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DreamHaus hires three to festival team

Berlin-based promoter DreamHaus is strengthening its festival team with three new hires: Jana Posth, Marlene Ryba and Johanna Neuber.

All three executives will work on the Rock am Ring and Rock im Park festivals, which DreamHaus has been responsible for since 2022 after it was acquired by CTS Eventim.

Jana Posth takes over the position as head of festival operations/festival director Rock am Ring. She has held roles in the events sector for 10 years, including managing the Lollapalooza Festival in Berlin.

“With fresh ideas and their great know-how in the field of festivals, Jana, Marlene and Johanna enrich our team enormously”

Marlene Ryba assumes the role of senior communications & PR manager of festivals, having previously worked in the PR department at Lollapalooza.

And Johanna Neuber, who has been active in the music industry for five years, joins the team as a junior project and event manager.

“With fresh ideas and their great know-how in the field of festivals, Jana, Marlene and Johanna enrich our team enormously and contribute to the future-oriented development of Rock am Ring/Rock im Park,” says Marc Seemann, director of strategy & business development.

 


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Live Nation’s Neste Live! promotes trio

Neste Live!, a Live Nation subsidiary based in Tennessee, has announced promotions for three key executives: Andrew Fortin, Jill Kopecky and Annette St. Onge.

Fortin has been upped to vice president of fairs & festivals and will oversee Neste Live!’s portfolio of ticketed events while targeting growth in the fair and festival space for both domestic and international markets, according to a release.

He will continue to be responsible for booking the California Mid-State Fair, the Los Angeles County Fair, Country Fan Fest, Night in the Country, Country Stampede, Stars of Texas Music Festival, Oregon Jamboree, and the Deadwood Mountain Grand Casino, among other accounts.

Kopecky has been promoted to vice president of corporate & private events to spearhead business development in the company’s corporate and private event market.

She has built a reputation among her clients as a premier corporate talent buyer, having booked and produced events including NASCAR’s Speedway GLOBE and the Utah State Fair. She has also built a strong client portfolio with recent expansion abroad to Spain and the Middle East.

“I look forward to the continued success and innovation they will undoubtedly bring as they lead their respective divisions”

St. Onge, meanwhile, has been elevated to director of operations and will oversee the company’s full scope of business operations while guiding strategic planning. Her experience in the live music business includes managing large-scale events such as the inaugural Music City Jazz Festival, corporate talent buying, and owning a boutique artist management company in the private event sector.

“These promotions reflect Andrew and Jill’s outstanding contributions to our team and their ability to navigate the dynamic world of live events, while never overlooking the integrity we built this company upon,” says Gil Cunningham, president and owner of Neste Live!.

“I look forward to the continued success and innovation they will undoubtedly bring as they lead their respective divisions in strategic expansion plans in the festival and private event spaces.

“Promoting Annette, who has such a depth of experience in the industry and impressive knowledge of business operations, has already increased our efficiency while streamlining our processes, setting us up for success as we scale the business. We are fortunate to have her.”

Neste was established in 1995 as a corporate sponsorship and event marketing agency for the festival market, later expanding into talent buying and event production. The company was acquired by Live Nation in 2019.

 


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AEG Presents names Rick Johnson SVP, ticketing

AEG Presents has announced the appointment of Rick Johnson as senior vice president of ticketing and revenue, having frequently advised ticketing outlet AXS.

Based in Los Angeles, Johnson will be responsible for overseeing the department under the company’s global touring division and will report to president of global touring and talent Gary Gersh.

“I have long admired the team at AEG Presents and thoroughly enjoyed collaborating with them across countless tours over the years,” says Johnson. “I couldn’t be more excited to join Gary and the global touring team to drive world-class service and results for their incredible roster of artists.”

“He has the experience of building pricing and revenue products from the ground up”

“Rick brings a wealth of institutional knowledge to the team,” comments Gersh. “He has the experience of building pricing and revenue products from the ground up and seeing them all the way through to implementation. I’m so excited to welcome him to the company in this critical role.”

Johnson began his career in consulting, spending 10 years at both PwC and McKinsey & Company. In 2010, he pivoted to live music when he joined Ticketmaster as director of strategy, where he co-founded their dynamic pricing business unit Pricemaster.

His track record in the ticketing and pricing industry saw him teaming up with some of the biggest names in live music and sports to help drive ticket sales and generate incremental revenue.

