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.
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.”
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.”
AEG announces slate of hires and promotions
AEG Presents has announced a slate of promotions and new hires to its global touring and talent division in the US, effective immediately.
Existing employees Amy Buck, Dan Cleff, Adam Cohen, Nicole Dellarocca, Brittanie Delava, and Lindsay Dworman are all promoted while Shelby Moran and Jonathan Ramos join the company.
Delava, who has been with AEG Presents since joining as club and theatre tour coordinator in 2016, and Ramos, who joins the company from Canada-based Ink Entertainment Group, are named vice presidents of global touring and talent.
Meanwhile, Buck is promoted to senior director of marketing, Cohen to director of touring, and Cleff and Dellarocca each named director of ticketing. Moran joins the company as director of artist development from Warner Music Nashville, where she worked in the same capacity.
“It finally feels like a hopeful, optimistic time in our business”
In addition to Delava and Ramos, global touring and talent’s promoter team also sees Dworman upped to director of touring.
“It’s truly my honour to both congratulate our six team members who are receiving promotions, as well as welcome Jonathan and Shelby to the team,” says Gary Gersh, AEG Presents’ president of global touring and talent.
“There’s nothing more gratifying to be able to see people grow and succeed from within, and it’s that much more exciting when it’s combined with the addition of new perspectives and energy. It finally feels like a hopeful, optimistic time in our business, and I can’t wait to see the contributions made by all eight of these exceptional individuals.”
Eventim Live Asia makes two senior appointments
Eventim Live Asia, a new arm of CTS Eventim’s European promoter alliance, has appointed Samantha Tzovolos as managing director for Singapore, and Mike Galt as senior vice-president of touring for Asia.
Tzovolos will be based in Singapore – where the company is headquartered – and will report to CEO Jason Miller.
Alongside her role at Eventim Live Asia, Tzovolos will continue to run TEM, an independent live entertainment company based out of Jakarta, Indonesia.
Over the past decade, as CEO of TEM, Tzovolos has produced many of Indonesia’s biggest shows, including Sting, Michael Buble, Ariana Grande and the Chainsmokers.
She has also produced top events in Singapore and elsewhere in Asia, including Justin Bieber, Foo Fighters and others.
“I’m excited to bring my extensive network and track record of success in emerging markets to Singapore and to Eventim Live Asia,” says Tzovolos. “Singapore and South East Asia represent some of the biggest and most dynamic opportunities for the future of touring. Jason Miller and CTS Eventim share a powerful vision for these markets.”
“Jason Miller and CTS Eventim share a powerful vision for [Singapore and South East Asia]”
Mike Galt will continue to be based in London, and also report to Miller. He has more than two decades of live entertainment experience. Most recently, he was VP of talent and touring for Live Nation, focused on international and emerging markets.
Galt produced tours for Mumford and Sons, Troye Sivan, Guns N Roses, The Japanese House, The Weeknd and others. He also booked talent for Abu Dhabi’s Formula 1 post-race concerts, along with expanding the touring footprint in and around the Middle East while based in the United Arab Emirates.
“I’m thrilled to get to work on behalf of Eventim Live Asia, leveraging my substantial experience in building tours in emerging markets,” says Galt. “It’s important that artists and talent representation have more options when it comes to touring Asia and other regions in the years to come.”
Miller adds: “These two appointments reflect Eventim Live Asia’s commitment to providing touring artists with the absolute strongest experience and deepest relationships in Asia. ELA is thrilled to welcome Samantha and Mike to the team. They will provide enormous, unmatchable value to artists looking to tour the region.”
Klaus-Peter Schulenberg, CEO of CTS Eventim, says: “Eventim Live Asia is a central component of our international expansion strategy, alongside our activities in North America. We are very pleased to have gained two top professionals in Samantha and Mike. In the future, they will support Jason Miller with all their strength and expertise in bringing top international artists for CTS Eventim to the promising Asian market.”
Eventim Live Asia was launched last summer, with a focus on China, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam and Malaysia.
YTL Bristol Arena announces two senior hires
YTL Arena Bristol, a new 17,000-capacity arena in the southwest of England, has announced two senior appointments.
Une Marija Jurkstaite joins the YTL team as head of experience, tasked with growing the arena’s fan database and ensuring each event sells to its targeted full capacity. She will drive the digital user experience across ticketing, food and drink ordering, travel and loyalty programmes.
Jurkstaite joins YTL from her previous role as chief business officer for Žalgiris Arena (cap. 20,000) in Lithuania where she developed a track record for driving fan growth and creating a ‘sell-out’ culture at the venue.
“I am very happy to be joining this world-class new venue,” says Jurkstaite. “I look forward to bringing my passion for customer experiences to ensure every touchpoint across the YTL Arena Bristol customer journey is exceptional.”
Matt Blackhouse will bring his 16+ years of experience in the live events industry to his role as senior events project manager at YTL Arena Bristol.
