Entertainment Executive Turntable: Atlantic Hires Death Row Scion as VP of A&R; Def Jam Names SVP & Creative Director
4 North Atlantic right whale deaths investigated last year were caused by ship strikes
An incident report looking into North Atlantic right whale deaths in Canadian waters in 2019 shows vessel strikes continue to be a big threat to the endangered species. The report, compiled by the Marine Animal Response Society and Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative, says vessel strikes caused four out of the five whale deaths investigated last year. A total of nine right whales were found dead in and around the Gulf of St. Lawrence in 2019. The report released Wednesday focused on the necropsy results for five right whales, all found dead between June and July 2019.
Keith “Keefa” Parker has been named vp of A&R at Atlantic Records, based out of Los Angeles.
Parker is following in the footsteps of his father, former Death Row A&R executive Keita Roc, who worked with the lateearly in the rapper’s career. Hussle later took Parker under his wing and introduced him to Atlantic Records’ Dallas Martin, who offered him an internship in 2018.
Parker subsequently broughtto the attention of Hussle and Atlantic and served as an executive producer on Ricch’s smash debut album, Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial. He is now working with Ricch on his follow up as well as A&Ring ’s new album.
Madison Square Garden Entertainment Names Scott Packman Executive VP and General Counsel
On Monday Madison Square Garden Entertainment announced it had named Scott Packman executive vp and general counsel. Effective July 1, Packman will be tasked with overseeing and directing all of MSG Entertainment’s legal affairs and managing the company’s legal affairs team, including all corporate, commercial, transactional, litigation, regulatory and day-to-day legal matters. He will report to MSG Entertainment executive chairman and CEO Jim Dolan. Packman comes to MSG Entertainment with over 25 years of legal experience under his belt.
Brand and content strategist Egomeli Hormeku has been named senior vp and creative director at Def Jam Recordings.
Hormeku will provide creative oversight in content creation, digital and social strategies and brand identity and partnerships out of the label’s New York office. He will report directly to executive vp/general manager Rich Isaacson.
“There’s no better time than now to redefine what Def Jam means to music, cement what the label means to black culture and ultimately swell the brand’s influence on a global scale,” said Hormeku in a statement. “It’s simple. I’m at Def Jam because I owe Def Jam. It raised me. Not only is it the soundtrack to years that have molded my life and love for music, but its impact is the foundation for my creativity throughout my career.”
Form now available for travellers to Nova Scotia from outside Atlantic Canada
The self-declaration form travellers from outside Atlantic Canada must fill out before entering Nova Scotia is now available on the government's website. Premier Stephen McNeil announced the requirement Monday in response to what he said were concerns the government was hearing about people travelling to Nova Scotia from outside the Atlantic provinces without self-isolating. Four new cases of COVID-19 on P.E.I. have been tied to a man on a student visa who flew to Toronto from the United States and then flew to Halifax. He did not self-isolate for the required 14 days upon entering Nova Scotia. He was then turned away from the P.E.I.
He added, “It’s an exciting time at the label, and with new leadership from Jeff Harleston and Rich Isaacson, there’s a renewed sense of creativity, tenacity, strategy and responsibility. This is why Def Jam is so important. If there was a duty to uphold the integrity of black culture, the label is uniquely positioned to do so. You know what else is important? Breonna Taylor’s killers have still not been arrested.”
Hormeku arrives at Def Jam after serving as CEO of Magic Creative Agency, the company he founded in 2015 that designed and implemented “the creation and strategic planning of brands and celebrities from a digital and physical lens.” During his first two years at Magic, he also served as digital strategist/lead social community manager at Nike, where he led digital strategy and social community management for Nike East while also spearheading individual category digital strategies. He later worked as senior producer, content development at Columbia Records for a year.