 


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Wasserman Music announces six key agent hires

Wasserman Music has hired six agents including artist representatives Jake Bernstein, Ollie Seaman and Juan Toro, as well as booking agents Natalka Dudynsky (casinos & performing arts centres), Jesse Fayne (international festivals) and Matt Malcolm (fairs & festivals).

“Wasserman continues to be thoughtful about ways to grow our footprint in the music industry and expand our ability to service our world-renowned clients,” says Wasserman Music EVP & managing executive Lee Anderson. “It is critical that anyone who joins our team shares our ethos, and the additions of Jake, Ollie, Juan, Natalka, Jesse and Matt do just that. We are thrilled to welcome them and their clients to the Wasserman family.”

Jake Bernstein joins Wasserman based in Los Angeles. Born and raised in New York, he is a 10-year veteran music agent and comes to Wasserman from UTA, where he launched Subtronics’ branded two-day multi-stage festival “Cyclops Cove,” Jessica Audiffred’s “Mad House” festival in Mexico City with OCESA, and multiple sold-out Red Rocks concerts for Subtronics and Boogie T. During the pandemic shut-down, Bernstein helped develop a large-scale national drive-in concert model and oversaw 100+ drive-in shows that brought live music back in a safe environment.

He also pioneered the first-of-its-kind tour bringing together powerhouses Live Nation, Insomniac, and C3 Presents for Subtronics’ 2023 North American theatre, arena, and festival tour deal. Artists that Bernstein represents at Wasserman Music include Ace Aura, Black Carl!, Boogie T, BOOGIE T.RIO, Deadcrow, Dirt Monkey, G-Space, HE$H, Jessica Audiffred, LEVEL UP, MUST DIE!, Riot Ten, SIPPY, smith., SubDocta, Subtronics, TRUTH, Vampa, and VILLA.

Ollie Seaman joins Wasserman based in London. He comes to Wasserman from Earth Agency, where he spent the past seven years building the live and DJ careers of acts such as DJ Seinfeld, HAAi, Sofia Kourtesis, CC:DISCO!, and Chaos In The CBD, as well as fast-rising newcomers Skin On Skin, Anish Kumar and Mona Yim.

“It is critical that anyone who joins our team shares our ethos, and the [new] additions do just that”

Juan Toro joins Wasserman based in Brooklyn, representing artists including Anuel AA, Wisin y Yandel, and Lunay. He began his career at the legendary Latin and Tropical music agency Ralph Mercado Management (RMM), working with personalities such as Hector Lavoe, Willie Colon, Eddie Palmieri, Ray Baretto and Tito Puente. In 1990, Toro co-founded The Relentless Agency, representing and developing contemporary Latin artists including Rubén Blades, Wisin & Yandel, Anuel AA, Marc Anthony, La India, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Victor Manuelle, Millie Quezada, and Obie Bermudez.

Natalka Dudynsky joins Wasserman in February as a casinos & performing arts centres agent based in Los Angeles. Working alongside VP Kevin Kastrup, Dudynsky will expand Wasserman’s Casinos Department to also focus on performing arts centre bookings across North America. Prior to Wasserman Music, she worked at ICM Partners for 25 years, 21 of them in the agency’s concerts department focused on corporate and casino bookings. She is an IEBA member. Outside of work, Dudynsky coaches and referees youth soccer, and supports the Los Angeles Food Bank through donations and on-site packaging of food; she also supports Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

Jesse Fayne joins Wasserman as a fairs & festivals agent based in Brooklyn, handling international festivals across the agency’s roster. In his new role, he will grow the company’s global performance scope. Previously at William Morris Endeavor (WME) for over 10 years, he grew from intern to festival department assistant to agent. Fayne played an integral role in globalising the WME festival operation, starting the international festival department in London (with a goal of building out the department’s international arm and assembling a team of agents who became experts in their territories), while concurrently working in WME’s electronic department representing artists including: Charlotte De Witte, Polo & Pan, Mochakk, and Reinier Zonneveld.

Matt Malcolm joins Wasserman as a fairs & festivals agent based in Nashville. In his new role, he will expand Wasserman’s reach and relationships, with a focus on country and Americana events. His experience includes 10+ years at William Morris Endeavors’ Nashville team, where he served as an agent for artists including Chancey Williams, Catie Offerman, Smithfield, Liv Warfield, and others. During the pandemic, he held positions at Quay Entertainment in LA and CUE Audio in Nashville. Malcolm has been an active participant in the Country Music Association, the Americana Music Association, the International Entertainment Buyers Association, and the International Bluegrass Music Association.