“We are thrilled to be expanding our operational team, welcoming two talented hires from the industry”
Blackhouse will look after the back of house facilities for all touring artists, promoters and event organisers as YTL Arena Bristol starts its countdown to construction and opening.
His previous roles include events coordinator St David’s Hall and senior events manager at Motorpoint Arena Cardiff.
Blackhouse has managed shows for artists including Elton John, Mariah Carey, Kylie Minogue, The 1975 and many more.
“I am really excited to be joining the team that will deliver the South West’s first-ever purpose-built arena,” says Blackhouse. “I grew up in the region and know how much demand there will be from huge events wanting to come to Bristol, and I can’t wait to get started in helping make this a must-play venue for acts.”
Andrew Billingham, CEO of YTL Arena Bristol, added: “We are thrilled to be expanding our operational team, welcoming two talented hires from the industry. Une and Matt bring a wealth of experience in delivering thousands of live events and will help us enormously. Whilst finalising design and construction elements, we are also looking ahead to doors opening and building our operating team to deliver one of the best arena fan and artist experiences in the UK and across Europe.”
A rival arena, operated by Live Nation and Oak View Group (OVG), is set to open in Cardiff, Wales, in 2025.
Runway Artists announces four hires, new showcase
Independent UK booking agency Runway Artists is expanding its team with four new hires and launching a new live showcase event for the music industry.
Joining founder Matt Hanner (formerly of ATC Live) and agent Steve Backman (formerly of Primary Talent) at the agency are agents Dotun Bolaji and Craig Wylie, new music A&R scout Amy Greig, and assistant Heather Mosselson.
Wylie previously held positions at promoters CPL and MAMA Group, as well as London’s Roundhouse venue.
Over the course of his career, he has promoted artists including Pete Doherty, Maroon 5, Ray Lamontagne, Fall Out Boy, Madeleine Peyroux, Roxy Music and Kris Kristofferson.
Prior to joining Runway, Wylie was operating as an independent, at a grassroots level, since 2018.
“As a new agency, it’s been really exciting for us to have the opportunity to put some of our key principles into practice”
Greig has worked as a promoter for a number of London’s famous grassroots venues including The Grace and The Camden Assembly, as well as promoting her own nights at The Amersham Arms and The George Tavern.
During his time at university, Bolaji booked and promoted a number of acts that would go on to become big names, including Giggs, Chip, AJ Tracey and DJ EZ. After leaving university, he promoted London’s SuperLative Sessions.
Mosselson began her career as assistant booker for Glastonbury, where she organised the festival’s very first hip hop day in 1999.
She went on to become a senior assistant at VAT Agency before moving to Primary Talent International, where she worked as director’s assistant.
During her time at Primary, Mosselson was the booking agent for DJ Noize, MC Supernatural, Foreign Beggars, Mystro, Braintax, Skinnyman and DJ Flip.
“We’ve been able to bring in a real range of experience, knowledge and ages”
Commenting on the new appointments, Hanner says: “As a new agency, it’s been really exciting for us to have the opportunity to put some of our key principles into practice – not just in respect of our artists but also our team.
“We’ve been able to bring in a real range of experience, knowledge and ages – from a rookie agent such as Dotun, who we’ve been able to bring in as he makes his first moves in representing talent, and Amy who has worked at a grassroots level across London; through to the varied industry backgrounds of both Craig and Heather who are able to bring so much to the table as we continue to grow.”
Runway will also launch a new live showcase this month, which will see the agency collaborate with other music companies to put together line-ups of new talent.
The first edition of In Transit, at London’s Strongroom on 23 February, has been curated in partnership with independent publisher Bucks Music Group.
Beharie, Amaroun, Hallan and Catty are slated to perform at the showcase, and Steve Lamacq is billed to deliver a DJ set.
“We know we’re not reinventing the wheel by launching a showcase event, but there’s always demand from our artists”
Hanner said: “We know we’re not reinventing the wheel by launching a showcase event, but there’s always demand from our artists to play low-pressures shows, be it to test out new material, invite curious industry or just shake off the cobwebs after a couple of years of inactivity. As an agency, Runway wants to be proactive in helping our artists practically, even if it doesn’t fall into an agent’s traditional wheelhouse.
“It also gives us the opportunity to further collaborate with our friends in the industry. For the first edition, that’s Bucks but we’re looking to develop the brand in a way that means we could even accommodate artists from other agencies in the future if it made sense. At times over the last couple of years, there has been a renewed sense of co-operation across the live industry and we certainly don’t want to lose that just because touring’s back on the agenda.”
London-based Runway was one of the rafts of new agencies to launch during the Covid-19 pandemic.
It represents a number of acts including Lanterns On The Lake, A Certain Ratio, Sleeper, Art School Girlfriend, Pom Poko, Mourning [A] BLKstar, Astrid, Brother Zulu and Flo Perlin.