Moment House hires Michele Bernstein, Georgie Donnelly
Moment House, the Los Angeles-based livestreaming platform backed by the likes of Scooter Braun, Troy Carter and Jared Leto, has made seven new hires.
Former WME partner Michele Bernstein, who left the agency last year to start her own consultancy, Michi B, has been named marketing strategist, with UK comedy specialist Georgie Donnelly, most recently an agent at UTA, has been appointed head of comedy.
Casey McCabe, who formerly worked in AEG Presents’ global touring team, is Moment House’s new head of live music and strategy, with Dionte Goodlett (ex-Apple Music) hired as director of hip hop. Red Light Management alum Randy Nichols, meanwhile, has been named director of rock and metal strategy and partnership, with Spotify’s Sam Berger the overall head of music.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Sam, Michele, Casey, Dionte, Randy, Bart and Georgie to the Moment House team as we work to propel the company to new heights”
“We’re thrilled to welcome Sam, Michele, Casey, Dionte, Randy, Bart and Georgie to the Moment House team as we work to propel the company to new heights,” says Moment House CEO and co-founder Arjun Mehta.
“Their deep expertise and unique specialisations working with talent of all kinds will massively aid Moment House’s continued growth and evolution.”
Founded in 2019 out of the Jimmy Iovine and Dr Dre Academy for Innovation at the University of Southern California, Moment House has since hosted ticketed virtual shows by the likes of Halsey, Tame Impala, Kygo (pictured), Kaytranada, Yungblud, Grouplove, Bryson Tiller, Brockhampton, Flux Pavillion, Omar Apollo.
Marsha Vlasic, Michele Bernstein look to 2021
As the worst year in the history of the live music business finally nears its end, IQ caught up with several industry leaders ahead of the new year, asking for their predictions for 2021, as well as the lessons they can take forward from 2020.
Here, Marsha Vlasic, president of Artist Group International, and Michele Bernstein, founder of Michi B Inc. and former partner at WME, talk livestreaming, vaccines and getting prepared for ‘Live 2.0’…
IQ: This year has been difficult, to put it mildly, but have there been any positive aspects you are taking forward from this annus horribilis?
MV: Other than spending much-valued time with my family I really can’t think positive about having our lives controlled and halted this way.
MB: The ability to reset and make space for new ideas and concepts.
How has news of the coronavirus vaccine news changed the conversations you are having with artists, management, promoters, festivals, etc.?
MV: I think most people are cautiously optimistic because we are all in such need of some good news.
We really don’t know when the bell will ring and when, and how fast it will be distributed, although the news coming from the UK is more promising.
MB: Conversations are very different. Plans are now very tentative and subject to change at a moment’s notice.
Livestreamed shows have shown that fans will pay to see their favourite acts remotely. How do you imagine this technology might develop when regular touring activity resumes?
MV: Streaming has been very strong for me – my client Norah Jones charted as number one on Pollstar; Neil Young has done some beautiful live streams; Band of Horses have also, just to name a few of my encounters.
Having said that, hopefully it will not replace the live experience. I have had some success with the live streams, but there is nothing like the live show!
“Hopefully some amazing music will come out of bands’ experiences during this time”
What do you think the biggest challenges are going to be for Live 2.0, and how do you think industry leaders can best guide the business as things reopen?
MB: We don’t know what the world will be like as we open up again.
That having been said: not flooding the marketplace with on sale traffic, remaining mindful and cautious that both volume and timing will play key roles in our shared recovery.
What advice or encouragement can you give to those who were hoping to break through in 2020, knowing that the market is going to be overcrowded with onsales when the industry gets back to work?
MB: Plan to seed the marketplace with some new content and redraft a new timeline/plan that includes a myriad of platforms.
MV: Hopefully there is always room for one more! I am sure every market will be saturated… Competition will be healthy, I hope.
Finally, are there any bad habits the industry had that you are hoping might disappear when normality returns?
MV: I don’t believe so – business is business, and competition is healthy.
MB: Turning thoughtlessness into thoughtfulness.
MV: Hopefully – I use that word again – some great, amazing music will be coming out from bands’ experiences during this time. That could be really exciting.
I want my fucking life back!