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ASM taps Brian Celler for newly created role

ASM Global has appointed seasoned executive Brian Celler to the newly-created role of SVP, content and programming, Europe.

The major label veteran brings more than 25 years of experience in major live events, international marketing, and artist management.

He will be responsible for leading ASM’s live entertainment offering, driving “high-calibre, diverse content” across the company’s venue portfolio in the UK and Europe, including AO Arena in Manchester, P&J Live Aberdeen, OVO Arena Wembley, First Direct Arena in Leeds, Friends Arena Stockholm and Rudolf Weber-Arena Oberhausen.

“I am delighted to welcome Brian to ASM Global. Brian comes armed with tremendous international experience, and a fantastic reputation as a highly skilled live events industry professional,” says Chris Bray, ASM’s EVP, Europe. “Brian’s vision and ambition for our European content and programming operations will bring huge value as we look to the future, developing a diverse, relevant and truly exciting calendar of events across Europe.”

Celler began his music industry career in the production teams of bands such as Aerosmith, AC/DC and Metallica, going  on to work as an artist manager with Q Prime, after which he ascended to progressively more senior roles in artist development and international marketing.

He developed award-winning creative campaigns for artists at Sony Music in New York and London, as well as at Universal Music Group UK in London where he served most recently as EVP and head of the label’s international team. He also oversaw all operations including creative, marketing, touring, production and content for U2 during an eight-year stint working as MD of Principle Management in Dublin and London.

“I’m honoured to join the incredible ASM Global team in a role that aligns perfectly to my passions for the future of our industry and leverages the diversity of experience I’ve accumulated over the course of my career,” says Celler. “I’m inspired to support ASM Global’s mission to redefine what world-class content looks and feels like to live event fans. I ‘m very much looking forward to getting started.”

John Boyle, global chief content officer at ASM Global, adds: “Brian is the consummate music business and live event executive. He has spent his entire career working with big artists on an international level. He is incredibly well-respected around the world, and there is nothing he hasn’t seen or done. I really look forward to having him on our Global Content team, and I am certain he will add significant value to our business”.


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Paul McGuinness joins ILMC 29 for breakfast

One of the industry’s best-known artist managers, Paul McGuinness, will join host Ed Bicknell for The Breakfast Meeting at the 29th International Live Music Conference (ILMC) on 10 March.

McGuinness founded Principle Management in 1982, managing U2 from the start of their career until 2013, during which time they won 22 Grammy Awards and sold more than 160 million albums worldwide.

He has also managed The Rapture and multiple Mercury Prize-winner PJ Harvey, and is widely known in the film business, in which he remains heavily involved.

Previous Breakfast Meeting interviewees include CAA’s Emma Banks (ILMC 26), Live Nation’s Arthur Fogel (ILMC 27) and WME’s Marc Geiger (ILMC 28).

ILMC last week unveiled its full conference agenda for 2017, including the new Festival Summit Venue Summits and panels on ticketing, direct licensing, visas, mental health and YouTubers.


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