 


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Wasserman Music hires Greg Horbal, Adam Krefman

Wasserman Music has appointed Adam Krefman as vice president of brand partnerships and agent Greg Horbal.

Horbal joins Wasserman following seven years at APA, bringing with him clients including Alex G, Beach Bunny, Cavetown, Chloe Moriondo, Indigo De Souza, Jeff Rosenstock, Michelle, Penelope Scott, Pinegrove and The Walters.

His early years included work as a multi-instrumentalist for indie band The World is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die, with whom he toured for two years before becoming an agent. Horbal is based in Wasserman’s Brooklyn office.

“Greg Horbal’s knack for discovering new and developing talent is outstanding,” says Wasserman Music’s EVP & managing executive Jackie Nalpant. “We feel that the commitment to artists and the insight he brings to the team are invaluable and we’re so pleased to welcome him to Wasserman Music.”

Horbal adds: “Throughout my career I’ve admired the work and commitment of Wasserman Music’s agents to delivering for their clients and I am excited to start the next chapter of my career with this team.”

“Greg Horbal’s knack for discovering new and developing talent is outstanding”

Krefman comes to Wasserman following six years at Pitchfork/Condé Nast, where he served as executive director of festivals and activations, working on deals with brands like Pandora, Goose Island, Sonos, MailChimp, Vans, and others.

He has also been a consultant on business development and partnerships for Primavera Sound and its inaugural LA festival, the associate publisher of McSweeney’s, and publisher for Lucky Peach magazine. Krefman will be based in Wasserman’s Chicago office starting in October.

Wasserman Music’s EVP & managing executive Sam Hunt says: “Adam is a highly experienced professional who has dedicated his life to amplifying independent voices and artists, from his work with Dave Eggers at McSweeney’s to David Chang at Lucky Peach and through his many years with Pitchfork. He will be an incredibly valuable resource, benefitting all our clients as they work alongside him on career strategy and brand building.”

Krefman adds: “The people and culture at Wasserman are only surpassed by the insanely talented roster of artists. I’m inspired and humbled by the opportunity, and can’t wait to get to work on building meaningful partnerships with brands on behalf of our clients.”

 


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Roblox poaches executives from Spotify and Meta

Roblox has announced a wave of new hires, including former executives from Spotify and Meta, in a bid to “push the boundaries of creativity.”

Among the new hires is Karibi Dagogo-Jack, Spotify’s former head of music development. He joins the gaming platform as head of music partnerships, essentially taking over from Jon Vlassopulos who left in April.

Also new to the team is Todd Lichten, in the new role of head of entertainment partnerships. He joined the gaming platform last month after leaving his role as head of emerging content at Meta. Prior to that, he spent over three years at Facebook.

The two appointments are part of a revamped partnerships team, made up of Winnie Burke as head of fashion & beauty partnerships, Hayden Walling as head of sports partnerships, and Arvind Jayaram as head of account management, partnerships.

These new hires come as Roblox continues to expand its ambitions, with collaborations with artists, brands and platforms like Spotify.

“Our partnership work continues to accelerate as they experiment with new formats and discover new revenue streams”

“We’ve seen a lot of success with top brands coming onto the Roblox platform, and our partnership work continues to accelerate as they experiment with new formats, launch persistent social spaces, discover new revenue streams, and push the boundaries of creativity,” says Roblox’s VP of global partnerships, Christina Wootton.

“The growth in the number of persistent experiences especially signifies long-term commitment and showcases that brands view our platform as the next-generation immersive social place for ongoing community engagement vs. a place for one-time activations.”

In recent months, Roblox has launched a Spotify Island featuring virtual performances from the likes of Charli XCX, Lizzo and Gayle.

Artists including Lil Nas X, Twenty One Pilots, 24kGoldn, Royal Blood, David Guetta and Ava Max have delivered virtual performances on the platform.

 


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CAA promotes agents in Nashville, London offices

Creative Artists Agency (CAA) has added two agents to its global music touring staff with the promotions of Jacob Lapidus and Daniel Rais.

Rais, based in London, joined CAA as an assistant in 2017. He works on brand partnerships and event bookings for leading artists including David Guetta, Tems and Charli XCX, among others.

Lapidus, based in Nashville, began his career at CAA in 2016 as an assistant. He works with Moon Taxi, Illiterate Light, The 502s, 49 Winchester, STS9, Charley Crockett, and Wilder Woods, among others.

Within its touring division, CAA books more than 30,000 music and comedy shows each year

Within its touring division, CAA books more than 30,000 music and comedy shows each year, as well as more than 1,000 corporate and private engagements annually.

