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Facebook has launched music in seven new countries in EMEA, and is rolling out the availability of interactive video products across the region.
Music is now available on Facebook and Instagram in The Netherlands, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Romania and Slovakia. It brings the total to over 30 countries.
User in these countries will now have the ability to include music from a catalogue of international and local songs in the personal videos they create and share.
Spirit Music Group
Spirit Music Group has announced a series of key executive moves within its A&R, sync and global administration departments. The company has appointed Nancy Matalon to VP, A&R; promoted Melanie Santa Rosa to SVP, global administration; and appointed Tamar Wax to senior director, Film/TV.
“We are very pleased to announce the appointments of these talented executives whose passion, creativity and expertise will bring us great ongoing success artistically and commercially,” said Joe Borrino, COO/CFO, Spirit Music Group and Rak Sanghvi, global president, Spirit Music Group. “Nancy, Tamar and Melanie embody the vision of the new Spirit Music Group and the exciting opportunities ahead of us, and their leadership helps advance our mission to be the premier global publishing partner for songwriters around the world,”
CD Baby has expanded into India with the hiring of a representative in the country. Ritnika Nayan, who managed a large festival and her own music company, will also represent CD Baby’s sister companies, including DashGo.
“India has some of the richest music cultures in the world and artists are eagerly looking for opportunities to share their creativity with audiences around the globe,” said Heli Del Moral, VP of international development at CD Baby. “We encourage artists to stay independent and to access our world-class promotion tools to help them propel their music careers.”
Rosie Hill has been named global head of synchronisation for the company, from her previous role as head of sync, advertising. Hill Joined Sentric in 2017 after running the sync team at Imagem (Concord) for the best part of a decade.
Patrick Cloherty has been promoted to head of UK sync services, having been at Sentric since 2012, initially joining as an intern. He makes the move from senior catalogue manager.
The company has also hired Ryan Williams-Reid, who joins as sync executive. Internal movements include Philip Morris, who moves from Sentric’s rights management team to the position of sync executive. Laura Duke also steps up to the position of sync assistant. Leon Calveley remains a core part of the team as synchronisation manager.
James Rea, Global’s new director of broadcasting, has announced further key positions within his senior programming team. Greg Hughes is promoted to group head of programming operations. Mark Findlay is promoted to group head of music relations.
Rea said: “I am absolutely delighted to further augment Global’s senior programming team. Greg is a fantastic asset to the company, and the perfect person to lead the team in innovation as we face new challenges in the worlds of radio, audio and video. Mark’s standing within the music industry needs no further introduction! This promotion is in recognition of the relationships that he has fostered over a long period of time as well as his deep understanding of Global’s brands and music.”