Everything the ‘Friends’ Cast Has Said About the Upcoming Reunion Special
They were on a break — but it will soon be over. The highly anticipated Friends reunion special, which was originally set to be released in May when HBO Max debuted, has been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, the cast seems to be just as excited about stepping onto the stage together as the fans are. “We are hoping to be able to shoot in August if all is well and there is no early second wave and the studio is open,” cocreator Marta Kauffman told The Wrap in June. The reunion will include all six cast members, ennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry, David Schwimmer and Matt LeBlanc, as well as Kauffman, 63, and cocreator David Krane. This will be the first time the entire cast is back together on screen since the show wrapped. The special is still set to film on Stage 24 of the Warner Bros. Studio lot in Burbank, the same stage the sitcom was filmed for 10 years. “Guess you could call this ‘The One Where They Get Back Together,'” HBO Max’s chief content officer Kevin Reilly said in a statement in February. “I became aware of Friends when it was in the very early stages of development and then had the opportunity to work on the series many years later and have delighted in seeing it catch on with viewers generation after generation.” The show, which consisted of 236 episodes between its 1994 premiere and 2004 finale, has become one of the most popular sitcoms of all time. The comedy was nominated for 62 Primetime Emmy Awards (four wins), 10 Golden Globe Awards (one win), 14 Screen Actors Guild Awards (two wins) and 11 People’s Choice Awards (11 wins). Although many details about the special have yet to be announced, the cast has spoken out about it many times since the news broke. Scroll through the gallery below to see everything they’ve said about the upcoming special.
Earlier in his career, Hormeku founded The Hormeku Group, an umbrella for the Nothing Nice New York clothing line, the Steel Rosé wine brand and the luxury Vida chocolate cigar line. It also handled the release of the self-help book Hope This Helps, a spin-off of his book The Nerdy McFly Manifesto.
Jill Weindorf has been promoted to general manager at Concord Recorded Music, where she has worked for over a decade. She most recently served as senior vp of promotion and marketing.
In her new role, Weindorf will work closely with chief label executive Tom Whalley in overseeing the operations of all label services departments and assist Concord’s label roster in exceeding their marketing goals. She will also continue to have active responsibilities regarding the overall operations of Concord’s radio promotion team.
Under Weindorf’s direction, Concord’s promotion team has become a leader in artist development, with specific expertise in the alternative, rock, triple A and Americana formats. Prior to joining the company, she worked at EMI Recorded Music, Blue Note, Verve and Elektra Entertainment.
Alberta Catholic School Trustees' Association appoints new executive director
The Alberta Catholic School Trustees’ Association (ACSTA) has name its new executive director. Eugenia Pagnotta-Kowalczyk will step into the position starting Sept. 1 after the board of directors stated it conducted a “thorough and extensive search” to fill the job. “The Catholic community is blessed to have Pagnotta-Kowalczyk in this role. Her vocation to Catholic education is unwavering, and the future is very bright at ACSTA,” said ACSTA president Serena Shaw in a news release Monday. Pagnotta-Kowalczyk is taking on the role after previously serving as the associations director of advocacy.
Also at Concord, Tyson Haller has been promoted to senior vp/head of promotion, while Angelo Scrobe has been upped to senior vp, field promotion, effective immediately.
Haller will now be charged with directing all promotion department activity and operations, including assigning teams to execute campaigns. He began his career in college radio promotion at both Elektra Records and Virgin Records and later joined Warner Music Group’s incubator label, EastWest, where he built the promotion department and spawned successful acts includingand . He later led both the promotion and label services teams at WMG’s Alternative Distribution Alliance before joining Concord in early 2019. He will report to Weindorf and Whalley.
In his new position, Scrobe will work with Haller – whom he will report to – in developing and implementing multi-format campaigns, guide department operations and lead promotion efforts at alternative radio. Before joining Concord in 2014, he worked in radio promotion and marketing on a national and local level at Capitol Music Group/EMI Music, Universal Music, Pellegrino Entertainment Group and Street Information Network.
Jagjit Singh Bhogal has been named head of A&R at Sony Music India. In his new role, Bhogal will look to bolster the company’s position in the growing independent music market across multiple Indian languages.
Washington hires new executive VP to oversee name change
Washington hired Terry Bateman as its new executive vice president and chief marketing officer, the team announced Monday. Bateman will assume the role immediately and lead the charge on the name and logo change alongside team owner Dan Snyder. He will also manage the franchise's marketing activities, sponsor relations, media operations, and overall business strategy. "Terry Bateman is a man I trust and have worked with for many years," SnyderBateman will assume the role immediately and lead the charge on the name and logo change alongside team owner Dan Snyder. He will also manage the franchise's marketing activities, sponsor relations, media operations, and overall business strategy.