CAA’s music brand partnerships department develops strategic campaigns and partnerships with worldwide brands for leading music artists.

The agency also maintains an in-house music marketing department that works with promoters, labels, managers and venues to create opportunities for clients across sponsorship, ticketing, digital initiatives, and more.

 


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Wasserman Music hires two agents, promotes eight

Wasserman Music has hired agents Matt Elam and Sahil Mehta, and promoted Stephanie Aristakesian, Zach Berkowitz, Alex Guaraldi, Daniel Lee, Leigh Millhauser and Jeff Molek to agent.

The agency has also promoted Antonio Dell’Aglio to director, touring, and Mohammad Shah to manager, touring. According to Wasserman, these new roles will provide high-level support to agent teams on the logistics of planning and executing tours.

“We’re excited to have Matt Elam and Sahil Mehta join our team, and we expect they’ll do great things here,” says Wasserman Music EVP & managing executive Brent Smith. “They’re both agents we’ve known and respected, and they’re the right fit for our culture and ethos as an agency focused on artist discovery and long-term development.”

EVP & managing executive Lee Anderson adds, “At Wasserman Music, we take great pride in emphasising mentorship and positive career growth for all our people. We’re so proud of this newly promoted group of agents, who’ve been important members of this team for years and are all richly deserving of this next step.”

Leigh Millhauser began their career as an assistant at AM Only in 2016. They spent five years as a coordinator, mostly working alongside agent Duffy McSwiggin on artists including Brandi Carlile, Lake Street Dive, Guster, Rachael & Vilray and more.

Millhauser also represents recent signings Boyish and Miki Ratsula, and was featured in IQ’s 2021 LGBTIQ+ List.

Matt Elam joins Brent Smith’s team at Wasserman Music following a decade at WME, where he represented D Smoke, Allen Stone and Hobo Johnson, among others, and signed Best New Artist Grammy nominee Baby Keem with Smith.

Millhauser also represents recent signings Boyish and Miki Ratsula, and was featured in IQ’s 2021 LGBTIQ+ List

Sahil Mehta joins Wasserman Music from Madison House, where he has developed a roster of primarily electronic music artists over the last three years. Mehta is based in Los Angeles, and brings clients to the Wasserman Music roster including Abelation, Chee, Ivy Lab, Khiva, KOAN Sound, Lab Group, Of The Trees, potions., Supertask, TRUTH, Tsuruda and Yheti.

Stephanie Aristakesian joined electronic music agency AM Only as an assistant in 2015, following internships at AM Only, Sony/ATV, NBC Universal and WME and leading the concert committee at the University of Southern California. In 2016 she moved to working with agent Jay Moss at The Windish Agency and then Paradigm Talent Agency, and was promoted to coordinator in 2017. With Moss, Aristakesian worked with artists including ODESZA, Louis the Child, TroyBoi, EVAN GIIA and Elderbrook; she also worked alongside other Wasserman agents on artists including Kenny Beats, Bea Miller, Omar Apollo, Two Feet and Normani. She is based in Los Angeles.

Antonio Dell’Aglio began his career producing electronic music events, which lead to joining AM Only as an assistant to agency founder Paul Morris. Dell’Aglio worked across electronic and Latin music with clients including Tiësto, David Guetta, DJ Snake, Hardwell, Benny Benassi, RL Grime, Anuel AA, Karol G, Jhay Cortez, Ivy Queen and more. A Miami native who graduated from the University of Miami School of Music, he recently relocated back there after a decade in New York.

Alex Guaraldi joined the contracts department at Paradigm in 2013 before moving to agent Larry Webman’s team as an assistant and later coordinator and working with artists including Barenaked Ladies, Bastille, David Gray, Dropkick Murphys, Michigander, MGMT, Sara Bareilles and T-Pain. Guaraldi is now an agent in Wasserman Music’s corporate & special events department, working alongside vice president, corporate & special events Max Wiebrecht to book corporate and private performances across Wasserman Music’s roster. Guaraldi graduated from the Berklee College of Music and is based in Brooklyn.

Daniel Lee’s journey led him from Pennsylvania State University to working in the talent and comedy departments at several major agencies before deciding he wanted to focus on music. He joined Paradigm in 2017, and in 2019 was promoted to coordinator for Sara Bollwinkel, working with clients including Billie Eilish, FINNEAS, Joji and REI AMI. At Wasserman Music, he represents ATEEZ, Jamie Miller, B.I and Fran Vasilić, among others. Lee is based in Los Angeles.

