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Live Nation Welcomes Lesley Olenik as VP of Touring [caption id="attachment_182836" align="alignnone" width="600"] Lesley Olenik, VP Touring, Live Nation US Concerts (PRNewsfoto/Live Nation Entertainment)[/caption] Lesley Olenik, VP Touring, Live Nation US Concerts (PRNewsfoto/Live Nation Entertainment)Lesley Olenik, VP Touring, Live Nation US Concerts Today, Live Nation Entertainment announced the hire of Lesley Olenik as a VP of Touring for its US Concerts division. Based in Los Angeles, Olenik will report to Omar Al-Joulani, SVP of Touring. She joins Live Nation as a veteran of the live music industry, having spent nearly a decade handling many different aspects of concert promoting for Goldenvoice and AEG Concerts. "With a deep knowledge of the industry and an innate ability to connect with artists, Lesley is the perfect addition to help lead our touring group as we continue to meet the growing demand for concerts," said Al-Joulani. "We're extremely happy she decided to make the jump to Live Nation and can't wait to see what she accomplishes as part of the world's leading live entertainment team." Live Nation recently reported Q2 earnings which revealed that additional shows and increased fan attendance helped drive one of the Concerts group's strongest quarters to date, growing revenue for the division by 34%. Given the strong performance of shows to date and the pipeline for the rest of the year, Live Nation expects to promote close to 28,000 events in 2017, up from 26,000 last year. Olenik most recently served as Senior Vice President of Talent Buying for Goldenvoice, where she booked and produced concerts throughout Southern California, including highlights such as Adele's eight-show run at The STAPLES Center, four performances by Flume at Shrine Expo Hall, and two editions of Radiohead at Shrine Auditorium. She regularly handled concerts at all these venues as well as Microsoft Theater, The Greek Theatre, and The Theatre at The Ace Hotel. Olenik also helped drive festivals at Goldenvoice. She was instrumental in launching Tyler, The Creator's Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival in 2011, and helped grow the fest from a single-day event for 2,500 attendees in The STAPLES Center parking lot to a full-fledged festival taking over all 160-acre Exposition Park. Olenik also curated talent, oversaw marketing strategies and managed production expenses for festivals including Festival Supreme, The L.A. Bluegrass Situation, Fool's Gold Day Off and Low End Theory. Earlier in her career, Olenik held posts as the Director of Talent Buying for Nederlander Concerts, and Talent Buyer for Viejas Entertainment. She has been recognized at the Annual Pollstar Awards as the "Night Club Talent Buyer of the Year" (2012 and 2014), and named to Billboard's "40 Under 40" list (2016). Olenik received her Bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan.
[caption id="attachment_181540" align="alignnone" width="1344"] Alison Smith & Mike Steinberg[/caption] Mike O’Neill, President and CEO of BMI, today announced two key promotions within the company’s executive team. Alison Smith, SVP of Operations, Distribution, and Administration has been promoted to EVP, Distribution, Publisher Relations & Administration Services; and Mike Steinberg, SVP of Licensing, has been elevated to EVP, Creative & Licensing. Both promotions are effective immediately. Smith’s and Steinberg’s new roles reflect a restructuring of BMI’s Writer/Publisher department following the retirement of Phil Graham, BMI’s SVP of Writer/Publisher Relations, who announced earlier this year that he is leaving the company after a distinguished 40-year career. Smith will now formally oversee the business and financial relationships with BMI’s publishers, while Steinberg will add oversight of the newly-named Creative group to his current portfolio. O’Neill commented, “As the music industry continues to evolve it makes perfect sense to realign BMI’s internal teams to better meet the needs of our songwriters, composers, publishers and licensees. These new roles position BMI to build on the tremendous success of our creative and distribution teams, growing our relationships within the industry and creating even more impactful opportunities for both the music creators we represent and the businesses we partner with to deliver that music to the public.” He added, “Alison and Mike are two of the most talented executives I’ve had the pleasure to work with, and I look forward to their continued leadership as they elevate BMI’s efforts within the industry.” In her new role, Smith will work closely with BMI’s publishers on their royalty distributions and administration needs, while streamlining the flow of information and developing new data streams, bonus structures and payment methodologies across all music