Bhogal will lead Sony Music India’s A&R department and collaborate with Sony Music’s global artist development teams to discover and lift new music talent. He will also be charged with growing the company’s existing artist portfolio, with a particular focus on breaking Indian artists on a global scale.
Bhogal has more than 15 years of experience in the entertainment field. He joins Sony Music from Viacom18 India, where he led the music content business, A&R and music IP for MTV India. During his tenure there, he was a key force in bringing music-driven series including Coke Studio, MTV Unplugged, Sound Trippin’ and Spoken Word into the country.
BMG has promoted longtime executive Chris Oglesby to senior vp, creative, the company’s lead creative publishing role in Nashville. He will report to U.S. publishing head Monti Olson.
Oglesby’s promotion means he will now oversee the creative publishing team in Nashville in developing the company’s roster of songwriters while expanding their creative opportunities in Nashville and beyond. He will also work to foster collaborative relationships between BMG’s artists and publishing clients in Los Angeles and New York as well as artists at the company’s independent subsidiary BBR Music Group.
Oglesby was hired as vp creative at BMG in 2013, marking his return to the company after nearly a decade working in artist management at his firm Oglesby Writers Management. In his most recent stint, he has been involved in hits including’s “Heaven,” Hillary Lindsey’s “Dirty Laundry” and Thomas Archer’s “Hurricane.” He kicked off his career at Almo/Irving Music, where he signed Grammy winner , before moving to Dreamcatcher Music. He subsequently joined BMG Music Publishing for a ten-year period, during which he worked with artists and songwriters including , and .
Amazon Renews Larraín Brothers’ Spanish-Language Thriller ‘La Jauría’ For Second Season
Amazon Prime Video has commissioned a second season La Jauría, the Spanish-language thriller from Pablo and Juan de Dios Larraín’s Fabula, which made the Oscar-winning A Fantastic Woman. The renewal comes just weeks after Season 1 debuted on Amazon on July 10 across Latin America and Spain. The eight-part series tells the story of the disappearance of a young girl, who becomes the center of a police investigation into an online game that grooms men into assaulting women.More from DeadlineITV Confirms 'The Cube' Reboot; Fremantle Inks Russia Deal; Baby Cow Hire; BritBox Adds Stage Shows -- Global Briefs'Alex Rider': Amazon Streamer IMDb TV Takes U.S.
Warner Music Singapore has appointed Gerald Ang as managing director, effective immediately. Ang wll report to Warner Music Asia president Simon Robson.
Prior to joining Warner Music, Ang led marketing operations in Southeast Asia and China for companies including Discovery Networks and General Electric. He most recently served as marketing director for Singtel’s fintech and mobile financial services divisions, where he launched in-app services while leading marketing campaigns in PR, advertising, social, events and content. In just over a year in the position, he grew brand awareness by 20%.
Ang started his career as a co-founder of marketing agency Frontal Productions. He previously worked for tech firms Green Dot Internet Services and NCS Group, Blackberry, Discovery Networks and United Overseas Bank.
Karen Sturges has been named CFO at the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association. Sturges joins the LA Phi from Endeavor Content, where she served as senior vp and head of finance.
Sturges assumes her new role on August 10 and will report to Chad Smith, the LA Phil’s David C. Bohnett Chief Executive Officer Chair. She will oversee the organization’s financial, information technology and office administration functions.
Sturges previously served in senior financial roles at NBCUniversal, Warner Bros. Entertainment and Sony Pictures Entertainment.
Manager Mikaela Puth has joined the team at Friends at Work, where she brings Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum singer-songwriter-producerinto the fold.
Friends at Work’s Los Angeles office head Ty Stiklorius will partner with Mikaela Puth and Nastia Barkan on the Charlie Puth artist team. The firm’s other clients include, and .
BBC Names Scotland Chief; Channel 4 Plans Klopp Doc; BBC Takes BAFTA-Nominated Comedy To Series — Global Briefs .
BBC appoints new Scotland chief BBC Scotland has named program maker, commissioner and award-winning broadcaster Steve Carson (pictured) as its new director, replacing Donalda MacKinnon, who steps down later this year. Carson is currently head of multi-platform commissioning for BBC Scotland and will be elevated to look after 1,100 staff. BBC director general Tony Hall said: “He brings with him a combination of excellence in programme making, leadership and the respect and trust of the staff. Steve set up the BBC Scotland Channel brilliantly and I wish him every success in the future.