Jeff Molek started his career at Chicago concert promoter mP Productions, and later worked at Chicago venue Bottom Lounge before joining The Windish Agency in 2013. He has worked with Tom Windish and other agents since then, and was promoted to coordinator in 2016, working with artists including Drama, Rina Sawayama, CHAI and Bartees Strange. Molek is based in Chicago.

Mohammad Shah joined the accounting team at The Windish Agency in 2016, and soon thereafter joined agent Sam Hunt’s team, working with artists including Flying Lotus, Diplo, Big Boi and Run the Jewels. Shah liaises with Wasserman Music’s business & legal affairs team on issues affecting agent teams, and is a member of Wasserman’s DE&I Council.

 


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ASM Global hires Katherine Krohn and Aliah Summers

ASM Global is expanding its US business development division with two new executives, Katherine Krohn, vice president of business development and Aliah Summers, director of business development, sales and marketing.

Krohn comes to ASM Global from Mobilitie, the largest privately-held telecommunications infrastructure company in the US specialising in the world’s largest sports stadiums, entertainment arenas, hospitality venues and high rises. There, she served as vice president, national sports and entertainment.

Summers joins ASM from Foodbuy, a division of Compass Group, the largest contract foodservice company in the world.

As national strategic sales director, Summers was responsible for developing new business initiatives across Foodbuy’s three business verticals: hospitality and leisure, food service, and education.

“Their presence will greatly enhance our ability to engage with existing and prospective partners”

“We are thrilled to add these two accomplished business development executives to our team at ASM Global,” says ASM Global executive vice president for strategy and development Chuck Steedman.

“Their presence will greatly enhance our ability to engage with existing and prospective partners via our unmatched toolbox of partnerships, content, marketing, technology, guest-experience journeys, sustainability, community involvement and worldwide experience.

“Both are seasoned veterans with exceptional track records of building relationships with clients in the private and public sector that deliver great value and seeing complex development deals to the finish line.”

Krohn says: “Our intent is to continue to deliver on the confidence that our clients have in ASM Global’s ability to provide innovative services and world-class live experiences for our guests. I am really looking forward to helping grow our client base above and beyond what is already the industry gold standard.”

Summers added: “We plan to maximise leveraging the ASM value proposition that features all the scale, technology, marketing, content and programming expertise of the world’s largest live entertainment company.”

 


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UTA appoints agents Janet Kim and Scott Schreiber

UTA has appointed Janet Kim and Scott Schreiber as music agents, to be based out of the agency’s Beverly Hills office.

Kim joins UTA with close to a decade of experience leading strategy and tactics for some of the world’s top artists, working in both live touring and special events.

She previously worked at CAA, where she booked artists at private and corporate events, large-scale Pride festivals and LGBTQ+ events globally, consulted for companies including CJ ENM (one of South Korea’s largest media companies), and worked with artists including Adam Lambert, DNCE, Jordin Sparks, Julia Michaels, Keiynan Lonsdale, Keshi, Rozzi, Sam Fischer, Sevdaliza, among others. Prior to her career as an agent, she worked as a tour manager.

“[Kim and Schreiber] re consummate professionals with strong relationships across all sectors of the music industry”

Schreiber joins UTA following a decade of experience booking shows from club to arena level at WME. Schreiber has worked with leading contemporary artists across all genres including Zhu, Chet Faker, SG Lewis, Tokimonsta, Channel Tres, Soulwax, Bomba Estereo, Ski Mask the Slump God, Lil Skies, Nero, Michael Brun, Erol Alkan, Tommy Genesis, Kareem Ali, DJ_Dave, and others.

“UTA’s Music division and the company as a whole have built great momentum despite the difficulties of the pandemic, continuously signing talented artists and adding key agents,” says Kim. “I am thrilled to be joining UTA, and I am excited to help David Zedeck, Scott Clayton and Sam Kirby Yoh realise their vision for the department.”

Schreiber added: “It’s been amazing to see the passion and forward-thinking approach of UTA’s music leadership team. I have admired their collaborative approach to artist representation, and I’m looking forward to continuing to build upon the great work that the team has already accomplished.”

“We are thrilled to welcome Janet and Scott to UTA Music,” says David Zedeck, UTA partner and co-head of global music. “They are consummate professionals with strong relationships across all sectors of the music industry. Their expertise will be invaluable to our group as we continue to broaden our resources and find compelling new opportunities for our clients.”

 


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