The Latest Music Industry Shuffles: Columbia, CAA, SBS, Atlantic UK, Manatt Phelps…

Monika Tashman of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips
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Monika Tashman of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips
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Monika Tashman of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips

Here’s a wrap on the latest music industry hirings — on both sides of the Atlantic.

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Columbia Records — John Strazza

John Strazza has been named senior vice president of promotion for Columbia Records and head of promotion for RECORDS. He will lead radio campaigns and initiatives for Columbia’s rosters under the Rhythm format, while continuing his work to oversee promotion for RECORDS projects.

Creative Artists Agency — Various Promotions

Creative Artists Agency has announced 21 newly-promoted trainees for agent or executive positions within the agency’s television and touring divisions.

On the music side of things, Akin Aliu and Lizzie Holdforth headline the five agents joining the CAA’s touring division as music agents.  Ethan Kurtzman has been promoted as an agent in comedy touring.

In 2018, CAA says they represented nearly 40% of the top 100 music and comedy tours in North America.

Spanish Broadcasting System — Alessandra Alarcón

Alessandra Alarcón has been promoted to president of SBS Entertainment, serving as the first woman to lead that division. SBS is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year.  Alarcón successfully helmed the company’s popular Calibash events in Los Angeles.  She joined SBS as a sales associate in 2014 before becoming the sole producer of Calibash.

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips — Monika Tashman

Monika Tashman has joined Manatt, Phelps, & Phillips as a partner in their New York office. Tashman is a high-profile entertainment lawyer who has worked in the music and entertainment industry for years. Also joining the firm are Lisa Suennen, Po Yi, and Eric Bergner.

Atlantic UK — New Promotions

Following the appointment of Katie White as General Manager of Atlantic UK, the label has announced new key promotions and creative hires.

  • Luke Tipping will step into the role of Creative Director of Conceptual at Atlantic UK.
  • Annabelle Scott-Curry and Dan Curwin have been bumped to Creative Directors of Visual and Director of Video.
  • Nick Long has been promoted to Director of Audience.
  • Claire Coster has been promoted from Senior Publicity Manager to Head of Publicity.

BIGBANG —  Seungri Retires

On the artist side, k-pop star Seungri (Lee Seunghyun) has announced his retirement from the entertainment industry.  The news comes after Seoul police booked the entertainer as a suspect in allegations of supplying prostitution services.  He announced his decision on Instagram this morning.