delivery platforms. She will continue to oversee all of BMI’s domestic and international royalty distribution and administration services to its more than 750,000 members. Steinberg will lead the newly-named Creative group, which will encompass BMI’s songwriter and composer teams in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Nashville, New York, Puerto Rico and London, as well as the company’s Strategic Partnership division. He will continue to oversee BMI’s Licensing organization, driving all of BMI’s domestic revenue. In addition, Steinberg plans to hire a Senior Vice President of Creative, a new position that will lead the group’s senior executives and help build on their successful work developing and guiding the careers of BMI’s unmatched roster of established and developing talent. In her role as SVP of Operations, Distribution & Administration Services, Smith has overseen record royalty distributions to BMI’s affiliates and spearheaded the development and creation of multiple online tools to assist with their distribution records. She also created the company’s administration services department. Smith began her career working as an assistant in BMI’s Nashville office and has subsequently held multiple roles of increasing responsibility throughout her 31-year tenure at the company. She is the recipient of numerous industry honors, including being named one of Billboard’s top “Women in Music.” In his role as SVP of Licensing, Steinberg oversaw the diversification of BMI’s revenue streams and led the company to record revenue growth in each year of his tenure. He joined the company in 1996 as the Assistant Vice President of Business Affairs and Licensing and continued to take on greater management responsibilities within the Licensing department, culminating with his promotion to SVP of the group in 2011. Prior to BMI, Steinberg held positions in television distribution and the private practice of Law after earning his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law.
(February 7, 2014 - New York, NY) Richard Nash has been appointed Senior Vice President, Urban Promotion, RED Distribution & RED Associated Labels (RAL), it was announced today by Bob Morelli, President, RED and Tom Carrabba, Executive Vice President/General Manager, RAL. In his new role, Richard will oversee Black promotion in North America for RED Distribution, and for the newly formed RED Associated Labels (RAL) which provides a variety of label services to select Sony Music venture partners. Richard is based in New York. “As RED continues to grow in the Black music space, we are proud to have an industry veteran on board,” said Bob Morelli. “Richard brings a wealth of solid Black radio promotions expertise that will be a great asset to the family of RED labels.” Tom Carrabba states, “I am very excited to welcome Richard to RED Associated Labels. His wealth of experience will play an integral role in developing and breaking our roster of artists, and I can’t think of a better qualified executive to help us build a successful foundation and future.” Commenting on his appointment, “Throughout my career I’ve had the privilege of working to promote and establish many innovative artists with great music and I will continue that tradition with RED Distribution and RAL,” Nash said. “I look forward to being a part of such a strong executive and committed team.” Richard comes from EMI Music where he previously held the position of SVP, Urban Promotion from 2008-2013 and worked with high caliber artists such as Snoop Dogg, Katy Perry, Avant, Emeli Sande, Tamia and many others. Prior to EMI, Richard established PlayTyme Entertainment in 2004, an independent label and promotion company where he consulted on major releases including Al Green’s album Lay It Down, and helped relaunch the career of Shanice Wilson. From 1995-2004, Richard was SVP of Promotion at Elektra Records reporting to Sylvia Rhone, who was then the label’s CEO. While there, Nash was an instrumental part in building careers for such artists as Missy Elliot, Busta Rhymes, Keith Sweat and Gerald LeVert. Prior to that, Richard was SVP of Promotion and Marketing at Atlantic Records. At Atlantic he helped establish artists such as En Vogue, and Brandy; Brandy’s first two albums have together sold more than 6 million copies in the US. Richard began his career in 1980 as a local promotion representative for Atlantic in Cleveland.
Congrats to Mar Brown on his new appointment as SVP Atlantic Records. Brown states… "In my position, you have to be able to connect the dots. Even though radio is still the #1 driver of music for consumers, these kids today want to see the artist’s photos, their associations, what they’re doing behind the scenes etc. It’s important to stay ahead of the social media curve and know what’s going on on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook."