduce Eventim solutions to the Norwegian market,” says Titley. “I’m looking forward to working closely with the Swedish team, and sharing our experiences and expertise from Norway, to further grow our business in Sweden and in Scandinavia as a whole”.

“I’m looking forward to working closely with the Swedish team, and sharing our experiences and expertise from Norway”

Jens B. Arnesen, CEO of Eventim Scandinavia, says: “I am convinced Marcia will bring a lot of best practice into the Swedish market and will be able to carry out our growth strategy together with the local team. In collaboration with our Scandinavian Support and Marketing teams we are able to help our partners by providing both local and cross border experience.”

Titley replaces Jay Sietsema who will end his position as MD for Eventim Sweden on 30 November 2021 to “pursue new challenges outside the company”.

Eventim Scandinavia has offices in Copenhagen, Oslo and Stockholm and is a fully owned company within German live entertainment behemoth, CTS Eventim.

 


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Live Nation UK hires promoter Ryan Cornall

Live Nation UK has announced the appointment of longtime alternative promoter Ryan Cornall who will work on projects including Download festival.

Cornwall joins Live Nation after six years at Surprise You’re Dead Music, an alternative indie promoter operating across the Midlands.

Previously, Cornall has worked with the likes of While She Sleeps, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Testament, Dinosaur Pile Up, Ministry, Bury Tomorrow, Thy Art Is Murder, Every Time I Die and Boston Manor.

“It is with great pleasure that I welcome Ryan Cornall to Live Nation,” says Andy Copping, Live Nation’s executive president of touring, UK.

“I’m incredibly honoured to be on the Download team – working on my favourite festival is a dream come true”

“He joins a world-class and formidable promotions team who are dedicated to breaking artists, building careers and bringing even more incredible live experiences to fans in the UK.”

Ryan Cornall adds: “I’m incredibly honoured to be starting at Live Nation and to have the chance to be on the Download team, working on my favourite festival with such a high calibre of bands is a dream come true. I’m excited to start my journey at Live Nation with the very best promoters at the top of their game and would like to thank Andy, Sean and Kam for this amazing opportunity.”


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Agent Rebecca Prochnik switches to UTA

Senior music agent Rebecca Prochnik has joined UTA as director of creative strategy, UK music.

At Earth Agency, which she co-founded in 2014, Prochnik represented a roster of independent artists including Skepta, AJ Tracey, JME, Deerhunter, Vanishing Twin, Kode 9 and Black Lips.

“The times we’re living through have expanded all manner of approaches and perspectives across the board,” says London-based Prochnik.

“I’m delighted by this unique opportunity to combine energies with the incredible, in-depth universe of UTA to lift the roof and broaden the pathways in what is an immensely transformative time for artists and agents alike.”

“Rebecca has an unparalleled reputation for helping independent talent break into the mainstream music landscape”

“Rebecca has an unparalleled reputation for helping independent talent break into the mainstream music landscape, and she has demonstrated exceptional creativity and entrepreneurship throughout her career,” says Obi Asika, co-head of UTA’s UK office.

“She has achieved great success in her leadership of Earth Agency, and we are thrilled to welcome her to UTA.”

Earlier this year, UTA acquired Echo Location Talent Agency, which was founded and led by Asika. The deal brought artists including Diplo, Major Lazer, Marshmello, Alesso, Wizkid into the UTA fold for international representation.

Asika now leads UTA’s UK office alongside Neil Warnock.

 


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Wasserman Music appoints veteran agent Brent Smith

Wasserman Music, the new booking agency formed following Wasserman group’s acquisition of Paradigm’s North American live music business, has appointed veteran agent Brent Smith as executive vice-president and managing executive.

Smith started his career at Ian Copeland’s Frontier Booking International (FBI), a prominent New York-based talent agency that represented seminal rock acts such as the The Police, R.E.M., XTC, The B-52’s, The Go-Go’s, The English Beat, The Bangles, and Nine Inch Nails.

Following the agency’s closure, Smith went to William Morris Agency (later William Morris Endeavour) where he spent more than two decades and eventually became a partner. His roster at WME included Kendrick Lamar, Adam Levine, Mark Knopfler, Frank Ocean, and Tyler, The Creator.

In a statement published on Variety in October 2020, WME said that Smith and the agency had “mutually decided to part ways, following an investigation based on complaints of bullying behaviour by the agent”.

“We have come to know Brent as a smart, genuine, professional team player who always puts clients first”

The news came a month after Smith’s suspension for “behavioural issues,” first reported by Deadline.

“As many of you know, the senior leadership team and I have been spending time with Brent Smith, and today I am pleased to share that he is joining Wasserman Music as EVP and managing executive,” founder and CEO Casey Wasserman wrote in a note to staff.

“We have come to know Brent as a smart, genuine, professional team player who always puts clients first and is ready to embrace the Wasserman value system and culture.

“I am really proud of our team and the discipline and insight they brought into this process. We are committed to quality, clients and teamwork and this is just one more win for Wasserman Music as we grow together,” he concluded.

 


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Gigmit makes hires in Germany, the UK

Online talent booking platform Gigmit has promoted Anna Lüneberg to chief marketing officer and hired Pedro Ricardo as product manager.

Lüneberg, who previously worked at Gigmit in the role of growth marketing manager, is now leading the company’s growth team.

“After we succeeded in doubling the artist community on Gigmit in the last two years, the goal is to develop Gigmit into a global player in digital live music booking,” says Lüneberg.

“Above all, we want to continue to grow on the promoter side and convince them with Gigmit as a data-driven booking tool. So that more new talents can perform live on the right stages in the future.”

“The goal is to develop Gigmit into a global player in digital live music booking”

Ricardo, who previously worked as content and product manager for sample music database WhoSampled in London, will coordinate the Gigmit product team with immediate effect and continue to push the development of the platform.

“I’m thrilled to be joining the Gigmit team and work together on revolutionising the future of music booking!” says Ricardo.

Gigmit CEO, Marcus Fitzgerald, adds: “I am so proud to have two incredible colleagues in such demanding roles. I couldn’t think of anyone better to develop our journey to become a global platform. After working with Anna for years, I know she will fulfill this new path with her skills, knowledge and joy!

“Pedro fights for a better product that every user loves. I am sure that his analytical skills and team management capacities will be loved by our users as they know he is working hard to make artists and promoters achieve more!”

 


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ATC Live recruits David ‘Skully’ Sullivan-Kaplan

UK booking agency ATC Live has welcomed David ‘Skully’ Sullivan-Kaplan into the fold.

Skully joins from United Talent Agency (UTA) and brings with him an artist roster that includes Larkin Poe, Steel Pulse, Poliça, Gentleman’s Dub Club, Holding Absence, Hollie Cook, and Lottery Winners.

In addition to nearly two decades’ worth of experience booking headline tours and festivals around the world, he has also secured a range of brand partnerships for his artists with the likes of Chanel, Hermés, Aquascutum, Goose Island and Twitch.

Skully launched his career at The Agency Group in New York and later relocated to London, combining his agency role with life as a touring musician in bands such as Razorlight.

“Agents who excel at the job yet are universally liked and respected are a rare breed,” says Alex Bruford, CEO, ATC Live.

“Agents who excel at the job yet are universally liked and respected are a rare breed”

“Skully is one of the few, and his extensive experience both as an agent and as a touring musician have given him an enviable skill set. Skully’s dedication to both his artists’ careers and his craft as an agent perfectly align with our values at ATC Live, and we are thrilled to welcome him to the company.”

Skully says: “I’m absolutely delighted to be joining the team at ATC Live. It’s been an incredibly tough year for everyone in our business, but with the prospect of live shows returning this felt like the perfect opportunity to partner with such a dynamic, innovative and independent agency. I’m extremely proud to add my clients to such a high-calibre roster, and to join this outstanding team of agents.”

ATC Live currently represents more than 380 artists including Aldous Harding, Black Pumas, Big Thief, Black Midi, Fontaines D.C., Georgia, Julia Jacklin, Japanese Breakfast, The Lumineers, Mac DeMarco, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Passenger, Sleaford Mods, Stella Donnelly, Shame, Snail Mail and Squid.

In October 2020, ATC Live announced a strategic partnership with US agency Arrival Artists to facilitate dynamic global representation for shared artists.

 


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