Executive Shuffle: Ticketmaster UK, ICE, CueSongs, Spotify, BMG

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Ticketmaster UK has now appointed Matt Webster, former European marketing manager for Playstation Music, as head of marketing operations. Webster will manage a team of client marketing managers across various channels, including Music, Sport, Comedy, Art, Theatre and family events.  Prior to working with Playstation, Webster delivered pan-EU marketing and sales initiatives for guitar manufacturer Fender Musical Instruments.

The ICE (International Copyright Enterprise) copyright database was formed in 2010, when PRS for Music, STIM, and GEMA joined forces.  ICE is now getting an update with a new master logo, and the first hires have been made following PRS chief exec Robert Ashcroft’s appointment as CEO of ICE Licensing and ICE Services.  As part of the executive shuffle, Ben McEwen will transfer from PRS for Music to become Commercial Director of ICE.  McEwen’s role will be to lead the licensing and front office rights-holder acquisition and management functions.  Neil Jones will also transfer from PRS for Music, to become the Services Director for ICE, and will be responsible for driving the setup of the operational and professional functions

Elsewhere, CueSongs has named Luke Vines as chief operating officer, effective immediately.  Vines will report directly to Christina Vaughan, CEO of CueSongs. Vines oversaw development of photography and video licensing platforms as operations director/CTO at Image Source.  After Image Source, Luke worked as business development director with Orange Logic, a California-based technology company that provides digital asset management platforms for major content owners and licensors.  “We very much feel we are at the forefront of an idea whose time has come,” Vaughan remarked. “Luke has excellent credentials, and we are very excited to be working together and leading such an exciting charge.”

On the streaming front, Spotify has announced the hiring of John Marks, previously Senior Director of country programming at SiriusXM Radio.  Marks joins other genre-specific programmers at Spotify; Tuma Basa in hip-hop, Mjeema Pickett in R&B and Austin Kramer in Electronic.  Spotify didn’t originally employ genre experts, but with company growth comes different approaches.  “Spotify has taken a different tack, in that they want human beings who are experts in genres to look at the country music genre in a global sense, global in a large picture sense, and construct playlists from that wide, expansive music,” Marks said.